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Our MBA (Business Psychology) gives you a solid grounding you in the principles necessary for running a successful business, including finance, management, strategy and marketing. Read more
Our MBA (Business Psychology) gives you a solid grounding you in the principles necessary for running a successful business, including finance, management, strategy and marketing. The specialist business psychology modules will introduce you to the methods for managing organisational culture and the use of psychological assessments. You’ll study these modules alongside professionals and students from related disciplines, providing you with a collaborative and supportive environment of networking opportunities within business psychology administration.

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The London Met's MBA (Business Psychology) will teach you the fundamentals of administering a business and provide an introduction to the basics of business psychology. This will grow your potential in fields related to human resources, talent management and other leadership positions.

The core focus will be on the skills and knowledge you need to run a business including marketing, communications, accounting, leadership and more.

We supplement this with specialised modules in psychology that will help you manage culture and change within organisations, as well as learn the specific methods used to psychologically assess members of staff in the workplace.

On the research modules, you'll be able to further investigate any management processes and other business topics that you want to explore in more depth.

Our teaching staff and visiting academics, who you’ll meet both informally and formally through lectures and social events, are experts in areas including organisational psychology, leadership and management to promote business effectiveness.

Throughout the MBA, you’ll collaborate with students from a variety of professions and disciplines, including specialist postgraduate psychology students. Your specialised training will be supplemented by regular informal learning activities including the weekly student-led Business Breakfast; a monthly dinner; networking events; meetings with business leaders; entrepreneurs and consultants and lively charity fundraising events in the City.

We’ll provide regular coaching sessions to help improve your career potential, while you can also make use of our Careers and Employability Unit to help you find new roles in preparation for life after the MBA.

You’ll be assessed through individual and group work. This is likely to come in a variety of forms including reports, portfolios, presentations, videos, conferences and competitions, enabling you to develop the skills to master a multitude of situations in the world of business psychology.

Modular structure

Core modules:
-Accounting and Finance for Managers
-Leadership and Strategic Management
-People and Organisations: Principles and Practices in Global Contexts
-Marketing, Marketing Communications and Operations

Business Psychology modules:
-Managing Organisational Culture and Change
-Psychological Assessment at Work

Research-focused modules:
-Management Learning and Research
-Business Research Project

After the course

Graduates of the MBA may continue in their existing careers or choose to explore new opportunities. Recent graduates of our business related degrees are employed by companies including Oxademy, ALDI, Schwab Versand Hanau, Sapa, UBM plc, Carillion, Hanson Hispania SA, Triometric and BNP Paribas. They work in management roles in the fields of international sales, area management, business development, clients services and customer service.

Roles particularly relevant to the field of business psychology include human resources manager, occupational psychological consultant and talent management consultant.

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Industrial/Organisational and Business Psychology deals with human capital issues and is instrumental in helping businesses become more effective and profitable, as well as improving employees' wellbeing and performance. Read more

Industrial/Organisational and Business Psychology deals with human capital issues and is instrumental in helping businesses become more effective and profitable, as well as improving employees' wellbeing and performance. This brand new MSc will prepare students for academic research and professional practice in this field.

About this degree

Our students will be exposed to the latest psychological tools and interventions currently used in business and other applied fields. Some of the key areas that we will be covering are: talent management, consultancy skills, and business seminars. In the latter, students will follow a series of talks from professionals in the area, which provide a great opportunity to explore the latest techniques as well as network with like-minded professionals in the area.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Consulting Psychology
  • Talent Management
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Business Psychology Seminars
  • Influence and Negotiation
  • Statistics

Optional modules

Students choose two of the following:

  • Applied Decision Making
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Social Cognition
  • Current Issues in Attitude Research
  • Understanding Individuals and Groups
  • Social Psychology
  • Principles of Cognition
  • Strategic Project Management
  • Mastering Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a substantial dissertation.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, presentations, case studies, practical experiments and statistical and computational work. Assessment is through examinations, essays, group projects, dissertation and oral examination.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Industrial/Organisational and Business Psychology MSc

Careers

After the successful completion of the programme our students are eligible to apply for a number of consultancy roles. One of the most popular routes has been management consulting, where graduates are currently enjoying successful careers. In addition, a number of our applicants have found positions as HR professionals within established as well as boutique firms in the UK and internationally. Finally, given the diverse and well-rounded training, some graduates have entered the word of marketing and communications where they apply the theories they have learnt to communicate with other companies and consumers more effectively.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Assistant Business Psychologist, YSC
  • Business Analyst, Mercuri Urval
  • Defence Psychologist, Ministry of Defence (MoD)
  • Human Resources (HR) Practitioner, United Nations (UN)
  • Project Co-Ordinator, STO

