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Master's degree: Engineering of learning in professional situations and new technologies (Master Professionnel "Ingénierie des apprentissages en formation professionnelle et nouvelles technologies")

Psychology master's degree, "Cognitive psychology" option (in collaboration with the University of Burgundy)


National level 1 diploma (third university cycle).
The title of psychologist (law 85-772, decree 90-225) is given to those having done a bachelor's degree course, a master's degree (or first year of a master's), and a psychology DESS (or second year of a master's degree).


The goal of the course is to introduce students to thought and behavioural processes, situational evaluation, and the use of learning tools in professional training. They can be training counsellors, creators of educational resources, teachers, educational coordinators, heads of courses in training institutes, educational institutions and private companies.

Organised by

The course is organised by both the University of Burgundy's psychology department and AgroSup Dijon's department of training sciences and communications / public relations.

It is under the direct supervision of the University of Burgundy's Learning and Development Research Lab (LEAD, CNRS), and AgroSup Dijon's "Professional development and training" internal unit (DPF, Développement Professionnelle et Formation).


The world of professional training has recently undergone numerous socio-economic and socio-technical changes, of which: the importance given to training while working (continuing education, work/study programmes), the rise of the idea of proficiency, the arrival of digital training technology and the emergence of issues surrounding recognition of prior learning. In this context, very much linked to both labs' work (LEAD and the Professional development and training unit), in the field of learning tools and professional didactics, the main points of the course are:

  • the analysis of work situations, and
  • the analysis of learning processes and the development of skills.

The course is based on cognitive psychology and professional didactics knowledge and methods, in order to:

  • think of situations and learning and training tools
  • create frames of reference for learning and evaluating
  • make and use products based on new information and communication technologies (simulators, educational software, etc.)
  • develop the use of professional situations in the context of work/study programmes
  • test the learning thus done and the efficiency of the tools used

The course includes lectures and practical classes taught by research lecturers and professionals, as well as a 12-week-long (minimum length) internship that the student's thesis shall be based on. The thesis' goal is to produce a study about a training engineering issue (problems in the course, learning, knowledge or skills evaluation, etc.). The intern looks for their internship with faculty members. Group tutoring followed by individual tutoring is available during the writing of the thesis. A preliminary jury approves the project halfway through.


The course includes both continuing education and core cycle students in equal parts.


  • 12 weeks for the course and practical work
  • 12 weeks minimum for the internship (according to the intern's availability)
    preparation, writing and defence of a thesis (on the student's own free time)

Organisation : The course takes place from October to May, organised in blocks of one or two full weeks per month.
Classrooms are close to documentation and computer centres and student housing (AgroSup Dijon, 2 rue des Champs Prévois, Dijon, France).

Graduation: The jury decides whether the student graduates with the following criteria:

  • attendance at courses
  • results of the exams on course content
  • evaluation of the thesis, its theory, methodology and empirical qualities

Cost of the course

  • Course fees: 4000 euros
  • Admission fees should be added (around 235 euros)
  • Those financing the course alone may benefit from a 40% discount of the course fees. Payment methods may vary according to each student's case.
  • For teaching staff employed by training organisations registered at the Conseil Régional de Bourgogne, the Conseil may pay for part of the course fees. Get informed.

Admission requirements

Four years of post-secondary education (bac +4). Master's or equivalent degree.

  • Core cycle:

    • master's in psychology or education science

  • Continuing education:

    • professional experience in the field of professional training is preferred
    • target public: those working in professional training, particularly:

      • those working in the creation and coordination of professional training (core cycle and continuing education)
      • heads of training in private companies and training associations
      • heads of quality control, of educational resources centres
      • teaching staff

    • some may enter the course via recognition of prior learning (decree 85-306 of 23 August 1985)


Admission is given by a teaching commission upon examination of the admission forms. This commission meets at the end of May, and possibly at the beginning of September in case of cancellations.
The admission form must be given to Jean-Pierre Humblot, if possible before the end of May.

The admission form must contain:

  1. a basic information form (ask for it at AgroSup Dijon's master's office [see contact section below])
  2. a detailed CV (on your professional and academic career)
  3. a cover letter explaining your reasons for wanting to do the course (personal or professional projects, interest in the course, etc.)
  4. proof of master's degree or equivalent

Practicalities are covered by the following information the applicant must provide:

  1. methods of payment for the course (CIF, course plan, etc.)
  2. where applicable, a request for student housing (near where the courses take place) (must be done on a separate sheet of paper)

In the case of partial payment of the course fees, these shall be agreed upon with Jean-Pierre Humblot.
In the case of CIF, please take into account a 4 month delay before the beginning of the course.


It is possible to ask for recognition of prior learning (VAE, Validation des acquis de l'expérience; 2002 law), to gain entry into the course.

Those who do not have the equivalent of four years of post-secondary education (bac +4) must go through a VAE. To do so, they must ask Jean-Pierre Humblot for the relevant form; his contact information is below. This form must be filled out in parallel to the regular admission process paperwork.