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The MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology will be of interest to those, in the UK and abroad, who wish to develop a career in organisational psychology or related areas such as human-resource management. Read more

Overview

The MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology will be of interest to those, in the UK and abroad, who wish to develop a career in organisational psychology or related areas such as human-resource management. This course provides an excellent opportunity for postgraduate education for students from a variety of backgrounds interested in this area who do not have the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and who may not have a psychology background.

The course has been designed to provide you with knowledge of the main areas of occupational psychology, to provide you with good research skills, to cover the relevant social psychological and organisational issues and to introduce the skills required in practice.

The course utilises a range of teaching methods (including seminars, tutorials, workshops, self-managed working groups). Through our comprehensive programme, which includes workshops on Consultancy Skills and opportunities for British Psychological Society's Test User Qualifications, you will have the facility to develop practical skills fundamental to your future career development.

Programme aims

This programme aims to provide you with:

- a broad knowledge of work and organisational psychology as a professional discipline; the key theoretical and research models used within work and organisational psychology; and the role of the work and organisational psychologist as educator, researcher and practitioner
- the skills to evaluate critically and appraise theories and research within work and organisational psychology
the knowledge of the main areas of work and organisational psychology
- a grounding in research skills appropriate to future work in an organisational settings
- a grounding in the social, organisational and consulting skills required in practice
- a grounding in the application skills required for both research and professional practice in the core areas of work and organisational psychology
- the skills to design and conduct independent research within organisational context

Key facts

- We are committed to promoting the contribution of applied psychology to occupational and public health and safety and to the development of successful and healthy organisations and communities.
- While it shares modules with the MSc in Occupational Psychology and MSc in Management Psychology, the MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology emphasises the organisational aspects of the discipline and students have more choice over modules.
- Our teaching is informed by current research. We believe that research and teaching should be developed and delivered to help students and staff make a difference in the real world.

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If you choose to specialise in organisational psychology, you'll be focusing on organisational and personnel (human resources/employee) psychology. Read more

If you choose to specialise in organisational psychology, you'll be focusing on organisational and personnel (human resources/employee) psychology. Organisational psychologists are experts in aiding organisational effectiveness by improving the well-being of their employees. During your MAppPsy(Org), you'll learn how to carry out applied organisational research. This research relates to areas like job or competency analyses and surveys. You'll learn how to evaluate organisational and human resource (personnel) interventions.

Throughout your studies, you'll become familiar with how organisational psychology initiatives relate to an organisation's wider goals. You'll develop your ability to analyse and to carry out library research effectively. You'll refine your skills in presenting proposals and reports, both in writing and orally.

At Waikato, you'll have the opportunity to gain practical experience during your studies. You'll undertake projects in different organisations and you'll be able to join a professional network site called IO-net.

Waikato MAppPsy(Org) students learn from experts in the field of organisational psychology – Professor Michael O’Driscoll and Dr Maree Roche.

Course structure

Students in the MAppPsy(Org) must pass the equivalent of 240 points, including a 90-point thesis in their second year.

The remaining points come from the compulsory taught papers in Organisational Psychology and from other elective papers chosen in consultation with the Convenor of the Organisational Psychology programme.

Up to 120 points of the MAppPsy(Org) may be waived for students who have already completed four-year degrees (for example, an honours degree or other four-year undergraduate degree) provided that:

No required papers are waived, unless the student has already taken these papers (or equivalent papers) in their fourth year of study, and at least 195 of the 240 points must have been in psychology papers.

Core Papers

  • LBST531 (15 points) Advanced Employment Relations 1: The Employment Relations Framework
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  • LBST532 (15 points) Advanced Employment Relations 2: Current Policies and Practices
  • PSYC539 (15 points) Graduate Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSYC571 (15 points) Psychology of Careers
  • PSYC572 (15 points) Personnel Selection
  • PSYC573 (15 points) Training and Development
  • PSYC579 (15 points) Advances in Organisational Psychology
  • PSYC585 (15 points) Leading Organisation Development

Elective courses are typically a selection from the areas of Psychology, Labour Studies, Human Resource Management or Strategic Management.

