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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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This professionally-recognised course will provide you with the skills and commercial awareness to apply psychological principles to the challenges faced by organisations. Read more

This professionally-recognised course will provide you with the skills and commercial awareness to apply psychological principles to the challenges faced by organisations.

You’ll build your knowledge of the psychological science base while gaining an appreciation of business management, learning from expert practitioners within organizational psychology.

You’ll examine individual, group and organisational effectiveness by exploring issues such as selection and assessment, and consider the latest topics including managing innovation, change management and designing complex socio-technical systems.

The course has a practical focus and thanks to our connections with firms such as Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Marks and Spencer, you’ll test your professional skills in real business scenarios. 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.

This masters is an ideal qualification if you want to work as a practitioner organizational psychologist or academic researcher.

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.

Accreditation

The course covers the full range of topics required for professional recognition by the British Psychological Society (BPS), the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK. To read more about the benefits of undertaking an accredited programme, please see the BPS website.

Exemptions

Graduation from this course fulfils stage one of the requirements for Chartered Membership of BPS and full membership of the Division of Occupational Psychology. Please see the BPS website for details.

Course content

In each semester you’ll study a range of modules that develop your knowledge of key aspects of organizational psychology.

You’ll be introduced to the individual, team and organisational factors that affect workplace behaviours such as decision-making and teamwork. You’ll explore the selection and training methods use by organisations to recruit, develop and retain talent and the design of complex human-technical systems.

From there you’ll study contemporary business priorities such as organisational development and change, as well as approaches to career development and performance management. A further module will put you in real-life business situations to help you develop your commercial awareness and professional skills.

Throughout the year you’ll develop your understanding of research design and analysis in psychology and social sciences, especially behavioural research. This will develop your skills to prepare you for your dissertation – the independent research project on your choice of topic that you’ll submit by the end of the year. Read about a recent student dissertation project with Bentley.

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 Organizational 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 be business savvy, with a broad appreciation of the financial, strategic and operational workings of contemporary organisations. Our graduates are strongly positioned to enter careers in the public or private sectors, equally adept as dedicated consulting organizational psychologists or human resource specialists.

Recent graduates have gone on to pursue successful careers in a range of organisations and consultancies around the world, including Google, Kiddy and Partners, Capp, and Human Factors International. Roles include Consulting Psychologist, Operations Analyst, Trainee Occupational Psychologist, Management Consultant, Recruitment Consultant and Crowd Management Consultant.

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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Gain a prestigious Masters degree in Organizational Psychology. by distance learning. This distance learning course in Organizational Psychology focuses on the social and psychological processes operating in organizations. Read more

Gain a prestigious Masters degree in Organizational Psychology

by distance learning

This distance learning course in Organizational Psychology focuses on the social and psychological processes operating in organizations. Drawing on current and classic theory and research, the course enables you to understand organizations and develop ways of improving them.

Redeveloped in 2014, the course features a range of new modules including 'Understanding organizations and change', 'Employee relations and motivation', and 'Leadership and performance management'. Your study experience is enriched through online seminars and discussions and a personal tutor.

Benefit from fully supported online learning

On your home computer, you can watch the same lectures as those given 'live' to postgraduate students studying on campus at the University of London, accompanied by PowerPoint slides. You are also supported by:

- tutor-led online seminars for each module.

- a personal tutor who provides general guidance throughout your studies.

- extensive, purpose-written study materials.

- an online facility for submitting essays and mock exams to your tutor.

- access to world-class online library facilities.

- optional face-to-face seminar and exam revision session in London (held in February/September respectively).

Developed by leading academics at Birkbeck, University of London

The programme is developed by academics within the Department of Organizational Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London. The department is the oldest and largest of its kind in the UK and makes a major contribution to research in the field of behaviour at work. It is a major provider of academic and professional training in organizational psychology (also known as occupational psychology) and career management.

Employment routes

Graduates of this course go on to become trainers, motivators, careers advisers, managers and consultants within large multinational companies, government departments, or in any organization where advanced knowledge of organizational psychology may be useful.

