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First Year

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Compulsory coursework

Experimentation I: Programming Psychological Experiments 5
Designing an Empirical Study 5
Experimentation II: Neuroscientific Research Methods 5
Scientific Writing 5
Applied Multivariate Data Analysis (A and B) - Mini-Courses in Statistics 5 and 5

Track-specific compulsory coursework

Social Judgment and Decision Making 10
Group Processes and Intergroup Relations 10

Recommended track-specific electives

Overview of all electives from the 1-year-MSc programme Psychology

Motivation, Power and Leadership 5
Environmental Psychology (previously Policy and Social Behaviour) 5
The Psychology of Economic Behaviour 5

Profile Brain and Cognition

Overview of electives in profile Brain and Cognition

Second Year

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Compulsory coursework

Analysis of Own Data 5
Presenting Your Research 5
Master Thesis in Researchmaster Psychology 20
Research Internship Psychology 20

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Timetables Master’s

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Programme description

Students who choose to take the Research Master’s track Social and Organisational Psychology acquire in-depth knowledge of a broad range of theories and research domains in this area, all concerning the way people’s social environment influences thoughts, feelings, and behaviour. This programme focuses specifically on processes within and between groups. Examples of theory development and research in each of these areas are conflict management, leadership, social dilemmas, diversity, stereotyping and prejudice, individual and group decision making. Relevant fields for application are organisation and management in particular, but also economic behaviour and environmental issues.

Theoretical models and research methods

The Research Masters programme is dedicated to training students in actively working with classic and new theoretical models in Social and Organisational Psychology, and the application of advanced research methods. Elective modules can also be taken from other programmes. Additionally, students in the Research Masters Programme receive extensive training in advanced academic and research skills. During their research internship and master thesis, they focus on a specific topic of their interest in which they acquire hands-on experience by participating in one of the ongoing research projects at the psychology institute, under close supervision of the research faculty in research tutorials. The Research Masters Programme is the ideal start for a PhD programme in Social and Organizational Psychology. Master’s programme – Track Social and Organisational Psychology.


Compulsory coursework

The compulsory coursework consists of advanced training in academic and research skills. The design and placement of these modules is designed in such a way that students can immediately apply their newly acquired skills to their own research project. This methodologically-oriented part of the curriculum consists of 9 modules.

Track coursework

In two advanced-level modules (20 EC), students acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding of a range of theories, issues and research domains in Social and Organizational Psychology

(Track-specific) Electives

Students can choose 20 EC to further specialize in their area of interest and prepare for their thesis. This involves modules offered in the Professional Master Programme (MSc) or in other Research Masters Programmes of Psychology.

Purchasing study material

The books are available at a discount via the study association Labyrint on presentation of your Labyrint membership pass. Otherwise they can be bought from academic booksellers.