Specialization – Social Psychology

VU University Amsterdam

Program Description

Specialization – Social Psychology

VU University Amsterdam

Social psychology examines human interaction, and the influence of the social environment on cognition, emotion, motivation, and behavior. This Master’s specialization focuses on the question how basic social-psychological theories can be applied to solve societal problems, for instance in the context of health, the environment, communication, aggression, and charity. The programme specifically seeks to increase student’s knowledge of social psychology, and train them in (a) translating theory to a thorough analysis of social problems, and (b) developing scientifically grounded interventions.


In the first semester, students take the following five mandatory courses:

  • Advanced Structural Models [6 EC]
  • Applying Theories to Societal Issues [6 EC]
  • Negotiation [6 EC]
  • Social processes in organisations [6 EC]
  • Applied social psychology [6 EC]

In the second semester, students will write their Master thesis (16 EC) and conduct an internship (14 EC).


Students with a Master degree, specialization in social psychology are versatile at the job market. They for instance find employment as coach, mediator, manager, or consultant. In addition, they often work as a policy advisor for a municipality or the government, or they find jobs in professional fields such as communication, education, or journalism. Social psychologists also often work as researchers, for instance at a university, a commercial research agency, or the research department of a governmental institution.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 18, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
1 year
Full time
1,850 EUR
Start date Sept. 2016
Netherlands Amsterdam
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Duration 1 year
Price 1,850 EUR