Singapore-based Organizational Psychology graduate Janet Wong said: "The course not only covered relevant and practical modules that I'm passionate about which I can apply in my job, but also provided me with the ease of studying almost anywhere in the world."

Study at your own pace

Provided you complete the Masters or Postgraduate Diploma within five years, you can study at your own pace. As a guide, if you wish to complete in the minimum study period, you should be prepared to study 20 hours per week during the academic session. Academic sessions run from September until July in 2014-2015.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact our Student Advice Centre.



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This specialization focuses on the critical analysis and assessment of the means used to control organizations. It involves studying actual internal and external business experiments. Read more
This specialization focuses on the critical analysis and assessment of the means used to control organizations. It involves studying actual internal and external business experiments.

What information do managers need to analyse the performance of their organization? Which control systems are most suitable for managers to influence the behaviour of their employees in such a way that the organizational strategy is realized? How can changes in management control systems be realized successfully?

The MSc Business Administration - specialization Organizational and Management Control explores financial and nonfinancial information gathering and decision-making in the context of the gathering and provision of internal economic information. It also studies the way this information is used by the managers of organizations.

You will explore subjects like Research in Management Accounting Techniques, Research in Management Control and Management Accounting Change. In the second semester, you will write a Master's thesis.

Why in Groningen?

You learn practical management control issues in a scientific manner and focus on the three dimensions ofmanagement control: management tools, behaviour and dynamics of change. You get a grip on management techniques to exercise management control and realize behavioural change. Besides, is an internationally accredited programme, ensuring a high quality education that meets both the AACSB and EQUIS standards, which only one percent of universities reach worldwide.

Job perspectives

Graduates in Organizational and Management Control are qualified for various types of jobs. They may find work in national and international companies, non-profit organizations or government institutions. Some examples of positions are project manager, financial officer, management accountant, controller and junior organization advisor in the field of quality management.

Because all our programmes are EQUIS and AACSB accredited, a standard which only one percent of universities reach worldwide, your degree will be highly valued on the labour market.

Linking education to research and career preparation

Our education is strongly rooted in business practice and society. Also right from the start of your degree programme attention is paid to academic research and preprofessional development. Since an analytical and critical mind and problem-solving capabilities are important qualities in any career our students aspire.

In collaboration with external partners we conduct research projects on e.g banking, local government, customer insights, leadership, energy, healthy ageing and lean operations.

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The Critical and Curatorial Studies Program aims to address the growing need for curators and critics who have theoretical knowledge and practical experience in analyzing institutions, preparing displays and communicating about contemporary art. Read more
The Critical and Curatorial Studies Program aims to address the growing need for curators and critics who have theoretical knowledge and practical experience in analyzing institutions, preparing displays and communicating about contemporary art. The program aims to produce individuals who are:
- able to engage productively with critical discussions of art and visual culture
- capable of developing and working with new modes of exhibition
- able to work creatively in both traditional and innovative situations
- familiar with issues and institutions affecting contemporary art

Critical and Curatorial Studies (CCST) is an emerging field of scholarship and training that looks directly at the roles and responsibilities of curators and critics as mediators between objects, institutions, experiences, individuals and groups. While this involves investigating and negotiating a number of disciplinary fields, from ethnography to aesthetics, organizational behaviour to cultural studies, the main focus is on contemporary conditions of display and understanding.

CCST students take three required graduate seminars that engage with historical frameworks and contemporary contextual issues within curatorial practice, and case studies in exhibitions and institutions. These popular seminars are open to other graduate students as well and foster interesting dialogues on issues surrounding curation. CCST students supplement their knowledge with Art History courses and are given the opportunity to take additional credits outside the department as well. They are also challenged to achieve reading knowledge of a language other than English for their language requirement, along with the MA in Art History and PhD students.

During the graduate practicum students gain professional experience through the research, planning, and realization of a significant project and are expected to rationalize their exhibition in written work and presentations at various stages during its production. Students are exposed to the practical and theoretical concerns of exhibition creation and are rewarded in their endeavour with local, if not national and international exposure.