Employability

UCL's Industrial Organisational and Business Psychology group includes luminaries from the talent management and consumer psychology industries, as well as illustrious academics. In addition, our programme features speakers from Google, RBS, Havas Worldwide, Dunnhumby, Sainsbury's, Quantcast and many more.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

One of the key principles that govern this programme is our focus on preparing practitioners utilising the latest theories in the area of organisational and business psychology. This unique focus drives our teaching methodology (applied workshops and training courses) and pedagogical focus (experiential learning).

Our cohort of students comes from a very diverse background and we make sure that we create an environment in which everyone can learn from one another. The modules, created by experts in their fields, have been designed to deepen students' understanding as well as prepare them for successful careers in the area of industrial organisation and business psychology.

A number of the tutors hosting our business seminars are among the leading professionals in the area of business psychology. This is an excellent opportunity for our students to be exposed to the latest thinking, and to network and develop projects.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

83% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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The aim of the Business Psychology MSc is to prepare graduates who can diagnose and communicate organisational and behavioural needs, design and implement business psychology interventions, and build strategic HR goals and programmes. Read more

The aim of the Business Psychology MSc is to prepare graduates who can diagnose and communicate organisational and behavioural needs, design and implement business psychology interventions, and build strategic HR goals and programmes. The emphasis is on equipping you with theoretical and analytical skills, as well as practical business psychology skills, in areas such as team building, conflict resolution, decision making, facilitation and organisational diagnostics. 

You will therefore gain knowledge and skills designed to enable you to work effectively within a wide range of interpersonal and multicultural situations, while formulating cost effective solutions to operational HR problems. The course has an outstanding professional development programme, one that runs in parallel with the taught schedule and which will bring you expertise from existing practitioners through workshops, seminars and mentoring.

Course structure

Core modules

Career path

The course has been designed to equip graduates with a body of knowledge and associated skills that are both market sensitive while flexible and generative, applicable across a range of workplace environments.

Accordingly, Business Psychology can be applied to almost any behavioural issue at work. Graduates are offered employment by a wide range of global consultancy companies, government departments, HR Organisations, Training and development services as well as working independently as consultants.



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The programme is designed for students who wish to acquire the skills and knowledge that will enable them to apply psychological principles within the business world. Read more
The programme is designed for students who wish to acquire the skills and knowledge that will enable them to apply psychological principles within the business world. The course will appeal equally to those with a business or psychology background. Graduates are equipped for a variety of careers including human resource practitioners or careers in consultancy and business psychology. The course includes the following modules:
-Psychological Assessment at Work
-Learning, Training and Development
-Research and Professional Skills
-Well-being at workHuman Resource Management for psychologists
-Strategic Management for psychologists
-Marketing for psychologists
-Consulting Skills

And an option from:
-Work Design, Organisational Change and Development
-Leadership, Engagement and Motivation

You will also carry out a project which is a substantial piece of investigative work, normally carried out in an external organisation. Host organisations for MSc projects have included large commercial concerns in both manufacturing and service sectors, a range of consultancies, charities, and in local government and government departments.

Projects are sometimes conducted abroad; past locations include Germany, Greece, Turkey, Malaysia, Kenya, Indonesia, China, India and Taiwan.

Staff who teach on the course include permanent academic staff who have industrial experience and who undertake regular consultancy work, and external psychologists from consultancies, large organisations and other universities. Teaching and learning methods include lectures, workshops, seminars, tutorials and practical sessions. There is an emphasis on putting theory into practice.

Why choose this course?

-Accredited by the Association of Business Psychologists
-This programme provides many of the professional skills and competencies needed to apply psychology in the workplace
-At a recent review the course was commended for the helpful and supportive staff; the applied nature of many of the assessment tasks most notably the project and delivery by staff who are involved in cutting edge research and the ‘contemporary practice’ of Industrial and Work Psychology
-Students will not only have access to the knowledge and skills base from our Department of Psychology, but also gain insight and expertise from the University's Business SchoolOne of the largest psychology departments in the country
-Our staff are actively engaged in significant research which is reflected by our excellent, Grade 4 rating in the Higher Education Funding Council's last Research Assessment Exercise. See a list of our Psychology staff here
-Well equipped laboratories with excellent computing facilitiesWe were awarded a Teaching Quality rating of "excellent" (23 out of 24) in our subject review
-A vibrant research seminar series- contributed to by leading academics from across the country

Professional Accreditations

The Association of Business Psychologists.

