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

Student Ambassador

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Hi future Master students!

A quick introduction about myself. My name is Marjolein Mulder; I am 22 years old, and was born and raised in the South West of the Netherlands. Earlier this year I became the student ambassador for Master students in Psychology at Leiden University.

After completing my Bachelors’ degree in Psychology at Leiden and travelling in Portugal, Thailand and Australia, I returned to begin my Master’s degree in Economic and Consumer Psychology. While I am very happy with the choice I made, leading up to the decision I experienced the inevitable stress about which particular Master’s degree I wanted to pursue.

To help ease the stresses of choosing the right Master’s degree, we introduce the ‘Student for a Day’ activity for you! As a student ambassador, I will easily connect you to a Master student that is currently following the Master’s specialization of your interest. After drinking a coffee together, you will attend an lecture pertaining to this specialization. This is a unique and ideal way for you to get all your questions about the programme in Leiden answered. It is our hope that this brings you that bit closer to making a well informed choice that suits you best!

If you would like to stay informed about the upcoming ‘Student for a Day’ activities, check this link. If you want to know more, please do not hesitate to send me an email or chat to me when you see me around at the faculty.

I hope to see you at one of the Student for a Day activities!

Cheers, Marjolein

Student ambassador Master Psychology
ambassador.mscpsy@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

What our alumni say

Marjolein Littooij, 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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