Career opportunities

Where might your MAppPsy(Org) take you? Organisational psychologists work in staff selection and performance evaluation. They work in training, motivation and work attitudes. You might also use your skills to help with occupational stress and burnout. Organisations may employ you to work with leadership, organisational culture and organisation development strategies.



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Kent’s Organisational Psychology MSc develops your theoretical and research-based knowledge of social and occupational psychology to enhance your understanding of workplace behaviour. Read more
Kent’s Organisational Psychology MSc develops your theoretical and research-based knowledge of social and occupational psychology to enhance your understanding of workplace behaviour. It offers you a pathway to a career as a practitioner or academic researcher in the field of organisational psychology.

*This programme will be taught at the Canterbury campus*

Key benefits

- All of our taught Master’s (MSc) programmes have been recognised by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as meeting the nationally recognised criteria for preparation training for PhD research.

Visit the website: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/366/organisational-psychology

Course detail

This MSc programme brings together aspects of psychological research into applied, social, and organisational psychology modules from Kent's School of Psychology with modules on organisational behaviour and people management from Kent Business School.

Purpose

This MSc provides insights into the psychology of selection and assessment, methods and statistics, employee wellbeing, entrepreneurship and people management. The programme will develop your understanding of the contextual forces within organisations and the role of organisational psychology, including political, environmental, technical, social and legal.

Course structure

Core modules include:

- Organisational Psychology: Methods and Statistics;
- Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Creativity;
- Social and Applied Psychology II;
- Psychology of Selection and Assessment;
- a Research Apprenticeship (Dissertation).

You also select modules from a choice of the following: Groups and Teams in Organisations; Extended Literature Review: Applying psychology to an organisational issue; Leadership and Management; Learning and Development; Managing Diversity and Equal Opportunities; Employment Relations; and Employee Resourcing.

Assessment methods will include essays, seminar contributions, examinations, presentations, and the dissertation.

Our postgraduate students commonly go into the fields of health, teaching or further education. For instance, many of our graduates take up roles as assistant psychologists in the NHS with a view to becoming a professional clinical or forensic psychologist. Upon completing our Master’s courses, graduates have also pursued doctoral study and academic careers at higher education institutions.

The programmes we offer help you to develop general critical, analytic and problem-solving skills that can be applied in a wide range of settings.

How to apply: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Why study at The University of Kent?

- Shortlisted for University of the Year 2015
- Kent has been ranked fifth out of 120 UK universities in a mock Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) exercise modelled by Times Higher Education (THE).
- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Kent was ranked 17th* for research output and research intensity, in the Times Higher Education, outperforming 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities
- Over 96% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2014 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.
Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why/

Postgraduate scholarships and funding

We have a scholarship fund of over £9 million to support our taught and research students with their tuition fees and living costs. Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/

English language learning

If you need to improve your English before and during your postgraduate studies, Kent offers a range of modules and programmes in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Find out more here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international/english.html

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Our MSc Social and Organisational Psychology is one of only a few Masters programmes in the UK which is provided by researchers working at the cutting edge of both social psychology and organisational psychology. Read more

Our MSc Social and Organisational Psychology is one of only a few Masters programmes in the UK which is provided by researchers working at the cutting edge of both social psychology and organisational psychology. The programme is taught by a successful and dynamic group of researchers who, individually and collectively, enjoy a world-class reputation. You will benefit not only from the friendly and supportive atmosphere, but also from high quality teaching and supervision, an exciting and international seminar series, and a wide variety of stimulating extracurricular activities and workshops.

The Masters programme will equip you with an array of skills which will enable you to function as an effective PhD student or as a professional researcher or practitioner in social psychology and organisational psychology. The programme forms part of the Economic and Social Research Council South West Doctoral Training Centre - a hub of world-class social science research.