The final requirement for the MA in Critical and Curatorial Studies program is the Major Paper. This extended essay provides students with the opportunity for original and in-depth research on a topic related to the themes or cases examined in the course of study.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Arts
- Specialization: Art History (Critical Curatorial Studies)
- Subject: Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Major Project/Essay required
- Faculty: Faculty of Arts

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The Research Master's degree in Economics and Business is a two-year programme and is open to bright and ambitious students. This programme provides you with a thorough basis in academic research in the fields of Economics and Business. Read more
The Research Master's degree in Economics and Business is a two-year programme and is open to bright and ambitious students.

This programme provides you with a thorough basis in academic research in the fields of Economics and Business. The aim of the programme is to qualify you for a career in research. Therefore, there is a strong focus on scientific and academic skills. You can choose from six different profiles:

1) Economics, Econometrics & Finance
2) Marketing
3) Global Economics & Management
4) Operations Management and Operations Research
5) Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour
6) Innovation & Organization

You will receive lectures from the best researchers, not only from Groningen but also from our national and international networks. Furthermore, the small-scale programme ensures an intensive exchange of knowledge, both between lecturers and students as well as among students themselves. Each student is individually supervised by a researcher.

Degree: MSc in Research Master in Economics and Business (research)

Why in Groningen?

The programme is chosen best Research Master in the Netherlands 2012 and marked as 'top programme' in 2014. Students get intensive supervision by high-quality researchers in small groups and there is a strong focus on research skills training, as well as deepening and broadening knowledge. Besides, it's an internationally accredited programme, ensuring a high quality education that meets both the AACSB and EQUIS standards, which only one percent of universities reach worldwide.

Job perspectives

As a graduate from this degree, you are ideally placed to become a PhD student or to obtain a research position in a public or private organization. So far, graduates from this programme have obtained PhD positions at the Universities of Antwerp (Belgium), Bocconi (Milan, Italy), Rotterdam, Sydney (Australia) and of course Groningen. Others have started working for companies and organizations such as McKinsey, the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, and the Dutch Central Bank.

Because all our programmes are EQUIS and AACSB accredited, a standard which only one percent of universities reach worldwide, your degree will be highly valued on the labour market.

Linking education to research and career preparation

Our Research Master programme is strongly embedded within our Faculty: the six profiles of the Research Master correspond with the six research programmes within SOM. Each student is supervised by a renowned researcher from his or her research area.

The study programme has a strong focus on scientific and academic skills. Before students can contribute to a field of study, they will need to know a great deal about that field and have sufficient knowledge about research methods and techniques. Students will therefore be provided with in-depth knowledge about a certain field of economics and business sciences on the one hand, and will be trained in a wide range of research methods on the other.

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Human Resource managers understand and respect organizational development. They build careers at the intersection of workplace productivity and employee growth and wellness. Read more
Human Resource managers understand and respect organizational development. They build careers at the intersection of workplace productivity and employee growth and wellness. Our program is designed for professionals who already possess a combination of educational training and equivalent experience. Theoretical learning and practical application will allow you to update your HRM skills and discover new interests. HR managers are wanted in every economic climate because they generate functional and appealing workplaces.

Career Possibilities

Graduates are prepared to work as HRM professionals in a broad range of industries within the private and public sectors, including manufacturing and IT industries, placement agencies and service centres. Graduates may also be self-employed in the human resources field. Graduates obtain positions in the areas of recruitment, training, labour relations, compensation, benefits, pension and more.

What you will learn

-Human Resources Strategies
-Organizational Behaviour
-Employee/Labour Relations
-Recruitment and Selection
-Training and Development
-Compensation and Benefits

Specific Considerations

The human resources professional has the ability to relate to persons at all organizational levels. A maturity of outlook, flexibility, integrity and a tolerance for ambiguity is essential. The HR professional is, in essence, an internal consultant who provides planning, co-ordination, program management and advisory services to managers, supervisors and workers throughout the organization.

