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Psychology: Training & Development

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The Training & Development track unites theories and applications from Social, Clinical and Work and Organisational Psychology. This track within the Master of Psychology is suitable for you if you are looking for a broad professional field as a trainer within psychology. In Training & Development, you will use a variety of theoretical and practical approaches. The track starts once a year in September.


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Study programme

In this Master's track, you will be trained as a trainer and be provided with a wide range of skills. You will learn to take a critical look at yourself as a trainer, and to approach assignments with a scientific perspective. You start with the Trainer Skills Practical, where you learn how to apply the theory in practice, followed by the Trainer Internship, where you will learn how to guide group processes based on your own style. You will conclude the track with a Master’s thesis, in which you will conduct research on a topic related to training.

The following questions are addressed during this Master's track:

  • How do you motivate a group to self-insight and behavioural change?
  • Which style of trainer suits you best?
  • How do you adapt to the needs of the group without losing authenticity?
  • Where is the balance between creating a safe learning environment and acting professionally? 
  • What are the limits of the changeability of behaviour and when is it harmful?

Get to know the study programme

Supervising and setting up training courses

Learn how you as a trainer can bring about change with employees or employers

Informal atmosphere and personal contact


Unique to this trainer's programme

Gain direct experience as a trainer during your internship


Graduates of the track have the knowledge and skills to supervise group processes. Alumni have gone on to work as:

  • Trainer in social and communication skills at profit and non-profit organisations
  • Freelance trainer
  • Self-employed person with own consultancy/training agency as consultant, trainer, coach
  • Psychology lecturer or skills trainer at HBO institutions or universities
  • Training adviser

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Is Training & Development for you?

Yes! If you:

  1. Want to become a professional trainer
  2. Want to guide group processes
  3. Want to put science into practice
  4. Like to reflect upon yourself and your social behaviour
  5. Are open to give and receive feedback
  6. Are interested in group dynamics

Go to the Admission requirements

Facts & Figures
Degree programme MSc Psychologie
Mode Full-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 66604
Location Roeterseiland campus