The world of work is changing rapidly, posing new challenges for both employees and organizations. Would you like to contribute to productive solutions and their implementation?

The field of Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology (WOP) studies the factors that influence how people feel and behave at work, as well as the consequences of this behavior.

Our master's program focuses on such diverse topics as motivation, leadership, (un)ethical behavior, goal pursuit, aging at work and career development, training and coaching, personality, and creativity. This large diversity of topics is also reflected in our research methods, our staff, and our teaching program. Our courses help you gain advanced knowledge of cutting-edge research and gives you the opportunity to develop a broad set of professional skills. Moreover, you have the opportunity to get a coaching certificate, which will be helpful if you aim for a career in coaching, counseling, or personnel development. It is precisely this combination of theory and practice that makes Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology an exciting field to study and to work in.

Why study this program in Groningen?

  • International program and staff;
  • Possibility to obtain a coaching certificate;
  • High diversity in topics and methods;
  • A unique combination of research and practice;
  • Teaching by top experts in the field.

Program

Year 1

Our program emphasizes the link between organizational theory and practice because this link is central to the field. Many of our courses are strongly research-oriented, but the link to organizational practice is always emphasized. Moreover, the Coaching skills course will provide you with valuable skills for your professional career.

Throughout the year, you will follow courses and simultaneously work on your master thesis, in close collaboration with one of our staff members. The thesis gives you the opportunity to make a contribution to our research program, and to explore a topic in more depth. Combining this with an internship in an organization is possible (but not compulsory).

Within the program, you can specialize in a field of your interest through a focused choice of the course package and the subject of the master thesis, such as:

  • Leadership and change;
  • Motivation and goals;
  • Personnel selection;
  • Creativity and innovation;
  • Aging at work and career development;
  • The psychology of coaching.

Courses

  • Personnel Selection (Foundation course) (5 EC)
  • Repeated Measures (Method course) (5 EC)
  • Coaching (Skills course) (5 EC)
  • Elective course (an extra foundation course WOP/other courses in the master Psychology RUG/master course outside Psychology-RUG)
  • Master Thesis (Including an optional internship) (30 EC)
  • Advanced Research Methods in social and organizational Psychology (Method course) (5 EC)
  • Power and Leadership (Foundation course) (5 EC)
  • Creativity and Innovation in Organizations (Foundation course) (5 EC)
  • Test Construction (Method course) (5 EC)
  • Aging at Work and Career Development (Foundation course) (5 EC)

Curriculum

The program consists of (a minimum of) 10 EC foundation courses, 5 EC skills courses, a 5 EC methods course, 10 EC elective courses, and 30 EC master thesis.

Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

Specific requirements More information
Language test

Bachelor students meet language requirements. For English-taught tracks, students with an HBO Toegepaste Psychologie need to provide evidence of satisfactory results for one of the standard tests.

Previous education

To be eligible for admission to this master, you need to hold a Bachelor's degree in Psychology (or with a strong focus on Psychology) from a Research University, based on wide psychological knowledge and skills, as well as advanced statistical and methodological knowledge and skills. For some tracks, it is possible to do a premaster in case you do not completely satisfy the criteria.

Please note: For the enrollment for the September 2021 start of the Master's program, it is very likely that we will have to impose a capacity limitation on the number of students that can enter our program. The rules for the ensuing selection will be announced in the first half of 2020.

International diploma

Specific requirements More information
Language test

Non-native English speakers must provide evidence of satisfactory results for one of the standard tests.

Previous education

To be eligible for admission to this master, you need to hold a Bachelor's degree in Psychology (or with a strong focus on Psychology) from a Research University, based on wide psychological knowledge and skills, as well as advanced statistical and methodological knowledge and skills.

Please note: For the enrollment for the September 2021 start of the Master's program, it is very likely that we will have to impose a capacity limitation on the number of students that can enter our program. The rules for the ensuing selection will be announced in the first half of 2020.

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students

01 December 2019

01 May 2020

01 December 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

EU/EEA students

01 December 2019

01 May 2020

01 December 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

non-EU/EEA students

01 November 2019

01 April 2020

01 November 2020

01 February 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 2083 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 14650 full-time
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time

Job prospects

The Master in Work, Organizational, and Personnel Psychology prepares you for a wide range of careers. WOP psychologists often work in organizational practice, but also in applied or fundamental research institutes. In recent years our alumni have, for example, found jobs as a trainer, coach, career counselor, mediator, policy advisor, management consultant, change manager, HR consultant, assessment psychologist, and researcher.

Job examples

  • Trainer
  • Coach
  • Career counselor
  • Mediator
  • Policy advisor
  • Management consultant
  • Project leader
  • (Interim) manager
  • Change manager
  • The employee of a Research & Development Department
  • Recruitment psychologist
  • HR consultant
  • Consultant

Research

Our research reflects the wide scope of the field. All of our staff members have multiple research projects in different areas, and as a student in our program, you will be actively involved in one of our ongoing studies.

We employ a variety of methodologies, including field surveys, diary studies, and laboratory experiments. Many of our studies are done with employees in organizations, but we also regularly conduct lab research or online studies. Central to all our research is the link between theory and practice: We aim to produce knowledge that is grounded in good research and theory, while at the same time offering clear perspectives for interventions to actually improve organizational life.

Some examples of research questions that we address in our program:

  • The Dark Side of Leadership: Why do some leaders behave unethically, or even abusively? Which personal and contextual factors explain this kind of behavior, or can help us prevent it? How can we empower employees to more effectively deal with abusive leaders?
  • Toward Successful Aging at Work: The workforce is getting older, and the retirement age is shifting. How can we help older employees remain productive and happy workers, and how can we overcome ageism at work? Are there unique strengths that older colleagues may bring to the workplace?
  • Stimulating creativity and innovation: Innovation is a buzzword, but many interventions remain ineffective. How can we help different people, with different talents or preferences, realize their creative potential? How can we help organizations recognize, select, and implement creative ideas?
  • Motivation and goal pursuit: Almost all behavior in organizations is goal-directed, but this does not always mean that people are good at reaching their goals. Which kinds of strategies are more likely to be successful? What causes people to stick to their goals, even in the face of obstacles? And are people always aware of the goals they are pursuing?
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated October 9, 2019
This course is Campus based
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Feb 1, 2020
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2,143 EUR
EU/EEA students: €2143/year. Non-EU/EEA students: €14650
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