Careers

Graduates of business psychology courses enter careers in management trainee positions, consultancies or as human resource management practitioners.

Teaching methods

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, workshops, seminars and tutorials. There is an emphasis on the development of practical skills. Staff who teach on the course include permanent academic staff who have industrial experience and who undertake regular consultancy work, and external psychologists both from consultancies and from large organisations.

Structure

Core Modules
-Behaviour and Marketing Creativity
-Business Psychology Project
-Consultancy Skills
-Consulting Skills
-Contemporary Strategic Management
-HRM for Psychologists
-HRM in Organisations (Business Psychology)
-Human Potential and Performance
-Individual & Organisational Learning
-Leadership, Engagement and Motivation
-Learning, Training and Development
-Marketing for Psychologists
-Organisations and Change
-Project
-Psychological Assessment at Work
-Research and Professional Skills
-Research and Professional Skills in Action
-Selection and Assessment
-Strategic Management for Psychologists

Optional
-Wellbeing and Work
-Work Design, Organisational Change and Development

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Graduates of psychology or social sciences can specialize in the analysis of processes related to human resources or other work-related, organizational processes. Read more
Graduates of psychology or social sciences can specialize in the analysis of processes related to human resources or other work-related, organizational processes. In the M.A. Business Psychology program, students will improve their knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative methodology. Topics such as behavioral economics, HR management, User Experience research, innovation psychology and entrepreneurship are also part of the agenda.

Location and language

At HMKW Berlin the M.A. Business Psychology program is taught in English. The same master program can be studied at HMKW Cologne (Köln) in German language (M.A. Wirtschaftspsychologie). The start of the master program at HMKW Frankfurt is planned for October 2017.

Features

Specializing in the theory and practice of business psychology, with a non-clinical, analytical and consultancy oriented perspective that is highly relevant for the job market.

Learning outcomes

Ability to analyse and solve issues related to human resources, industrial, organizational and other business related processes from a business psychology standpoint, within a research or practitioner/consultancy context.

Modules

General modules (optional subjects)
-Media Law
-Media Asset Management
-Media Psychology
-Intercultural Management

Specific modules
-Recent Trends in Organizational Psychology
-Occupational Health Management
-Psychology of Marketing & Modern Market Research
-User Experience & New Media, Human & Organizational Resources Management

For more information, see the website: http://www.hmkw.de/en/study/ma-programs/ma-business-psychology/

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This masters degree gives you a solid grounding in the business psychology science relevant to consulting and management. Read more

This masters degree gives you a solid grounding in the business psychology science relevant to consulting and management.

You’ll apply modern psychological principles to contemporary organisations and organisational problems, working alongside psychologists to develop your skills in research, problem-solving and consultancy.

From change management to designing green workplaces, you’ll develop the skill set to tackle key growth areas. Case studies, workshops and real-world projects will help you build commercial awareness and professional skills. During the course you’ll have the opportunity to gain certification in Occupational Test User: Ability and Personality at no additional cost, which is a valuable tool for selection and development.

Taught by leading researchers and experienced practitioners among one of Europe’s most influential groups of organizational psychologists, you’ll gain a broad understanding of contemporary organisations to prepare for a career applying business psychology in the public or private sector.

Academic excellence

You’ll learn from an influential group of organizational psychologists, introducing you to the latest thinking from our research centres, the Socio-Technical Centre (STC) and the Workplace Behaviour Research Centre. They undertake research at the cutting edge of organizational psychology and behaviour. The centres combine expertise in psychology, management, engineering, environmental science and geography to form a thriving research community.

Students also benefit from our strong corporate connections, as well as links with several leading organizational psychology consulting firms. Recent project partners have included Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Arup, the National Health Service, Network Rail and Marks and Spencer.

Course content

This masters provides you with an important grounding in systems thinking, its theoretical basis and practical use in workspace design, IT systems and more. You’ll build critical understanding of research design in psychology and social science.

