Social and Organisational Psychology (research) (MSc)
The research master's specialisation Social and Organisational Psychology consists of five main parts: the general courses, the specialisation-specific courses, the elective courses, a research internship and a thesis.
Here you can see the schedule for this two-year research master track. Click on the programme to view it at full-screen.
This course provides an overview of findings in (social) psychological research on social judgment and decision-making. We will review work regarding diverse topics, including emotions and decision making, affective forecasting, power and consumption, morality, and punishment. In the meetings students will present empirical papers on one of the topics, which will be followed by a discussion. On the basis of the seminar meetings and relevant readings, students will develop two research proposals, in which they have to provide a specified research question, hypotheses with rationale based on literature reviews, and a proposed research design to test their hypotheses.
Behavioural economics extends economic principles by allowing that our decisions are affected by social and psychological influences, as well as a rational calculation of benefits and costs—the assumption being that we are not super-rational beings, but that there are limits to our rational decision making (Baddeley, 2017). Bounded rationality—a term coined by Herbert Simon who was a psychologist and computer scientist as well as Nobel Laureate in Economics—captures the idea that we are limited and bounded by various constraints when we are deciding. Cognitive constraints may limit our ability to choose the best strategies. Limits on, for example, executive functions mean that sometimes we are forced or nudged towards a particular option because we do not have the information or cognitive processing time or power to consider other options. These insights gained more acceptance due to the influential work and best-selling books of two other Nobel Laureates in Economics, Daniel Kahneman (Thinking, fast and slow) and Richard Thaler (Nudge, co-authored with Cass Sunstein).
Behavioural economics brings economics together with insights from a wide range of other disciplines, for example psychology (especially social psychology), sociology, neuroscience, and evolutionary biology. Using a multidisciplinary blend of ideas, behavioural economic insights will enrich students’ understanding of economic and financial decision making. In the course, we will focus on a few key themes, amongst others: heuristics and biases; social influence; nudging and boosting; and scarcity. Moreover, as governments and other policy-makers are embedding these insights more and more into their policy designs, we will focus also on the policy implications and lessons that are (or should be) adopted by public policy-makers by addressing influential policy studies and behavioural interventions based on behavioural economic insights.
For more information about the general courses or the specialisation-specific courses, check out the e-Prospectus.
During this master's specialisation, at least 20 EC must consist of elective courses, of level 500. A full list of electives can be found here.
Piarella Peralta de Wesseling
The knowledge that I have acquired during my study, I use on a daily basis. The knowledge that is obvious for us S&O psychologists, is for other people often new and unknown.
Even statistics is usefull in my job, which I use to solve social problems. Even if you decide to choose a different direction after having completed your master's degree, Psychology is still a very good basis and you will have a high academic level.