Occupational Health Psychology (MSc)
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.
Gert-Jan Kamps, MSc
“I now realize that all these scientific exercises and assignments are a great way to prepare yourself for a job in the work field you see yourself working in later.”
Skills after graduation
This specialisation Occupational Health Psychology provides you advanced training in practical skills for interventions in the field of work and health. This includes: the acquisition of principles and methods relevant to, for instance:
- Health promotion and stress prevention in the workplace (worksite health promotion)
- Management of social psychological issues in organisational behaviour (e.g. leadership, motivation, dealing with diversity)
- Risk management of organisational accidents (engineering a safety culture)
- Optimisation of performance and work productivity (e.g. cognitive enhancement)
In line with the profile of Leiden University as a research-intensive institution, the teaching programme is based on state-of-the art scientific research. It maintains a strong emphasis on the acquisition of academic and research skills. Training is provided in all relevant 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
- Presenting results and recommendations
Where do our former students work?
Students who complete this master’s specialisation Occupational Health Psychology are qualified for any position requiring a degree in psychology. This might also include general research positions and academic policy-making positions, such as can be found in the following fields:
- Occupational Health Services (ARBO)
- Individual and/or worksite health promotion
- Safety and accident prevention (RI&E)
- Education, training and coaching
- Human resource management
- Psychological counselling (stress management, burnout)
- Management or organisational development
- Reintegration and outplacement
- Career counselling (recruitment)
- Psychological testing (assessments, selection)
- Scientific or applied research
Go to the LU Career Zone for more information on positons and organisations where alumni of Occupational Health Psychology work.
Completion of the MSc degree in Psychology prepares you for subsequent academic degrees, including a PhD.