M.Sc. On Campus

Occupational Health Psychology

Leiden University

12 months
19300 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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The Occupational Health Psychology MSc programme at Leiden University draws upon and integrates knowledge of several disciplines in psychology, with a clear focus on workers and their work setting. 


What does this Occupational Health Psychology MSc programme at Leiden University entail?

Are you interested in the new but rapidly developing area within psychology? Occupational Health Psychology concerns the application of psychology to improving the quality of work life and to protecting and promoting the safety, health and well-being of workers” (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health – NIOSH). Occupational Health Psychology is designed to address the contemporary societal concerns for occupational health and safety. The term ‘health’ in ‘occupational health psychology’ does not only include workers’ physical state, but also emotional, cognitive, motivational and behavioural aspects.

Reasons to choose Occupational Health Psychology at Leiden University

  • Leiden University is the only university in The Netherlands where you can study this unique specialisation.

  • Occupational Health Psychology is widely oriented at the job market; from researcher to consultant, coach or HR manager

  • You will learn to look at the context of the workplace from different disciplines: Health Psychology, Social and Organisational Psychology and Applied Cognitive Psychology. This makes Occupational Health Psychology a very versatile specialisation.

  • You will study relevant subjects, like stress, safety and work-life balance. You can make a real difference to the well-being of people.

Professional skills

This specialisation Occupational Health Psychology provides you with 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)

Research skills

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Work and Stress
  • Improving Human Performance in Practice (HPP)
  • Interventions in Occupational Health
  • Motivation, Power and Leadership
  • Negotiation and Social Decision Making
  • Organisational Management

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • have earned a Bachelor degree in Psychology at a Research University (not at a University of Applied Sciences / Professional Education) or demonstrate the ability to meet the requirements for such a degree, and;
  • have sufficient knowledge of Methodology and Statistics (at least 20 EC): introductory and more advanced courses in methods and statistics of psychological research (including psychometrics, multivariate data analysis) and the use of SPSS, and;
  • possess the skills, understanding and knowledge that are required for earning the bachelor’s degree; more specifically knowledge on university level of the following topics:
    • Introduction to Psychology
    • Social and Organisational Psychology
    • Personality Psychology
    • Cognitive Psychology
    • Neuropsychology and/or Psychophysiology and/or Biopsychology
    • Clinical and Abnormal Psychology
    • Developmental and Educational Psychology

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19300 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • Second Dutch master’s programme: €15,100 per year

Living costs for Leiden

850 - 1250 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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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