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Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology

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 programme 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 programme. Our courses help you gain advanced knowledge of cutting-edge research and gives you the opportunity to develop a broad set of professional skills. 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.

The WOP Master aims to deliver highly skilled and versatile WOP psychologists who are capable of independently monitoring and contributing to new developments in the field. After completing our program, you will have gained the knowledge and skills required to analyze, understand, and change a wide variety of phenomena that occur 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 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 programme 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 programme. Our courses help you gain advanced knowledge of cutting-edge research and gives you the opportunity to develop a broad set of professional skills. 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.

The WOP Master aims to deliver highly skilled and versatile WOP psychologists who are capable of independently monitoring and contributing to new developments in the field. After completing our program, you will have gained the knowledge and skills required to analyze, understand, and change a wide variety of phenomena that occur in organizations.

__You__

  • think it is important to help people work (together) effectively and develop themselves;
  • want to contribute to effective and fair personnel selection, reward, and leadership;
  • are interested in studying what motivates people, and what maintains or undermines this motivation.

Do you recognize yourself in this description? Then the WOP Master is the right choice for you! Take a look under the section Research for some examples of questions and issues you could be involved in.

______You______

  • think it is important to help people work (together) effectively and develop themselves;
  • want to contribute to effective and fair personnel selection, reward, and leadership;
  • are interested in studying what motivates people, and what maintains or undermines this motivation.

Do you recognize yourself in this description? Then the WOP Master is the right choice for you! Take a look under the section Research for some examples of questions and issues you could be involved in.

More about this programme
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  • Testimonial of Marjolein van de Ven

    HR consultant with an international Accountancy company

    During my Bachelor's degree programme in Psychology I realized that I actually didn't want a job as a 'classic' psychologist, for example, in clinical psychology. I wanted to go into business. That's why I chose the Master's degree programme ' Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology' , to learn more about psychology in workplaces. During my Master's I did an internship at the consulting firm Cubiks, where I did research on different generations in the workplace.

    After my internship the firm offered me a job as an HR consultant. It's not a very big company, but it has offices in 14 different countries. Firms can, for example, buy our aptitude tests or personality questionnaires, or they can hire us to improve their HR processes.
    After I worked at the Dutch office for a while, I actually wanted to travel. I got the opportunity to work for some time at the office in Kuala Lumpur, and I traveled after that. When I came back from my trip, the firm called me to say there was a vacancy at the head office in England. That's where I work and live at the moment. My position is slightly different from the one I first had. It's focused more on marketing and product management: I investigate which new products and services we need to develop and how we can offer those in different countries. I have a lot of contact with the offices in other countries and I travel there regularly. It's a very diverse job and I really enjoy it.

    Although my job is not directly related to psychology, my studies are still very useful: not only because I work closely with our research department (which develops all kinds of psychological tests) and the HR consultants / psychologists in other countries, but also because the study taught me a lot about human motivation and behaviour, which is an essential part of marketing!

    I can recommend everyone to do an internship during their studies. It's very good for your confidence and you learn what's really going on in the workplace. You gain experience which is very useful when you are going to apply for a real job.

    Close
    – Marjolein van de Ven
  • Testimonial of Student Hannah Cox

    The programme equips me with the skills I need to work in a business environment while still being involved in helping people.

    My name is Hannah Cox and I am from the UK. I gained a BSc degree in Psychology in Brighton before coming to Groningen. A friend of mine was studying here, so I had already visited Groningen a number of times before I decided to move here and follow this Master's programme.

    During my visits I participated in some of the events organized by University of Groningen students and Faculty. These swayed me to continue my studies in Groningen – I appreciate that there are lots of extracurricular activities and communities outside the University. For example, I’m already involved with the UNICEF student team and the UG Student Culture Centre, Usva.

    I’ve never wanted to work as a clinical psychologist, so I looked for a way to put my degree to use in a non-traditional setting. The Work, Organization and Personnel Psychology (WOP) programme seemed like it would enable me to apply my psychological training in a practical way. The programme equips me with the skills I need to work in a business environment while still being involved in helping people.

