Are you interested in the new but rapidly developing area within psychology, Occupational Health Psychology (OHP)? This specialisation refers to the application of psychology to protecting and promoting the safety, health, and well-being of workers. The purpose is to improving the quality of working life. OHP is designed to reflect the contemporary societal concerns for occupational health and safety.
This MSc specialisation draws upon and integrates knowledge of several disciplines in psychology, to demonstrate the diversity of work within the inherently multidisciplinary area of occupational health and safety. Integrated disciplines are cognitive psychology, health and clinical psychology and organisational psychology. This interdisciplinary approach and the combination of theory with analysis of realistic case studies makes the Master’s specialisation in Occupational Health Psychology at Leiden University distinctive and useful for a wide range of careers.
The Master’s Programme in Psychology gives you insight into in-depth study of theory and on the acquisition of professional and research skills. The distinctive feature of the Leiden programme is that its reaching is not restricted to only the functioning of psychological processes of work safety and health. Within a scientist-practitioner model these insights are always connected to their behavioural consequences. The aim is to understand self-regulation and behavioural control. In this way, not only do you develop your knowledge of psychology as a science, you also learn to apply this knowledge. You learn to understand practical problems and to develop effective interventions for dealing with these problems.
The major aim of the Occupational Health Psychology programme is to equip you with advanced training in research methods and professional skills. This will prepare you both for a career involving psychological research as well as for the application of scientific knowledge and methods in various professional settings.
This specialisation provides you advanced training in practical skills for interventions in the field of work, safety and health. This includes: the acquisition of principles and methods relevant to, for instance:
In line with the profile of Leiden University as a research-intensive institution, the teaching programme is based on state-of-the art scientific research. It maintains a strong emphasis on the acquisition of academic and research skills. Training is provided in all relevant skills, including:
“Quality of work is a complex domain with issues that are only resolved by applying know-how from various disciplines in psychology.
“What’s good about this master’s? The topic, of course, and its multidisciplinary nature. I have always been interested in the relationship between work and the safety, health and well-being of people at work. Quality of work is a complex domain with issues that are only resolved by applying know-how from various disciplines in psychology. And you learn that in Occupational health psychology.
A short time after my master’s degree, I started working for the ‘Health and Safety at Work Department’ of TNO Quality of Life in Hoofddorp. I do research and consultancy work here, investigating the causes of health and safety risks. When consulting, I work as an internal auditor, trainer or process supervisor in interventions aimed at creating a safe and healthy organisation.
Currently I’m working on a number of projects. I’m looking at how we can make unskilled workers more aware of hazards at work. I’m also conducting an observational study into team performance in the paediatric cardiac surgery department in a hospital and I’m leading a project looking at job demands in our own team.
Looking back, I know I made the right choice with the Occupational health psychology master’s! I’m a practical person, and at TNO you do applied research, so that fits well. This master’s has much the same practical approach, and to my mind that’s unique.”