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After obtaining your Bachelor’s diploma, you can immediately enter the job market, or you can specialise by taking one of the Master’s programmes at the University of Twente or elsewhere. Most graduates opt for further studies, thereby increasing their chances of getting a job in which psychology takes the central stage. Whichever route you choose, you can be sure that with your contemporary psychological expertise and your hands-on engineering approach you will be able to get an interesting job and make a meaningful contribution to society.

Career prospects

Wherever there are people, you can contribute as a psychologist. You can research and analyse behaviour and look for practical, sometimes technological solutions for psychological issues. The ‘outside-in’ problem approach, the engineering mind-set and the understanding of technology that you will have gained at the UT will give a huge advantage on the labour market.


    Many of our graduates dream of working in the healthcare sector in order to help people. The Master’s specialisation Health Psychology & Technology and the specialisation Positive Clinical Psychology & Technology offer the perfect starting point for this ambition.


    With this specialisation, you will meet the requirements for the Basic Psychodiagnostics Registration (‘BAPD’ in Dutch) and the training to become a Healthcare Psychologist (‘GZ’ in Dutch). For example, you can start as a (basic) psychologist in mental healthcare or in primary care, at a rehabilitation centre or hospital, or at a forensic institute. Popular and lesser-known settings in which you can find work including rehab centres, centres for the disabled or elderly, and child and youth care. If you don’t want to get to work as a practitioner, you can consider working as a researcher, designing (preventive) interventions, or becoming a policy officer, coach or advisor.


    With the specialisation Health Psychology & Technology on your Master's degree, you will be ready to initiate and coordinate the design, implementation or evaluation of innovative interventions targeting the public, patients or care providers. You will be able to work as a researcher, a policy officer or a coordinator for Health Psychology interventions at a (inter)national health promotion institute, such as the Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), the Netherland’s Nutrition Centre, hospitals or health care facilities, Community Health Services (‘GGDs’ in Dutch), or other international companies and research institutes.


    During your Master's specialisation in Conflict, Risk & Safety, you will learn how to develop, implement and evaluate safety interventions. You can go to work as a behavioural scientist with the police or the Ministry of Defence or Justice, or as a trainer, mediator, security researcher or consultant. Another option is to become a security researcher/consultant at a university, or at an organisation such as the Research and Documentation Centre, the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research, or the Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment. With your knowledge of conflict management and related areas, you can start a career as a personnel manager, a policy officer or a consultant at a ministry or a multinational company. Safety is a domain that is becoming increasingly important – and the demand for academic expertise is growing.


    Do you want to apply, or further develop, your cognitive psychology knowledge in the business world? Then the Master’s specialisation Human Factors & Engineering Psychology is for you. With this track you can offer companies and institutions innovative, practical solutions for existing or new products, systems or technologies. You can work as a human factors expert, a usability expert or a consultant for a large (international) company, such as Philips, Vredestein or Volkswagen. You also have the option of working as a researcher in the field of cognitive ergonomics or cognitive psychology, for example at a university, or at an organisation such as TNO or IfADo.


    The Master’s specialisation Educational Psychology also offers outstanding career perspectives. The UT is a global frontrunner with its research on individual learning processes – and especially our integration of psychological theories and the latest technologies in these learning processes. With this specialisation, you can get a good job developing learning materials and learning environments, researching educational innovations and developments, or as an advisor or consultant: your knowledge will be in high demand in education, in the government, and in the business world.


    You can also start your own business with a solution that you have developed. UT is recognised as ‘the most entrepreneurial university’ in the Netherlands. Applying our expertise by developing solutions that are meaningful to society is one of our strengths. Together with our students, we work closely with the innovation specialists at Novel-T, who like to get involved in promising innovative business cases.

Recommended: our Master’s in Psychology

Many students who complete their Bachelor’s in Psychology head for our one-year Master’s programme Psychology. We highly recommend this option, as it will enable you to deepen your knowledge and skills as an ‘engineer’ and problem solver in the field of psychology. It also means further strengthening your expertise with regard to technology and its impact, possibilities and threats: in all our Psychology Master's specialisations, there is a strong focus on the ‘technification’ of our society – and of our profession. With your Bachelor’s degree you have direct access to this Master’s programme.

