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Psychology: Applied Cognitive Psychology


This is a specialisation of the master’s programme of Psychology. The aim of this specialisation is to provide students with a maximum of hands-on experience and with all the practical and intellectual skills necessary to apply psychological knowledge to real-life problems in working environments and organizations. The skills acquired in this programme will be broadly applicable and valuable for a whole range of academic, governmental, industrial, or health-related settings, but also for research assistantships and PhD studies in applied areas. The main emphasis is on translating theory into practice. Apart from practical, and methodological courses, students will work in a team on a field project (internship) throughout a major part of the year. Visit our Masters In Leiden page for more information about Applied Cognitive Psychology.


The master’s specialisation Applied Cognitive Psychology prepares students for translating theory into practice. You develop all the practical and intellectual skills necessary to apply psychological knowledge to real-life problems in working environments and organisations. The aim of this master’s specialisation is to provide you with a maximum of hands-on experience in the field of cognitive enhancement and cognitive ergonomics.


The curriculum of 60 EC offers a variety of courses and a supervised master thesis. The specialisation consists of:

  • 4 mandatory courses (20 EC)

  • thesis (20 EC)

  • internship (10 EC)

  • two elective courses (10 EC)


At the very start of your study programme, all master’s students enrol for all courses for the first semester at the Master’s introduction and course enrolment day. At this day the attendance of first year master’s students in Psychology is required if they start with a master’s programme.
Master’s course registration

First year

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Compulsory coursework

The Art of Applying Psychology (AoAP) 5
Evidence based Cognitive Enhancement (ECE) 5
Improving Human Performance in Practice (HPP) 5
The Psychology of Digital Design (PDD) 5
Master Thesis in MSc. Psychology 20

Internship (Choose one of the following options)

Internal Practical Internship (IPI) 10
Internship Psychology 10

Recommended electives

Add two electives. See overview of all electives

Trainers Course Communication Skills 10
Decision Making in Practice (DMP) 5

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Additional information


Internship, thesis and mentor coordinator

Kerwin Olfers, MSc k.j.f.olfers@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

Student representative

Find your student representative in the overview of programme committee members: Student representative

General coordinator

Dr. Pascal Haazebroek phaazebroek@fsw.leidenuniv.nl