If you are looking to address the pressing sustainability transformation in social, economic, and environmental issues through the lens of a psychological perspective, the Double Degree Master's in Psychology and Sustainability in cooperation with the University of Groningen in the Netherlands is for you.
This two-year programme covers both human perception and behaviour related to sustainable development and the interplay between humans and their natural and built environments. These distinct perspectives complement one another, so that the double degree programme provides unique insights into psychological processes that are involved in the broad transformation towards intersectional and intergenerational justice.
Why Psychology and Sustainability?
Sustainability science is an interdisciplinary field of research. The majority of disciplines in this field approach the topic of sustainability from a natural, social, or cultural science perspective with a focus on social-ecological systems. Psychology, as the scientific discipline of human perception and behavoiur, investigates psychological processes on the level of individuals that are part of these social-ecological systems. Thus, sustainability psychology deals with cognitive (e.g., problem-solving), motivational (e.g., self-regulation), and emotional (e.g., fear) processes, the interplay of these processes, and how these psychological processes translate into behavioural drivers or barriers towards sustainable development.
To approach the topic of sustainable development from a transciplinary perspective, the Institute of Psychology at the Faculty of Education closely collaborates with scientists from the Faculty of Sustainability. Accordingly, members of both faculties are among the teaching staff and strongly cooperate in inter- and transdisciplinary research projects.
You will have the chance to be involved in empirical studies, which will allow you acquire hands-on knowledge on how to address challenges of sustainable development from a psychological perspective within the broader scope of transdisciplinary research projects. To this end, you will not only gain knowledge on the topic of sustainability psychology, but will also acquire methodological skills on how to plan, conduct, analyse, and interpret empirical research on one of the most pressing challenges of our times.
As part of this Double Degree programme, you will spend your first year at one of the most renowned universities in the field of sustainability science (Leuphana University), and your second year at one of the most prestigious universities in the field of environmental psychology (University of Groningen). In your first semester at Leuphana University, key principles of sustainability psychology will be focused at the individual, the group, and the societal level. By introducing core theories and models, the programme links topics from the field of psychology to the field of sustainability science.
Upon the third semester, you will transfer from Leuphana University to the University of Groningen. There you will expand your methodological knowledge in the module "Advanced Research Methods in Social and Organizational Psychology". Also, more disciplinary expertise is acquired in the modules "Environmental Psychology", "Advanced Topics in Environmental Psychology", "Designing Interventions", and "Working in Interdisciplinary Teams".
In your fourth semester, the Master Thesis will be written in consultation with a supervisor from each cooperating university.
Due to the international orientation of the programme, you will not only acquire specialist knowledge in the field of sustainability psychology and transdisciplinary research, but will also develop your intercultural, social, and language skills.
The different focuses and diverse combinations with electives will enable you to access to various professional fields and areas of specialization for students such as:
Executive in CSR and sustainability departments in companies, institutions, and authorities
Scientific consultancy for environmental or sustainability policies
Scientific positions in research and education in sustainability sciences and/or psychology
Advertisement agencies, market research, media, press, and public work
Environmental communication and education, adult and youth educational services, an educational consultancy
Consultancy and administration in international organizations and non-governmental organizations or institutions
Behavioral expert in environmental and energy organizations (such as grid operators, energy providers, and water companies)
At a Glance
Degrees awarded: Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree from Leuphana University of Lüneburg and University of Groningen
Application period: End of April - June 1.
Type of program: consecutive, academic prerequisites
Start date: Every winter term, October
Extent: 120 CP according to ECTS
Duration: 4 semesters
Location: Lüneburg and Groningen
Contribution: per year: 720 EUR* at Leuphana University of Lüneburg
Fees: see University of Groningen
*Subject to change