M.Sc. Psychology

University of Twente (UT)

Application deadline: Start in 1 February: December (non-EEA: October). Start in 1 September: July (non-EEA: May).
Tuition fee:
  • € 1,906 / Year (EEA)
  • € 10,581 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: February  2015, September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • Dutch
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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What makes people act the way they do? And how can we use psychological expertise to solve real-life problems? You will tackle these questions and more in the Master’s programme in Psychology.

During the Master’s in Psychology, you will not only examine how people behave but also acquire the knowledge and understanding of psychological theories to analyse behaviour systematically. You will design effective and workable solutions to social issues, using technological applications where possible. These might include computer games that enhance learning skills, online healthcare interventions or iPhone apps to report neighbourhood crime. After your studies, you will have ample opportunity to prove your worth to society as an expert in human behaviour. The position and the sector you work in will partly depend on your Master’s specialization. Psychologists are perhaps most closely associated with the healthcare profession but you might easily find yourself working as a consultant, project manager or coach in business, education, science or the government sector.


Programme internationalization:

  • Studying abroad is optional.

This programme has a workload of 60 ECTS.


Human Factors and Engineering Psychology:

How do we process information, how do we recognize relevant information, what is the role of attention and memory, and how do we accomplish tasks based on this information? And what are the consequences of this if we want to design messages for technical devices? Some research domains of the cognitive psychology and their methods (like EEG) are used to help develop (technical) products that are easily understood by humans.

Learning Sciences:

Is it possible to learn about physics in a virtual laboratory? Can you learn through online gaming? What is the role of brain development during learning? These and other questions are addressed in the specialization Learning Sciences. This field of research has a multidisciplinary nature in which cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, neurological psychology, educational science and computer science are included. With this master’s specialization you can work for example as an educational researcher for the government, as an educational designer for specialised training institutions like the Police Academy, or as an educational advisor for primary and secondary education organizations.

Positive Psychology and Technology:

Indications are increasing that mental health is more than absence of mental disorder. Positive mental health also includes our subjective, psychological and social wellbeing. Simply said, it is important that we feel good, experience opportunities to thrive, and that we feel connected with society. In a society that is changing extremely fast, our positive mental health determines the amount of change we can cope with. Beside the treatment of mental illnesses, healthcare is also increasingly focusing on the promotion of positive mental health. In this master’s specialization track attention will be paid to treatment of mental illnesses, mental problems associated with physical diseases, and stimulating positive mental health. You will learn about psychopathology and clinical health psychology, and you will practice therapeutic skills like behavioural therapy. Also insights will be obtained into positive psychology and you will become familiar with the associated interventions.

Conflict, Risk and Safety:

How do people react to risk issues? This is one of the main central questions this master specialization is dealing with. Furthermore you will look at different social problems and conflict situations as for example kidnapping. Physical and mental questions of safety and risk play an important role, too. How to improve road fafety? How to cope with climate change? How do we cope with epidemics as for example swine flue? You learn how to analyze these topics in order to get answers, which will hopefully help you to set up effective interventions.

Health Psychology:

How to protect children from binge drinking? Could computer games help children with diabetes to manage their illness in a proper way? What for (psychological) problems encounter family members if a family member is suffering from cancer. Health psychology looks at the interaction between the mind and the body while especially trying to protect people against serious illnesses. If you are following this specialization your will not help people on a face-to-face basis but your focus group will be the broader public.


Knowledge minimum: Mathematics and English knowledge must be high-school level, compared to Dutch vwo-certificate. Non-Dutch students must demonstrate sufficient fluency in the Dutch language as our Master programme is only given in Dutch! The level should be NT2, programme 2 (level 5) - highest level available.

Additional language requirements:

  • IELTS overall band: 6.5
  • TOEFL internet based: 90
  • NT2 level 2: C2

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

60 (Grade C)
TOEFL iBT® test: 90


The University of Twente has several scholarships for students completing UT postgraduate programmes. These scholarships vary from government grants to funding by organizations or private people. In addition, faculties and the University of Twente Scholarship Foundation offer a limited number of scholarships for excellent students.

All scholarships require that all UT application procedures are fully completed before applying for the scholarship. Because of strict deadlines, apply for admission at least two months before the scholarship deadline.

Applying for a scholarship is possible as soon as you have received a letter confirming admission. Please note some scholarships are for students of specific nationalities or studying certain educational programmes. For a detailed overview of available scholarships, please visit the International Office website.



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