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Education Master's and PhD degree programmes Cognitive Psychology and Psychophysiology
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Cognitive Psychology and Psychophysiology

How do we store information in working memory? What changes in that process during ageing? How does mood affect our perceptions?

What brain areas allow you to switch between two tasks? And how does all that mental activity affect the body?

Cognitive psychology and psychophysiology studies cognitive functioning (memory, learning, perception, etc.) of healthy people and in our master track Cognitive Psychology and Psychophysiology you study – amongst others – these questions.

You will learn about the latest theories and insights in this broad area, and you will get hands-on experience with research tools such as advanced reaction time analyses, EEG and TMS. You will put all this knowledge into practice during your master's research project. In the programme, we put a strong emphasis on applications of all the theory you study: over and over again, we will ask “how can we use this knowledge in everyday life?”

Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Psychology
Course type
Master
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
60260
Language of instruction
English
Start
February, September
Faculty
Behavioural and Social Sciences
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • International approach;
  • Expert tuition from professionals in the field;
  • Freedom to design the programme to suit your requirements;
  • A lot of individual guidance because of small-scale education.
Programme

The Master's program in Psychology aims to prepare the student for professional practice as a psychologist or as a researcher. The program aims to teach the student knowledge and skills within one of the disciplines of psychology. The student learns to apply this knowledge and skills in a research or practice-oriented project and to report on this responsibly.

Periods
CoursesCourse Catalog >1234
Building experiments and measuring performance (5 EC)

Vaardigheidsvak/skills course

Psychophysiology and its applications (5 EC)

Basisvak/foundation course

Repeated measures (5 EC, optional)

Methodenvak/statistics course

Master thesis (30 EC)
Advanced experimental skills (5 EC)

Vaardigheidsvak/skills course

Cognitive psychology (5 EC)

Basisvak/foundation course

Test construction (5 EC, optional)

Methodenvak/statistics course

Curriculum

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Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Bachelor students meet language requirements. For English-taught tracks, students with an HBO Toegepaste Psychologie need to provide evidence of satisfactory results for one of the standard tests. For more details see https://www.rug.nl/gmw/psychology/education/master/aanmelding-en-toelating/taaleisen-engels

previous education

To be eligible for admission to this master, you need to hold a Bachelor's degree in Psychology (or with a strong focus on Psychology) from a Research University, based on wide psychological knowledge and skills, as well advanced statistical and methodological knowledge and skills. For some tracks, it is possible to do a premaster in case you do not completely satisfy the criteria. Details on admission criteria as well as on the admission procedure per prior education can be found on https://www.rug.nl/gmw/psychology/education/master/aanmelding-en-toelating/ PLEASE NOTE: For the enrollment for the September 2021 start of the Master's program, it is very likely that we will have to impose a capacity limitation on the number of students that can enter our program. The rules for the ensuing selection will be announced in the first half of 2020.

Registration procedure

The application procedure depends on prior education.

For a full description of the application procedure, please consult Application and Admission.
Students who have finished the bachelor in Psychology at the University of Groningen can, for most master tracks, register until 1 February / 1 September.

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
All Research universitiesVia a pre-master with a maximum of 60 EC
Psychology (EN)All Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Applied PsychologyAll Universities of applied sciencesDeficiency program with a maximum of 60 EC
Study programmeOrganizationTransition
PsychologyUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Psychology (EN)University of GroningenNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Non-native English speakers must moreover provide evidence of satisfactory results for one of the standard tests. See https://www.rug.nl/gmw/psychology/education/master/aanmelding-en-toelating/taaleisen-engels

previous education

To be eligible for admission to this master, you need to hold a Bachelor's degree in Psychology (or with a strong focus on Psychology) from a Research University, based on wide psychological knowledge and skills, as well advanced statistical and methodological knowledge and skills. For some tracks, it is possible to do a premaster in case you do not completely satisfy the criteria. Details on admission criteria as well as on the admission procedure per prior education can be found on https://www.rug.nl/gmw/psychology/education/master/aanmelding-en-toelating/ PLEASE NOTE: For the enrollment for the September 2021 start of the Master's program, it is very likely that we will have to impose a capacity limitation on the number of students that can enter our program. The rules for the ensuing selection will be announced in the first half of 2020.

