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Master
Psychology: Social Influence (track)
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Career Prospects

Students who graduate from this master's track can be found in organisations or departments that are involved in behavioural influence in the broadest sense of the word.

Your career prospects 

The desire to influence people's behaviour exists at many levels in society: the government wants to make sure its citizens abide by the law and, for example, complete tax returns truthfully or adhere to traffic regulations. Municipal institutions want to encourage citizens to separate their waste or to help care for the elderly. Commercial organisations want to encourage their target group to purchase specific products or use services, whereas charitable organisations want to encourage potential donors to donate or become volunteers, and medical organisations want to encourage patients to comply with the prescribed medication regimen. 

To achieve these goals, these organisations often call upon the expertise of advertising or marketing agencies as well as research and consultancy firms. Some organisations even have such specialised departments in-house, such as strategy, communication or marketing departments. Other examples include the many governmental or semi-public institutions involved in monitoring and enforcement, such as the Authority for the Financial Markets, the Authority for Consumers & Markets and the Advertising Code Committee, etc. 

Where do our graduates work?

Graduates of this Master’s track often go on to work as: 

  • Strategists/Researchers at advertising agencies and consultancy firms. 
  • Behavioural influence consultants (e.g., the Nutrition Centre, patient associations, electricity companies, large municipalities). 
  • Policy and research positions at governmental institutions such as ministries, educational settings and municipalities. 
  • Applied researchers at the Netherlands Institute for Social Research/SCP or commercial market research agencies such as Motivaction, TNO, and Kantar TNS. 
  • Consumer behaviour advisors/researchers.  

Skills

Graduates of the Social Influence Master’s track are able to develop evidence-based interventions using the Intervention Mapping approach; can do applied research into the determinants of human behavior from a social-psychological perspective; and are able to translate scientific knowledge to the applied context in order to achieve organizational goals more effectively. 

Career coaching during your Master’s 

Alongside the courses and internship, you will participate in specific workshops, meetings and events that will help you develop the professional skills, attitudes, and network that you need for a Social Influence-related career. Moreover, you can make use of a wide variety of career tools and support from the UvA Student Careers Centre (SCC) during your studies. The SCC organises career events, workshops, training courses, as well as CV checks, interview practice sessions and much more.  

Career events 

The UvA Student Careers Centre organises several events for Bachelor's and Master's students from all disciplines. They include workshops, labour market trends, inspiring speakers, CV check, contact with employers, having a professional LinkedIn photo taken and best practises for applying to jobs.