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AFTER THE BACHELOR’S PROGRAMME PSYCHOLOGY

After obtaining your Bachelor’s diploma, you can immediately enter the job market, or you can specialize 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 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.

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.

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.

OPPORTUNITIES IN HEALTHCARE

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

POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY AND TECHNOLOGY

With this specialization you will meet the requirements for the Basic Psychodiagnostics Registration (‘BAPD’ in Dutch) and the training to become a Healthcare Psychologist (‘GZ’ in Dutch). It also prepares you for the additional training you will need if you wish to become a psychotherapist or child and youth therapist in Germany. 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.

HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY AND TECHNOLOGY

With the specialization 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.

OPPORTUNITIES IN THE FIELD OF SAFETY

During your Master's specialization 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 organization such as the Research and Documentation Centre, the Netherlands Organization 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.

OPPORTUNITIES IN BUSINESS

Do you want to apply, or further develop, your cognitive psychology knowledge in the business world? Then the Master’s specialization 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 organization such as TNO or IfADo.

OPPORTUNITIES IN LEARNING SCIENCES

The Master’s specialization Learning Sciences 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 specialization, 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.

START YOUR OWN BUSINESS

You can also start your own business with a solution that you have developed. The UT is recognized 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 to promising innovative business cases.

Recommended: our Master’s in Psychology

Many students who complete our 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 ‘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 specializations, 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.

Another popular route after this Bachelor’s: our Master’s in Educational Science & Technology

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.

Other Master’s programmes

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.

Our master's programme psychology

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

The five unique specializations are:

Positive Clinical Psychology & Technology

In this specialization, 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, for example, in Germany. 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.

Human Factors & Engineering Psychology

The Master’s specialization 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 specialization, you will focus on threats to psychological, physical or societal safety, and learn to design hands-on, technologically informed interventions. With this specialization 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 specialization Health Psychology & Technology deals with the interaction between the mind and our (physical) health. In this specialization, 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. 

Learning Sciences

Learning Sciences

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

Want to know more? Go to Learning Sciences

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