This program is a "Learning Integrated Virtually Everywhere" (L.I.V.E) program that requires the use of a notebook computer as part of the learning experience. Your notebook computer should meet minimum technical specifications to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively.

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IN BIOFORCE. 1) Opening Sessions. Objectives. To introduce the pedagogical objectives and contents to participants. To ensure that the expectations of trainees are coherent with the learning objectives defined for the programme. Read more

Modules Contents and Objectives

IN BIOFORCE

1) Opening Sessions

Objectives: To introduce the pedagogical objectives and contents to participants. To ensure that the expectations of trainees are coherent with the learning objectives defined for the programme.

Contents: Bioforce presentation. Introduction of the learning programme and objectives.

2) Immersion Internship

Objectives: To facilitate group cohesiveness and participant involvement within the programme.
To make a detailed presentation of the components of the MSc in HPM.
To encourage a joint reflection about humanitarian and development issues.
Show awareness of its own strengths and limitations as a humanitarian programme manager.

Contents: Presentation, preparation and organization of the immersion internships. Discussion and group work on Humanitarian topics.

3) Framework of Humanitarian Aid

Objectives/Learning outcomes: To provide participants with thorough knowledge of the humanitarian sector and issues at stake: stakeholders, systems, coordination mechanisms, legal and ethical framework, Q&A initiatives and applications relating to programme management.

Contents: Humanitarian actors, systems and challenges. International humanitarian law, ethics & principles. Quality & Accountability initiatives, methods & practical tools.

4) Managing People & Organisations

Objectives/Learning outcomes: To enable participants to choose and apply appropriate tools to manage themselves, other people, and organisations involved in humanitarian programmes.

Contents: Strengthening organisational capacity. Change management. Quality & Accountability in people management. Creating & developing trust in diverse teams. HR processes : HR organisation, recruitment, performance management, staff development. How to lead: leadership, management & delegation. Managing team safety and security.

5) Managing Programmes & Projects

Objectives/Learning outcomes: To enable participants to choose and apply appropriate tools to manage all stages of the project cycle in humanitarian contexts.

Contents: Programme Cycle Management (PCM):

- Assessment & analysis
- Planning & implementation
- Monitoring & evaluation

Cross-cutting issues in PCM (participation, targeting...) Quality & Accountability in programme management.

6) Managing Finance & Funding

Objectives/Learning outcomes: To provide participants with the critical skills and confidence required to raise funds for humanitarian programmes, and to manage financial resources accountably.

Contents: Donors & donor strategies. Quality & Accountability in finance management. Budgeting & proposal writing. Funding strategies & opportunities. Key principles & concepts of financial management. Practical aspects of financial management.

7) Training of Trainers for Capacity Building in the Sector

Objectives/Learning outcomes: To provide participants with the appropriate methods & tools to develop, facilitate, monitor & evaluate capacity building activities.

Contents: Designing & implementing training activities.

8) Field Exercise

Objectives/Learning outcomes : Develop, through a field scenario-based exercise, operational capacity and autonomy of the trainees.

Contents : Within an operational framework, students will have to implement capabilities developed during the training period. The exercise is based on 5 days role play scenario. Students are placed in the position of aid actors in a context of humanitarian/emergency intervention. They have to implement several programs in the field on behalf of different NGOs. They operate in a complex emergency context where multiple players are involved.

IN ESC GRENOBLE

NB : For the ESC Students it is possible to follow “English track programme” described bellow or to follow a second semester in an English spoken abroad university.
For the other students, they must follow the “English track programme”.

1) Advanced Decision Techniques

Objectives/Learning outcomes: Good knowledge of quantitative tools for decision-making.

Contents: This course presents the main quantitative modelling and simulation tools to help in decision-making.

2) Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

This course focuses on the strategic choices: the decisions that shape the future of an organization. This course will address first the strategic choices that the manager must operate in an entrepreneurship environment (opportunity, business model design), then different options for development and growth patterns (growth internal / external growth, mergers and acquisitions, alliances).

