Option: Work and Organisational Psychology

By choosing this Master Option, students can deepen their knowledge in the area of Work & Organisational Psychology. In addition to a broad education in general research areas and applied topics (e.g., human resources and development, work analysis, etc.), this Master Option offers the possibility to focus on specific topics in the areas of “Occupational Healthy Psychology“ and “Human Factors“. Students following this program will acquire all necessary competences and qualifications required for successful job applications in companies and governing authorities (e.g., work security etc.). While most lectures and seminars are in German, some are offered in English. Evaluation of course work is typically based on contribution of the student in class, oral presentations, practical exercise, written exam and /or written essay (seminar), written and/or oral exam (lectures) and oral contributions and project presentation (research colloquium). The person teaching on the course will announce the mode of course work evaluation at the beginning of the course.

  • Structure
    Modules ECTS
    Basis module (E) 15
    Module I 15
    Module II 15
    Practical Experience 15
    Master Project and Thesis, incl. Colloquium 30
    Module IIIa or Specialisation Module A/B 15
    Specialisation Module A/Bb 15


    a: Option Module III is obligatory for students of the Master Option “Clinical & Health Psychology”. Option Module III is optional for students of the Master Option “Cognitive Neuroscience”. 
    b: Specialisation Modules A and B can belong either to the same or to different Master Options. They are taken outside of the main Master Option of each student.

  • Detailed descriptions of general modules (75 ECTS)

    Basis module (15 ECTS)

    This module includes state of the art lectures on important basic areas in psychological sciences. Lectures are mostly held by members of the department and involve topics that either represent basic psychological functions, influences, and processes, or general areas of applied psychology and related disciplines. The goal of this module is to provide students with a basic and current knowledge and understanding of core areas of psychology and of the focal themes of the department research units. All courses are taught in English, and a total of 15 ETCS must be validated.

    Module I: Human Factors and Work Psychology (15 ECTS)

    This module focuses on selected topics in the areas of Human Factors and Work Psychology. It includes courses in the following areas: stress at work, team work, work schedules, automation, human-machine interaction, and usability testing. Students will acquire theoretical knowledge as well as practical experience in these fields (e.g. conducting a work analysis, completion of usability tests).

    Module II: Occupational Health Psychology (15 ECTS)

    This module focuses on central and current topics of Occupational Health Psychology. It includes courses in the following topics: Health implications of different performance management strategies, workplace health promotion, work & family, and organisational justice. Students will acquire theoretical knowledge as well as practical experience, for example with respect to occupational health and safety programs. Students attend classes equivalent to 15 ECTS. 3 ECTS of this module or of the module “Human Factors and Work Psychology” need to be validated in a course labelled as “WorkOrg”. Importantly, the WorkOrg course needs to be validated before starting the master thesis.

    2 Specialisation Modules A/B (30 ECTS)

    Detailed description of specialisation modules

  • Practical experience (15 ECTS)

    The practical experience is equivalent to 8 weeks full time in a psychology-related clinical, industrial or research environment. The practical experience can also be completed part-time. Alternatively, the practical experience can be attained by lab rotations. The goal of the practical experience is to refine the basic competences of students, to deepen their specialized knowledge, and to broaden their professional networks. The practical experience must be attained under the supervision of a psychologist und must be related to the Master Option chosen by the student. The activities and learning experiences during the practical experience or lab rotation must be described in a written report and will be evaluated.

  • Master thesis (30 ECTS)

    The Master thesis encompasses a research project that is conducted by students and related to their chosen Master Option. Though guided by expert supervisors during the whole process, students are responsible for preparing the project, recruiting human participants, conducting studies as well as preparing and analysing statistical data. Students must actively attend a master colloquium. Finally, students produce a written thesis, normally in the form of an extended research paper. This thesis can be written in English, German or French.