The main reason we encourage you to seriously consider our one-year Master’s programme Psychology is that it offers five unique, English-taught specialisations that you will not find at any other university.

The five unique specialisations are:

  • Positive Clinical Psychology & Technology

    In this specialisation, you will develop specialist clinical knowledge and skills aimed at understanding, treating and preventing mental disorders, with a unique emphasis on positive psychology and technology. This is an ideal track if you want to treat people as a psychologist. Because of its international focus, this track is a great way to prepare for a career outside the Netherlands. Are you sure you want to work in the Netherlands? Then we offer you the opportunity to practice your communication skills in Dutch during this track.

    Want to know more? Go to Positive Clinical Psychology & Technology.

    Please note: As of the academic year 2022-2023 (starting September 2022), the master's specialisation in Positive Clinical Psychology & Technology will use a selection procedure. For more information please check the PCPT admission page

  • Human Factors & Engineering Psychology

    The Master’s specialisation in Human Factors & Engineering Psychology focuses on the interaction between humans and technology. After you have immersed yourself in human information processing – or cognitive psychology – you will become a specialist in designing or improving technological applications based on that knowledge. With this track, you can head for a career in business, or at a university or research institute.

    Want to know more? Go to Human Factors & Engineering Psychology. 

  • Conflict, Risk & Safety

    In this specialisation, you will focus on threats to psychological, physical or societal safety, and learn to design hands-on, technologically informed interventions. With this specialisation, you can work with the police or the government, or as a trainer, mediator or consultant – a role in which your knowledge of conflict management, mediation, group processes and safety will prove very valuable.

    Want to know more? Go to Conflict, Risk & Safety

  • Health Psychology & Technology

    Health Psychology & Technology

    The specialisation Health Psychology & Technology deals with the interaction between the mind and our (physical) health. In this specialisation, you will study the possibilities for promoting healthy behaviour and improving the quality of life of (chronically) ill people. Most students who follow this track later work in various roles in the healthcare sector.

    Want to know more? Go to Health Psychology & Technology. 

  • Educational Psychology

    Educational Psychology

    People learn every day. Different individuals learn in different ways: each of us has our own preferences, possibilities and talents. In this specialisation, you will learn to explain and predict individual learning processes, with the aim of (re)developing the best possible, personalised instruction materials. This specialisation will give you many opportunities in education, business or research.

    Want to know more? Go to Educational Psychology


Another good option is our one-year Master’s programme Educational Science & Technology. This Master’s is a good fit if you are interested in education and training – for example, at schools or in the business world. In order to be eligible for this Master’s, you have to take an elective module in Educational Psychology in the second or third year of your Psychology Bachelor’s.


Of course, you can also choose a completely different Master’s programme. In most cases, you will be required to complete a pre-Master’s, aimed at bringing your knowledge of the field in question up to scratch.

Transfer to a German University

If you wish to pursue your master’s career to become a therapist at a German university, please read the following information concerning the German reform process. 

UT and other Dutch universities are depending on the developments in Germany and to what extent the implications for students studying at a foreign university/the Netherlands have been clarified by German authorities. In short, the following information can be given up until this point:

  • Under the new reform, it is not yet known what the admission criteria will be for the master Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy (incl. Approbation Psychotherapeut), for students with a foreign diploma/qualification. This is still unclear, as the new master's programme has not started yet and German universities give different indications in regards to their admission criteria/possibilities for students with a foreign degree.
  • The programme directors of the Psychology programmes at the Dutch (‘border’) universities of Groningen, Nijmegen, Maastricht and Twente are jointly trying to find and receive more information from relevant German institutes. As this is a relevant matter for all German students studying in the Netherlands. You are recommended to keep a close eye on any further developments through German sources yourself as well.

As soon as further information has been disclosed, this will of course be communicated to students and on our website.

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