Social and Organisational Psychology

In the Master’s specialisation in Social and Organisational Psychology you study behaviour in formal and informal groups, such as sports or work teams.

Do you want to understand how people function in groups and organisations? You discover how people’s thoughts, feelings and decisions are influenced by other people.

Theory and practice

The Leiden programme has a core curriculum that integrates social and organisational theory and practice. Building on this common body of knowledge, you can focus on different issues. You choose specific topics for your course assignments, thesis and internship, or you select specific elective courses, depending on your interests and ambitions. The staff of the Social and Organisational Psychology specialisation offer a wide range of topics, with the option to participate in flourishing research programmes on cultural diversity, leadership, economic decision-making and environmental behaviour.

Aim of programme

The objective of the programme is to equip students with advanced training in research methods and professional skills that prepare them both for a career involving psychological research as well as for the application of scientific knowledge and methods in various professional settings. Training is provided in all pertinent skills, including reviewing the relevant literature, applying theoretical knowledge to analyse practical problems, developing hypotheses and writing research proposals, designing and carrying out empirical studies, designing and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions, conducting advanced statistical analyses, and presenting results and recommendations.

Master details

  • This is a specialisation of: Psychology
  • Degree Master of Science in Psychology
  • Mode of study Full-time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Start date September and February
  • Language of instruction English
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 66604

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What our alumni say

Marjolein, graduated in 2010

“I like the most at my job that everyone has their own story to tell, and these stories are often very interesting to hear.”

“After graduating from my Master’s in Child & Adolescent Psychology I went on to do the Master’s in Social and Organisational Psychology. After graduating, I started working as a psychologist, in which I’ve been able to use what I learned in both of these Master’s programs.”

“At the moment I’m a medior consultant in the Selections department of the Ministry of Defence. I’m involved in the intake and promotion of candidates for military functions within the various armed forces.”

“I engage candidates in a psychological interview, analyse test results, and provide advice on the (un)suitability of the candidate for the proposed function. My work involves speaking with many different (mostly adolescent) people and quickly learning about their lives.”

“The Child and Adolescent program gained me a lot of insight into the difficulties that people can experience in their youth and this helps me to connect with the people I work with.”

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