Master in Applied Social Psychology (Sociale Psychologie)

Why choose this specialization?  

Social psychology examines human interaction, and the influence of the social environment on cognition, emotion, motivation, and behavior. This Master’s program focuses on the question how basic social-psychological theories can be applied to solve societal problems, for instance in the context of health, the environment, communication, aggression, and charity. The program specifically seeks to increase students’ knowledge of social psychology, and train them in (a) translating theory to a thorough analysis of social problems, and (b) developing scientifically grounded interventions.

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Structure of the program

In the first semester, students take the following five mandatory courses:

  • Advanced Structural Models [6 EC]
  • Applying Theories to Societal Issues [6 EC]
  • Negotiation [6 EC]
  • Social Processes in Organizations [6 EC]
  • Applied Social Psychology [6 EC]

In the second semester, students will write their Master thesis (16 EC) and conduct an internship (14 EC).

Your future career

Students with a Master’s degree in social psychology are versatile on the job market. They for instance find employment as coach, mediator, manager, or consultant. In addition, they often work as a policy advisor for a municipality or the government, or they find jobs in professional fields such as communication, education, or journalism. Social psychologists also often work as researchers, for instance at a university, a commercial research agency, or the research department of a governmental institution.

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