MA Psychology

Work, Society, Environment

Master Course with a Focus on Work Psychology and Organizational Psychology

The future of work, society, and the environment requires responsible Psychologists. The new work and organizational psychology master course at IPU Berlin focuses on psychodynamic approaches, in order to meet these challenges in all areas. Well-educated psychologists are important for understanding and designing an evolving work environment through the evaluation and mastery of the path of transformation in the work world, and through the support of sustainable corporate structures.

How can psychology help shape business in a responsible way?
Knowledge of psychology plays a central role in the development of the work world, as the human desire for belonging and social identity continue to endure. For a company to operate long-term and sustainably, it requires additional leadership abilities, which above all include social aspects and are not limited to technical or specialized skills. Communication with teams and in teams will become increasingly important. This requires that a system, which over-values short term profits and views successes only through annual cash flow, will only be doomed to fail in the intermediate and long run. This is also being increasingly recognized from the side of the company. Organizations must deliberately be reflected in their cultures, and in adjusting to new structures must create meaningful opportunities for participation. In this way, the field of organizational development based in psychology gains meaning, especially in relation to communication and cooperation skills.

Can digitalization be designed in a just and humanitarian way?
The key role of psychology in the understanding and co-creation of the digital transition is clear, but until now has not been sufficiently recognized. It has been noted in numerous studies, that the structures of organizations as well as the demands on the workforce are changing through digital transformation. New technological possibilities not only go hand in hand with changing IT infrastructures, but additionally, there are new challenges for the relations of managers and employees regarding cooperation between colleagues in teams and with clients and other stakeholders in the community. With the help of psychodynamic approaches, working relationships between people are being taken into account.

How do socially and ecologically sustainable economic systems succeed?
The first challenge is sustainable business management. Sustainability depends not only on the internal structures and dealings of people within the business, but also on business approaches that contribute to the sustainable protection of the surrounding world. Discerning between appearance and reality with regards to sustainability is a central task of psychologists, as it is increasingly attractive for all companies to advertise their sustainability. Psychologists who have dealt with the themes of work, society, and the environment during their studies are needed in order to appraise sustainable business structures and to differentiate between actual sustainability and feigned zeitgeist phenomena.  

What does the MA Psychology—Work, Society, Environment have to offer?
Because of societal change, the role that businesses have and should have in present-day society fall into question. Work, society, and the environment are therefore interrelated within this psychology master course. According to the recommendations from the German Society for Psychology, elements of work psychology, organizational psychology, and business psychology will be offered across the board. Psychoanalytical and humanistic approaches are be integrated into this curriculum as well. The study course is intended to promote scientific discord about the mentioned subject areas, as well as familiarize students with relevant occupational fields, and foster those entering the workforce through the transfer of theory and practice.

Who can apply?
The study course is designed for students who have received a bachelor’s in psychology and who are interested in a specialization in the areas of work psychology, organizational psychology, business psychology, as well as ecological psychology. In the interest of a transdisciplinary orientation, applications are also welcome from students who have received a bachelor’s degree from related areas of study, such as economic science, sociology, and political science. Indeed, we see the combination of differing perspectives, and their accompanying competencies, as a particular strength of the study program, as this is an excellent preparation for future professional practice.

Please note that the study course is only offered in German.