Applied Cognitive Psychology

In this specialisation you develop all the practical and intellectual skills necessary to apply psychological knowledge to real-life problems in working environments and organisations.

Are you interested in addressing and remedying important practical problems in society? Do you want to help raise people’s performance levels? You can use the knowledge you acquire in this programme in the following areas:

Cognitive Enhancement

  • Optimising the cognitive capabilities of people of all ages
  • Advice on the optimal circumstances for performance and learning
  • Studying the effects of drugs on human performance

Cognitive Ergonomics

  • Developing accident-prevention programmes, e.g. safety research in industry and traffic
  • Developing user-friendly tools and interfaces
  • Improving decision-making processes: psychology and law, including the topics of eyewitness memory, false confessions and jury decision-making

The main emphasis is on translating theory into practice. The aim of this master’s specialisation is to provide you with a maximum of hands-on experience starting on the very first day.

Master details

  • This is a specialisation of: Psychology
  • Degree Master of Science in Psychology
  • Mode of study Full-time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Start date September and February
  • Language of instruction English
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 66604

What our alumni say

“The great advantage of this specialisation is that it puts psychology into practice.”

“After I graduated from the master’s specialisation in Applied Cognitive Psychology I started working for Governors, a company in Leiden. This is a software development company for risk management tools. I am an Information Ergonomics Researcher and Developer.

My job is to investigate the ergonomic use of our products and to optimise the user-friendliness of the software. I support the developers in the making of software designs and the development of usable features in the products. I also have a lot of communication with our customers to consult with them on their use of risk management software. To familiarise myself with this knowledge, I collaborate with researchers at Leiden University to determine how people investigate and analyse incidents and how they handle risk management.

The change from the University to the real world of business can be quite big, but the great advantage of the Applied Cognitive Psychology specialisation is that it specialises in putting psychology into practice. You have a lot of ‘hands-on’ information that is directly applicable in the real world, which was exactly what I was hoping to get from the programme. I followed courses that were particularly useful in being able to look at usability of computer applications, and gave me a good insight into people’s perception of risk and how you can manage that. In my job, I bring these two subjects together.”

Estella Groeneweg, Information Ergonomics Researcher and Developer

Student Ambassador

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Hi future Master students!

A quick introduction about myself. My name is Marjolein Mulder; I am 22 years old, and was born and raised in the South West of the Netherlands. Earlier this year I became the student ambassador for Master students in Psychology at Leiden University.

After completing my Bachelors’ degree in Psychology at Leiden and travelling in Portugal, Thailand and Australia, I returned to begin my Master’s degree in Economic and Consumer Psychology. While I am very happy with the choice I made, leading up to the decision I experienced the inevitable stress about which particular Master’s degree I wanted to pursue.

To help ease the stresses of choosing the right Master’s degree, we introduce the ‘Student for a Day’ activity for you! As a student ambassador, I will easily connect you to a Master student that is currently following the Master’s specialization of your interest. After drinking a coffee together, you will attend an lecture pertaining to this specialization. This is a unique and ideal way for you to get all your questions about the programme in Leiden answered. It is our hope that this brings you that bit closer to making a well informed choice that suits you best!

If you would like to stay informed about the upcoming ‘Student for a Day’ activities, check this link. If you want to know more, please do not hesitate to send me an email or chat to me when you see me around at the faculty.

I hope to see you at one of the Student for a Day activities!

Cheers, Marjolein

Student ambassador Master Psychology

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