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Education The Faculty Graduate Schools Graduate School of Behavioural and Social Sciences Research Master

specialization|Organizational Psychology

theme|Understanding Societal Change

Research themes

The world of work is changing rapidly, posing new challenges for both employees and organizations. Students in the Organizational Psychology specialization learn how to help people and organizations take on those challenges, recognize and create opportunities, and thrive and flourish.

Research group

The Organizational Psychology specialization is organized by the Organizational Psychology expertise group.

Central to the group’s research and teaching is the link between theory and practice: researchers aim to produce and disseminate knowledge that is grounded in rigorous research and theory and offer clear perspectives for interventions to improve organizational life. The group studies diverse topics such as motivation, leadership, goal pursuit, proactive behavior, stress and well-being at work, lifespan development and the aging workforce, wellbeing, personality, and creativity. To study this wide range of topics, they employ a variety of methodologies, including (longitudinal) field surveys, diary studies, and laboratory experiments.

The group is characterized by a high degree of diversity: with a broad expertise from a variety of research backgrounds, team members from all over the world, and a wide array of research methods.

Multidisciplinary programme

The Research Master with specialization Organizational Psychology is part of the theme Understanding Societal Change within a multidisciplinary programme.

Theme courses Understanding Societal Change (15 EC)
  • Theorizing Change
  • From problem analysis to intervention design
Specialization courses Organizational Psychology (10 EC)
  • Researching power and leadership
  • Understanding working life: Major theories and research trends in organizational psychology

Elective courses (10 EC)
  • Evidence-based interventions
  • Experimental psychopathology
  • Research in Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Development, learning and instruction
  • Complexity, dynamics and development
  • Economy and society: Critical transitions in Advanced Industrialised Societies
  • Solidarity and social contexts
  • Researching power and leadership
  • Understanding working life: Major Theories and Research Trends in Organizational Psychology
  • Environmental psychology
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Multilevel analysis
  • Structural equation modelling
  • Statistical analysis of social networks
  • Statistical modelling of single cases
  • Literature study
Compulsory modules for all students (85 EC)
  • How to theorize
  • Reflecting on science and integrity
  • Multidisciplinary research in action
  • Advanced statistics
  • Applied statistics
  • Elective statistics course
  • Seminars
  • Traineeship
  • How to write an effective research proposal
  • Master’s thesis

Specializations in this theme:
Environmental Psychology | Organizational Psychology | Psychometrics and Statistics | Social psychology | Sociology

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Last modified:29 November 2021 12.27 p.m.