Why this programme?
Psychologists want to understand, explain, and predict how people think, and why they do what they do. And they don't just want to understand behaviour, they also want to know how to alter it if necessary. It's a very broad field of study. Psychologists study how children learn a language through play. But they are also interested in the links between neurotransmitter activity and depression.
This bachelor's programme introduces you to all the major theories and topics within psychology. But the Psychology programme at Maastricht University is extra special. At Maastricht University, you'll get to study both cognitive and biological psychology.
Cognitive psychology: internal, mental processes
Cognitive psychology looks beyond the visible behaviour of people. You study what goes on in the mind of a person, such as language, memory, thought and perception. These processes influence our behaviour, whether it be on a rational, subconscious or emotional level.
discover the best method to study for an exam
predict which telephone numbers are easy to remember
deduct which commercials and information campaigns are most effective
Biological psychology: brain activity as the source of our behaviour
In biological psychology we assume that everything that we consciously or unconsciously do and think is due to patterns of activity in the brain. You examine the brain – the most complex structure in the world. You do this by using advanced methods, including the latest brain-imaging techniques.
- use an MRI to examine someone’s brain while he or she performs a certain action or has a certain thought
- measure the effects that sedatives, amphetamines, and caffeine have on our thinking, actions and perception
FPN Experience Days
Why not do an FPN Experience Day? This day allows you to experience what it is like to be a Psychology student. You will attend a lecture and participate in a tutorial group. Throughout the day you will be accompanied by advanced Psychology students who will be happy to answer all your questions about studying and student life. Read more about the Experience Days