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Specialisation Human Factors & Engineering Psychology


In a world of increasingly rapid technological innovation, we need individuals who understand how people interact with technology. How can we ensure that smartphones, cars and robots are user-friendly and safe?

In this specialisation, you will start answering these questions, and develop solutions. This track is chosen by students with an interest in both the human psyche and modern technology. 

At the UT, we believe that technical systems must always serve people, not vice versa. You will not build technical systems, but you will develop guidelines for systems using theories from cognitive psychology. So, you might analyze how insight in human cognitive limitations help optimising factories, commercial websites, and transport vehicles. This track will give you vital insight into technology and its integration in society, making you a valuable asset for any forward-thinking company.

The specialisation consists of four obligatory courses (20EC) and one elective course (5EC). The track will be completed with a Master’s thesis and Internship (35EC). The Internship (10EC) is optional. In case of an internship, you have to conduct a Master’s thesis of 25EC. If you do not do an internship, you have to do a Master’s thesis of 35EC.


Semester 1

Semester 2

Quartile 1A

Quartile 1B

Quartile 2A

Quartile 2B

5 EC

Resilience Engineering

5 EC

Advanced Research Methods for HFE

5 EC

Human Computer Interaction


5 EC

Cognition and Technical Systems*

35 EC

Master Thesis and (if applicable) Internship 

5 EC

Elective Course 1 out of 3:

- Learning and Instruction

- Risk and Leadership in Societal and Technological Contexts

- Design of Persuasive Health Technology

In Quartile 1A this course is specified at the domain of Intelligent systems. In Quartile 2A the course is about Traffic psychology.

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