MSc in Psychology - Social and Organisational Psychology




What will I learn?

In the Master’s specialisation in Social and Organisational Psychology you study behaviour in formal and informal groups, such as sports or work teams.

What does this master's programme entail?

Do you want to understand how people function in groups and organisations? You discover how people’s thoughts, feelings and decisions are influenced by other people.

Reasons to choose Social and Organisational Psychology at Leiden University

  • The Social and Organisational department has a lot of very interesting research projects. You can possibly write your thesis or do an internship at one of these projects.
  • You have a lot of freedom within Social and Organisational Psychology to choose the subjects you like most, for your internship, thesis and elective courses.
  • Theory and practise are closely related in this specialisation.
  • Examples from your daily life will be used in the coursework, which will make the discussions actual and relevant.
  • Because your knowledge as a Social and Organisational Psychologist is relevant in nearly every work field, you can work for a lot of different organisations, in a wide variety of functions.

The objective of the Social and Organisational specialisation is to equip students with advanced training in research methods and professional skills that prepare them both for a career involving psychological research as well as for the application of scientific knowledge and methods in various professional settings.

Career prospects

A master's degree in Psychology at Leiden University combines theoretical knowledge with academic and professional skills, making you an attractive candidate for many employers.

Skills after graduation

After graduation, you will be able to:

  • review literature relevant for Social and Organisational Psychology
  • apply theoretical knowledge to analyse practical problems
  • develop hypotheses and write research proposals
  • design and carry out empirical studies
  • design and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions
  • conduct advanced statistical analyses
  • present results and recommendations

Where do our former students work?

The Social and Organisational Psychology specialisation trains students for a range of positions in public or private organisations, including:

  • Policy researcher
  • Professional trainer
  • Organisational consultant
  • Marketing professional
  • Public relations officer
  • Personnel manager
  • Mediator
  • Public health adviser

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
€17,716.00 (15,53,899) per year
Application deadline

Expected October 2023

More details

Start date

Expected February, September 2024


Leiden University

Rapenburg 70,



2311, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need a BA or BSc degree (or equivalent) to be admitted to any of Leiden University’s master’s programmes. English-language proficiency: IELTS - 6.0; Toefl (internet based): 80 (component score: 20); Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE), or C1 Advanced (CAE): Cambridge component score of 169.

For international students

  • A copy of a valid passport or ID card
  • A copy of a Dutch residence permit (if applicable)
  • CV (résumé)
  • Language proficiency (if applicable)
  • Copies of diplomas and transcripts
  • Letter of motivation

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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