3) Corporate Governance

Objectives/Learning outcomes: At the end of the course, the students:

- will know how to position and use concepts and techniques in finance, accounting, management control and law learnt during the common core subjects in a more global framework of analysis,
- will have learnt the legislation covering corporate governance,
- will be aware of the present developments in practice and the principal discussions concerning corporate governance,
- will be able to establish a diagnosis on the quality of a company's corporate governance.

Contents: It is essential for every manager to understand who determines the objectives of corporations and of other organizations, how they are governed and how their managers are incentivized and monitored. The course covers the following themes: value creation, the legal rules and the practices of company management(remuneration, ethics, social responsibility, governance "codes"), the legal rights and the behaviour of shareholders, the impact of financial markets on governance (shareholders activism, takeovers, LBOs). In addition the students have the opportunity to apply the main concepts and techniques of finance, accounting and management control to the case of a listed company.

4) Geopolitics

Objectives/Learning outcomes: At the end of the course, students will be able to:

- acquire the basics of a geopolitical culture allowing them to develop a reading list for current geopolitical and economic affairs,
- understand the geopolitical conditions for undertaking business in certain emerging and/or risk-laden geopolitical situations.

Contents: The object of this course is to allow students to acquire knowledge about geopolitical and economic affairs in certain zones and emerging and risk-related countries in the world. During the course, the following themes will be covered:

- the globalisation of the economy and its players, notably national States, and international and non-governmental organisations,
- geopolitical and economic analysis of certain countries and zones: Brazil, Russia, China, the Mediterranean and Africa,
- the problems of Afghanistan and Pakistan will also be discussed,
- Europe will be studied through analysis of the different themes mentioned above.

5) Global Marketing and Strategy

Objectives/Learning outcomes : Students will be able to:

- critically analyse and propose well-justified solutions to key Global Marketing Strategy issues.
- develop a Strategic Marketing plan to go global.

Contents: This module takes a decision-making perspective to Marketing Strategy issues, specifically in the global context.

The course will cover:

- Globalization decision and process,
- International market selection,
- International marketing research,
- International market entry strategies and expansion,
- Standardization versus Adaptation of 4 Ps.

6) Leadership and Responsible Management

Objectives/Learning outcomes: At the end of this course, students will:

- understand the organizational and managerial specificities of contemporary organizations,
- know about recent developments in organizational thinking relating to institutional theory, power and politics, routines, and organizational cognition,
- be able to reflect on the specific challenges to leadership and corporate social responsibility in contemporary organizations.

Contents: This course addresses key issues for understanding and managing contemporary organizations. It seeks to move beyond simple managerialist views by integrating recent developments in organizational thinking with the dual challenges of organizational leadership and corporate social responsibility. Topics covered in this course include institutionalized environments, innovation and entrepreneurship, social movements, networks and social capital, power and politics in contemporary organizations, organizational routines and decision making, sense making and cognition in organizations, and organizational change. Each topic will be introduced through case studies alongside theoretical readings, and each of the course sessions will discuss the consequences of these topics for both leadership processes and corporate social responsibility.
The course will be demanding in terms of class preparation, contribution and after-class work, and hopefully rewarding in terms of generating novel insights into contemporary organizational and managerial challenges.

Applied Research Project

During the whole training period, the students, divided into sub-groups of 2-3 students, work on a problematic related a strong issue in the humanitarian and development sector. It is an applied research which leads to a written report in English and its presentation before a jury composed by the tutor and the partner if possible and relevant. This applied research is an integral part of the training programme and it is monitored by a tutor.
The month of December will be specifically dedicated to work on this project.
During the second semester, even if students are abroad, they have to organize themselves to work on this project.
The grade given on this work will be included in the final transcript.

OBJECTIVE

To work as a team during the whole training period to sort out a humanitarian and/or development management issue.

This project will require:

- To write a report in English (20,000 – 25,000 words) which may remain confidential; it is possible to write a summary for the organisation in a foreign language if required. Students have to submit the final report to the tutor 15 days before the oral presentation. The deadline for the oral presentation is mid-november 2014 (15 November 2014);
- To write a case study-based summary;
- To prepare the oral presentation to the jury in English.

