Specialisations

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Which of the five specialisations suits you best?

Before the start of your Master’s in Psychology, you will choose a specialisation. This way, by personalising your programme, you get to develop your own expertise. We offer you different kinds of specialisations, some of which you will not easily find elsewhere. Your choice determines which courses you will take and the type of research you will be involved in during your master’s thesis.

The Master’s in Psychology has five specialisations:

Conflict, Risk & Safety

Why do people commit crimes? How do civilians perceive and estimate risks of, for example, flooding, fire or a disease? What is the best way to deal with social conflicts and safety incidents? And how can technology contribute to this? The specialisation in Conflict, Risk & Safety teaches you all about threats to citizens’ physical, psychological, and social safety and will help you to develop interventions to counter these.

Health Psychology & Technology

How can you promote healthier lifestyles on the one hand and support people coping with diseases on the other? And what role can technology play in this? That is the exact focus of the specialisation in Health Psychology & Technology. You will study the relationship between health, psyche and behaviour and explore opportunities provided by technological innovations.

Human Factors & Engineering Psychology

New technologies or products can be perfectly engineered, but if people fail to interact with them, then what’s the use? This is exactly where the specialisation in Human Factors & Engineering Psychology comes in. You will gain an understanding of human cognition and behaviour, in order to design, improve and adapt products, processes and systems to complement human behaviour and capabilities.

Learning Sciences

How can you ensure great education, knowing that not everyone learns in the same way? In the specialisation in Learning Sciences, you will study learning from an in-depth psychological perspective. Whereas educational science programmes generally focus more on learning environments as a whole, this specialisation zooms in on the individual as a learner. The key is to understand the (mental) learning processes and (differences in) individual learning needs to make education more adaptive.

Positive Clinical Psychology & Technology

Are you interested in becoming a licensed psychologist in mental healthcare? The specialisation in Positive Clinical Psychology & Technology will teach you how to promote and protect mental health and well-being in today’s digitalised society. It covers the traditional field of clinical psychology to understand and treat mental disorders and adds the angle of positive psychology as well as the role of technology. How does today’s digital society impact mental health, but also: what role can new technologies play in the diagnosis, treatment, and research of mental health and well-being?

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