Master Psychology

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Deepen your understanding of human behaviour to design effective solutions to societal problems.

To understand human behaviour means to understand the world. So, in tackling today’s challenges – from health crises to criminality to rapid advances in digital technologies – an in-depth psychological understanding of human cognition and behaviour is indispensable.

What does it take for people to trust new technologies? How can you promote healthy lifestyles, and take care of mental health and well-being, in times of rising anxiety, depression and burnout rates? What causes (and prevents) criminal behaviour and what’s the best way to negotiate conflicts? And how do people process information and can you support their learning processes? These are just a few of the many, versatile questions you might deal with during the Master’s in Psychology at the University of Twente.

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In this one-year, English-taught Master’s, you will gain insights into various fields of psychology in order to design effective interventions to influence human behaviour. You will be ready to tackle complex present-day and future problems, by combining theoretical knowledge with a hands-on approach. Moreover, the field of psychology is placed in the technological context of our 21st-century society. You will build your expertise within one of the five specialisations.

Start Master’s in Psychology

You can start your studies in September or February. If a Pre-Master’s is required, you can start this in either September or February as well, and once completed you can continue with the Master’s programme.

Study psychology in the context of technological change

New technologies give rise to new questions about human behaviour. How does surveillance technology affect our perception of risk? How can apps help prevent obesity, or assist children with learning difficulties? And how do we understand human errors in the age of artificial intelligence? This Master’s places psychology in the contemporary context of technological change. Technology is strongly embedded in the programme in several ways: psychology can be used to improve (new) technologies, technology can be studied as a context that influences human behaviour, or technology can be understood as a means to measure behaviour or to create interventions. Combining your knowledge of human cognition and behaviour with technological insights will give you an advantage in today’s job market.

Choose a specialisation

As a student, you will develop your own expertise by choosing one of the five specialisations. Your choice determines which courses you will follow and the type of research you will engage in during your master’s thesis. You can choose one of the following five specialisations:

Please note: As of the academic year 2022-2023, the specialisation in Positive Clinical Psychology & Technology will use a selection procedure.

Career perspectives

Graduating the Master’s in Psychology at the University of Twente gives you great job opportunities in many different fields. Students usually find jobs shortly after graduation, most of them within three months!

To give you an idea of your future job, student Martyna Dremo visited alumnus Randy Bloeme. Randy is Environmental Psychologist at Inbo Urban Strategy. He followed the specialisation in Conflict, Risk & Safety.

Job opportunities for graduates of Psychology

What your future job looks like, highly depends on the specialisation you will choose. One specialisation might equip you to become a psychologist in mental healthcare, whereas another specialisation prepares you for a role as an adviser, policy maker or researcher. You can fulfil such positions in all kinds of other sectors, including the government, public health and healthcare or education, but also within the industry. We even have graduates working as teachers within higher education or as usability specialists at all kinds of (high tech) companies. Your career opportunities are very broad!

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Programme overview

Master’s degree in Psychology
Certification: MSc
CROHO code
Behavioural Management and Social sciences
1 year
Full-time (no part-time programs possible)
Starting date
1 September 2023
1 February 2024
1 September 2024
1 February 2025
1 September 2025
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands
Numerus fixus
Does not apply for the programme
Selection for specialisation Positive Clinical Psychology & Technology
As of the academic year 2022-2023, the master's specialisation in Positive Clinical Psychology & Technology will use a selection procedure.
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