Minor Programme

Human Factors and Engineering Psychology

Engineers are the ones to build cars, power plants, smartphones or commercial websites. However, all these systems are ultimately operated by human beings with all their cognitive, motivational, sensor, and physical limitations, strengths and peculiarities. This issue is known as the “Human Factor”. Psychologists are the ones to know best about the human mind, which is why they are urgently needed for successful design of socio-technical systems that are safe, efficient and pleasant to use for their human operators.

Bachelor final year

Faculty of Behavioural Management and Social Sciences

Social Sciences


Quartile 1B

120 EC finished, relevant domain-specific prior knowledge


IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL iBT 80

To be paid at home institution

The Courses

In the module Human Factors & Engineering Psychology students get prepared for a career as Human Factors specialist. The over-arching ideas and principles of Human Factors are introduced first, for example the Anti-Procrustes principle, which says that the primary aim is to fit the technical system to the human being, never the other way round.

Then follows an introduction to four domains where Human Factors plays a crucial role, namely automotive design, medical devices (such as infusion pumps), commercial software and websites, and operator control rooms (this is the place where large industrial systems are controlled, such as nuclear power plants). Human Factors design values and principles will be linked to content from the first year of study, such as cognitive functioning and abilities.

Human Factors specialists work closely together with engineers, such as computer scientists or industrial designers. The module prepares for inter-disciplinary collaboration in several ways. First, basic engineering principles are introduced, for example the role of user requirements and the project phases of systems development. Second, the module contains a genuine programming course, where students will learn to program their own interactive prototypes, psychological tests, cognitive models and interactive data visualizations. The chosen programming language Python, is easy to learn, highly versatile and well regarded in industry and academia. Third, a number of mini projects serve to practice activities and methods of Human Factors design and research. Working together in small teams, students will solve a number of problems. For example, eliciting and analysing user requirements, using and creating design guidelines, planning and implementation of a test suite for assessing human performance. The over-arching topic of the project course is “universal

How to apply

To apply for an exchange programme, you will have to follow these seven steps:

1. Pre-application phase: 6 - 4 months before arrival

2. Nomination: 6 - 3 months before arrival

3. Application phase: 6 - 3 months before arrival

4. Assessment phase: 4 - 2 months before arrival

5. Acceptance or rejection: 3 - 2 months before arrival

6. Preparation to arrival phase: 3 - 1 month(s) before arrival

7. Upon arrival and during your stay at the UT

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The Netherlands

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