Understanding human behavior in the workplace
Work and Organizational Psychology focuses on human behavior within organizations and work situations. Why is one a leader and does the other follow? How can organizations attract ambitious, competent, and trustworthy employees? How can groups and organizations shape diversity? What role should leaders have in that process? How can we design selection procedures that are fair to ethnic groups? These are questions that are central within Work and Organizational Psychology.
The Masters programme Work and Organizational Psychology prepares you for practice. You learn to apply the theory studied to everyday situations and the courses are taught by people who have experience in the field. During the Master you will gain insight into consumer behavior and how it can be influenced. Additionally, you will become familiar with theories that examine the various facets of the individual and his personality.
What are the available methods with which to assess which personality fits within a given work environment or function? How can you properly shape and support change management within organizations? What kind of leadership fits best in todays world? How can you measure leadership? During your Masters programme, you will find answers to these questions and you will gain insight into the social processes within organizations. You will also learn to differentiate between the roles that leadership, diversity, emotions, and affect play.
The programme in a nutshellv
The emphasis of the Masters programme Work and Organizational Psychology lies, on the one hand, in the area of social processes in organizations such as leadership, change, and cooperation. On the other hand, you can specialize in applied areas such as recruitment, selection, and management. Because of the application-focused character of the Masters Programme, the link between theory and practice, and the emphasis on practical experience (internship), you will have a strong position on the labor market as a Work and Organizational Psychologist.
As a Master of Science in Psychology you will quickly find a suitable job. You can work in social aid, in hospitals, mental health institutions, or nursing homes. But you can also end up in the corporate world, for example as Human Resource Manager or Organizational consultant. Depending on the programme you choose, you will find a suitable job as psychologist.
Studying at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university is located in the vibrant city of Amsterdam, one of the most multicultural cities in the world, with the largest concentration of students in the Netherlands and where English is the second language spoken. The campus is surrounded by one of the most dynamic and fast-growing business districts in the Netherlands hosting over 700 companies.
With more than 23,000 students, of which 3300 are international, the university conducts cutting-edge research into problems of major societal and scientific importance. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam distinguishes itself in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes reflecting a strong level of involvement in current societal issues: Human Health and Life Sciences, Science for Sustainability, Connected World and Governance for Society. As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, to engage with society and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world. In addition Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.
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