You’ll consider the factors that affect employee behaviour and how psychological insights can help to design effective organisations. You’ll also explore the personnel selection and training process from interviews and psychometric testing to training evaluation.

The course will expand your understanding of behavioural research and the development not just of employees and their performance, but also of organisations themselves. The course also places a strong emphasis on applying your knowledge in practical business scenarios, and you’ll undertake fieldwork to develop professional skills in a variety of real-life situations.

The research skills you’ve developed throughout this degree will prepare you to complete your final project, which can be either an independent research project on a topic of your choice, or a practical consultancy project with a business.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

You'll take nine compulsory modules including your dissertation.

  • The Psychology of Effective Organizations 15 credits
  • Personnel Selection and Training 15 credits
  • Systems Thinking and Consulting Practice 15 credits
  • Organizational Development and Change 15 credits
  • Dissertation 60 credits
  • Managing Performance and Developing Careers 15 credits
  • Research Design and Analysis 15 credits
  • Advanced Behavioural Research Design and Analysis 15 credits
  • Commercial and Professional Skills 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Business Psychology MSc Full Time in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you make the most of your studies. These will include lectures, seminars, workshops, online learning and tutorials.

Independent study is also vital for this course allowing you to prepare for taught classes and sharpen your own research and critical skills.

Assessment

Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too. You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including exams, group projects, written assignments and essays, in-course assessment, group and individual presentations and reports.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of this course you will have a broad appreciation of the workings of contemporary organisations and will be strongly positioned for a career in the public or private sector as a skilled manager, consulting business psychologist or human resource specialist.

Graduates may look to develop a career applying specialist psychological expertise within management consultancy, working on practical problems across many organisations. Skills from this course are also valued within an HR function, or to improve your own effectiveness as a future manager.

Links with industry

Students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills as part of our Leaders in Residence initiative, which gives management students the opportunity to engage with senior figures from the world of business. This is a rare opportunity where successful and established business people will help you connect the theory of your course to real world practice, and offer their advice for career success.

You will be able to connect with leaders from a range of firms including major manufacturers and retailers, charity chief executives, entrepreneurs and directors of companies large and small, through structured meetings and events. This typically includes workshops, social events, guest lectures and professional skills development.

Careers support

We help you to achieve your career ambitions by providing professional development support as part of the course. You benefit from our Professional Development Tutor, who will help you to develop the important professional skills that employers value. This means you will develop the academic skills to successfully progress through the course, and also the professional skills you will need to start a successful career.

Read more about our careers and professional development support.

The Careers Centre also provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.



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This programme is especially suitable for students wishing to develop a career in personnel functions, human resource management roles or as business consultants in areas such as selection and assessment, organisational development and change and employee development. Read more
This programme is especially suitable for students wishing to develop a career in personnel functions, human resource management roles or as business consultants in areas such as selection and assessment, organisational development and change and employee development.

Taught by experienced researchers and practitioners, students are given in-depth training to equip them to apply psychological theories and research to influence and inform a range of important business decisions and to operate effectively at all levels within organisations.

There is a strong emphasis on developing critical thinking and consultancy skills, as well as the ability to work effectively with a wide range of organisational stakeholders.

Students can choose to extend and cement their practical skills by completing a research project that allows them to apply their knowledge to an organisational issue. Alternatively they may conduct a focused literature review that examines how psychological research and theory may be applied to a contemporary business problem.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/business-economics/business-psychology/

Programme modules

Semester 1:
- Gathering and Using Evidence in Work Psychology (Part I)
- Leadership and Performance Management
- Employee Engagement, Motivation and Voice
- Well-being and Work
- Work Design, Organisational Change and Development

Semester 2:
- Gathering and Using Evidence in Work Psychology (Part II)
- Psychological Assessment in Organisations
- Career Development
- Learning, Development and Knowledge Management

Optional Modules:
In each of Semesters 1 and 2 it may be possible to study one module from the School’s existing portfolio of Masters modules.

Summer:
Empirical Research Project in Work Psychology or Dissertation in Business Psychology.

Assessment

Each module is assessed by coursework. The coursework will be a mixture of essays, reports, group work, practical work and presentations. These assessment methods are designed to closely resemble the work carried out by psychologists in the business environment. There are no examinations.

Careers and further study

Many large organisations have their own teams of psychologists who provide specialist advice across their business functions. Graduates will be well-equipped to bring specialist expertise to leadership and management roles in both private and public-sector organisations.

