Utrecht University

Applied Cognitive Psychology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English
With the Utrecht University's Research Master programme in Applied Cognitive Psychology, you will apply the most up-to-date knowledge of cognition to situations and solutions for problems that occur in daily life. At the Utrecht University youl will use knowledge of psychology to improve daily life.


Processing information

During this one-year programme, you will learn about processing information, especially about how you can use that information to advise clients on how to improve communications. That knowledge is useful for making signage or advertising more effective, for example, or for making products more user-friendly.

Students also learn to come up with solutions for a wide range of problems that can occur in professional practice. Humans are dramatically changing their environment using increasingly complex technology, such as the Internet, social media, robotics and automation. In order to design a living environment that is well suited to human cognitive abilities, we must have a good understanding of how humans process knowledge and their skill at applying it.

The students of the Applied Cognitive Psychology programme offered by Utrecht University will apply knowledge of human cognitive, sensory and motor systems in real-life situations.

International orientation

This Utrecht University's Master’s programme is internationally oriented, from the literature used in class to the opportunity to do an internship and write a thesis abroad, and from the option of attending electives at foreign universities to participating in international summer schools, research conferences or workshops.

Learn to work in multidisciplinary teams

Both our lecturers and our students have very diverse backgrounds. During the study programme, you will spend a lot of time learning to work in multi-disciplinary teams. Accurate and careful communication is vital to that process.

The Purpose of the Programme

Once you have completed the Master’s programme, you will be a true academic professional who can apply scientific knowledge in day-to-day practice, such as acting as an independent consultant on ergonomic problems. 

As a member of an interdisciplinary team, you will contribute to solving these problems together with designers, policy makers, technicians, computer scientists and business experts. You can also advise on the sensory aspects of marketing communications. As a person with a Master’s degree, you will also have developed excellent verbal and written communication skills to communicate with all sorts of audiences.


Potential careers include:

  • consultant
  • applied researcher

Potential employers include:

  • design industry
  • health care
  • ICT sector
  • marketing and advertising
  • railway companies
  • telecommunications
  • airports/aviation
  • industrial product development


 Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders

Programme Structure

Courses Included
  • Advanced Applied Cognitive Psychology
  • Academic Professional Applied Cognitive Psychology
  • Research in a Commercial Environment
  • Elective Course
  • Internship: Applied Cognitive Psychology
  • Master's Thesis Applied Cognitive Psychology
For more information, please check the programme website.

        Detailed Programme Facts

        • More details:

          For non-EU applicants only: if you need an early admissions decision in order to apply for scholarships, you should submit your application before February 1.

        • Programme intensity Full-time
          • Full-time duration 12 months
        • Credits
          60 ECTS
        • Languages
          • English
        • Delivery mode
          On Campus
        • More information Go to the programme website

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        Besides TOEFL, IELTS and CAE, also Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE - at least Grade C) is accepted as a proof of English Proficiency.

        In order to be accepted to this Master’s programme, you need the competencies described:

        • you have Bachelor’s-level academic knowledge and skills;
        • you are able to measure and/or interpret aspects of human behaviour in a qualitative or quantitative manner.
        Requested previous education

        This means you are eligible for admission with a foreign university Bachelor’s degree in Psychology that is comparable in level, orientation and scale to a Dutch degree. The Admissions Committee is responsible for evaluating your eligibility.

        You are able to express yourself in proficient English, both orally and in written text, as evidenced by your motivation letter and/or writing sample, and the interview that is part of the selection procedure.

        Tuition Fee

        • International Applies to you

          15575 EUR/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 15575 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
        • EU/EEA Applies to you

          2060 EUR/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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        For more information about tuition fees and exemptions have a look at the programme website.

        Living costs for Utrecht

        • 900 - 1450 EUR/month
          Living Costs

        The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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        • Utrecht Excellence Scholarships
        • Holland Scholarships
        • Orange Tulip Scholarships
        • Canadian student loans
        • Fulbright / NAF
        • US Federal Loans
        • Erasmus+ Master loans

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