Psychology, Work and Organizational Psychology, Master Programme, 120 credits

120 credits

Do you want to learn more about people at work?

The programme will give you a deeper understanding of people and their interaction in professional life.

The programme targets national and international students with a bachelors degree and 90 credits in psychology, with an interest to specialize in one of the most important areas in modern applied psychology. A Master in Work and Organizational Psychology opens up opportunities for employment in a wide range of private and public organizations.

The programme contains elements of relevant practical activities. We have established links with public organizations and private companies in the region, and students have a valuable opportunity to interact with them at several points during the programme. We also have a range of external speakers from industry (some international) and alumni talks. The thesis research problem should have a clear link to work and organizational psychology and provides an opportunity to conduct research on real world problems with relevance to the modern workplace and organizations.



A qualified specialist in work and organizational psychology may work with the evaluation and development of organizations, with psychosocial issues, or as an internal consultant on organizational development. Since the programme has a significant element of intercultural competence, such a person could also provide important expertise in developing global strategies for multinational organizations.

Our graduates have gone on to work in a variety of environments, from modern start-up companies to large multinational organizations (including TESLA, Accenture, the United Nations, Daimler, PwC), government and charities.


Master of science (120 credits) with specialization in industrial and organizational psychology. Main study area: Psychology

Important information about the programme

We speak, read, and write English in this program. Not only English, but academic English. You need to master academic English on a rather high level, so that you will be able to demonstrate that your learning curve is ascending. Most exams are written, and seminars and lectures are of course dependent on your oral performance.

This is an academic program with more focus on generic skills, and less on practical skills. The step from bachelor to master will be a big one, in one's abilities to approach any situation in work life with an analytical mind, scrutinizing approach, and not least with a critical eye. It is about maturation of thinking, of solving problems, creating solutions, etc. Also, a master degree will tell any future employer that you are a quick learner!

Quantitative methodology
Psychology relies heavily on quantitative methodology, though mixed methods, etc., are slowly advancing into the scientific community. Therefore, be prepared that you are expected to know at least basic statistics, e.g., t-test, correlation, ANOVA (Analysis of Variance) and MRA (Multiple Regression Analysis)

An education that gives the students a great foundation to choose any career path in organizational psychology

Lucija Batinovic vid Linnéuniversitetet.

The Programme has helped lucija to further develop her interests. She appreciates the facilities at the university and in the future she would like to work in research.

The programme covers a wide range of topics

Molly McGregor vid Linnéuniversitetet

Molly believes that the international aspect of the programme has been beneficial in her career. She appreciates the Swedish way of teaching and that students have the freedom to be creative in their learning. Today, she works a researcher at University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

Student testimonials

Andrea Strinic
This program will allow you to learn more about various subjects within the field of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, but it also aims to allow you to explore your interests within these diverse subjects. It gives you the possibility of posing research questions and finding possible answers to topics that appeal to you. The structure of the program will allow you a great degree of freedom and independence, of course with continuous guidance and support. This is a great opportunity for you to delve deeper into Industrial and Organizational Psychology and explore your interests.

In today's times we are confronted with constant rapid change and a need for innovation, and organizational setting is no exception to that. Thus, the program aims not to only focus on knowledge that is relevant right now, but to equip you with a possibility of developing skills that will help you critically evaluate current knowledge, push it further and acquire the ability to quickly adapt and learn new things. Employers will have various demands, but we aim to give you the setting in which you will develop the needed skills to adapt to these demands.


Växjö – the student city with a living campus

Just south of Växjö’s city centre you will find Linnaeus University’s campus. In Växjö, many students choose to live on campus.

Here you will have five minutes’ walking distance to friends, restaurants, lecture rooms, gym, grocery store, the University Library, nature trails, and student pubs. If you live in another part of Växjö, you can quickly get to the university by bus or bicycle.

With its 90 000 inhabitants, Växjö is one of the fastest growing cities in Sweden. Here you will find the famous Småland entrepreneurship spirit and a lot of companies, for instance within the IT industry – perfect for when you are looking for an internship position or a job. Växjö is also a picturesque city where you are always close to forests and water.

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