    Before I came here, I wasn’t really familiar with the subject of work, organization and personnel psychology. In my Bachelor’s degree programme, I took general courses in group psychology and organizational psychology, but they were focused on group or crowd behaviour, and not so much on an actual work setting. The WOP programme focuses more on what people want or need to achieve in the workplace. For example, how the work environment can influence productivity and wellbeing, the best ways to stimulate creativity and innovation, or teaching someone to be a good leader or listener.

    One of the practical courses offered is the coaching course, which builds on ideas of conversational therapy and offers opportunities to practise these. At the moment, I’m learning coaching techniques and conversational skills, and in the next period I will have the opportunity to coach a student who has recently begun teaching. The aim is to help students feel more comfortable and confident in their new role, and overcome any difficulties they may face. This is very exciting, because it’s the first opportunity I’ve had throughout my studies to practically apply my knowledge outside the research field.

    In addition to following the WOP programme, I am taking an elective course unit at the Faculty of Arts that relates to public arts policy and how governments view and maintain cultural institutions. I am considering combining these different fields in the future by applying my skills as a psychologist at a cultural institution. After graduating, I’m first going to apply for graduate schemes at charitable organizations in the UK, in particular charities focused on making science – and studying science – accessible to all people, regardless of their educational background, gender or culture.

    The WOP programme helps me to achieve my personal goals by teaching me about how people function in organizations, and the sorts of issues that are present in these contexts. It also provides me with the knowledge to overcome these issues myself in my own career; it is therefore very valuable for both my personal and professional growth.

    Hannah Cox - Work, Organization and Personnel Psychology

    Close
    – Student Hannah Cox
  • Testimonial of Marjolein van de Ven

    HR consultant with an international Accountancy company

    During my Bachelor's degree programme in Psychology I realized that I actually didn't want a job as a 'classic' psychologist, for example, in clinical psychology. I wanted to go into business. That's why I chose the Master's degree programme ' Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology' , to learn more about psychology in workplaces. During my Master's I did an internship at the consulting firm Cubiks, where I did research on different generations in the workplace.

    After my internship the firm offered me a job as an HR consultant. It's not a very big company, but it has offices in 14 different countries. Firms can, for example, buy our aptitude tests or personality questionnaires, or they can hire us to improve their HR processes.
    After I worked at the Dutch office for a while, I actually wanted to travel. I got the opportunity to work for some time at the office in Kuala Lumpur, and I traveled after that. When I came back from my trip, the firm called me to say there was a vacancy at the head office in England. That's where I work and live at the moment. My position is slightly different from the one I first had. It's focused more on marketing and product management: I investigate which new products and services we need to develop and how we can offer those in different countries. I have a lot of contact with the offices in other countries and I travel there regularly. It's a very diverse job and I really enjoy it.

    Although my job is not directly related to psychology, my studies are still very useful: not only because I work closely with our research department (which develops all kinds of psychological tests) and the HR consultants / psychologists in other countries, but also because the study taught me a lot about human motivation and behaviour, which is an essential part of marketing!

    I can recommend everyone to do an internship during their studies. It's very good for your confidence and you learn what's really going on in the workplace. You gain experience which is very useful when you are going to apply for a real job.

    Close
    – Marjolein van de Ven
  • Testimonial of Reinder Broekstra

    I wanted to go into business, but during my Master's thesis I found out that I actually really like doing research.

    I always said, I'm never going to do a PhD because I already studied long enough. I did two bachelor's programmes, Psychology and Law, and the master's programme 'Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology' . Initially, I wanted to go into business, but during my Master's thesis I found out that I actually really like doing research. So now I'm doing a PhD at the University Medical Center Groningen, which I started almost one year ago.

    I study people's motivations to participate voluntarily in large-scale research. As a researcher you always depend on others to participate in your research. It's important to know why people do or do not want to participate in a certain research project, and why they decide to share their personal details. In the end, I have to write an advisory paper for businesses about how they should deal with participants and their recruitment for large-scale researches and projects.

