The aim of the Master psychology

The following is intended with the Master's programme:
 

  • to provide specialised knowledge, skills and insight in the area of Psychology, and achieve the final qualifications stated in the second paragraph;
  • to prepare students for the professional field as academic professional and further research training programmes in psychology in general and, specifically, in the field of Applied Cognitive Psychology, Child and Adolescent Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Neuropsychology or Social, Health and Organisational Psychology.

Exit qualifications

The aims of this Master's programme translate into the following exit qualifications:

Knowledge and understanding

The Master Psychology provides graduates with knowledge and understanding of:
 

  • recent developments and the current state of affairs of scientific knowledge in the area of Psychology;
  • the professional field(s) and problem context in which scientific knowledge of Psychology is applied;
  • assessments and psychodiagnostics that are used in the professional field and the theories underlying these assessments;
  • intervention strategies that are used in the professional field and the theories underlying these strategies;
  • customary methods of scientific research in the area of Psychology.

Application of knowledge and understanding

Graduates of the Psychology Master are able to:
 

  • demonstrate an advanced understanding of the applications of psychological knowledge within the field of Applied Cognitive Psychology, Child and Adolescent Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Neuropsychology or Social, Health and Organisational Psychology;
  • use scientific knowledge in the area of Applied Cognitive Psychology, Child and Adolescent Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Neuropsychology or Social, Health and Organisational Psychology;
  • adequately analyse psychological issues in the relevant field of study;
  • implement assessments and psychodiagnostics in the relevant professional area at a basic level;
  • implement and evaluate intervention strategies used in the professional field at a basic level;
  • set up, implement and report on scientific research in the relevant area.

Opinion forming

Graduates of the Psychology Master are able to:
 

  • consider, in a critically reflective way, the consequences and ethical aspects of their own professional actions with respect to people in general and patients, clients and research participants as well as their direct environment in particular;
  • keep in mind the ethical aspects of application in Psychology, including research;
  • demonstrate understanding of the awareness of limited knowledge and skills, and act accordingly;
  • take a critical view of psychological knowledge and practice, particularly in view of scientific standards for argumentation and proof.

Communication

Graduates of the Psychology Master are able to:
 

  • approach people in general and patients, clients and/or research participants and colleagues in particular, establish a working relationship and hold themselves accountable to them for their professional actions and conclusions; 
  • transfer professional knowledge to colleagues and people outside the field, particularly related to topics in the chosen professional field;
  • report both in verbal and written form on empirical research.

Learning skills

Graduates of the Master Psychology are able to:
 

  • learn from scientific literature, from oral transfer of knowledge and expertise, and from feedback on their own academic and professional activities;
  • learn at a self-directed and autonomous level.

The following is intended with the programme:

1. Prepare graduates for a career as an academic professional in the domain of Social, Health and/or Organisational Psychology.

This programme devotes special attention to the social influence of behaviour and attitudes, health behaviours, and to individual behaviour in relation to work and work organisations.

Graduates are able to integrate advanced understanding of practical issues with their knowledge of theories, empirical insights and methods in Social, Health, and/or Organisational psychology and systematically unravel practical issues, in a social, health or organisational context. They subsequently select and implement the most appropriate, evidence-based methods to solve these issues.

The outcomes of these steps generate input for knowledge development in the academic or practice domain within Social, Health, and/or Organisational psychology, and trigger new questions for empirical research.

Throughout the programme, full attention is given to the development of a professional identity as Social, Health or Organisational Psychologist.

2. Prepare graduates for a position as a behaviour specialist, consultant, researcher or intervention/policy developer at an academic level.