Roles in human resource management, selection and assessment, talent identification and development, employee counselling, the management of employee well-being, organisational development and business consulting are particularly well-suited to those with knowledge and skills in business psychology.

Why choose business and economics at Loughborough?

Loughborough’s School of Business and Economics is a thriving forward-looking centre of education that aims to provide an exceptional learning experience.

Consistently ranked as a Top-10 UK business school by national league tables, our graduates are highly employable and enjoy starting salaries well above the national average.

The rich variety of postgraduate programmes we offer ranges from taught masters, MBA and doctoral programmes, to short courses and executive education, with subjects spanning Management, Marketing, Finance and Economics, Work Psychology, Business Analytics, International Crisis Management and Information Management. New for 2016, we are also launching two exciting new programmes in Human Resource Management. All of this contributes to a lively and supportive learning environment within the School.

- Internationally Accredited
The School of Business and Economics is one of less than 1% of business schools in the world to have achieved accreditation from all three major international accrediting bodies: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), EQUIS accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

- Career Prospects
Our graduates are in great demand. Over 94% of our postgraduate students were in work and/or further study six months after graduating.* As such, you will be equipped with skills and knowledge that will serve you well in your career or enable you to pursue further study and research.

*Source: DLHE

Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/business-economics/business-psychology/

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This course will help you to understand the way people behave at work, giving you a new perspective on everyday business decisions and preparing you for career advancement. Read more
This course will help you to understand the way people behave at work, giving you a new perspective on everyday business decisions and preparing you for career advancement. Graduates leave this course with a scientific approach: they can gather evidence and critically evaluate it to make better decisions in the workplace. They stand out from competitors with human resource management qualifications.

-The only course in the UK to hold dual institutional accreditation from the British Psychological Society and the Association for Business Psychology. Graduates have the option to become a Chartered and Registered Occupational Psychologist in the future.
Students can qualify in occupational testing for ability and personality at a fraction of the private market cost.
-No exams – you will be assessed entirely on your coursework.
-Access to a dedicated career psychologist with a strong focus on personal development, helping you to improve your employability – for example, though work shadowing, internships networking opportunities and targeted assignments.
-Course materials grounded in research and practice, delivered by a course team currently working in the field.
-Regular guest speakers from a range of organisations, including major test publishers and business psychology consultancies.
-Research and consultancy internship opportunities.
-A supportive environment and an expert academic team to help you achieve your academic goals. Kingston Business School is one of only a few of the 120 UK business schools to be awarded an 'excellent' rating for its teaching quality by the Higher Education Funding Council.
-Attend classes in the £26 million Kingston Business School building, opened in 2012, on a leafy, peaceful hillside campus. Kingston upon Thames has been rated London's happiest borough and has the lowest crime rate in London, as well as fast transport links to the city centre.
-Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 per cent of the world's business schools.

What will you study?

You can choose to study this course in one year, with our full time programme, or in two years, with our part-time, executive weekend programme. Both courses cover the same core modules, and both are taught by research-active academics and experienced practitioners.

The modules for this course investigate various approaches to applying psychological principles in the workplace and how these ideas can increase organisational, team and individual performance. You will learn to critically evaluate the evidence base when making decisions.

You will apply theories and evidence to case studies, examples from the field and real-life practice - either at your own company or during a short internship. You will also learn about ethical considerations and your role as a psychologist in organisations, enhancing your professional skills. You will complement this by learning about ways of overcoming the barriers many occupational and business psychologists face when trying to implement their programmes in an organisation.

The course also considers how other disciplines such as neuroscience, ergonomics, economics, human resource management and sociology inform occupational and business psychology.

Your development is at the heart of this course. The programme begins with a focus on the skills you need to gain for your personal career aspirations. As well as building essential transferrable skills, such as communication and interpersonal ability, it has a strong focus on teaching and refining the competencies that employers value, and which will help you succeed in higher level jobs. Students tell us they are impressed with the course and feel it's highly practical.

You will:
-Learn about the process of contracting with organisations as an occupational or business psychologist, and the consultancy cycle;
work with new data and updated approaches, and hone your presentation and report writing skills
-Develop skills and techniques, such as critical incident interviewing, job analysis and career counselling
-Learn to think creatively and work independently, developing management and leadership skills
-Develop an understanding of the different psychological approaches to workplace issues, and how to apply them and synthesise them in practice.

