Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology (MSc)

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The award
MSc

How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
February, September

International course fees
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About Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology at University of Groningen

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 atwork, as well as the consequences of this behavior.

Our master programme focuses on such diverse topics asmotivation, leadership, (un)ethical behavior, goal pursuit, agingat work and career development, training and coaching, personality,and creativity. This large diversity of topics is also reflected inour research methods, our staff, and our teaching programme. Ourcourses help you gain advanced knowledge of cutting-edge researchand gives you the opportunity to develop a broad set ofprofessional skills. It is precisely this combination of theory andpractice that makes Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychologyan exciting field to study and to work in.

The WOP Master aims to deliver highly skilled and versatile WOPpsychologists who are capable of independently monitoring andcontributing to new developments in the field. After completing ourprogram, you will have gained the knowledge and skills required toanalyze, understand, and change a wide variety of phenomena thatoccur in organizations.

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 PersonnelPsychology (WOP) studies the factors that influence how people feeland behave at work, as well as the consequences of thisbehavior.

Our master programme focuses on such diverse topics asmotivation, leadership, (un)ethical behavior, goal pursuit, agingat work and career development, training and coaching, personality,and creativity. This large diversity of topics is also reflected inour research methods, our staff, and our teaching programme. Ourcourses help you gain advanced knowledge of cutting-edge researchand gives you the opportunity to develop a broad set ofprofessional skills. It is precisely this combination of theory andpractice that makes Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychologyan exciting field to study and to work in.

The WOP Master aims to deliver highly skilled and versatile WOPpsychologists who are capable of independently monitoring andcontributing to new developments in the field. After completing ourprogram, you will have gained the knowledge and skills required toanalyze, understand, and change a wide variety of phenomena thatoccur in organizations.

After your studies

Job prospects

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

Note: In Europe, WOP is referred to as Work& Organizational Psychology (www.eawop.org) and in the UnitedStates as Industrial / Organizational (I / O) Psychology(www.siop.org). On the mentioned websites you can get moreinformation about the field and jobmarket. Also refer to the Work Society community ofresearchers in the Labor, Organization, and Human Psychology(http://www.waop.nl).

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

Note: In Europe, WOP is referred to as Work &Organizational Psychology (www.eawop.org) and in the United Statesas Industrial / Organizational (I / O) Psychology (www.siop.org).On the mentioned websites you can get more information about thefield and job market. Also refer to theWork Society community of researchers in the Labor, Organization,and Human Psychology (http://www.waop.nl).

Job examples

  • trainer
  • coach
  • career counselor
  • mediator
  • policy advisor
  • management consultant
  • project leader
  • (interim) manager
  • change manager
  • employee of a Research & Development Department
  • recruitment psychologist
  • HR consultant
  • consultant
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Study options for this course

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  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
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Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
PsychologyUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Psychology (EN)University of GroningenNo additional requirements
Toegepaste PsychologieAll Universities of applied sciences

Deficiency program with a maximum of 60 EC

More information:
  • Diploma van een Bachelor opleiding
  • Gevolgd deficiëntie-programma (pre-master programma) vanin principe 60 EC (start september)
  • Voldoende Statistiekkennis voor pre-master programma
  • Voor Engelstalige tracks, voldoen aan de taaleis, https://www.rug.nl/(...)tion/switch-modules/
PsychologyAll Research universities

Deficiency program with a maximum of 60 EC

More information:

De toelatingcommissie baseert toelating en evt. pre-master vanexterne studenten op basis van vooropleiding. Afronding bachelornoodzakelijk. Pre-master start in september. Deadline aanmeldingmaster: 15 november/1 mei. Informatie/aanmelden: http://www.rug.nl/(...)ation/switch-modules

All Research universities

Via a pre-master with a maximum of 60 EC

More information:
  • Bachelor diploma aan Academische buitenlandse universiteit
  • Voldoende voorkennis t.b.v. psychologieopleiding, zie http://www.rug.nl/(...)tion/switch-modules/
  • Voldoende Statistiekkennis tbv pre-masterprogramma
  • Gevolgd deficiëntie-programma, zie overigetoelatingseisen

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

Applicants should have qualifications that justify theexpectation of successful completion of the programme in due time.These qualifications include knowledge and experience in relevanttheories, statistics and experience with statistical softwarepackages. Please be aware of our high level of statistics duringthe bachelor psychology programme and subsequent to this therequired high level of statistics in our master Psychologyprogramme.

