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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date

    September, February

  • Course Duration

    12 months

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    25 July 2018

Course content

The world of work is changing rapidly, posing new challenges for both employees and organizations. Would you like to contribute to productive solutions and their implementation?

The field of Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology (WOP) studies the factors that influence how people feel and behave at work, as well as the consequences of this behavior.

Our master programme focuses on such diverse topics as motivation, leadership, (un)ethical behavior, goal pursuit, aging at work and career development, training and coaching, personality, and creativity. This large diversity of topics is also reflected in our research methods, our staff, and our teaching programme. Our courses help you gain advanced knowledge of cutting-edge research and gives you the opportunity to develop a broad set of professional skills. It is precisely this combination of theory and practice that makes Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology an exciting field to study and to work in.

The WOP Master aims to deliver highly skilled and versatile WOP psychologists who are capable of independently monitoring and contributing to new developments in the field. After completing our program, you will have gained the knowledge and skills required to analyze, understand, and change a wide variety of phenomena that occur in organizations.

Job prospects

The Master in Work, Organizational, and Personnel Psychology prepares you for a wide range of careers. WOP psychologists often work in organizational practice, but also in applied or fundamental research institutes. In recent years our alumni have, for example, found jobs as trainer, coach, career counselor, mediator, policy advisor, management consultant, change manager, HR consultant, assessment psychologist, and researcher.

Note: In Europe, WOP is referred to as Work & Organizational Psychology ( and in the United States as Industrial / Organizational (I / O) Psychology ( On the mentioned websites you can get more information about the field and  job market . Also refer to the Work Society community of researchers in the Labor, Organization, and Human Psychology ( ).

Job examples

  • trainer
  • coach
  • career counselor
  • mediator
  • policy advisor
  • management consultant
  • project leader
  • (interim) manager
  • change manager
  • employee of a Research & Development Department
  • recruitment psychologist
  • HR consultant
  • consultant

Visit the Psychology: Work, Organization and Personnel Psychology MSc page on the University of Groningen website for more details!




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