What will I learn?

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. Moreover, you have the opportunity to get a coaching certificate, which will be helpful if you aim for a career in coaching, counselling, or personnel development. 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.

Job prospects

The Master in Work, Organizational, and Personnel Psychology prepares you for a wide range of careers. WOP psychologists often work in organizational practice, but also in applied or fundamental research institutes. In recent years our alumni have, for example, found jobs as trainer, coach, career counselor, mediator, policy advisor, management consultant, change manager, HR consultant, assessment psychologist, and researcher.

Job examples

  • trainer
  • coach
  • career counselor
  • mediator
  • policy advisor
  • management consultant
  • project leader
  • (interim) manager
  • change manager
  • employee of a Research & Development Department
  • recruitment psychologist
  • HR consultant
  • consultant

From September onwards, most of our courses will be offered online. Where possible and necessary we will combine the online education with lectures and activities on campus, since we feel it is important that you can meet your lecturers and fellow students in person. Soon you will hear from us what your study programme will look like and you will receive an invitation for the orientation.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (12 Months)

Tuition fees
€15,000.00 (US$ 17,808) per year
Application deadline

1 March 2021, 1 November 2021

More details

Start date

1 February 2021, 1 September 2021, 1 February 2022

Venue

University of Groningen

Broerstraat 5,

Groningen,

9712 CP, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have Bachelor's degree. Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180.

For international students

To be eligible for admission to this master, you need to hold a Bachelor's degree in Psychology (or with a strong focus on Psychology) from a Research University, based on wide psychological knowledge and skills, as well advanced statistical and methodological knowledge and skills. For some tracks, it is possible to do a premaster in case you do not completely satisfy the criteria.

IELTS overall band

6.5 – overall (6.0 – speaking, 6.0 – writing)

TOEFL paper based

575 – overall (55 – speaking, 4.5 – writing)

TOEFL internet based

90 – overall (19 – speaking, 20 – writing)

Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)

C, B or A

Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)

C, B or A

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

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