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Psychology: Social and Organisational Psychology


The professional master programme offers extensive professional skills training and a supervised internship to prepare them for a career as a professional psychologist. The masters programme in Social and Organisational Psychology has a core curriculum with a focus on the integration of social and organisational theory and practice. Building on this common body of knowledge students can focus on social or organisational issues by choosing specific topics for their course assignments, thesis and internship, and by selecting specific elective courses, depending on their interests and ambitions.


The objective of the programme is to equip students with advanced training in research methods and professional skills that prepare them both for a career involving psychological research as well as for the application of scientific knowledge and methods in various professional settings. Training is provided in all pertinent skills, including reviewing the relevant literature, applying theoretical knowledge to analyse practical problems, developing hypotheses and writing research proposals, designing and carrying out empirical studies, designing and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions, conducting advanced statistical analyses, and presenting results and recommendations. Visit our Masters In Leiden page for more information about Social and Organisational Psychology.


The curriculum of 60 EC offers a variety of courses and a supervised master thesis. The specialisation consists of:

  • 4 mandatory courses (20 EC)

  • thesis (20 EC)

  • internship (10 EC)

  • 2 elective courses (10 EC)

Master's Kick Off

At this day (beginning of September for students starting in September / late January for students starting in February) your attendance is strongly advised.

During the Master's Kick Off you will be handed important information on how to organise your studies at Leiden University. A representative of your specialisation will be present. You do not want to miss this!

Once the event page of the Master's Kick Off is available, you can find it on the right-hand side of this page.

First year

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Compulsory coursework

Intergroup Relations 5
Negotiation and Social Decision Making 5
Organisational Management 5
Applied Data Analysis 5
Master Thesis in MSc. Psychology 20

Choose one of the following options as internship

Internal Practical Internship (IPI) 10
Internship Psychology 10

Recommended electives

Add two electives. See overview of all electives

Trainers Course Communication Skills 10
Motivation, Power and Leadership 5
Environmental Psychology 5
The Psychology of Economic Behaviour 5
Social Animals at Work 5

More info

Additional information


Student representative

Find your student representative in the overview of programme committee members: Student representative

General coordinator and internship coordinator

Hester Ruigendijk
To be contacted via

Thesis coordinator

Welmer Molenmaker
To be contacted via


Thesis supervisor


A master's degree in Psychology at Leiden University combines theoretical knowledge with academic and professional skills, making you an attractive candidate for many employers.

After graduation, you will be able to: •review literature relevant for Social and Organisational Psychology •apply theoretical knowledge to analyse practical problems •develop hypotheses and write research proposals •design and carry out empirical studies •design and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions •conduct advanced statistical analyses •present results and recommendations

See our website for possible career positions.