'You learn to find creative solutions and to avoid viewing things in black and white.'
"I really like the Master's clear vision on what it wants to achieve, and its approach on how to accomplish that. I feel the focus is on achieving a critical mindset; being specific and exact about what you do. You learn to find creative solutions and to avoid viewing things in black and white. Instead, you’ll evaluate a situation critically and then proceed to select the tools and methods accordingly. There is a strong focus on becoming a critical thinker, a problem solver, who can assess what is required for answering a certain question and who can determine when to use which available methods or tools. Because this theoretical base is paired with excursions to ABN-AMRO and Philips for example, and with guest lectures from Microsoft, TNO, and Marin (to name but a few) which show you how you can apply your knowledge in the field, I feel this Master programme prepares you really well for your future."
- Roderic Hillege, alumnus
‘IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN A HANDS-ON JOB, THEN YOU CAN DO AN INTERNSHIP AT A DESIGN- OR USABILITY BUREAU’
"The internship and thesis as part of the Applied Cognitive Psychology Master’s give you the opportunity to explore where your interests lie within the field of cognitive psychology, and where you would like to work in the future. If you are interested in research, then you can write your thesis at a research institute like TNO or the university. But if you’re more interested in a hands-on job, then you can do an internship at a design- or usability bureau. Those experiences can help you make a more informed choice between research and real-world work, or perhaps a combination of the two."
- Marloes, alumna
‘YOU HAVE ROOM TO DEVELOP YOUR OWN INTERESTS’
"The great thing about the Applied Cognitive Psychology Master’s programme is that if you’re interested in a specific phenomenon or human behaviour, you have room to focus on it when writing your thesis. The supervisors are always open to new ideas, and if you don’t have one, there is always someone who can introduce you to an interesting project."
- Marnix, alumnus
'You learn how not to think in boxes'
"The study programme is the foundation for the science you will apply when conducting research. You learn to conduct research on all imaginable facets of the social sciences, based on the fundamental knowledge acquired during the study programme, but also to apply it to research in a business context. You will also learn how to let go of thinking inside boxes in order to come to a creative solution based on scientific fundamentals and methods. As the study programme is less limited in scope than programmes such as Clinical Psychology or Neuropsychology, you are employable in a wide range of fields, and the business community places a high value on the expertise that an applied cognitive psychologist can contribute."
- Robbert, alumnus