If you have any deficiencies in connection with Statistics andResearch Methodology then we offer the possibility to takepre-master courses. The Admissions Office will inform you if youwould qualify for this. For more information have a look at the SPOsite about this premaster: http://spo-groningen.nl/(...)esearch-methodology/

language test

Non-native English speakers must moreover provide evidence ofsatisfactory results for one of the standard tests. See below.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

For English tracks: students with a hbo diploma or bachelor atan Academic University outside the Netherlands should satisfylanguage requirements, see http://www.rug.nl/(...)ch-modules/taaleisen

previous education

For admission to the Dutch master's Psychology programme youhave to send a request for admission to the Admissions Board. Thisrequest for admission has to be sent in before June 1st, if youwant to start with your studies in September.

If you want to start in February, your request for admission hasto be sent in by November 15th. In the request for admission youalso indicate which direction you want to focus on in the masterprogramme. On the basis of your request for admission theAdmissions Board will decide whether you can be admitted to themaster programme. If you are admitted, it may be that theAdmissions Board decides that you still need to take someadditional courses before you can start with the master programme(you will then be admitted provisionally). The additional coursesare the courses from the bridging modules.

Together with the decision on your admission you will get anoverview of the modules that you still have to take. Furtherinformation about the bridging programme and the modules will begiven on an information day. The Admissions Board decides for eachstudent individually which bridging modules have to be taken. Itmay be that you have to take all of the modules, but it is alsopossible that you only have to take a few.

The bridging modules consist of second and third year bachelorcourses (only in Dutch). You take these courses together withregular students at the moment when they are taught (see the Studyguide of the bachelor programme). It is up to you, how much timeyou want to take for the bridging modules. You are allowed to planyour individual programme over a number of years.

More information (in Dutch):http:/www.rug.nl/gmw/psychology/education/switch-modules/

assessment interview

Na toelating volgt een gesprek met de coördinator van hetmasterprogramma.

written request

Afhankelijk van vooropleiding:

  • Studenten die de bacheloropleiding Psychologie aan deRijksuniversiteit Groningen volgen of gevolgd hebben(onvoorwaardelijke toelating) melden zich via Progreswww aan. Zievoor de deadlines en procedure: http://tinyurl.com/omvub7l.
  • Studenten die een andere bacheloropleiding in Nederland hebbengevolgd melden zich aan via http://www.studielink.nl. Alsje per 1 februari 2017 wil starten selecteer je in Studielink eerst"Psychologie (Master, Nederlandstalig)" of "Psychologie (Master,Engelstalig)" van de drop-downlijst met studies.

Als je per 1 september 2017 wil starten selecteer je inStudielink direct de mastertrack:'Psychologie:.............' of'Psychology: ..........'. Studenten die in hetbuitenland een vooropleiding hebben gevolgd melden zich aan via deprocedure die geldt voor internationale studenten, zie http://www.rug.nl/(...)sion-and-applicationKijk voor meer informatie bij het betreffende masterprogramma. Hebje nog vragen, neem dan contact op via: studieadvies.psy@rug.nl.

other admission requirements

Studenten die de bacheloropleiding Psychologie aan deRijksuniversiteit Groningen volgen of gevolgd hebben kunnen zichaanmelden tot 1 september.

Registration procedure

The admission requirements depend on the prior education.

On the webpages of the Master programme Psychology you find afull description of applicationprocedures and admission requirements.
For students who have finished the Dutch bachelor in Psychology atthe University of Groningen registration is possible until 1February / 1 September.


The admission requirements depend on the prior education.

On the webpages of the Master programme Psychology you find afull description of applicationprocedures and admission requirements.
For students who have finished the Dutch bachelor in Psychology atthe University of Groningen registration is possible until 1February / 1 September.


Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced)C1
CPE (Cambridge English: Proficiency)C1
IELTS overall band6.5
IELTS writing5.5
IELTS speaking6
TOEFL paper based575
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based90

Tuition fees

NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2017-2018€ 2006full-time
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2017-2018€ 2006full-time
non-EU/EEA2017-2018€ 14200full-time
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time
non-EU/EEA2018-2019€ 14350full-time
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2017-2018€ 2006full-time
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time

http://www.rug.nl/(...)/fees/master-degrees

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
EU/EEA students01 May 201801 September 2018
15 November 201801 February 2019
01 May 201901 September 2019
non-EU/EEA students01 April 201801 September 2018
15 October 201801 February 2019
01 April 201901 September 2019
Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 201801 September 2018
15 November 201801 February 2019
01 May 201901 September 2019
Type of studentDeadlineStart course
EU/EEA students01 May 201801 September 2018
15 November 201801 February 2019
01 May 201901 September 2019
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What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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