    Although my PhD is not really about work psychology, I still use what I learned during my Master's. My research is related to social psychology, and I learned about that during my studies, as well . The skills and research methods I acquired are also still very useful, of course. Only the topic of the studies changed a little.

    For my Master's thesis I did an internship at a forensic psychiatric center to study the effectiveness of their policy regarding sick leave. I liked the fact that my thesis was really going to be used for something, and wouldn't end up being read by my supervisor only. In my current research, there is also a combination of theory and practice, which I enjoy. For example, I work together with IBM to answer questions from the field.

    I'm very happy I made this choice, I wouldn't want anything else anymore. You get the chance to work on one project for four years, and you won't get that anywhere else. You're completely responsible for the work you do and this means a lot of freedom. I don't just sit in my office all the time, I often have to consult with someone or interview people, and I visit conferences to tell people about my research.

    Close
    – Reinder Broekstra
  • Testimonial of Student Hannah Cox

    The programme equips me with the skills I need to work in a business environment while still being involved in helping people.

    My name is Hannah Cox and I am from the UK. I gained a BSc degree in Psychology in Brighton before coming to Groningen. A friend of mine was studying here, so I had already visited Groningen a number of times before I decided to move here and follow this Master's programme.

    During my visits I participated in some of the events organized by University of Groningen students and Faculty. These swayed me to continue my studies in Groningen – I appreciate that there are lots of extracurricular activities and communities outside the University. For example, I’m already involved with the UNICEF student team and the UG Student Culture Centre, Usva.

    I’ve never wanted to work as a clinical psychologist, so I looked for a way to put my degree to use in a non-traditional setting. The Work, Organization and Personnel Psychology (WOP) programme seemed like it would enable me to apply my psychological training in a practical way. The programme equips me with the skills I need to work in a business environment while still being involved in helping people.

    Before I came here, I wasn’t really familiar with the subject of work, organization and personnel psychology. In my Bachelor’s degree programme, I took general courses in group psychology and organizational psychology, but they were focused on group or crowd behaviour, and not so much on an actual work setting. The WOP programme focuses more on what people want or need to achieve in the workplace. For example, how the work environment can influence productivity and wellbeing, the best ways to stimulate creativity and innovation, or teaching someone to be a good leader or listener.

    One of the practical courses offered is the coaching course, which builds on ideas of conversational therapy and offers opportunities to practise these. At the moment, I’m learning coaching techniques and conversational skills, and in the next period I will have the opportunity to coach a student who has recently begun teaching. The aim is to help students feel more comfortable and confident in their new role, and overcome any difficulties they may face. This is very exciting, because it’s the first opportunity I’ve had throughout my studies to practically apply my knowledge outside the research field.

    In addition to following the WOP programme, I am taking an elective course unit at the Faculty of Arts that relates to public arts policy and how governments view and maintain cultural institutions. I am considering combining these different fields in the future by applying my skills as a psychologist at a cultural institution. After graduating, I’m first going to apply for graduate schemes at charitable organizations in the UK, in particular charities focused on making science – and studying science – accessible to all people, regardless of their educational background, gender or culture.

    The WOP programme helps me to achieve my personal goals by teaching me about how people function in organizations, and the sorts of issues that are present in these contexts. It also provides me with the knowledge to overcome these issues myself in my own career; it is therefore very valuable for both my personal and professional growth.

    Hannah Cox - Work, Organization and Personnel Psychology

    Close
    – Student Hannah Cox
  • Testimonial of Marjolein van de Ven

    HR consultant with an international Accountancy company

    During my Bachelor's degree programme in Psychology I realized that I actually didn't want a job as a 'classic' psychologist, for example, in clinical psychology. I wanted to go into business. That's why I chose the Master's degree programme ' Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology' , to learn more about psychology in workplaces. During my Master's I did an internship at the consulting firm Cubiks, where I did research on different generations in the workplace.

