Work and Organizational Psychology

Embedded in the Master's program Social Psychology, Work and Organizational Psychology concentrates on science based solutions to human problems in work and organizational settings. It aims to understand how to achieve each of the following objectives: optimizing performance, improving processes and relationships, enhancing fairness and equity, and increasing subjective well-being.

About Work and Organizational Psychology


The European Network of Work and Organizational Psychology (ENOP) developed a reference model and standards for a curriculum in Work & Organizational Psychology. According to the ENOP model, the main areas to be considered are Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology. The track Work and Organizational Psychology adheres to these standards as far as possible, and offers a study program that deals with the most important topics in Work & Organizational Psychology at the individual, task, group and organizational level.

The program

Work and Organizational Psychology is a field with both a strong scientific base and an applied orientation. Thus, the program connects psychological theory and application whereby theoretical concepts are shown to lead to useful interventions. In each of the areas of Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology, the program seeks to develop two types of knowledge and skills: explanatory and intervention.

  • Explanatory refers to theory devoted to the explanation of (the context of) human behavior and to diagnostic skills in work, organization, and personnel fields. This will prepare you to assess, diagnose, explain, and interpret phenomena and processes in the areas of work, organizations and personnel.
  • Intervention refers to change theory and intervention skills in work, organizational and personnel settings. This will prepare you to plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate changes and interventions to improve behaviors, situations, and social processes in the fields of work, organizations, and personnel. This type of knowledge also prepares you to design new models, methods, and tools. The two types of knowledge and skills will be integrated as much as possible within the various courses.


The program will be taught by members of the Department of Social Psychology. Staff members are specialized in topics related to the areas of Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology.

Why Work and Organizational Psychology in Tilburg?

International setting

This one-year, English-taught Master’s program offers you the opportunity to become a specialist in Work and Organizational Psychology in a small, interactive, international setting.

Broad focus on work, organizational, and personnel psychology

Work and Organizational Psychology at Tilburg University is characterized by a broad and versatile approach. In our program, you will master the necessary academic skills to become a competent researcher and practitioner in work, organizational, and personnel psychology. The program therefore prepares you for a variety of career opportunities.

Exclusively small, interactive classes taught by a dynamic and international research team

You will study in an international and challenging environment. Where you will interact on a daily basis with international staff and students; we exclusively teach in small and interactive classes. All courses link theory to practice, for example, in guest lectures, case studies, or practical assignments.

Double Degree programs in Moscow and Osnabrück

We offer you two unique opportunities to expand your Master’s program:

Courses Work and Organizational Psychology

Work and Organizational Psychology consist of 60 Credits (ECTS), equivalent to 1,680 hours of study, divided into four units. The last two units are reserved entirely for writing your Master's Thesis and doing an internship or an in-depth course.


The program consists of the following courses:

Unit 1 (August-October)

Unit 2 (October-December)

Unit 3 (January-March)

Unit 4 (March-June)

Total: 60 ECTS

Mwaba SP

Student Kalukeki Mwaba from South Africa:

“I chose the MSc in Work and Organizational Psychology because the program is research-based and focused on finding scientific solutions to practical problems in modern organizations. Lecturers are always willing to assist you if you have any questions, and they encourage students to share their opinions. The course work has been an enriching experience.”

The Master's program in Social Psychology in short

StartThe end of August
Duration1 year (2 year in case of a dual degree program)
TitleMaster of Science (MSc)
Best preparatory Bachelor'sBachelor in Psychology comparable to Tilburg University’s
‘BSc Psychology – track Psychology and Society’
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Career prospectsOur graduates work in a wide range of professions,
such as human resource management, consultancy,
training/coaching, policy-making, marketing,
financial services, communication, and advertising.
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