STUDENTS’ PROFILES

Students involved in this applied research are from the MSc in Humanitarian Programme Management delivered by ESC Grenoble and Bioforce.

EXPECTED RESULTS

- A specific humanitarian and/or development management issue is defined.
- A bibliographical research is consolidated.
- Concrete proposals and outlooks are drawn up.
- A critical analysis is provided.
- Relevant recommendations are made.

The definition of the issue has to be validated by both Bioforce and ESC Grenoble. A specific deadline will be communicated by Bioforce.

Rigor in diagnostic, analysis and facts interpretations, as well as recommendations will be required.
This work aims to support organizations in their development and functioning. In this way, we expect students to be creative (while being realist) and to practice benchmarks. This research work is neither an operational mission nor a counseling one. The report presented is not an internship report.

EXEMPTION OF “GRAND MÉMOIRE” – FOR THE ESC STUDENTS

Usually, ESC Grenoble students have to write a “Grand mémoire” during their enrollment. As they already write a specific applied research report, they benefit from an exemption of this “Grand mémoire”.

Assignment

Students from the MSc in HPM have to realize an assignment, after their study period, during 20 weeks at least. The presentation before a jury must be done before the 15th of November 2014.
The aim of this assignment is to reinforce students’ autonomy and to further develop their skills as a humanitarian programme manager in the humanitarian and development sector.

Students are to submit to Bioforce assignment terms of reference in order to be validated. As a second step, the ESC Grenoble will give the final validation.

The ESC Grenoble is in charge of all administrative issues regarding the assignment.

The evaluation process for the assignment is the following:

- A written report including :
- a context (region, country, organisation, programme, …) presentation,
- a description and analysis of the objectives and results obtained,
- an analysis of the key challenges faced during the assignment,
- an analysis of the impact of the training period on their professional capacities as a humanitarian programme manager.

- An oral presentation before a jury.

The final mark will be a global mark including the written report and the oral presentation.

Assessment Process

ASSESSMENT PROCESS IN BIOFORCE

The assessment process includes the following exams:

- An individual written exam for the “Managing people and organizations” module. This exam may consist of theoretical questions, exercises or case study linked with the module’s learning outcomes. The student has to obtain a minimum of 10 out of 20 to successfully complete the module.
- An individual written exam for the “Managing programmes and projects” module. This exam may consist of theoretical questions, exercises or case study linked with the module’s learning outcomes. The student has to obtain a minimum of 10 out of 20 to successfully complete the module.
- An individual written exam for the “Managing finance and funding” module. This exam may consist of theoretical questions, exercises or case study linked with the module’s learning outcomes. The student has to obtain a minimum of 10 out of 20 to successfully complete the module.

ASSESSMENT PROCESS IN GRENOBLE ECOLE DE MANAGEMENT

It is a two-stage process:

- For each module, a continuous assessment is managed by a Grenoble Ecole de Management’s permanent professor.
- For some modules, an exam is organized.

To be successfully completed, the student has to obtain a minimum of 10 out of 20. Each module’s responsible define the share of continuous assessment and exam.

CONDITIONS OF GRADUATION

The diploma is delivered to the students:

- Having obtained a minimum of 10 out of 20 to all exams;
- Having produced and supported the presentation of a report demonstrating analysis and synthesis skills.

Admission

To participate to the MSc in Humanitarian Programme Management, the prerequisites are the following:

- Master 1 level or Bachelor’s degree (four years of higher education after baccalauréat) for applicants justifying at least 1 year of professional experience as a project coordinator, administrator or logistician in international solidarity
- By special dispensation, a L3 (licence) level or Bachelor’s degree (three years of higher education after baccalauréat) for applicants justifying an outstanding work experience (more than one year).
- have an English language proficiency level of B2 (according to European language levels - Self Assessment Grid).
- Have a profesional project in programme management (Programme coordinator, Logistics coordinator…)

Please note that these prerequisites provide a base for any validation of the application form. The final decision lies with the Coordinators of the training programme.”