We offer you practice-based training that teaches you to use psychological tools and specialist software, including a wide range of additional short courses covering psychometric testing.

Assessment

You will be assessed using a mixture of coursework assignments, group and individual exercises, skills sessions, and a data analysis assignment and dissertation.

Course structure

Other practice-based training will also be offered, including psychometric testing (offered as an additional short course).

You can substitute any core module other than Research Methods and Dissertation for a module from our Human Resources Management MA.

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Modules
-Career Counselling, Training and Development
-Leadership, Change and Consultancy
-Performance Appraisal and Identifying Talent
-Wellbeing and Work
-Research Methods and Dissertation

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Business Psychology MSc at Heriot-Watt University is the most established masters degree of its kind outside North America. This MSc programme will equip you with an in-depth understanding of the psychological mechanisms that drive positive behaviours and performances in the workplace. Read more

Business Psychology MSc at Heriot-Watt University is the most established masters degree of its kind outside North America. This MSc programme will equip you with an in-depth understanding of the psychological mechanisms that drive positive behaviours and performances in the workplace.

Whether you come from an industry position or directly from a psychology or business degree; you will be prepared with an effective blend of specialist knowledge from the fields of psychology, management and leadership.

The content on this highly-focused masters degree meets the needs of those working towards a careers as:

  • Business Psychology Practitioner
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Organisational Development Manager
  • Coaching Consultant
  • Management Consultant
  • Leadership Consultant.

You will develop commercial awareness and an understanding of global organisations which will allow you to recognise the impact of the economy, politics, globalization and the changing labour market on the psychology of a workplace and performance of individuals and teams.

Practical workplace knowledge

By viewing the workplace through a psychological perspective, and by developing your analytical, critical thinking, and reflection skills, you will learn to recognize and improve seemingly intangible aspects of the workplace which, when appropriately managed, can directly improve business performance, in areas such as job satisfaction, leadership and organisational commitment.

Additional to learning from a unique blend of research-led academic teaching and industry-focused practical experiences; specifically designed group tasks and presentations will allow you to develop your interpersonal and communication skills and directly improve the performance of diverse groups of individuals and teams within an organisation.

Edinburgh – An Inspiring City

Scotland’s capital is regarded as one of the best cities in the world in which to study and has a thriving international student population.

It’s a beautiful, cultural city that’s bursting with art, nature, nightlife and history. It’s a safe, inspirational city and has enough bars, restaurants, museums, shopping, green spaces and culture to keep everyone entertained.

It was recently voted as the best place to live in the UK for the 3rd year running and a study by Deutsche Bank in May 2017 found it offers the second best quality of life on the world!

Heriot-Watt University

Founded in 1821, Heriot-Watt has an established reputation as a leading research-led university and provider of high-quality, industry-focussed education.

We are ranked as the top University in Scotland for International Outlook by Times Higher Education and have campuses in Scotland, Dubai and Malaysia.

We are ranked as one of the top 30 Universities in the UK in the Guardian University League Table and the Complete University Guide 2018, who also place us as the 3rd best University in Scotland.

Our Edinburgh Campus 

Our countryside campus is set in 380 acres of beautiful parkland with world-class facilities and an easy journey to Edinburgh city centre.

You’ll find over 10,500 students and staff here, offering a warm and friendly welcome. There’s modern student accommodation, a thriving Student Union with a host of sports clubs and societies. Scotland’s National Sports Centre is also on campus offering students access to top of the range sporting facilities.

Find information on Programme content here

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. We offer a range of English language courses (See http://www.hw.ac.uk/study/english.htm ) to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:

  • 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
  • 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
  • 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)

Distance learning students

Please note that independent distance learning students who access their studies online will be expected to have access to a PC/laptop and internet.

Find information on Fees and Scholarships here.



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Psychology has long been applied to the workplace, and has become one of the main professional practice areas for many managers and supervisors of staff. Read more
Psychology has long been applied to the workplace, and has become one of the main professional practice areas for many managers and supervisors of staff.

Applications of the major theories and models of business/occupational psychology occur in the practices of, for example, personnel assessment, selection and training the design of work environments, implementation of training interventions, management of careers, motivation and development of staff and the management of organisational change.

This innovative development at the University of Worcester presents two postgraduate qualifications that apply psychology to business and organisations in general.

The Business Psychology MSc is open to students with a non-psychology related degree, although some elements of psychology or business should have been previously studied.

