M.Sc. Work and Orgnanizational Psychology

General Information on "M.Sc. Wirtschaftspsychologie"

  • Basic information on M.Sc. Work & Organizational Psychology study course

Goals and objectives of M.Sc. Work & Organizational Psychology
The M.Sc.-study means strictly speaking "Psychology with a specialization in organizational and work psychology (OW)" and is aimed at students with a completed B.Sc. degree in Psychology, especially in Work & Organizational Psychology.
As preconditions a basic psychological knowledge, skills in methods, knowledge of work and personnel psychology as well as theory of tests and aptitude tests are required.

Compared with the bachelor's degree programs the master's degree program is characterised by a broader perspective and a more science-based, independent approach. The goal of this course of study is to impart knowledge and social skills for the psychology based consulting and development of business enterprises, institutions and government agencies as well as non-profit organizations. The basis is formed by knowledge of the experience and behavior of people in organizations form the basis, about the influence of culture, structures and processes of groups and coalitions. The inter-organizational perspective in particular contains knowledge about the influence and design possibilities of network and market structures.

Goals and objectives of the study in detail are
Transfer of knowledge and skills acquisition
For analysis and advice of organizations including teams
For development of intercultural competencies and intercultural project management
For health promotion and prevention
In questionnaire design and multivariate methods.
Organizational and business psychology objectives and contents of the study focus are completed by selected contributions from other psychological disciplines (including cognitive, developmental psychology and clinical psychology) and from related fields, particularly economic and industrial science and business law.

Compared to the business consulting company with its focus on economic and market processes, organizational and industrial psychology emphasises on teaching psychological based knowledge on experience and behavior of people and the development of organizations and networks. On the one hand scientific foundations and methods for organizational diagnostics, counseling and the development of teams, organizations and networks are communicated, on the other grounds and procedures of counseling in group decision making and evaluation. The objectives for the use of interventional procedures are diverse: they include, among others, training in intercultural skills, resolving conflicts within and between groups, economically or functionally based reorganization of organizations, improvement of information, communication structures and processes within and between organizations or health promotion and health management.

  • Career Prospects

The completion of the master's degree program with a major in Psychology OW is a professional qualification. As self-employed the graduates are wokring in a responsible position within a consulting firm or within other organizations in the area of ​​job design, human resource development, organizational consulting and development or health promotion work. The study course is also aimed at graduates who deal  with the control of population behavior in the areas of environment, health and transport in non-economic organizations.
It is also addressed to young scientists in an application-oriented subject, including the work and organizational psychology, aptitude testing or health psychology.

Basic Information, Admission and Consultation

Important Fields of Occupations
Work and organisational psychology, particularly job design, management and staff work,
Team and organizational development,
Health promotion, particularly behavioral training, health programs, health management
Organizational and institutional advice, including quality management
Mediation to resolve conflicts between social and occupational groups
Scientific careers in research institutions and universities.
Intercultural Competence development and intercultural project management, network development such as production networks

Key data of the study course
The study course is based on the methods and procedures for personnel assessment and staff development, leadership and job design and includes academic foundations and methods for organizational diagnostics, counseling and the development of teams, organizations and networks.
The objectives for the use of the methods are diverse: they include, among others, training in intercultural skills, resolving conflicts within and between groups, economically based reorganization of business processes, improvement of information, communication structures and processes within and between organizations, or the introduction of a health management.
Systematically to deepen and application of learning takes place within the framework of project-based seminars. Here the students are guided and supported to deal with problems and issues from selected fields of practice and / or the application of research on their own.

The courses of study is based on the acquisition of credit points (KP): modules will usually consist of several courses (e.g., a lecture and a seminar) and must be attended in their entirety, since only the reported credits and a final grade will be given . The modules are assigned to the respective substantive topics.

At present (AB Nr. 1086 v. 24.09.2015) our studies are gaining 120 credit points in total:
9 Credit Points (KP) in "übergreifende ("comprehensive") psychologische Module",
15 KP in "Wissenschaft und Praxis der Wirtschaftspsychologie",
3 KP in "Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie“,
9 KP in „Arbeitspsychologie“,
12 KP in „Organisationspsychologie“,
15 KP in „Marktpsychologie
and 8 KP in so called "berufspraktischer Tätigkeit" (practical professional activity).

In addition to that 19 KP are not restricted (free chosen neighboring disciplines; i.e. other faculties) and you will get
30 KP for your Master-Thesis.

Examination regulations, study guidelines, event directories, module manuals will give a detailed picture of what you can expect in the study of economic psychology. This and much more up-to-date information can be found on pages of the Faculty of Psychology.

Please note: The student´s representatives may help you finding your way.


  • Academic Advising

Dr. Andreas Utsch
Building GAFO, Level 04, Room 261
Tel.: +49 234 32 27895
FAX.: +49 234 32 14110
(Appointments recommended in the Examinations Office:
Phone 32 22679 or 32 28679)

Ingrid Tanach, M.A. (for study and examination-related issues)
BuildingGAFO, Level 04, Room 623
By appointment, phone: 32 22679 or 32 28679

Admission Requirements
Prerequisite for admission to the master's program in business psychology is the conclusion of a six-semester bachelor's degree, that is either a
Successfully completed a bachelor's degree in Work- and Organisational Psychology or
Successfully completed a bachelor's degree in Psychology (in addition special knowledge in work and organisational psychology to be demonstrated in accordance with the requirements of Bachelor's degree in Work- and Organisational Psychology) or
Successfully completed degree of an economic psychology-related bachelor's degree  (in addition special knowledge in psychology and work and organisational psychology to be demonstrated).
Furthermore, there has to be evidence of a completed study counseling for a master's program (must be submitted at registration). Here is information on the recognition of other qualifications for the M.Sc. course.
Please note: With the university-entrance diploma alone or in a completed preliminary Degree with a major in psychology, a successful application is excluded, i.e. you cannot enroll in a master's program. Application deadline is July 15th each year.
More about the online application process for the Master's program.
Further guidance provided on the pages of registrar's office

Foreign Students
For foreign applicants there are special rules that are given in the application form.
All prospectives first take part in the online application process. When indicated the candidate automatically forwarded to the International Office of the University of Bochum.

Interest in an occupational course?
Our study course is a full-time course, which is not designed to part-time.
If you are interested in an occupational course, look for information of the graduate degree program HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT with master's degrees at the ACADEMY of RUB or visit the pages of Business and Information Technology School (BiTS), a fully accredited university.