Why this programme?
In the master’s specialisation in Work and Organisational Psychology, you’ll study how people behave in organisations and why they behave the way they do. The programme combines theoretical knowledge about organisational psychology with practical applications that can be implemented in organisations.
You'll learn how to answer questions such as:
- Which working conditions prevent mental fatigue?
- What motivates people?
- What determines the effectiveness of a team?
- What is leadership?
- How would you develop a satisfactory selection system for, say, air traffic controllers?
- Which factors improve the quality of working life for the elderly?
- How do you stimulate innovation?
During the first semester, you'll take several courses and skills labs that will familiarise you with work and organisational psychology, particularly the cognitive issues of the domain. The courses you'll take are:
- Work psychology: focuses on individual and organisational outcomes of work behaviour. Issues such as job design and health and safety are also discussed.
- Human resources: addresses problems related to employee recruitment, selection and career development.
- Organisation and cognition: focuses on strategy, leadership, Innovation, team cognition, negotiation, change management and cultural diversity.
- Human performance: is centred on the question ‘How do people process information during the performance of tasks?’.
In the second semester, you'll continue to develop professional skills, complete a research project and write your master’s thesis.
Is this right for me?
This specialisation helps you understand human behaviour at work. You should have good communication skills and perseverance to meet the challenges of this programme.