A distinguishing feature of the programme is its research apprenticeship, which will help you develop your research skills by allowing you to work alongside experienced researchers and/or practitioners and write up your findings in the form of a dissertation. Although teaming up with a researcher within the department is generally advised, it is occasionally possible to engage in apprenticeships with organisations or people outside of the University, provided suitable co-supervision is established. Some of our past/current research partners include Microsoft, IBM, Rentokil, the MoD, the NHS, the Met Office, the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, and Lane4 consultancy.

Research Apprenticeship

The research apprenticeship is an important feature of the programme. It will help you develop your research skills by working alongside experienced researchers and/or practitioners and writing up the research in the form of a dissertation. Although teaming up with a researcher within the department is generally advised, it is occasionally possible to engage in research apprenticeships with organizations or people outside of the University provided suitable co-supervision is established. Some of our past/current research partners include Microsoft, IBM, Rentokil, the MoD, the NHS, the Met Office, the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and Lane4 consultancy.

Programme structure

The programme is made up of five compulsory modules. The list of modules may include the following;

  • Advanced Statistics;
  • Behavioural Science Research Skills;
  • Advances and Methods in Social and Organisational Psychology;
  • Research Apprenticeship
  • Current Research Issues in Social and Organisational Psychology

The modules listed here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.



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Project-X parties organised via Facebook. Unhealthy eating habits. Workplace bullying. Although a wide range of issues, the same rule applies to all of them. Read more

Project-X parties organised via Facebook. Unhealthy eating habits. Workplace bullying. Although a wide range of issues, the same rule applies to all of them: it comes down to the way in which people affect each other's behaviour. In this Master’s programme, you study human behaviour and behaviour change in a social, health, or organisational context.

Tracks

During this Master’s programme, you will choose between the following three tracks:

  • Social Influence: about the social influence of behaviour and attitude change
  • Health Promotion: about improving health-related behaviour
  • Work and Organisation: about the functioning and wellbeing of individuals and teams in organisations

By choosing a track and elective courses you can explore your personal field of interest.

Research driven

This Master’s programme connects closely to our research programmes Social-cognitive and Interpersonal Determinants of Behaviour, Health Psychology: Self-regulation, and Work and Organisational Psychology. Connecting theory and practice is essential in our Master's. You will develop theory-driven interventions by means of the PATH model (Problem-Analysis-Test-Help).

Do you want to know more about our research? Watch the videos of Professor Belle Derks about Work and Organisational Psychology (in Dutch) or about Social Psychology by Professor Kees van den Bos. A video of Professor Denise de Ridder about Health Psychology: Self-regulation will follow soon.

International orientation

The courses in this Master's programme are rooted in international scientific literature and are focused on the internatonal context. You can do your internship and/or thesis abroad or in (internatonal) organisations in the Netherlands, such as Trendsactive, Coca Cola, HaysSogeti (in Dutch), Philips and Nutrica. 

As our student, you are primarily responsible for finding your own internship organisation. The department of Social, Health and Organisational Psychology has a database of internship organisations and has an internatonal network you can use.

Programme objectives

You will gain specialised knowledge, skills and insights in the fields of Social Psychology, Health Psychology and/or Work and Organisational Psychology. Your development as an academic professional is of central concern.

As a Master's graduate, you will be able to analyse and propose interventions for social, health or organisational issues, such as:

  • integration and participation issues
  • consumer behaviour
  • employability of employees
  • innovation and performance in organisations
  • radicalisation
  • gender inequality
  • self-regulation issues
  • health-related behaviour


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Our MSc Organisational Psychology course provides you with the necessary skills and knowledge to apply psychological principles, theories and methods to work organisations. Read more

Our MSc Organisational Psychology course provides you with the necessary skills and knowledge to apply psychological principles, theories and methods to work organisations. The course develops your understanding of psychology as well as equipping you with practical skills for working as a psychologist within organisations.

