Psychology: Work and Organizational Psychology

Understanding human behavior in the workplace

Understanding human behavior in the workplace


Work and Organizational Psychology focuses on human behavior within organizations and work situations. Why is one a leader and does the other follow? How can organizations attract ambitious, competent, and trustworthy employees? How can groups and organizations shape diversity? What role should leaders have in that process? How can we design selection procedures that are fair to ethnic groups? These are questions that are central within Work and Organizational Psychology.

The Master’s programme Work and Organizational Psychology prepares you for practice. You learn to apply the theory studied to everyday situations and the courses are taught by people who have experience in the field. During the Master you will gain insight into consumer behavior and how it can be influenced. Additionally, you will become familiar with theories that examine the various facets of the individual and his personality.

What are the available methods with which to assess which personality fits within a given work environment or function? How can you properly shape and support change management within organizations? What kind of leadership fits best in today’s world? How can you measure leadership? During your Master’s programme, you will find answers to these questions and you will gain insight into the social processes within organizations. You will also learn to differentiate between the roles that leadership, diversity, emotions, and affect play.


The emphasis of the Master’s programme Work and Organizational Psychology lies, on the one hand, in the area of social processes in organizations such as leadership, change, and cooperation. On the other hand, you can specialize in applied areas such as recruitment, selection, and management. Because of the application-focused character of the Master’s Programme, the link between theory and practice, and the emphasis on practical experience (internship), you will have a strong position on the labor market as a Work and Organizational Psychologist.

Psychology: Work & Organizational Psychology courses in study guide.

Education is of a very high standard

The Master’s degree Psychology at VU Amsterdam is small, intensive, and well organized. You work together with other students in small groups. A lot of teachers are professionals in practice and they will take time to guide you in your learning process. As soon as you start with the programme you will be assigned a teacher as tutor to whom you can turn for study matters or personal matters.

There is a lot of attention for your future

You will have the opportunity to enroll in courses that prepare you for your work career. There is also a good network for internships within major private and public organizations in the Netherlands and beyond. 

The broad approach is unique

All the Master’s degrees in the field of psychology are part of the Graduate School of the faculty. Therefore, there is a unique coherence within research, education, and academic and professional training. With the degree Psychology from VU Amsterdam there are many roads you can follow. You receive a good education in scientific research, but there is also a lot of attention for the skills that you will need in the practice of a psychologist.

Unique combination

What is especially unique about the Master’s degree Work and Organizational Psychology, is the combination of Human Resource Management and Organizational Psychology. The degree is not only scientific but also highly applicable: you will get the opportunity to analyze problems in organizations based on scientific research, yet there is also a lot of attention for practice-focused skills such as leadership and negotiation.

As a Master of Science in Psychology you will quickly find a suitable job. You can work in social aid, in hospitals, mental health institutions, or nursing homes. But you can also end up in the corporate world, for example as Human Resource Manager or Organizational consultant. Depending on the programme you choose, you will find a suitable job as psychologist. Check out your career perspectives with the Master programme you choose.

Are you not finished learning yet after your Master’s degree? After that you can apply to various postdoctoral degrees that educate you to become a health psychologist, clinical psychologist, I/O psychologist or psychotherapist, for example.


The research department of Social and Organizational Psychology is organized within the research programme Trust, Leadership, and Cooperation (TLC). As a Master’s student you will profit from the expertise and knowledge present within the department and have the opportunity to make a contribution yourself to research and practice during your research for the Master’s thesis. The department is of high international standing and cooperates with a variety of departments and institutions within VU Amsterdam (such as NSCR and the Zijlstra Centre), and with lots of international universities (such as Oxford, Singapore, UCLA, Michigan State, Queensland). Also, the department has good contacts with major public and private organizations in the Netherlands, in Europe, and beyond.

Trust, cooperation, and leadership are the themes that are central to our departmental research programme. When do we trust others? Are there biological and genetic influences that foster trust and cooperation between people? What makes us want to help others, or the group? What role do empathy, personality, and leadership play in social interaction? How do people deal with injustices? What must a leader do to optimally motivate people to step up for the group? Which skills should you possess to stay in control of your feelings, and can self-control be accomplished through training?

The research programme Trust, Leadership, and Cooperation

Yvette Burger

Student Work and Organizational Psychology

Yvette Burger student

“Psychology is a very fun, educational, and versatile study, and even though the study is quite broad, it is definitely not shallow. I follow the programme Work and Organizational Psychology because the combination of people and companies really speaks to me. The knowledge that you gain from this degree is very applicable and useful in your own daily life. In short: a study programme that will never go to waste!"

