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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Psychology

  • Start Date

    September, February

  • Course Duration

    12 months

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    25 July 2018

Course content

Modern life and society require people to stay mobile. This master equips you with the knowledge & skills to study human behaviour in traffic and to conceive of interventions that keep people mobile.

How do we manage to process all the information that we are bombarded with in busy traffic? How do we master driving a car, a task that is very complex at first but later can be so boring that we fall asleep behind the steering wheel? Why do we think we can send a text message while cycling (while others cannot)? And if we grow old, how can we take care we can still get from A to B ourselves? Is a shocking campaign more effective than a more neutral one? Can we do anything against road rage? What is the effect of ecstasy on driving behaviour? And is driving with a personality disorder safe?

These are questions we try to answer in Traffic Psychology.

This programme makes you an expert in this field. Different disciplines cover the broad theme of mobility and offer courses that examine social perspectives, that consider how a decline in the ability to process information affects mobility, and that focus on the clinical effects of ageing (e.g. dementia). A practical course element provides hands-on training using state-of-the-art assessment techniques and instruments. This will enable you to acquire the skills you will need in the applied and research field, e.g. for assessment in the field and in advanced driving simulators.

Job prospects

There is demand in society for people with this Master's qualification. Students who complete the course can expect to find a job in the following areas: health-care mobility advice, traffic psychology & mobility research institutes (e.g. TNO), automotive industry, commercial or governmental consultancy, human Factors consultancy or they can study for a PhD in this field.

Job examples

  • consultant at consultancies such as Arcadis or Royal Haskoning, but also for governmental institutes (ministry)
  • research fellow at universities and institutes such as SWOV or TNO
  • Mobility advisor at healthcare institutes
  • Designer-advisor at automotive industry giving advice about instrument panel layout, advanced driver assistance systems, et cetera

Visit the Psychology: Traffic Psychology & Sustained Mobility MSc page on the University of Groningen website for more details!

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