The course at Alliance Manchester Business School:

  • Is fully accredited by the British Psychological Society, providing the basis for achieving Chartered Psychologist status
  • Covers the seven core areas of organisational psychology, giving you a broad basis for future practice
  • Includes Test User: Occupational - Ability and Personality (Level A and B) qualifications for psychometric testing at work, enabling you to enroll on the British Psychological Society's Register of Qualifications in Test Use
  • Is delivered by research-active staff, who draw on their expertise to engage you with the most up-to-date psychological research and methods
  • Develops commercial awareness and business skills necessary in a competitive work environment

The course runs over one year (two years for part-time students) and comprises two taught semesters plus a research dissertation. The taught modules use a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, group work, case studies and practical exercises, and are assessed using a range of techniques, including examinations, essays, applied coursework and presentations.

Special features

MSc Organisational Psychology course was re-accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) for a further six years, with no conditions. We are only one of 20 schools in the UK to be accredited by the BPS to offer the Masters course that allows students to become a Chartered Occupational Psychologist. 

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 assessments and presentations. A dissertation of around 15,000 words is normally undertaken.

Course unit details

The course provides psychology graduates who are intending to become Chartered Occupational Psychologists with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required by the Division of Occupational Psychology of the British Psychological Society (BPS), in the following seven required 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

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:

  • Customers pay our wages: a diary study examining how to optimise customer interaction and employee wellbeing in the service sector
  • Client verbal aggression: an examination of emotional labour and associated outcomes for employees in the legal sector
  • Effects of job stressors, organisational commitment and individual attributes on Malaysian Chinese primary school teachers' burnout
  • Corporate psychopathy: the truth behind the hype
  • Improving safety using a combination of transformational and transactional leadership: a longitudinal study
  • Creativity in the workplace: a self-report measure and unanticipated costs
  • Leader effectiveness and leader-member relations: the role of interpersonal emotion regulation, follower attributions and leader empathy

Please contact us for more information on the part-time two-year route.

Career opportunities

The majority of graduates pursue the practical experience required to become Chartered Occupational Psychologists. This is usually carried out within consultancy firms or within specialist sections of large organisations. Graduates are employed as internal consultants in large commercial and industrial organisations, in HR departments, in the Police, the NHS and as management consultants. Recent recruiters include: Saville Consulting, Occupational Psychology Group, Civil Service and ORC International.

More details on our Careers Service.

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

Accrediting organisations

MSc Organisational Psychology course was re-accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) for a further six years, with no conditions. We are only one of 20 schools in the UK to be accredited by the BPS to offer the Masters course that allows students to become a Chartered Occupational Psychologist. 



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Every business needs to be successful. To ensure this, it’s vital to consider the roles of the employer and employee and the influences that can affect an individual’s level of engagement and wellbeing, which in turn affects both an individual's and a business’ performance. Read more
Every business needs to be successful. To ensure this, it’s vital to consider the roles of the employer and employee and the influences that can affect an individual’s level of engagement and wellbeing, which in turn affects both an individual's and a business’ performance.

This course, which is accredited by the British Psychological Society, delivers a mix of theory and practice in Occupational and Organisational Psychology, using real-life examples to bring the subject to life. Core modules include employee selection and assessment, workplace wellbeing, learning and development in organisations and psychological research methods.

The course uniquely includes a psychometric testing qualification – the Certificates in Occupational Testing – in addition to the core curriculum. This enables you to gain certificates in occupational testing for ability and personality and the additional qualifications will be a real boost to your career and employability, offering you a notable advantage after graduation.

You’ll also get to specialise in a particular area of interest through your thesis, which can include carrying out live projects with a range of organisations including, small medium enterprises, local authorities and NHS Trusts.

