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Psychology: Work and Organizational Psychology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

What is the influence of the brain on our behaviour? How is our working environment related to our health? Which psychological interventions are evidence-based?

 

During the master's programme in Psychology, you will address these types of questions under the guidance of teachers with expertise in the various domains of psychology. You will learn to approach complex problems from an academic perspective. You will also develop practical skills that you will apply in different contexts and with different target groups within your chosen track. There is a strong link with professional practice in the courses as well as in the master’s thesis and internship. In this way, you will be trained as a scientist-practitioner and you will be able to solve practical problems in a scientific way.

 

The master's programme offers you plenty of opportunities to study what you are interested in—from how you carry out your research and study of clinical psychology in the broadest sense, to genetic predisposition, treatment or healthcare.

 

There are five different tracks of which one is taught in English:

  • Work and Organizational Psychology (English)
  • Clinical Developmental Psychology (Dutch)
  • Clinical Psychology (Dutch)
  • Clinical Neuropsychology (Dutch)
  • Forensic Neuropsychology (Dutch)

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Psychology: Work and Organizational Psychology

Do you want to know what moves people and how you can help improve their well-being? During the master's programme in Psychology at VU Amsterdam, you will immerse yourself in psychological questions.

 

In the English-taught track Work and Organizational Psychology, you will focus on the wellbeing of employees within organisations and work situations. You will look at individual performance, interrelationships, and collaborative processes and will investigate oppuntunities for improvement.


This track of the master's programme in Psychology takes one year and consists of lectures and seminars. You will participate in research and practice using important scientific skills in tutorial groups and practicals.


The master's programme in Psychology is small-scale, intensive and well organised. You will learn interactively in small tutorial groups and the important connection between theory and practice will continuously be made.


Many of the teachers have earned their stripes in practice and are professionals in their field. They are therefore able to provide you with excellent guidance for your career.


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Psychology: Work and Organizational Psychology

As a psychologist with a master’s degree, you can often find a suitable job quickly.

 

You can also follow various postgraduate courses that train you to become a healthcare psychologist or a psychotherapist, for example.


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Psychology: Work and Organizational Psychology

I have an international degree

 

We welcome and look for motivated and ambitious students who are actively developing themselves and are aware of their position and role in society. In order to be successful in this programme you need a solid academic basis in Psychology or a close-related discipline. Typically, successful students in this programme have at least a 7,0 average grade (or an equivalent GPA score).

 

The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application. If you have read the admission criteria below and feel you are eligible for admission, please take the following steps to submit your application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your relevant documents are required.

 

In order to gain admission to this Master’s programme, you need to have obtained at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent. Academic writing skill is to be demonstrated by submitting a thesis or other piece of academic writing you have done during your prior education.

 

 

Specific requirements for the Master's in Psychology: Work and Organizational Psychology

Applicants need to have successfully completed courses related to the core of this programme, consisting of (or equivalents of):

 

At least 24 ECTS of completed Psychology courses, consisting of:

  • Introduction to Psychology (6 ECTS)
  • An (introductory) course ‘Work & Organizational Psychology (6 ECTS) (or an equivalent course; this is compulsory) (6 ECTS).
  • A more specialized organizational psychology course (e.g., Human Resource Management, Management and Organization, Human Resource Development, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Development) (6 ECTS).
  • One extra psychology course, such as personality, social, clinical, developmental, or cognitive psychology (6 ECTS).

 

At least 18 ECTS of completed Quantitative methods courses, consisting of:

  • Statistics (6 ECTS)
  • Research methods (6 ECTS)
  • A more specialized quantitative methods course (e.g., statistical diagnostics, psychometrics, multivariate statistics, multiple regression, or structural equation modelling) (6 ECTS).


 

English language proficiency

VU Amsterdam requires all applicants who have not completed their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia to take an English language test and to submit their score as part of their application. You can apply online for the Master's programme without having the English test results yet. You can apply online for the Master's programme without having the test results. We do advise you to plan a test date as soon as possible. Below you will find the minimum English test scores for the programme:  

 

IELTS (academic): 6,5

TOEFL

  •     Paper based test 580
  •     Internet based test 92-93

Cambridge English

  •     Cambridge Proficiency Exam A, B, C
  •     Cambridge Advanced Exam A, B, C

 



 

I have a Dutch higher vocational education (HBO) bachelor’s degree

 

VU Amsterdam does not offer a pre-master's programme in Psychology. Therefore, it is not possible to be admitted to the master's programme in Psychology with an HBO diploma from a Dutch university of applied sciences.


 

I have a Dutch university level (WO) bachelor’s degree (VU bachelor's degree, or bachelor's degree at another university)

 

Requirements with a bachelor in Psychology

Students with a bachelor in Psychology from a different Dutch University and a minor in Social and Organizational Psychology (minor S&O) obtained at the VU can enroll directly into the Master’s program: Psychology: Work and Organizational Psychology. Psychology students with a different minor can enroll if they meet the following requirements:

  • A sufficient grade for M&D3: Individual and Organizational Diagnosis (6ECTS) or a comparable course (to be assessed by the admissions board).
  • One of the three following courses: Human Resource Management, Management and Organization, or Human Resource Development, or a comparable course (to be assessed by the admissions board).

 

Requirements with a different bachelor degree

With a related bachelor programme like (International) Business Administration (Bedrijfskunde), Public Administration and Organization Science (Bestuurs- en Organisatiewetenschappen), Beta Gamma Business Administration, Communication and Information Science (Communicatie- en Informatiewetenschappen), Communication Science (Communicatiewetenschap), or Human Resource Management (Personeelswetenschappen), obtained from a different Dutch University, students can enroll if they meet the following requirements:

 

A minimum of 24 ECTS of completed Psychology courses consisting of:

  1. Introduction to Psychology (6 ECTS)
  2. An (introductory) course ‘Work & Organizational Psychology (6 ECTS) (or an equivalent course to be assessed by the Admission Board).
  3. One of the following more specialized courses: Human Resource Management, Management and Organization, Human Resource Development, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Development, (or an equivalent course to be assessed by the Admission Board).
  4. One extra psychology course, such as personality, social, clinical, developmental, or cognitive psychology.

 

A minimum of 18 ECTS of completed Quantitative methods courses, consisting of:

  1. Statistics (6 ECTS)
  2. Research methods (6 ECTS)
  3. A sufficient grade for M&D3: Individual and Organizational Diagnosis (6 ECTS), or a different more specialized quantitative methods course (e.g., psychometrics, multivariate statistics, multiple regression, or structural equation modelling) (6 EC) (to be assessed by the Admission Board).

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Location

Amsterdam

Field of study

Social Sciences

Degree

Master of Science

Language

English

Start

winter semester - 1. September

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Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 1 year

Tuition fees EU: 2168 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: 16630 EUR / year

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Location

Amsterdam

Field of study

Social Sciences

Degree

Master of Science

Language

English

Start

winter semester - 1. September

Application deadline

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Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 1 year

Tuition fees EU: 2168 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: 16630 EUR / year

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