The Occupational Psychology MSc is only open to those students who hold a psychology degree with Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) from the British Psychological Society (BPS).

The Occupational Psychology Masters is targeted at those wanting to become Chartered Occupational Psychologists.

Study options

The programme is taught in blocks, with each module being two blocks of two days (Friday and Saturday). The days are organized into blocks of different learning activities, e.g. presentation/facilitation by the tutor, practical exercises (individual and/or group task), discussion and reflection. Importantly, between the blocks the students are supported with additional reading, provided in the form of primary source articles, book chapters and practitioner journal articles. The programme has an 80% attendance requirement.

Modules

A sample of available modules includes:

• Advanced Research Analysis
This module aims to consolidate undergraduate research abilities, and equip the student with the skills necessary to undertake Masters level research

• Personnel Selection and Assessment
This module introduces the student to the means of fulfilling the organisational need to have people in work positions that either have the characteristics required for effective performance

• Personal Development
This module introduces the student to the assessing of performance, and level of performance, of people working for an organisation.

• Human Factors
This module introduces the student to the concept that whilst human performance in any task might be affected by anatomical and psychophysiological limitations.

• Organisations and the Employee
This module introduces the student to the wide range of theories of motivation in the workplace, management systems and relations between management and employees.

• Training
This module introduces the student to procedures designed to bring about changes in individuals, the acquisition of skills, the development of work related competence and attitudes.
• Advanced Independent Study

Assessment

A wide range of assessment techniques are employed in the course. Current assessment methods include essays, seminar presentations and research projects.

Teaching and Learning Methods

A variety of teaching and learning methods are used to create an opportunity for students to identify the relevance of learning to their own professional/personal development agenda.

Experienced Staff

The course team are enthusiastic, supportive and well-qualified with staff carrying out research and consultancy in a wide range of areas pertinent to Business and Occupational Psychology. Staff regularly attend academic conferences in the UK and abroad and publish their research in learned journals and books. The research active nature of the staff means that teaching is enriched and students benefit from up-to-date knowledge and contemporary perspectives.

Time Commitment

The MSc is awarded following the successful completion of nine modules. These include the six mandatory modules within the course and the completion of an Independent Dissertation of 15,000 words (equivalent to three modules of study). The course can be taken part-time and takes 1-4 years to complete.

How to Apply

Please apply directly to University of Worcester via application form (available on the University website).

When we receive your application form, your details will be passed to the Masters Programme Leader who will contact you to arrange an informal interview. You may include additional material, such as references, in support of your application or bring them with you to interview.

You can apply for postgraduate taught courses and PG Certs at any time, but preferably as early as possible before the start of the academic year, which begins in September.

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A deeper understanding of organisational psychology is an asset to anyone currently working in the field of social sciences or human resource management. This course gives people with an appropriate background the theoretical knowledge and practical skills used in organisational psychology to help them develop or change careers. Read more

A deeper understanding of organisational psychology is an asset to anyone currently working in the field of social sciences or human resource management. This course gives people with an appropriate background the theoretical knowledge and practical skills used in organisational psychology to help them develop or change careers.

  • Build theoretical knowledge and research skills used in organisational psychology
  • Gain understanding and research skills in the following areas: Psychological Assessment at Work; Learning, Training and Development; Leadership, Engagement and Motivation; Well-being and Work; Work Design, Organisational Change and Development; Research Design, Advanced Data; Gathering and Analytical Techniques; Applying Psychology to Work and Organisations.You do not need to be registered with the BPSBPS Occupational Test User (Level A and B) training included in the tuition fees.

You study with students on the MSc Organisational Psychology course, which will enhance your experience, but you do not need to register with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Special features

Students taking the MSc Business Psychology course will sit with students from MSc Organisational Psychology and study the same course modules.

Additional course information

  Read Sheena Davidson's article discussing older workers in the workplace.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment across the course units varies, and includes a combination of examinations, report, course work, practical assessment and presentations. A dissertation of around 15,000 words is normally undertaken.

Course unit details

During the course you will be taking 180 credits in all. The eight taught modules during semester one and two total 120 credits which can be viewed in the list below.  

