Positive Organisational Psychology

Master in Psychology

Prof. Dr. Arnold Bakker,
Coordinator of the programme

“It is relevant to find out why some employees burn out, but it is equally important to find out under which conditions employees stay engaged and flourish. If you are interested in both positive and negative aspects of organisational life, this Master in Organisational Psychology is the right choice."

What is this specialisation about?

Organisations have a competitive advantage when their employees have the drive to thrive. This specialisation emphasizes organisational psychology, but also the role of emotions in modern organisations and new methods in personnel selection (e.g. webcam tests and computer games as selection tools). The research interests of the programme include the Job Demands-Resources model, work engagement, the work-family interface, group processes, and job performance.

This specialisation focuses specifically on the core elements of modern organisational psychology, including positive organisational behaviour (engagement in work and organisational performance), the latest trends in team dynamics (team diversity and leadership) and the selection and socialisation of personnel (including webcam tests and games as selection tools).

You will use problem-based learning techniques in small groups to learn about attitudes and emotions in organisations, employee team dynamics, and selection and socialisation processes. Included in the programme are opportunities to develop your professional skills as an organisational psychologist.


The Psychology curriculum consists of a series of modules or courses. Every course covers one specific psychological theme. All of the activities that you will undertake during this course, i.e. lectures, tutorials, practical meetings and assignments, are related to this theme. The Master’s programme consists of three courses in which you will study the topics of the specialisation of Positive Organisational Psychology and one course in statistics.

In the second semester, from February onwards, you will conduct an empirical study and write your Master‘s thesis. In addition, in some cases it is possible to do an internship during the semester of the Master’s programme.

Please click on one of the courses in the programme overview below to see the course descriptions.

Block 1

Block 2

Block 3

Block 4

Attitudes and Emotions in Organisations


Groups at Work


Personnel Selection


Applied Multivariate Data Analysis


Practical Attitudes and Emotions in Organisations


Practical Conflict Management and Mediation


Practical Selection and Assessment


Practical Applied Multivariate Data Analysis using SPSS


Block 5

Block 6

Block 7

Block 8

Practical Internship (optional), Research ProposalThesis (block 5 – block 8)


Total study load: 60 ECTS

The curriculum is subject to alteration. No rights may be derived from this information (including the information via the links).