Why this programme?
In the master’s specialisation in Work and Organisational Psychology, you’ll study human behavior in the context of work and in organizations. The programme combines theoretical knowledge of work and organisational psychology with practical applications that can be implemented in organisations.
Questions we will address include:
- What are the causes of stress and what can be done about it?
- How can jobs ideally be designed?
- What motivates people in their work?
- How does the composition of a team influence its effectiveness?
- How does team climate influence team performance?
- Is there an optimal leadership style?
- What are good HRM practices to recruit, select, train, and retain employees?
- What does the future of work look like?
Core courses of this programme are:
- Work psychology: focuses on job design, occupational health, and work behaviour. You will learn about sources of work stress, how to foster day-to-day recovery from work, why people sometimes behave uncivil at work and how this affects their colleagues. We will also discuss new work arrangements and why working from home might be a blessing and a curse for work-life balance.
- Human resources: addresses HR practices of personnel selection and assessment, training, performance management, continuous professional development, talent management, and career development. The aim is to be able to design and evaluate these practices in line with an evidence-based approach to decision making.
- Organisational Psychology: focuses on strategy, leadership, innovation, teamwork, organisational culture and climate, and change management . In subgroups you will work on case studies, developing research based solutions for a variety of problems organisations may face.
- Human performance: is centred on the question ‘How do people process information during the performance of tasks?’. You will focus on topics such as motivation, interruptions at work, organisational citizenship behaviour and ageing at work.
- The Future of Work: addresses key questions work and organisational psychologists are facing now and in the near future. For instance, how can artificial intelligence (AI) help organisations operate efficiently in the 21st century? How does the introduction of robots change daily work?
In addition to these core courses, you will be offered workshops on research methods and design, analysis and academic writing which will prepare you for conducting your own research as part of the master thesis.