Overview Psychology: Work and Organizational Psychology

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

English

DURATION

1 year

TUITION FEE

APPLICATION DEADLINE

1 June for Dutch students. For International students who apply after April 1 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam can not guarantee that accommodation will be available for them

START DATE

1 September

STUDY TYPE

Full-time

FIELD OF INTEREST

Behavioural and Social Sciences

Dutch students


Afhankelijk van je vooropleiding gelden verschillende toelatingseisen, deadlines en aanmeldprocedures voor de master Psychologie: Mastertraject Arbeids- en Organisatiepsychologie. Starten met de masteropleiding is alleen mogelijk per 1 september. Er is geen instroommogelijkheid in februari.

Heb je al een masterdiploma?
Let op! De kosten van een tweede master zijn niet gelijk aan het reguliere collegegeld. De aanmeldprocedure is gelijk aan die met een bachelor van de VU, van een andere Nederlandse universiteit of van het hbo (volg de links hierboven).
Meer informatie over tarieven tweede graad.

Rechtstreeks toelaatbaar

Met een bachelordiploma Psychologie van de VU kun je direct instromen in de masteropleiding Psychologie: mastertraject Arbeids- en Organisatiepsychologie. Ook met een aan de VU behaald verwant bachelordiploma Bestuurs- en organisatiewetenschappen, Communicatiewetenschappen, Communicatie- en Informatiewetenschappen, International Business Administration of Bedrijfskunde ben je toelaatbaar tot het mastertraject Arbeids- en Organisatiepsychologie.
Je hoeft geen toelatingsverzoek in te dienen.

Deadlines:
Uiterlijk 31 juli moet je je aanmelding in Studielink en VUnet hebben voltooid. Meer informatie vind je op VUnet. Het advies is om je uiterlijk 31 mei al aan te melden!
Uiterlijk 31 augustus moet je je volledige inschrijving hebben voltooid.

Aanmelden/inschrijven na de deadlines is niet meer mogelijk.
Meer informatie over de procedure voor aanmelden kun je vinden op de VU website.

Niet toelaatbaar
Beschik je niet over één van de bovengenoemde VU-bachelordiploma’s, dan voldoe je helaas niet aan de toelatingseisen en kun je niet instromen in de masteropleiding Psychologie, mastertraject Arbeids- en organisatiepsychologie.


N.B. 1 juni
: Deadline aanmelding Studielink en deadline indienen toelatingsverzoek bij de toelatingscommissie.

Rechtstreeks toelaatbaar      
Met een bachelordiploma Psychologie, Bedrijfskunde, Bedrijfswetenschappen, Bestuurs- en organisatiewetenschappen, Beta Gamma Bedrijfskunde, (International) Business Administration, Communicatie- en Informatiewetenschappen, Communicatiewetenschappen of Personeelswetenschappen van een andere Nederlandse universiteit ben je toelaatbaar tot de masteropleiding Psychologie: mastertraject Arbeids- en Organisatiepsychologie.

Hoe meld je je aan?
Je meldt je aan in Studielink voor de master Psychologie. Een aanmelding verplicht je tot niets en kan nog tot 1 september kosteloos geannuleerd worden.
Dan ontvang je inlogcodes waarmee je je kunt aanmelden in VUnet. In VUnet kies je de specialisatie ‘Arbeids- en Organisatiepsychologie’.

Bij je aanmelding in VUnet moet je de volgende documenten uploaden onder het kopje 'Diploma':

  • Kopie diploma van de opleiding(en) op grond waarvan je toelating vraagt tot de master (indien reeds in je bezit).
  • Kopie officiële cijferlijst van de opleiding(en) op grond waarvan je toelating vraagt tot de master. Als je nog geen definitieve cijferlijst hebt, voeg dan een voorlopige cijferlijst toe.

Onvolledige aanmeldingen worden niet in behandeling genomen.

Deadlines:
Deadline aanmelding in Studielink en indienen toelatingsverzoek in VUnet: 1 juni 2018.
Deadline volledige inschrijving: 31 augustus 2018.

Niet toelaatbaar
Beschik je niet over één van de bovengenoemde bachelordiploma’s, dan voldoe je helaas niet aan de toelatingseisen en kun je niet instromen in de masteropleiding Psychologie, mastertraject Arbeids- en organisatiepsychologie.

Aan de VU hebben we geen premasteropleiding Psychologie. Je moet eerst het universitaire bachelordiploma Psychologie behalen. Met een hbo-opleiding kun je niet instromen in de masteropleiding Psychologie, mastertraject Arbeids- en organisatiepsychologie. 

Something for you?
Do you dare to submit your own ideas to thorough analyses and to only speak with full conviction when you have sufficient scientific evidence? Are you someone who knows how to apply theory to practice? Do you want to use your knowledge, insights, and skills in the area of Work and Organizational Psychology for improving organizations? Then you will definitely be in the right place at the Master’s programme Work and Organizational Psychology.

  • Please look at what more this programme has to offer you! Find more information about the courses in the Studyguide.
  • Join a Work and Organizational Psychology Master’s degree student for a day: send an email to studiekeuze.fgb@vu.nl

Information on study related issues as courses, study programme and study choice:
Study advisor
studieadvies.fgb@vu.nl

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Information days 
7 December 2017: VU Master's evening

International students

The Master’s specialisation Work and Organizational Psychology which is part of the Master in Psychology programme is open to both Dutch and international students with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application. If you have read the admission criteria below and feel you are eligible for admission, please take the following steps to submit your application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your relevant documents are required.