The course is available either full-time over one year or part-time over two years - for more information on the part time option, please view this web-page: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/occupational-and-organisational-psychology-dtpoco6/

Learn From The Best

Teaching is delivered by a team of academics who have previously worked in the sector and who are all high level practitioners in their fields. Their mix of real life experience and academic knowledge means they’re able to deliver the latest theoretical knowledge which is backed up by real world examples of application.

Their backgrounds include selection and assessment, organisational development, consultancy and coaching and between them they’ve worked with a wide range of private and public sector organisations.

Their research interests are vast and fascinating and include employee talent management, workplace bullying, employability and careers in the workplace.

Teaching And Assessment

Your core modules in occupational and organisational psychology are delivered via a range of interactive lectures delivered by experts in the field.

You’ll also undertake seminar-based discussions, tutorials and interactive practical workshops aimed at offering you first-hand experience of applied practice.

Our assessment strategy uses of a variety of innovative and authentic assessments tailored to effectively assess your knowledge whilst providing you with the skills you’ll need in your future career.

Assessments include peer feedback, presentations, organisational case studies and reports. They also include more traditional methods of assessment such as essay writing and an examination.

Submission schedules are planned to make sure your workload stays balanced. We’ll help you develop time management skills and timely written feedback on assessments will show you how you can improve.

You’ll also make extensive use of technology-enhanced learning tools such as our e-Learning Portal (Blackboard), electronic reading lists, lecture capture and feedback tools to support your learning.

Module Overview
PY0774 - Qualitative and Quantitative Methods (Core, 20 Credits)
PY0775 - Professional Skills (Core, 20 Credits)
PY0776 - MSc Thesis (Core, 60 Credits)
PY0777 - Workplace Well-being (Core, 20 Credits)
PY0778 - Learning and Development in Organisations (Core, 20 Credits)
PY0779 - The Organisation (Core, 20 Credits)
PY0780 - Employee Selection and Assessment (Core, 20 Credits)

Learning Environment

Our Department of Psychology features specialist and flexible teaching labs for teaching sessions, project work or private study. You’ll have access to advanced statistical and analysis packages plus research tools for survey development and online research.

To support your research, you can tap into our collection of psychological testing material including current editions of most of the widely used assessment, occupational and vocational tests. You can also take advantage of our student hub, supported by our library and equipment to help you to prepare for presentations.

The use of technology is integral to the course and you’ll be able to access information and material from all modules at any time from any location, via our eLearning portal.

Research-Rich Learning

Almost three quarters of Northumbria University’s psychology research is judged to have outstanding reach and significance, placing us top 20 in the UK.

This course is delivered by expert practitioners and leading researchers who will share their experience of contemporary research and practice techniques to ensure your learning is at the cutting edge of the discipline.

Their research areas include applying principles and methods from social and occupational psychology to the workplace; workplace bullying and its multi-level impact; the use of employee selection approaches; human factors in healthcare; employee selection, career development and employability.

Our staff will continually nurture your academic curiosity to undertake your own research and develop your ability to synthesise and critically evaluate the evidence base in Occupational Psychology.

You’ll also gain first-hand experience of research techniques and undertake a thesis where you’ll conceptualise, plan and execute your own research.

Give Your Career An Edge

The fact that this course uniquely includes a psychometric testing qualification makes it especially distinctive. This is a qualification that will really set you apart from your peers and open up a wealth of career progression opportunities.

All of your modules will be highly relevant to practising as an Occupational Psychologist and as such you’ll be able to apply your knowledge immediately in the workplace, after graduation. You’ll graduate with enhanced self-awareness, professional identity, curiosity and creativity.

You’ll also gain high-level, transferrable skills in communication, critical evaluation, problem solving, time management, IT and statistical analysis. This will include the ability to formulate balanced judgements with regard to complex, incomplete, ambiguous or sensitive data and apply ethical, legal and professional practice frameworks to maintain appropriate professional boundaries.

Your Future

This qualification has the potential to act as a real catalyst for your future – whether you’re looking to establish a new career or take the next step in your current role in consultancy, organisational development, training, recruitment or management.