Over the summer period, you will carry out your Research Dissertation, worth 60 credits. Examples of recent dissertation project topics include:

  • What factors determine successful mentoring relationships? A study of a formal graduate mentoring scheme
  • The role of individuals' personality and perceived values in adoption of mobile data services
  • An exploration of the job satisfaction and career progression of visible minority women in Canada
  • Understanding financial responsibility: an exploratory analysis of the main characteristics that influence spending and saving behaviours
  • A study of occupational stress in the Indian information technology industry
  • A Gravesian values-system perspective on the design of consultative interventions in organisations
  • Why organisational change programmes fail

Please contact us if you want more information on the part-time two-year route.

What our students say

Hear what MSc Business Psychology student Henrick Persicke (Class of 2016) says about the course >>

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

Career opportunities

More details on our Careers Service.

Latest information on visa changes and opportunities in the UK for international students.



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Our Business Psychology course is a one-year course, or two years part-time, that combines applied psychology with a strong professional emphasis, and is highly attuned to the needs of working professionals, giving you a competitive edge as you pursue your career as a practising business psychologist.

In this course, we steer away from exams, and offer other assessment methods that are relevant to the real world and are based on real scenarios you will face as professionals. Furthermore, we offer internships as well as working with a major international bank on a project. This relevant experience will significantly enhance your employability when you graduate with us. 



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Psychology has long been applied to the workplace, and has become one of the main professional practice areas for Occupational Psychologists, Business Psychologists, Personnel Managers, Human Resource Managers and most staff managers.

Applications of the major theories and models of business/occupational psychology occur in the practices of, for example, personnel assessment, selection and training the design of work environments, implementation of training interventions, management of careers, motivation and development of staff and the management of organizational change.

This course is open to students with a non-psychology related degree, although some elements of psychology or business should have been previously studied.

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Gain the strategic knowledge and expertise to promote wellbeing and success in organisations all across the globe. Study alongside your job while you interact with other professionals in a dynamic online environment. Move ahead on your career or doctoral goals with an MSc from the University of Liverpool, part of the prestigious Russell Group of research-led UK universities.

“The online MSc in Psychology was fun, enlightening and worthwhile.”

Bee Garrs (UK living in South Africa) MSc in Psychology graduate

Inspire and motivate

Bring out the best in yourself and others with this 100% online MSc that allows you to:

  • Access a respected School of Psychology and a leading University anywhere, anytime
  • Connect with professionals from over 160 countries, share best practice
  • Advance professionally or prepare for doctoral research (PhD, PsyD)
  • Gain knowledge and skills you can apply immediately

Global workplace success

Study online and graduate directly from the University of Liverpool, in the top 1% of universities worldwide. Enjoy distinct advantages:

  • An international approach – gain the knowledge, skills and cultural sensitivity to promote success in workplaces worldwide
  • Collaborative learning – broaden your perspective as you connect with international professionals from other psychology disciplines.

Careers

Meet the growing demand for professionals with the strategic insight and expert knowledge to strengthen wellbeing and performance in organisations around the globe. This MSc equips you for a wide range of roles, including:

  • Senior Directors and Managers in HR, Recruitment and Training
  • Coaching specialist
  • Organisational consultant


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The MSc Business and Organisational Psychology with Professional Experience, is an extended full-time Masters programme with a substantive professional experience component. Within the professional experience modules, students have the option of undertaking an internship with a host organisation or, alternatively, campus-based professional experience.

Internships are subject to a competitive application and selection process and the host organisation may include the University. Internships may be paid or unpaid, and this will depend on what is being offered and agreed with the host organisation. Students who do not wish to undertake an internship or are not successful in securing an internship will undertake campus-based professional experience, which will deliver similar learning outcomes through supervised projects and activities designed to offer students the opportunity to integrate theory with an understanding of professional practice.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

-Multi-disciplinary degree, open to candidates without psychology as a first degree
-It has a distinctly international flavour so as to enable graduates to compete in a global business environment
-Consumer psychology forms a separate module in this course and provides a critical understanding of marketing and advertising practice
-Students will be taught systematic review methods for analysing literature and relate this to an entrepreneurial idea via a business plan
-Accredited by the Association for Business Psychology
-The 20 month version of the course includes professional experience

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

Graduates could work in a variety of settings including human resources, business development, personnel selection, career development, training, marketing, advertising and management.

WORK PLACEMENTS

The extended full-time Masters programme has a substantive professional experience component. The professional experience modules gives students the option of undertaking an internship with a host organisation or, alternatively, campus-based professional experience.

Internships are subject to a competitive application and selection process and the host organisation may include the University.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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