The WOP-P Master is based on the ENOP Reference Model and the Specialist EuroPsy Certificate in WOP Psychology, differentiating among the three fields of the discipline: work, organizational, and personnel psychology. There is a combination of explanatory vs. intervention (or change-oriented) approaches to the discipline. The explanatory approach tries to understand and explain the reality scientifically as the basis of the professional practice. However, the reality at the workplace and in organizations is usually created and modified by humans, and it is expected that WOP psychologists can contribute to the change and improvement of this reality. In addition, the contextualized scientist-practitioner model is adopted, grounding the interventions on evidence-based practice, and considering the context. Finally, the Master permits two general, although interrelationed, employability tracks (as a practitioner; and as a researcher).
The WOP-P Master presents the general subjects shown in Program structure of the WOP-P Master. They combine classical contents of the discipline (e.g., personnel selection) and new-emergent topics and perspectives, such as sustainability, project management, humanitarian WOP psychology, etc.
The workload for students is divided into 4 semesters of 30 credits each (all the credits are calculated following the ECTS).
After the orientation course (4 credits) dedicated to the socialization of the student in the different aspects of the Master (competencies to be developed, ethics, scientist-practitioner, databases, electronic platform, etc.), the first year is completed with explanatory courses, free-content courses, and research training. From an explanatory perspective, students receive six courses on four blocks: work psychology (8 credits), organizational psychology (8 credits), personnel psychology (4 credits), and methodology (4 credits). During the first year, students also receive two free-content courses (8 credits) in areas that are complementary for WOP-P psychologists (work law, economy, etc.) and necessary for their adequate professional activity.
There are 24 credits devoted to the research training. It is a three steps process: the position paper (or project), the research work (the first version of the student scientific manuscript), and the master thesis (improved research manuscript). During the first year, students develop the position paper (6 credits) and the research work (14 credits). There is also a specific methodology course (4 credits) related to the specific research work of each student.
The second-year focuses on change-oriented courses and professional intervention in each of the four blocks: work psychology (4 credits); organizational psychology (4 credits); personnel psychology (8 credits); and methodology (4 credits). Students must also develop the last step in the research training, the master thesis (4 credits).
During this year, there are two special subjects: the Joint Intensive Learning Unit (or the Winter School) (12 credits) and the professional internship (20 credits). Finally, students must write a professional report (integration of theory and practice) (4 credits).
Information about Program structure of the WOP-P Master