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Compulsory courses

Work and Stress 5
Human Potential: Application 5
Interventions in Occupational Health 5
Internship Psychology 10 / 20
Master Thesis in MSc. Psychology 20

Choose one of two

And add 5 or 10EC of electives to reach a sum of 15EC.
See overview of all electives

Motivation, Power and Leadership 5
The Social Psychology of Organisational Behaviour 10

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Timetables Master’s

Additional information


This is a specialisation of the master’s programme of Psychology.

Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) is a rapidly developing area within psychology. In the broadest terms, OHP refers to the application of psychology to protecting and promoting the safety, health, and well-being of workers, and to improving the quality of working life.

To demonstrate the diversity of work within the inherently multidisciplinary area of occupational health and safety, the MSc programme draws upon and integrates knowledge of several disciplines in psychology, such as cognitive psychology, health and clinical psychology and organisational psychology. Courses are taught by experts in the respective areas and will consist of coursework, research, and supervised practicum/internship work in OHP.

The MSc programme is designed to reflect the contemporary societal concerns in occupational health and safety and to offer not only a theoretical background, but also a range of research and practical skills for research and interventions in the field of work, safety and health. This includes the acquisition of principles and methods relevant to, for instance, health promotion and stress prevention in the workplace, risk management of organisational accidents, and engineering a safety culture.

The interdisciplinary approach and the combination of theory with analysis of realistic case studies makes the masters in OHP at Leiden University distinctive and useful for careers in education and training, consultancy, management or organizational development, and in research. Master’s Programmes – Occupational Health Psychology.


The professional master programme has a duration of two semesters (60 EC), and consists of a collection of courses, an internship and a master thesis. There are mandatory courses 20 or 25 EC and elective courses 5 or 10 EC. The standard internship is 10 EC. The scope of the thesis is equivalent to 20 EC.

Elective Courses

Choose up to 10 EC from the elective courses


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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.