Registration procedure

The application procedure depends on prior education.

For a full description of the application procedure, please consult Application and Admission.
Students who have finished the bachelor in Psychology at the University of Groningen can, for most master tracks, register until 1 February / 1 September.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202001 September 2020
01 December 202001 February 2021
01 May 202101 September 2021
01 December 202101 February 2022
EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
01 December 202001 February 2021
01 May 202101 September 2021
01 December 202101 February 2022
non-EU/EEA students01 April 202001 September 2020
01 November 202001 February 2021
01 April 202101 September 2021
01 November 202101 February 2022
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14650full-time
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time
non-EU/EEA2020-2021€ 15000full-time

More information about tuition fees: http://www.rug.nl/education/tuition/fees/master-degrees

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

CPP is a broad programme that does train you for a specific job. The skills and knowledge you will gain are useful in many different functions. However, most obvious would be a position as researcher or consultant.

Job examples

  • Researcher

    CPP graduates are well prepared for a career as researcher, for example as PhD student at a university, but also in the private (Philips, Unilever) or government sector (ministries, TNO), or with NGOs(SWOV)

  • Advisor/Consultant

    You can use your skills and knowledge as CPP-graduate to advise companies, NGOs of the government about the latest developments in cognitive psychology and psychophysiology, for example in the context of human-computer interaction, or on recent developments such as neuromarketing.

Research

Mindwise

For a general overview of research of the Psychology department have a look at Mindwise. This is a blog platform of the Department of Psychology of the University of Groningen (located in the Netherlands). Staff and students write in a personal capacity about psychological research and education in Groningen, and express their opinions on current affairs based on their expertise.

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Contact

If you want to know more about the programme Cognitive Psychology and Psychophysiology, please contact:

  • Academic Advisors Psychology (about the programme, enrollment, studying)
    Email: studieadvies.psy rug.nl
  • Admission Office (for students with a non-Dutch diploma)
  • Admissions Board Master Psychology (about admission & application, for students with a Dutch diploma)
    Email: toelatingscommissie.masterpsy rug.nl
  • Dr. Sebastiaan Mathot (Coordinator master programme Cognitive Psychology and Psychophysiology)
    Email: s.mathot rug.nl
  • 
						Testimonial of Student Robin Hake

    The CPP programme is very practical. You learn how to conduct research by using different instruments.

    – Student Robin Hake
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    My name is Robin Hake and I come from Germany. Before I came to Groningen I studied computer science. The idea of coming to Groningen first popped into my head when an acquaintance of mine told me about the UG and its psychology programme. I decided to move to Groningen because of its good reputation and because I already had friends studying here.

    My first moments in Groningen were rather overwhelming. I come from a small village in Germany so it was a big change. Also, the university where I previously studied was very small; I was not used to having so many people around. I also had to get used to speaking English. After I arrived, I took an intensive Dutch course for a month, only to find out afterwards that this was not necessary since everyone here speaks good English.

    What motivated me to study psychology was a book by Daniel Kahneman called ‘Thinking, Fast and Slow’. I was so intrigued about finding out more about psychology that I dropped my computer science programme and switched to the UG. Kahneman’s main research field in psychology is cognitive psychology. My favourite course unit in the Bachelor’s programme was also cognitive psychology. These factors inspired me to choose the Cognitive Psychology and Psychophysiology (CPP) track; I think it is the most interesting topic in psychology.

