Applied Cognitive Psychology

Leiden University

M.Sc. On Campus
12 months
18800 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
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In this master degree in Applied Cognitive Psychology at Leiden University you develop all the practical and academic skills necessary to apply psychological knowledge to real-life problems in working environments and organisations.


The master’s specialisation Applied Cognitive Psychology in Leiden University focuses on both cognitive enhancement and cognitive ergonomics. Besides the mandatory courses students can choose an internship position, a thesis subject and several electives of their own interest within various disciplines in psychology. In this way students are able to choose specific topics depending on their own interest and ambitions. 

The integrative approach and the combination of theory with analysis of realistic case studies make the master’s specialisation in Applied Cognitive Psychology at Leiden University unique and useful for a wide range of careers.

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 and Cognitive Ergonomics. 

The skills you acquire in this specialisation are the basis of careers in a wide range of academic, government, industrial and organisational settings. The improvement of human functioning in a complex technological environment is the key issue here. Your skills are also a good basis for research assistantships and PhD projects in applied areas.

Career prospects

The following list, although not exhaustive, presents some examples of career opportunities:
  • Adviser on optimising training programmes for medical skills, driving skills, and flying
  • Consultant on occupational efficiency
  • Safety and accident-prevention manager in oil and offshore industries, e.g. SHELL, in traffic and road safety design, e.g. governmental agencies, SWOV or in aviation and transport, e.g. NLR, KLM/AirFrance.
  • Policy-maker and policy adviser, e.g., various governmental organisations, education, police departments
  • Medical and judicial decision-making expert, e.g. hospitals, insurance companies, forensic and penitentiary institutions
  • IT systems and software consultant, e.g. Oracle and all other IT companies
  • Security adviser, e.g., government, financial institutions.
  • Cognitive engineer in industry, e.g., product design and control of operating environments in production process, food and advertisement industries
  • Cognitive engineer in health care and care of the elderly, e.g., hospitals, geriatric and rehabilitation centres.
  • Applied cognitive researcher, e.g. universities, TNO, space, aviation and traffic research centres

Programme Structure


  • The Art of Applying Psychology
  • Evidence based Cognitive Enhancement 
  • Improving Human Performance in Practice 
  • The Psychology of Digital Design 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines






On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A copy of a valid passport or ID card
  • A copy of a Dutch residence permit (if applicable)
  • CV (résumé)
  • Language proficiency (if applicable)
  • Copies of diplomas and transcripts
  • Motivation letter
  • Letters of recommendation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18800 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2168 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Applied Cognitive Psychology
Leiden University


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