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Study, understand and influence human behaviour

Psychology

Work and Organizational Psychology

Do you want to know what moves people and how you can help improve their well-being? During the master's programme in Psychology at VU Amsterdam, you will immerse yourself in psychological questions.

In the English-language track Work and Organizational Psychology, you will focus on the wellbeing of employees within organisations and work situations. You will look at individual performance, interrelationships, and collaborative processes and will investigate oppuntunities for improvement.


This track of the master's programme in Psychology takes one year and consists of lectures and seminars. You will participate in research and practice using important scientific skills in tutorial groups and practicals.


The master's programme in Psychology is small-scale, intensive and well organised. You will learn interactively in small tutorial groups and the important connection between theory and practice will continuously be made.


Many of the teachers have earned their stripes in practice and are professionals in their field. They are therefore able to provide you with excellent guidance for your career.

Which specialisation do you choose?

Find out what the different possibilities are within the master's programme Psychology.

Summary

If you choose the Work and Organizational Psychology track, you’ll answer questions like these that focus on human behaviour within organisations and work situations. Because this track is work-related by definition, the programme is sure to have a lasting impact on your career.

What’s more, this one-year programme prepares you to put what you’ve learned into practice: you’ll gain insights into the individual characteristics and social processes that shape organisations. You’ll not only understand the theories behind problems you’ll encounter in the workplace – you’ll also learn to apply these theories to everyday work-related situations. Your courses are all taught by people who have experience both in research and in the field. And you’ll get real-life practical experience through your internship.

All this means you’ll have a headstart on the labour market as an organisational psychologist once you’ve graduated. You may find work in HR departments for large companies – including in positions like HR manager, trainer, teacher, selection psychologist or internal management consultant. You could also work for a management consultancy as a coach or external management consultant. Selection firms, educational institutions or research institutions are also potential employers. Plus, work and organisational psychologists are much sought after for general management positions.

Additional admission requirements
This specialization has specific admission requirements. Look under 'Admissions' to see which specific admission requirements . 

Research: LeadershipLab
The research activities of the Organizational Psychology group are combined under the LeadershipLab. The LeadershipLab is part of the Institute for Brain and Behaviour Amsterdam (IBBA). As a Master’s student, you’ll benefit from the expertise and knowledge within the group, while having the opportunity to make your own contribution to both research and practice during your Master’s thesis. 

The group is highly international, and cooperates with a wide variety of departments and institutions within VU Amsterdam (the School of Business and Economics, NSCR, Zijlstra Centre), as well as several international universities (Oxford, Singapore, UCLA, Michigan State, Queensland, UWA). The department also has strong contacts with major public and private organisations in the Netherlands, Europe and beyond.

Leadership, personality and team dynamics are themes that are central to our departmental research programme. Our research looks at questions like:

- What role do empathy, personality and leadership play in social interaction? 
- How do people deal with injustices? 
- Which skills should you possess to stay in control of your feelings, and can self-control be accomplished through training? 
- Are there biological and genetic influences that foster trust and cooperation between people? 

  • Work and Organizational Psychology

    Summary

    If you choose the Work and Organizational Psychology track, you’ll answer questions like these that focus on human behaviour within organisations and work situations. Because this track is work-related by definition, the programme is sure to have a lasting impact on your career.

    What’s more, this one-year programme prepares you to put what you’ve learned into practice: you’ll gain insights into the individual characteristics and social processes that shape organisations. You’ll not only understand the theories behind problems you’ll encounter in the workplace – you’ll also learn to apply these theories to everyday work-related situations. Your courses are all taught by people who have experience both in research and in the field. And you’ll get real-life practical experience through your internship.

    All this means you’ll have a headstart on the labour market as an organisational psychologist once you’ve graduated. You may find work in HR departments for large companies – including in positions like HR manager, trainer, teacher, selection psychologist or internal management consultant. You could also work for a management consultancy as a coach or external management consultant. Selection firms, educational institutions or research institutions are also potential employers. Plus, work and organisational psychologists are much sought after for general management positions.

    Additional admission requirements
    This specialization has specific admission requirements. Look under 'Admissions' to see which specific admission requirements . 

    Research: LeadershipLab
    The research activities of the Organizational Psychology group are combined under the LeadershipLab. The LeadershipLab is part of the Institute for Brain and Behaviour Amsterdam (IBBA). As a Master’s student, you’ll benefit from the expertise and knowledge within the group, while having the opportunity to make your own contribution to both research and practice during your Master’s thesis. 

    The group is highly international, and cooperates with a wide variety of departments and institutions within VU Amsterdam (the School of Business and Economics, NSCR, Zijlstra Centre), as well as several international universities (Oxford, Singapore, UCLA, Michigan State, Queensland, UWA). The department also has strong contacts with major public and private organisations in the Netherlands, Europe and beyond.

    Leadership, personality and team dynamics are themes that are central to our departmental research programme. Our research looks at questions like:

    - What role do empathy, personality and leadership play in social interaction? 
    - How do people deal with injustices? 
    - Which skills should you possess to stay in control of your feelings, and can self-control be accomplished through training? 
    - Are there biological and genetic influences that foster trust and cooperation between people? 

Internship and master’s thesis

During your master's programme, you will conduct a practice- or research-oriented internship. This will give you a good idea of your future profession. Through the programme's extensive internship network, you will establish contacts that are important for your future career as a psychologist. You will gain new experiences and get even more out of your studies.

VU Amsterdam offers you the opportunity to do your internship (and possibly your thesis) abroad. However, there are specific criteria for clinical internships and the number of places abroad is limited.

You will round off the  programme with your master’s thesis. You will write about research that you have conducted independently into a subject within your field of expertise. You can also combine your internship and master’s thesis.

The master's programme in Psychology thoroughly prepares you for your career as a psychologist.