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Work and Organisational Psychology

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
01 September 2021

Program description

Work and Organisational Psychology

Do you wish to comprehend human behaviour? We offer you one of the best master programmes in Psychology in the Netherlands.

How do organisations select the right person for the right job? How can jobs be designed in such a way that employees do their work with high engagement? Which strategies can individual employees use to optimise their own work experience in a proactive way? If these are the kind of questions you want to answer, our master specialisation might be perfect for you!

What is this master track about?

Organisations have a competitive advantage when their employees thrive. The emphasis in this specialisation is placed on positive organisational psychology. The main elements of this field include work engagement and organisational performance, team dynamics, diversity and leadership and the selection and socialisation of personnel. Furthermore, the role of emotions in modern organisations is examined. In addition, we look at new methods in personnel selection, for instance webcam tests and computer games. The research topics that are part of the programme include Job Demands-Resources theory, work engagement, job crafting, the work-family interface, group processes, and job performance.

Why study a Master in Psychology in Rotterdam?

  • This is an intensive programme which emphasises psychology as it is practised. 
  • You will work in small groups to solve problems you can encounter in the field (i.e. problem-based learning approach);
  • This programme offers an excellent preparation for a career in education, business or research.

Admission requirements

Prior education

Depending on the specialisation you wish to apply for, you are eligible for admission to the programme if you have obtained a relevant bachelor or undergraduate degree (comparable to the Dutch academic level according to the standards of the Dutch Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic)) from a research university. Some examples of relevant bachelor programmes are:

  • Psychology
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences

You are also expected to have obtained at least:       

  • 15 ECTS in courses related to the preferred field of your specialisation;
  • At least 15 ECTS in statistics courses and at least basic SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) skills.
    You are expected to be familiar with the following statistical techniques (and be able to apply them in SPSS): descriptive statistics, correlation, hypothesis testing, between-subjects versus within-subjects designs, multiple regression, 1-factor and 2-factor ANOVA, repeated measures-ANOVA, MANOVA, GLM, psychometrics, non-parametric testing.

We would like to stress that if you are an eligible candidate for the specialisation, there is no guarantee that you can directly obtain your degree. You are responsible for filling the gaps in your knowledge and skills of statistics or the specialisation that you have chosen.On this pageyou will find a list with recommended literature that can help you overcome knowledge deficiencies. There may be additional requirements, next to a master degree, if you want to enroll in certain post-academic vocational training or become a member of a specific professional association. It is your own responsibility to acquire information related to these requirements in case you are considering such options.

The eligibility of your bachelor can only be determined after you have submitted an application and only after we have received all requested documents. Prior inquiries will be purely hypothetical.

Language requirements

A good command of English is essential.


You might be exempted from presenting the proof of English proficiency, please check our website for all of the exceptions.

Academic performance 

In addition to the credentials mentioned above, the Admissions Board will also take into account your academic performance, i.e. your grades. Please note that there is no minimum score or average grade mentioned; your application will be assessed against the pool of applicants of the given year.   

If you would like to know more, please send an information request or click on the institute's web page.

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Program content

The Psychology curriculum consists of a series of modules or courses. Every course covers one specific psychological theme. All of the activities that you will undertake during this course, i.e. lectures, tutorials, practical meetings and assignments, are related to this theme. The master programme consists of three courses in which you will study the topics of the master track of Work and Organisational Psychology and one course in statistics.

In the second semester, from February onwards, you will conduct an empirical study and write your master’s thesis. In addition, in some cases it is possible to do an internship during the semester of the master programme.

Scholarships & funding

There are scholarships and grants for two groups:

1. Students from abroad, who wish to study at EUR or are already doing so;

2. Students studying at EUR, wishing to go abroad for a while during or after their current study program.

Request information to learn more about the available scholarship opportunities and to find out if you qualify. 



Career opportunities

The master track in Work and Organisational Psychology will prepare you for a function in business, consultancy, training or research. As a Master of Science in organisational psychology you have many opportunities to build a career. For example, you can be become a trainer, (career) coach, HR consultant, management trainee, selection consultant, assessor at recruitment and selection agency. When you are more interested in research, obtaining your PhD can also be a good option.

About this institute

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB) is home to a vast diversity of study programs and scientific disciplines: Public Administration, Pedagogical Sciences, Psychology and Sociology. In addition, the Erasmus University College, IHS, and two research institutes RISBO and...

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Rafael Muñoz
If you want to learn high value and up to date content on work & organizational psychology, this is definitely a masters program that I recommend. I have a bachelors degree in psychology and then I worked for about 2 years in human resources, and also as a recruiter for a big multinational. Nevertheless, I wanted to be the best one in the field ...
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