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What will I learn?

Which working conditions help prevent mental fatigue? What determines the effectiveness of a team? And how do you stimulate innovation? These are the types of questions you'll be asking if you specialise in Work and Organisational Psychology. The programme covers topics such as human resources, human organisation and work psychology. You’ll also attend a series of workshops that specifically focus on practical skills, such as applying job analyses and measuring human performance. After you’ve obtained your master’s, you’ll have all the preparation you need to become an organisational psychologist. But you could also pursue an academic career, studying the psychology of work and organisations.

In the master’s specialisation in Work and Organisational Psychology, you’ll study how people behave in organisations and why they behave the way they do. The programme combines theoretical knowledge about organisational psychology with practical applications that can be implemented in organisations.

You'll learn how to answer questions such as:

  • Which working conditions prevent mental fatigue?
  • What motivates people?
  • What determines the effectiveness of a team?
  • What is leadership?
  • How would you develop a satisfactory selection system for, say, air traffic controllers?
  • Which factors improve the quality of working life for the elderly?
  • How do you stimulate innovation?

During the first semester, you'll take several courses and skills labs that will familiarise you with work and organisational psychology, particularly the cognitive issues of the domain. The courses you'll take are:

Work psychology: focuses on individual and organisational outcomes of work behaviour. Issues such as job design and health and safety are also discussed.

Human resources: addresses problems related to employee recruitment, selection and career development.

Organisation and cognition: focuses on strategy, leadership, Innovation, team cognition, negotiation, change management and cultural diversity.

Human performance: is centred on the question ‘How do people process information during the performance of tasks?’

When you graduate from the master's specialisation in Work and Organisational Psychology, you will:

  • know how to apply job and task analysis techniques and understand the theories behind them
  • know how to determine standards of effectiveness and how to measure and evaluate human performance
  • know how to design and evaluate employee selection tests, training programmes and organisational interventions
  • have acquired skills in data selection and analysis required for conducting applied psychological research

You'll be able to apply these skills for a successful career in a wide variety of settings, including:

  • policy development
  • research and development
  • assessment and training
  • human resource management
  • consultancy
  • private industry
  • governmental agencies
  • universities
  • non-profit organisations

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€13,800.00 (11,14,701) per year
Statutory fee for this programme is € 2,083
Start date

Expected September 2022


Maastricht University

Minderbroedersberg 4-6,



6211, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a BSc or an equivalent diploma in a related field to Data Science and Knowledge Engineering. Related fields are: Mathematics, Computer Science or Artificial Intelligence.English language requirements: IELTS test: minimum score 6.5; TOEFL test: internet-based minimum score 90; TOEFL test: paper-based minimum score 575; TOEIC listening and reading (720) and speaking and writing (310); Cambridge [Advanced (CAE) Grade C (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade A (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade B (scale 176-179)].

For international students

Applicants must have a university’s bachelor degree.

IELTS test: minimum score 6.5, with no component less than 6

TOEFL test: internet-based minimum score 90

Cambridge: CPE with grade A, B or C, or CAE with grade A, B or C+


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