    The CPP programme is very practical. You learn how to conduct research by using different instruments. There are many course units where you learn how to use tools such as eye-trackers and EEGs, or understand the principles underlying fMRI and TMS. In the field of cognitive psychology, it is essential that you are able to work with these tools.

    The structure of this programme is a bit different to the other programmes. You follow all your course units during the first semester, and during the second you only write your thesis. I think this structure is very beneficial for students, since you have all the theoretical knowledge before writing your thesis.

    Robin Hake, 24, masterstudent in Cognitive Psychology and Psychophysiology

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						Testimonial of Student Tabitha Steendam

    The Master's programme concentrates on research focusing on application in practice

    – Student Tabitha Steendam
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    My name is Tabitha Steendam, I'm 24 and I'm currently following two Master's degree programmes at the UG: Cognitive Psychology and Psychophysiology and the Research Master's in Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences.

    The UG was the obvious choice. It offers high-quality teaching, particularly in the field of research. As I want to become a researcher, I chose to do not only my Bachelor’s but also my Master’s at the UG. The Master’s in Cognitive Psychology and Psychophysiology more than matched my interests and gave me the opportunity to learn the skills and knowledge I will need in the future. Another reason for studying here is that Groningen is a very exciting city for students and has a nice atmosphere.

    The Master’s in Cognitive Psychology and Psychophysiology is a great programme. The group of students is smaller than in the Bachelor’s, which makes it very personal. There is a lot more contact with the lecturers and with fellow students, which I find very motivating. We organize drinks parties so that you can meet the staff and where you can discuss which subject you would like to tackle in your Master’s thesis.

    The Master’s programme concentrates on research focusing on application in practice. In the first semester you follow course units and in the second you write your Master’s thesis. This means that you can use and expand the knowledge and skills you acquired in the first semester in writing your thesis.

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						Testimonial of Sebastiaan Mathot

    dr. Sebastiaan Mathot - assistant professor in the Experimental Psychology department

    – Sebastiaan Mathot
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    My name is Sebastiaan Mathôt and I am assistant professor in the Experimental Psychology department and coordinator of the Master's in Cognitive Psychology and Psychophysiology.

    My field, experimental or cognitive psychology, focuses on fundamental thought processes like perception, memory and attention. I find it interesting to look at human behaviour at this basic level. In my own research I focus on human behaviour by studying topics such as attention, eye movements and pupil size. In addition to conducting research I also develop scientific software, including OpenSesame, a programme that designs and conducts psychological experiments.

    The Master’s programme I coordinate combines fundamental cognitive psychology with applied elements. This makes it very different from other programmes in this field, which in most cases focus exclusively on research. In this UG Master’s you will not only learn how cognitive processes work but also how you can apply this knowledge in practice and in the business world. Think of the role attention plays in how drivers experience traffic situations for example, or doctors look at scans, and how we all experience advertisements. Stefan van der Stigchel has written an interesting book about attention (Zo werkt aandacht), which provides a good overview of our field and how we deal with this in our Master’s programme.

    In this programme, students can thus expect to learn fundamental knowledge as well as practical skills in course units such as statistics and methodology. In addition, we offer an extensive research placement, where students learn to apply this knowledge in practice.

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Student profile

You:

  • are broadly interested in brain and behaviour;
  • like to apply state-of-the-art theories and methods in practice
  • are creative, persistent and a problem solver;
  • are curious and have a drive to deepen your understanding of the world around you;

Given that CPP can be rather technical (for example programming experiments, or analyses), affinity with technology is recommended

Study support

Our academic advisors inform and advise prospective students, students enrolled in one of our programmes, and alumni. You can turn to them with all kinds of questions, e.g. about the programme itself, study planning, choice of courses/minors, enrolment, rules and regulations that apply to a study programme, attending courses at other faculties and studying abroad.

Please do not hesitate to contact one of our academic advisors or plan an appointment with one of them. Navigate to https://www.rug.nl/gmw/psychology/education/study-and-supervision or click the Contact button on this page.