That’s because you’ll be equipped with advanced psychological knowledge that will allow you to conceptualise and theorise about critical issues in occupational and organisational psychology. You’ll also have extensive experience of psychometric testing.

And thanks to the real-world context that will be integral to your studies, you’ll be able to apply that knowledge immediately and with real impact, in your workplace.

The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as Stage 1 training, which when accompanied by the BPS Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) will provide a basis for professional development as a practitioner in the form of Stage 2 training, as well as further study, employment and enterprise.

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Who is it for?. This course is for students who want to improve the working lives of employees. It is for those who want to understand how to improve organisational life. Read more

Who is it for?

This course is for students who want to improve the working lives of employees. It is for those who want to understand how to improve organisational life.

We welcome applicants with a degree in Psychology, from a UK or international institution. We will also consider those with other degrees and a keen interest in improving people’s working lives. You will be expected to conduct some statistical analysis as part of the course so some experience working with data would be beneficial.

Objectives

From understanding how to select the best employee, training them to reach their potential and investigating the politics of power on corporate boards, City’s MSc in Organisational Psychology gives you the opportunity to explore your own area of interest and conduct research within an organisation of your choice.

The programme has been designed to give you the theoretical and practical knowledge you will need to work as an organisational psychologist. Developed to reflect the Department’s unique research strengths, you will have access to specialist topics such as mindfulness within the workplace and the use of innovative selection methods.

At City we interrogate the discipline from a holistic perspective, considering the individual, the organisation and the socio-political framework in which both operate; taking a scientist-practitioner approach ensuring that everything we teach can be applied in practice.

Taught by academic experts who are also involved in consulting, this accredited Masters will give you the tools to understand human behaviour within the workplace.

These are some of the questions that the course poses:

  • What are the key contextual issues affecting the workplace now?
  • What impact does technology have on the wider work environment?
  • How can wellbeing be measured and promoted in the workplace?

Accreditation

The MSc in Organisational Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). This means as a graduate from this course you can use the MSc as the first step towards becoming a Chartered Occupational Psychologist. City's MSc programme has been designed to cover the five new knowledge areas as defined by the BPS division of occupational psychology.

Placements

Placements are not a formal requirement of the course. However, this MSc generates interest from employers seeking talented students and graduates for voluntary work placements, evaluations, internships, and short-term work experience. Whilst on the course, previous students have secured excellent internships with London-based consultancies.

You have the opportunity to conduct your final dissertation within an organisation and there are also opportunities to get involved in the research being conducted by members of staff while you study.

Academic facilities

As part of the University of London you can become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

Teaching and learning

You will learn through a substantial amount of group work and discussions around the core content from the first term onwards. One of the benefits of this programme is the blend of diverse perspectives you will experience collaborating with peers from a broad skillset and age range.

When it comes to assessment, you will find a substantial amount of the assignments are practitioner focused rather than being purely essay and exam based. For example, you might be asked to write a pitch for a company, where we would expect you to write about the theoretical underpinning of what you are proposing and then present it to the client as a practitioner.

One of the benefits of this varied assessment style is that you learn to write from an academic and practitioner perspective and understand different client needs.

Modules

The MSc Organisational Psychology consists of eight taught modules, plus an applied research dissertation, which normally takes five months to complete and forms the final part of the programme.

There is a substantial amount of theoretical work in all of the modules, but you will have the opportunity to apply your learning through practical exercises, group role plays and case studies.

Full-time students complete all eight modules and the dissertation in one calendar year (from September to September). Part-time students complete the course over two years.

Career prospects

Our graduates go on to apply their learning in a range of professional settings across the public and private sector, including organisations such as Aviva, Accenture, the Ministry of Defence and the BBC.



