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Social, Health and Organisational Psychology

12 months
17078 EUR/year
2143 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Unhealthy eating habits. Workplace bullying. Although a wide range of issues, the same rule applies to all of them: it comes down to the way in which people affect each other's behaviour. In the Social, Health and Organisational Psychology programme offered by Utrecht University, you study human behaviour and behaviour change in a social, health, or organisational context.

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During the Social, Health and Organisational Psychology  programme offered by  Utrecht University , you will choose between the following three tracks:

  • Social Influence: about the social influence of behaviour and attitude change
  • Health Promotion: about improving health-related behaviour
  • Work and Organisation: about the functioning and wellbeing of individuals and teams in organisations

By choosing a track and elective courses you can explore your personal field of interest.

Research driven

This Master’s programme connects closely to our research programmes Social-cognitive and Interpersonal Determinants of Behaviour, Health Psychology: Self-regulation, and Work and Organisational Psychology. Connecting theory and practice is essential in our Master's. You will develop theory-driven interventions by means of the PATH model (Problem-Analysis-Test-Help).

The courses in this Master's programme are rooted in international scientific literature and are focused on the internatonal context. You can do your internship and/or thesis abroad or in (internatonal) organisations in the Netherlands, such as Trendsactive, Coca Cola, Hays, Sogeti (in Dutch), Philips and Nutrica. 

As our student, you are primarily responsible for finding your own internship organisation. The department of Social, Health and Organisational Psychology has a database of internship organisations and has an internatonal network you can use.

Career Prospects

The knowledge and skills you gain in this Master's programme provide access to a broad spectrum of occupational opportunities. Graduates get (sometimes after a traineeship or further education) a large variety of jobs in commercial organisations and in the public sector. 

You can also start your own company. Due to the strong international focus of our programme, you are an attractive employee for organisations from all over the world.

Professional jobs

  • organisational consultant (KPN, Berenschot or Cap Gemini)
  • trainer, coach (Pure Talent, Universities of Applied Sciences)
  • expert in behaviour change (d&b, Milieu Centraal, Arcadis Nederland)
  • health psychologist (Nutricia, Philips, Local Community Health Service (GGD), first-line basic healthcare instituitions (e.g. general practitioners))
  • project manager (Team Alert, Publicis Amsterdam)
  • consultant for public communication (Hilversum Media Campus, NPO)
  • consultant for marketing or advertising (Coolblue, STER reclame,
  • consultant for recruitment & selection, HRM (Yacht, Hays, Akerendam, CEB, Randstad)
  • consultant for policy makers (Government, ministries, township, NS (in Dutch))
  • work psychologist (Falke & Verbaan, Volker Wessels)
  • researcher (TNO, Trendsactive, Motivaction, TNS NIPO,, Toota Research, CBS, Ipsos, Anti Discriminatie Bureau Radar)

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • From Theory to Intervention
  • Academic Professional Social, Health and Organisational Psychology
  • Communication: Effective Interaction in Theory and Practice
  • Social Influence, Public Communication and Advertising
  • Internship Social, Health and Organisational Psychology, Track Social Influence
  • Master's Thesis Social, Health and Organisational Psychology, Track Social Influence

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

* If you need an early admissions decision in order to apply for scholarships, you should submit your application before February 1.






On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

In order to be accepted to this Master’s programme you need:

  • An academic Bachelor’s degree. Our International students Admission’s office will verify whether a non-Dutch academic degree is equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree at a Dutch research university. 
  • Specific academic knowledge and skills required to participate in this programme.
  • Sufficient command of the English language.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17078 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17078 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.


Utrecht University, the Dutch Government and other organisations offer scholarships, fellowships and grants. Below is a list of the scholarships that are most often used by international students studying in Utrecht. Note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

  • Utrecht Excellence Scholarships
  • Bright Minds Fellowships
  • Holland Scholarship
  • Orange Tulip Scholarship - for Chinese students only
  • Utrecht Sylff Scholarships - for outstanding graduates from University College Utrecht and Economics and Business Economics (UU)
  • Student grant and loan system
  • Tuition fee loan
  • Erasmus+ Master loans
  • Canadian student loans
  • US Federal Loans

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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