After completing Bachelor’s programme, you may choose to continue your studies by taking the Master’s programme in Psychology or the Master’s programme in Educational Science and Technology. To move on to the Master’s programme in Educational Science and Technology, you have to have passed one of the elective Educational Science and Technology modules in study year 3.
THE MASTER’S PROGRAMME IN PSYCHOLOGY
The Master’s programme in Psychology consists of the following specializations:
- Positive Psychology & Technology (Clinical Psychology)
- Human Factors & Engineering Psychology
- Health Psychology & Technology
- Conflict, Risk & Safety
- Learning Sciences
HUMAN FACTORS & ENGINEERING PSYCHOLOGY
The Master’s specialization in Human Factors & Engineering Psychology focuses on the interaction between humans and technology. In this specialization you will learn how to design or improve technological applications using your knowledge of cognitive psychology. You will discover when people welcome technology and when have no confidence whatsoever in it. You might do this by using special research techniques, to quantify the stress faced by a person who has just started learning to drive, for instance, or by investigating how a smartphone application that people use to check their own energy consumption should work and should be operated.
HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY & Technology
How can binge drinking be tackled? Can children learn to handle diabetes using ‘serious games’? What happens to a person when his or her partner gets cancer? What is the impact on health of technological innovations such as the Electronic Patient Dossier and social media? The Healthcare Psychology specialization focuses on the interaction between the mind and health. The target groups are healthy people, patients and their environments. In this specialization you will study the possibilities for promoting healthy behaviour and improving the quality of life of (chronically) ill people. You will study theories on the relationship between the mind and the body in detail, and you will learn to design (technological) interventions that work preventively, encourage recovery, or making it easier for patients to adapt to their illness.
CONFLICT, RISK & SAFETY
Individuals and groups can get caught up in numerous ways in events that pose a threat to their psychological, physical or social safety. In the Master’s specialization in Conflict, Risk and Safety, you will approach such threats from an intervention- and application-oriented angle, paying attention to new technologies. You will immerse yourself in themes associated with risk perception and communication, conflict and crisis management, and causes and cures for antisocial and criminal behaviour patterns. In this specialization, for instance, we might investigate the dynamics of police interrogations and crisis negotiations, or best way for the government to communicate about disasters or risks. You will also zoom in on the role of the media in risk perception and risk communication and look at how high-tech equipment, such as security cameras, affects the various forms of negative and positive social behaviour. State-of-the-art themes such as lie detection, cybercrime among young people and crowd control, are also among the possibilities for your Master’s research.
People learn throughout their lives: individually, with others, at school, on courses, at work and off work. In the Master’s specialization in Learning Sciences, you will learn to describe, explain and predict these learning processes. You will also get familiar with design models that you can use to analyse and shape learning patterns. In the Master’s thesis, you will focus on one of the faculty´s themes or projects, within which you will set up and carry out research. If you choose the theme of being gifted, for instance, you might investigate why gifted children sometimes perform very poorly at primary schools. And if you choose to focus on inquiry-based learning, you might study how ‘serious games’ can be used in this field.
POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY & TECHNOLOGY
For some time now, mental healthcare has focused not only on treating psychological disorders, but also on promoting positive mental health or wellbeing. There is increasing evidence that wellbeing makes people more resilient and more productive, protecting us against psychological disorders. Through this unique Master’s specialization you will develop into a scientist practitioner able to handle both complaint-oriented and person-oriented work in a healthcare context in which technology is an increasingly emphatic presence in the form of IT applications. You might research the effectiveness of positive psychological interventions on the happiness and wellbeing of children and adults. Or you might investigate the relationship between the features of people’s stories of the future and (positive) mental health. After this specialization, you will have access to mental healthcare courses, or you can find a job as a coach, counsellor or adviser.
THE MASTER’S PROGRAMME IN EDUCATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Are you fascinated by education and training, but you do not want to become a teacher? If so, the Master’s programme in Educational Science and Technology at the University of Twente may well be the course for you. This Master’s programme consists of two components:
- Educational Design and Effectiveness (in English)
- Human Resource Development (in English)
EDUCATIONAL DESIGN AND EFFECTIVENESS
Educational Design & Effectiveness focuses on teacher development and school development, on the effectiveness of education, and on IT in various educational situations. Educational Design is about planning, developing and implementing innovative learning scenarios. To ensure effective implementation of changes at school and in the classroom, it is important that teachers and schools are ready for the required changes. This means the professional development of teachers is a crucial aspect when it comes to designing, developing and implementing an effective learning environment.
HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
Human Resource Development (HRD) focuses on adults’ learning processes and development within the context of their professional work. Leadership, talent development and lifelong learning are essential if people are to be capable of playing a role and participating in today’s knowledge society. Companies and institutions are investing billions of euros in education and training. Large companies often have departments of their own for HR development and offer their staff training and courses to improve their performance and to help them develop themselves urther. As an HRD specialist, you will be able to develop such training and courses and to assess their quality. You may also be involved in the implementation of programmes that promote learning at the workplace, or in organizational changes aimed at integrating learning in the everyday working environment.
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