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The MSc in Work & Organisational Psychology offers a unique behavioural lens through which to examine, understand and shape the complex work organisation. Read more
The MSc in Work & Organisational Psychology offers a unique behavioural lens through which to examine, understand and shape the complex work organisation. It is dedicated to providing a thorough grounding in the knowledge and application of psychological principles to organisational settings in order to enhance human wellbeing and organisational performance. It seeks to equip candidates with a sound understanding of theory and research and develop core competences and professional skills in the domain areas of organisational theory, organisational change, emploment relations, selection & assessment, training, employee wellbeing and research design and methods.
Successful applicants with an undergraduate psychology degree, accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) will be eligible for enrolment on the MSc in Work & Organisational Psychology. (Please note the onus is on the applicant to prove recognition of their degree by the PSI). All other successful applicants will be eligible for enrolment on the MSc in Work & Organisational Behaviour.
On completion of the taught component of both the MSc in Work & Organisational Behaviour and the MSc in Work & Organisational Psychology programmes, candidates complete a programme in Psychometric Testing to acquire British Psychological Society (BPS) Psychometric Testing Accreditation Levels A & B

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The MSc in Occupational and Organizational Psychology is designed to develop the next generation of evidence-based leaders and practitioners who can make tangible contributions to the rapidly changing world of work. Read more

The MSc in Occupational and Organizational Psychology is designed to develop the next generation of evidence-based leaders and practitioners who can make tangible contributions to the rapidly changing world of work.

Our programme covers the standards of the BPS for Occupational Psychology, and prominently reflects the core strengths and interests of the course team including:

  • Leadership and Decision Making
  • Organizational and HR Assessment
  • Quality of Working Life

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Educational aims of the programme

The MSc in Occupational and Organizational Psychology is designed to develop the next generation of evidence-based leaders and practitioners in the field of work and organisational psychology. Students learn about the foundation knowledge, research and theory in the field, alongside practical, technical and professional content designed to permit development as future practitioners.

The programme is intentionally delivered in an interdisciplinary environment, from faculty who are Work, Organizational and Occupational Psychologists, Human Resource Specialists, and world-leading experts in Organizational Behaviour.

Learning and development is facilitated through innovative, high-quality teaching incorporating (for example) case studies, team-working, skills development, guest speakers, and an applied research project, alongside class lectures and academic assignments and assessment.

Programme learning outcomes

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding

Critical, evidence based and theoretical understanding of the core knowledge areas of occupational and organizational psychology:

  • Psychological assessment in the workplace
  • Learning, training and development
  • Leadership, engagement, and motivation
  • Well-being and work
  • Work design, organizational change and development
  • Research design and advanced research methods
  • Applying psychology to work

Intellectual / cognitive skills

  • Develop a systematic and integrated understanding of applied practice in occupational and organizational psychology, incorporating research evidence, practical contextual issues, professional and ethical issues
  • Ability to independently critically evaluate a range of evidence sources relevant to the field
  • Ability to demonstrate high-level learning and problem solving in the modules studied

Professional practical skills

  • Advanced skills in research methodology, consultancy skills (including problem-solving, the consultancy cycle). (MSc and PGDip Only)
  • Ability to independently critically evaluate information about organizations, context, and research findings relevant to practice of occupational and organizational psychology.

Key / transferable skills

A range of generic skills relevant to practice of occupational and organisational psychology. These include effective oral and written communication, team working, planning and organizing, problem-solving, critical reasoning, data gathering and analysis (qualitative and quantitative), and use of specialist IT (e.g. SPSS).

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

Learn more about opportunities that might be available for this particular programme by using our student exchanges search tool.

Professional recognition

Surrey Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).



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The course provides a sophisticated understanding of applying psychology in business settings, including understanding consumer behaviours, employee engagement and the impact of globalisation on organisational behaviours. Read more
The course provides a sophisticated understanding of applying psychology in business settings, including understanding consumer behaviours, employee engagement and the impact of globalisation on organisational behaviours. The course is accredited by the Association of Business Psychology and designed for both home and international students. The course is informed by the academic and professional disciplines of Business, Organisational and Occupational psychology.