    After my internship the firm offered me a job as an HR consultant. It's not a very big company, but it has offices in 14 different countries. Firms can, for example, buy our aptitude tests or personality questionnaires, or they can hire us to improve their HR processes.
    After I worked at the Dutch office for a while, I actually wanted to travel. I got the opportunity to work for some time at the office in Kuala Lumpur, and I traveled after that. When I came back from my trip, the firm called me to say there was a vacancy at the head office in England. That's where I work and live at the moment. My position is slightly different from the one I first had. It's focused more on marketing and product management: I investigate which new products and services we need to develop and how we can offer those in different countries. I have a lot of contact with the offices in other countries and I travel there regularly. It's a very diverse job and I really enjoy it.

    Although my job is not directly related to psychology, my studies are still very useful: not only because I work closely with our research department (which develops all kinds of psychological tests) and the HR consultants / psychologists in other countries, but also because the study taught me a lot about human motivation and behaviour, which is an essential part of marketing!

    I can recommend everyone to do an internship during their studies. It's very good for your confidence and you learn what's really going on in the workplace. You gain experience which is very useful when you are going to apply for a real job.

    Close
    – Marjolein van de Ven
  • Testimonial of Student Hannah Cox

    The programme equips me with the skills I need to work in a business environment while still being involved in helping people.

    My name is Hannah Cox and I am from the UK. I gained a BSc degree in Psychology in Brighton before coming to Groningen. A friend of mine was studying here, so I had already visited Groningen a number of times before I decided to move here and follow this Master's programme.

    During my visits I participated in some of the events organized by University of Groningen students and Faculty. These swayed me to continue my studies in Groningen – I appreciate that there are lots of extracurricular activities and communities outside the University. For example, I’m already involved with the UNICEF student team and the UG Student Culture Centre, Usva.

    I’ve never wanted to work as a clinical psychologist, so I looked for a way to put my degree to use in a non-traditional setting. The Work, Organization and Personnel Psychology (WOP) programme seemed like it would enable me to apply my psychological training in a practical way. The programme equips me with the skills I need to work in a business environment while still being involved in helping people.

    Before I came here, I wasn’t really familiar with the subject of work, organization and personnel psychology. In my Bachelor’s degree programme, I took general courses in group psychology and organizational psychology, but they were focused on group or crowd behaviour, and not so much on an actual work setting. The WOP programme focuses more on what people want or need to achieve in the workplace. For example, how the work environment can influence productivity and wellbeing, the best ways to stimulate creativity and innovation, or teaching someone to be a good leader or listener.

    One of the practical courses offered is the coaching course, which builds on ideas of conversational therapy and offers opportunities to practise these. At the moment, I’m learning coaching techniques and conversational skills, and in the next period I will have the opportunity to coach a student who has recently begun teaching. The aim is to help students feel more comfortable and confident in their new role, and overcome any difficulties they may face. This is very exciting, because it’s the first opportunity I’ve had throughout my studies to practically apply my knowledge outside the research field.

    In addition to following the WOP programme, I am taking an elective course unit at the Faculty of Arts that relates to public arts policy and how governments view and maintain cultural institutions. I am considering combining these different fields in the future by applying my skills as a psychologist at a cultural institution. After graduating, I’m first going to apply for graduate schemes at charitable organizations in the UK, in particular charities focused on making science – and studying science – accessible to all people, regardless of their educational background, gender or culture.

    The WOP programme helps me to achieve my personal goals by teaching me about how people function in organizations, and the sorts of issues that are present in these contexts. It also provides me with the knowledge to overcome these issues myself in my own career; it is therefore very valuable for both my personal and professional growth.

    Hannah Cox - Work, Organization and Personnel Psychology

    Close
    – Student Hannah Cox
Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Psychology
Croho code
60260
Course type
Master
Language of instruction
English (100%), Dutch (100%)
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Start
February, SeptemberFebruary, September
Programme form
full-time
Faculty
Behavioural and Social Sciences