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Psychology: Human Resource & Career Management (track)

Study programme

The Master’s track Human Resource & Career Management focuses on advancing your knowledge of personnel psychology and the application of this knowledge to practice. The Master’s track is a selective one-year programme, consisting of 60 EC. The programme consists of 4 specialist courses of 6 EC each (3 are mandatory and 1 is an elective), a Master’s thesis (18 EC) and a Master’s internship (18 EC). Part of the specialist courses are trainings on professional skills (e.g., career counseling, collaborative skills, consulting, conducting selection interviews and psychological assessment).

Study programme

In addition to the internship and thesis, the tracks consists of the following required courses:

  • HRM and psychological assessment
  • Career management
  • Methodology: Analyzing, presenting, and scientific writing

And one of the following elective courses

  • Judgment and decision making in organizations
  • Team development through action research
  • Coaching

Study materials, teaching, and exams will be in English. Exams may be answered in English or Dutch. Working groups, tutorials, practical training, and assignments will be in English or Dutch depending on the student group.


As of January, you will work on writing your Master’s thesis (18 EC). You will be asked to choose a topic from a list that you will receive in the first semester. You will be supervised by one of the teachers of the Work & Organisational Psychology team based on a step-by-step thesis planning guide. Previous topics include online onboarding during the pandemic, diversity in hiring procedures, the role of supervisor support and employees’ engagement in learning activities, the relationship between working from home and the development of skills and knowledge, and understanding the coach-coachee relationship and its relevance for coaching outcomes. 

  • Career Management
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  • HRM and Psychological Assessment
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  • Master's Internship Work & Organisational Psychology
  • Methodology: Analysing, Presenting, and Scientific Writing (MAPS)
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  • Master's Thesis Work & Organisational Psychology
  • Restricted-choice electives: Mastertrack Human Resource & Career Management
See more information in the Course Catalogue

Additional options


As of January, you can start your internship. The main focus of the internship is for you to demonstrate that you can effectively apply the knowledge and skills obtained during your study in the professional practice. The duration of the internship must be at least 504 working hours during which you work mostly in the role of a Work and Organisational psychologist. An important aspect of the internship is the execution of a specific Work and Organisational Psychology-related internship assignment. The internship can be fulfilled in The Netherlands or elsewhere in the world.


You have the choice of one course out of these three electives. Students from the Master’s track Coaching & Vitality in Organisations have priority in the course Coaching. 

  • Team Development through Action Research 
  • Judgment and Decision-Making in Organisations 
  • Coaching 

Student-activating teaching methods

All courses use student-activating teaching methods. In addition to lectures and self-study, the courses comprise assignments, tutorials, and practical training in which students actively work with the course content. Developing professional skills (e.g., conducting selection interviews, psychological assessment, career counseling) and applying theory to practical problems are central in this track.

In this way you will be trained as a scientist‐practitioner who works in a critical, evidence‐based manner in the field of human resources and career counselling.


You will have weekly lectures or other forms of literature discussion sessions for all courses, practicals or working group sessions for some, and a number of professional skills trainings. However, a large part of your program consists of self-study and working on assignments, that can either be focused on practical application or on theoretical elaboration. Lectures and other types of meetings are scheduled on campus on 3 to 4 days of the week. Attendance is compulsory for all courses. 

  • Lectures or literature discussion sessions: approx. 6 hours per week      
  • Tutorials/practicals: approx. 5 hours per week  
  • Self-study: approx. 31 hours per week 
  • Study load per week: 42 hours (21 hours per course)