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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This newly re-shaped course for psychology graduates is distinctive in its applied approach to psychology and benefits from a strong professional emphasis. Read more

This newly re-shaped course for psychology graduates is distinctive in its applied approach to psychology and benefits from a strong professional emphasis. It is highly attuned to the needs of working professionals, and will give you a competitive edge as you pursue a career as a practising occupational psychologist or go on to study for a professional doctorate.

The British Psychological Society commended it for several aspects of good practice, including the availability of and support provided by staff, the practical nature of the course and its strong links with industry, and the balancing emphasis on critical thinking.

There is also invaluable input from past students offering insights into different applications of occupational psychology in practice.

We have deliberately steered away from more traditional assessment methods such as examinations, as these have little practical relevance to the kinds of challenges you will face as professionals. 



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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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The master’s programme in Psychology focuses both on in-depth study of theory and on the acquisition of professional and research skills. Read more

The master’s programme in Psychology focuses both on in-depth study of theory and on the acquisition of professional and research skills. The distinctive feature of the Leiden master’s programme is that the teaching is not restricted to only the functioning of psychological processes; these processes are always connected to their behavioural consequences, with the aim of understanding self-regulation and behavioural control. In this way, students not only develop their knowledge of psychology as a science, but also learn to apply this knowledge in order to understand practical problems and to develop effective interventions for dealing with these problems.

Profile of the master's programme in Psychology

In line with the profile of Leiden University as a research-intensive institution, the teaching programme of the master’s programme in Psychology is based on state-of-the art scientific research and maintains a strong emphasis on the acquisition of academic and research skills. Completion of the MSc degree prepares students for subsequent academic master’s degrees, including a PhD.

Objectives of the master’s programme in Psychology

The objective of the master’s programme in Psychology is to equip students with advanced training in research methods and professional skills that prepare them both for a career involving psychological research as well as for the application of scientific knowledge and methods in various professional settings. Training is provided in all relevant skills, including reviewing the relevant literature, applying theoretical knowledge to analyse practical problems, developing hypotheses and writing research proposals, designing and carrying out empirical studies, designing and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions, conducting advanced statistical analyses, and presenting results and recommendations.

Specialisations



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This BPS-accredited conversion course is designed for graduates who wish to pursue a career in psychology but need to acquire the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS). Read more

This BPS-accredited conversion course is designed for graduates who wish to pursue a career in psychology but need to acquire the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS). You do not need to have studied psychology to be eligible for this programme. However, you should note that it is an intensive course and requires hard work and independent study outside the contact hours – full-time study IS full-time. We welcome applications from graduates with upper second class degrees who have either completed a degree in another subject or who have insufficient psychology in their degree to be eligible for GBC.

You will take modules at Masters level in core areas of psychology, as specified by the BPS. You will also take one option module in psychology from a selection available within the department. We offer a work experience in psychology module as an option for those who would like to gain valuable experience in the work place. The content of the curriculum of the MSc covers the core areas of psychology stipulated by the BPS for GBC. This consists of Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, History and Philosophy of Psychology, Individual Differences, Empirical Project, Psychobiology, Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods, and Social Psychology. In all of the modules there is a strong emphasis on critical evaluation of theory and practice.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you study on this course.

Core modules

Professional accreditation

This Masters programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), provided the minimum standard of an overall pass mark of at least 50% is achieved. Students must also pass the empirical project element to be eligible for GBC. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. Gaining GBC through the Psychology MSc will enable you to progress towards a career in psychology.

Career path

Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. It is the prerequisite for progression to Postgraduate professional training in psychology and subsequent registration as a Chartered Psychologist working in any of the fields of professional psychology – including clinical, counselling, educational, occupational, and health psychology. It is a requirement for Masters and Doctorate courses in Psychology that lead to professional qualifications such as Doctorates in Counselling, Clinical and Educational Psychology, and Masters courses in Organisational/Occupational Psychology.



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