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Work and Organizational Psychology

1 year English Starts end of August

In the master’s track in Work and Organizational Psychology you will learn how to apply science-based solutions to human problems in work and organizational settings. You learn how to optimize employee performance, improve processes and relationships, enhance fairness and equity in teams, and increase subjective well-being in organizations. This is a track of MSc Social Psychology.

83.4%
of the students is (very) satisfied with their program

National Student Survey, 2019 | n=6

4.4
average number of months until first paid job

National Alumni Survey, 2019 | n=5

Top 50
worldwide in Psychology

Program and courses

Become an expert in the field of the psychological processes that shape human behavior and well-being on the work floor. Study the psychological aspects of work processes, organizations, and employee management.

  • International setting with small groups and a lot of interaction.
  • Courses and supervision are done by a team of international, young, and enthusiastic researchers.
  • Internship (12 or 18 ECTS) in an organization chosen by you. 
  • The program focuses on the critical and valid application of theory in practice, with an empasis on how work and organizational  psychology can be applied to improve employee and team performance.

Typical courses are:

  • Occupational Health Psychology: Discover what employees and employers can do to motivate different kinds of employees and prevent them from burning out. 
  • Personnel Psychology: Find out how to find and select the best candidates for the job, assess your employees' performance, prevent unethical behavior, and increase diversity in your organization. 
  • Leadership and Organization: We examine leadership development within organizations from an identity perspective, and this requires students to examine their own identities as either leaders or followers.
  • Work Group Psychology: Learn what organizations and individuals can do to improve the effectiveness of teams in the workplace. 

More on the program and courses

  • Kalukeki Mwaba - Work and Organizational Psychology

    Kalukeki Mwaba

    Master's student

    "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."

  • Julia Rotzinger

    Julia Rotzinger

    Master's student

    "The program is a great preparation when looking to start a career in the field of Human Resources or Organizational Psychology. The classes are a mix of theory, discussions, group work and practical assignments. Combining thesis and internship is an excellent way to boost research skills, gain work experience and network."

  • Joep Meijs - Work and Organizational Psychology

    Joep Meijs

    Performance Coach at Wouw Performance Coaching | HR bij ASML

    "The topics in the lessons appealed to me enormously. Especially the courses on work-related stress and how groups function optimally."

Career prospects

The Master's track in Work and Organizational Psychology prepares you for both academic and practical careers. After graduation, you will have the knowledge and skills needed to get started in positions in the fields of work and organizational psychology, human resources, marketing, financial services, policy, consulting or research.

Organizations where our graduates ended up include Deloitte, Rabobank, Arbo Unie, Schouten & Nelissen, Booking.com, Start People, Research Universities and Schools of Applied Sciences, various HR organizations and consulting / coaching / career counseling agencies.

Example positions of graduates:

  • Human Resource Manager at KPN
  • Staff Consultant at Universiteit Utrecht
  • Research Advisor at Driessen HRM

Alumni facts

  • Average number of months until first paid job: 4.40
  • Finds a job within 6 months after graduation: 80% 
  • Gross monthly income one year after graduation: € 1.732,- 

Source: National Alumni Survey - Master Social Psychology, 2019 | n = 6

    More on your career prospects

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    Application and admission

    This Master's track starts:

    End of August

    Best preparatory programs:

    Bachelor in (Social) Psychology

    Pre-Master's program:

    Not available.

    Tuition fees and scholarships

    International students find all information about tuition fees and scholarships here.

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