This track focuses on personnel psychology, the discipline that examines individual processes within the organization. It is the study of how organisations hire and retain the right people for the right job.
Brigitte ten Brink, lecturer and study adviser, tells you more about this Master's track. This track offers you the opportunity to specialize in personnel psychology. The focus is on the influence of HR practices on employee behaviours as well as career management.
Hillie Aaldering, professor and lecturer, tells you more about the opportunities and possibilities if you consider pursuing the Research Master's. This Master's programme might also be interesting to you even if you do not necessarily consider an academic career. Doing good research is crucial for organizations.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
What is the main difference between the UvA’s Work and Organisational Psychology (WOP) Master’s tracks?
The main difference between the WOP Master’s tracks is the focus of each track. The main focus of each track is reflected in the 2 or 3 mandatory specialist courses. The Master’s track Coaching & Vitality in Organisations focuses on (positive) occupational health psychology. The two core courses are Interventions in Occupational Health Psychology and Coaching. The Master’s track Human Resource & Career Management focuses on personnel psychology. The two core courses are Human Resource Management & Psychological Assessment and Career Management. The Master’s track Consultancy & Organisational Development focuses on organisational psychology. The two core courses of this track are Organisational Change and Consultancy and Conflict and Cooperation. Finally, the Master’s track Sport and Performance Psychology focuses on improving performance at work or in sport. The 3 mandatory specialist courses of this track are Essentials in SPP, New Horizons in SPP and Interventions in SPP.
Do the UvA’s Work and Organisational Psychology Master’s tracks overlap?
Yes, the Master’s tracks Coaching & Vitality in Organisations (CVO), Consultancy & Organisational Development (COD), and Human Resource & Career Management (HRCM) have some overlap. Some courses are shared by two tracks. For one track it might be a mandatory course and for another track it might be an elective course (see Table). Therefore, it is good to think about which courses you are most interested in, to compare the Master’s tracks and to see which track fits best.
How long is your internship and can you do your internship abroad?
In the Master’s track Human Resource and Career Management the maximum number of students is 30. The small groups contribute to the personal and informal atmosphere within our tracks.
Do I meet the entry requirements for the Master’s track Human Resource and Career Management if I have completed a Bachelor’s specialization in Work and Organisational Psychology at another university?
No not automatically. Bachelor's programs in Work and Organisational Psychology can (strongly) differ from one another. This means that you can meet the entry requirements with a certain combination of WOP-related courses of one university but not of another.
How can I plan the period of my internship and these?
From January onwards you can start your internship and/or thesis if you meet the entry requirements of the courses. Depending on your m-thesis project and internship opportunities available to you, you can choose the following schedules: doing your internship and these both parttime at the same time, doing your internship and these fulltime after each other or a combination of fulltime and parttime.
Can I attend lectures, problem-based learning sessions, and/or tutorials/practicals online?
No, we are an on-campus university and expect students to attend all our meetings on campus. Attendance is compulsory for all type of meetings.