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Work and Organizational Psychology

The track Work and Organizational Psychology is 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.

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.


Why should you choose to study Work and Organizational Psychology at Tilburg University?

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 track 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 for the academic year 2014-2015 consists of the following courses:

Course ECTS
Unit 1
Individual Research Proposal 3
Leadership and Organization 6
Personnel Psychology 6
Unit 2
Individual Research Proposal 3
Occupational Health Psychology 6
Work Group Psychology 6
Unit 3
Master's Thesis Work and Organizational Psychology 12
Internship or In Depth Module or The Psychology of Negotiation 6
Unit 4
Master's Thesis Work and Organizational Psychology 12

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.

Name MSc Social Psychology
Tracks Economic Psychology - Work and Organizational Psychology
Croho* 60077
Duration 1 year Master’s program
Type Full time
Title Master of Science (MSc)
Education On-campus only (no distance learning), lectures, seminars and group work
Language English
Exams Written exams, papers, presentations
Best preparatory Bachelors Bachelor in Psychology comparable to Tilburg University’s ‘BSc Psychology – track Psychology and Society’
Career prospects After finishing your Master’s degree in Social Psychology at Tilburg University, you will be prepared for both academic and vocational careers. Our graduates work in a wide range of professions, such as human resource management, consultancy, training/coaching, policy-making, marketing, financial services, communication, and advertising.
Start The end of August
Information Day 26 November 2014

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