M.Sc. On Campus

Applied Cognitive Psychology

12 months
19300 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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At this Applied Cognitive Psychology MSc programme 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 Applied Cognitive Psychology MSc programme at 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

Courses include:

  • 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.

Other requirements

General requirements

Prospective students should:

  • have earned a Bachelor degree in Psychology at a Research University (not at a University of Applied Sciences / Professional Education) or demonstrate the ability to meet the requirements for such a degree, and;
  • have sufficient knowledge of Methodology and Statistics (at least 20 EC)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19300 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • Second Dutch master’s programme: €15,100 per year

Living costs for Leiden

850 - 1250 EUR /month
Living costs

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


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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