Step 1: Meet the admission criteria

In order to gain admission to the Master’s specialisation Social Psychology / Work and Organisational Psychology, you will need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent. Academic writing skill is to be demonstrated by submitting a thesis or other piece of academic writing you have done during your prior education.

Specific requirements for the Master in Psychology: Work and Organizational Psychology
For admission to this study programme, a student needs to have completed (or is currently completing) a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology . If you are applying with a Bachelor’s diploma from a non-Dutch university, the Admission Committee will evaluate this diploma and it’s curriculum against the level of a Dutch Bachelor’s degree from a research university.


General language proficiency requirements

VU Amsterdam requires international applicants to take an English test and to submit their score as a part of the application. Exceptions are made for students who have completed their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia or who have obtained an international Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate diploma.

Step 2: Prepare documents and apply online

Dutch students or students with a Dutch University degree, please follow: Online application for students with a Dutch University degree.

Students with an international degree, please follow: Online application for students with an International University degree.

Please note:
As this study programme is a specialisation which falls under the Master of Psychology, in Studielink, please select the Master Psychology or, the Dutch name: Psychologie. In our Vunet application system, which follows, you can indicate which specialisation you are choosing.

Required documents
For International degree holders, digital scans of the following documents are required:

  • Copy of your valid passport or ID (only for EU residents)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 2 Letters of recommendation
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Diploma(s) / statement of expected graduation
  • A transcript of the marks obtained during the Bachelor's (and additional) programme
  • Bachelor's or Master's thesis, or alternative academic writing
  • English language test

Detailed descriptions of the required documents and deadlines for supplying

Step 3: Await decision on admission

The admission board will review your application as soon as it is complete. Normally this takes about three to four weeks, but it might take longer in busy periods so be sure to apply as soon as possible. If you gain admission, you will receive a letter of conditional admission by email. You can start planning your move to Amsterdam!

Step 4: Finalize your registration and move to Amsterdam!

Make sure to finalize your registration as a student before the start of the programme. The conditions include sending a certified copy of your diploma and submitting the results of your English language test. Also, arrange payment of the tuition fees or authorize VU Amsterdam to withdraw the fees (you need to have a European bank account for this option). 
Registration procedure and the relevant deadlines

When all conditions are met you will receive a confirmation of your registration and you will be ready to start your programme at VU Amsterdam!

Further information about
Accommodation
Immigration
Tuition fees
Scholarships

Admission to a Master’s programme: the Bachelor-before-Master rule 

The Bachelor-before-Master rule is applied to all VU programmes. This means that you can only start a Master’s programme on 1 September if you have obtained your Bachelor’s degree. Unconditional admission to our Master’s cannot be granted based on uncompleted Bachelor’s programmes.

There are several possibilities for obtaining funding. VU Amsterdam, the Dutch government and other organisations offer scholarships, fellowships and grants. Below you can find detailed information about scholarship programmes, grants and loans most often used by our international students.

VU Fellowship programme

VU Amsterdam offers fellowships to outstanding non-Dutch students who take part in its international Master's degree programmes, through the VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP). Selected students will receive a scholarship for the duration of the degree programme. There is a limited number of fellowships available. Please note that the VUFP application deadline is set to February 1st.

General information about scholarships

Learn more about other scholarships:

  • Direct Loan Programme (US students)
  • Netherlands Fellowship Programme
  • STUNED Scholarship Programme
  • Libertas Support Fund
  • Other scholarships possibilities

Student grants and loans by Dutch government

If you have questions about a student grant and loan provided by the Dutch government, you should contact DUO (Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs) or call the central information line on +31 50 599 7755.

Practical information about studying in Amsterdam

We will help you get the important things done during your stay, such as finding accomodation and optaining a visa/residence permit.
Extra information you need as an international student at VU Amsterdam 

Contact 
International Office.

Something for you?
Do you dare to submit your own ideas to thorough analyses and to only speak with full conviction when you have sufficient scientific evidence? Are you someone who knows how to apply theory to practice? Do you want to use your knowledge, insights, and skills in the area of Work and Organizational Psychology for improving organizations? Then you will definitely be in the right place at the Master’s programme Work and Organizational Psychology.

  • Please look at what more this programme has to offer you! Find more information about the courses in the Studyguide.
  • Join a Work and Organizational Psychology Master’s degree student for a day: send an email to studiekeuze.fgb@vu.nl

Contact

Information on practical matters (application & registration procedure, admission requirements, scholarships, etc.):
Wytske Siegersma
International student advisor
admissionsfbms@vu.nl

Information on study related issues as courses, study programme and study choice:
Study advisor
studieadvies.fgb@vu.nl

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