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We offer graduate programs leading to both the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in many areas of psychology, with specialized training in three research areas. Read more
We offer graduate programs leading to both the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in many areas of psychology, with specialized training in three research areas:

[[Brain and Cognitive Sciences
The members of Brain and Cognitive Science are interested in the mental processes and brain structures that are involved in movement, perception, learning, memory and understanding language. We study how these capabilities emerge during infancy, how they change as the brain matures and ages, and how they are affected when the brain is injured. Our goal is to understand behaviour and cognition at the level of neurons, networks of neurons and cognitive systems.

Industrial/ Organizational Psychology

Industrial-Organizational Psychology is concerned with individual behaviour, the behaviour of groups and the relationships of organization-wide variables to individuals and groups in work settings. Research in Industrial-Organizational Psychology includes, but is not limited to: job analysis and evaluation, selection, training and performance appraisal of personnel, the structure and context of organizations, organizational culture, organizational change, career development, motivation, job satisfaction, and team dynamics.

The Industrial/Organizational Specialization is recognized by the Department of Psychology and Faculty of Graduate Studies - it is an official specialization that will be noted on students' degree parchments.

Social and Theoretical Psychology

The faculty members with research interests in Social and Theoretical Psychology share an interest in social and cultural relations as well as foundational and philosophical questions in psychology. Drawing on a range of theoretical perspectives and methodologies, including experimental and quantitative designs, qualitative research informed by postmodernist thought, and historical and archival approaches, we study topics in the areas of interpersonal relationships, social cognition, justice motivation, reactions to victimization, discourse analysis, the psychology of gender, and the history of 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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Whether you’re a social science graduate or a working professional, this course will help you develop an advanced knowledge of people management. Read more

Whether you’re a social science graduate or a working professional, this course will help you develop an advanced knowledge of people management.

With its international perspective, this course will explore a whole range of human resources themes – from employee well-being to managing diversity.

If you’re already working and can’t commit to full-time study, this course has a part-time option over two years.

Key benefits

  • We provide consulting for major companies in London – you’ll have access to our network for research or job prospects.
  • We encourage an evidence-based approach. And our cutting-edge research in human resource management and organisational behaviour informs our teaching.
  • We want to prepare you for the working world. So you’ll learn to think independently about both human resource management and organisational analysis, and the interaction between them.

Description

The Human Resource Management & Organisational Analysis MSc degree covers a diverse range of modules. You will explore key issues associated with the change in the global economy, social and technological change, cultural diversity; as well as the nature and role of financial and management accounting in business organisations.

The programme offers you flexibility with the choice to study either full or part-time and is made up of optional and required modules. You must take modules totalling 180 credits to complete the course. If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying part-time, your programme will take two years to complete, you will study the required module in the first year, and the dissertation in your second year.

There is an opportunity to gain CIPD accreditation by attending 14 additional workshops. (will not count towards the MSc).

Course purpose

We want to improve your career skills. Whether you’re working already or will start looking for a job on graduation, we’ll make sure you’re capable of great things.

With our international focus and our expertise in a wide range of HR issues, we’re committed to creating capable future leaders.

Course format and assessment

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Your assessment on taught modules, which make up 120 of the final credits, will be predominantly by written examination, but may include other forms of assessment. The written dissertation submitted in September each year makes up the final 60 credits. The dissertation will be assessed on one 12,000-word extended piece of writing.



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The Workplace and Wellness Health Promotion program, facilitated by Centennial College's School of Community and Health Studies, is one of the first graduate certificate offerings of its kind in Canada. Read more
The Workplace and Wellness Health Promotion program, facilitated by Centennial College's School of Community and Health Studies, is one of the first graduate certificate offerings of its kind in Canada. As such, it enjoys a respected national and international reputation, and is recognized by leading employers.

The Workplace and Wellness Health Promotion courses teach you to promote the total well being of individuals and groups within corporate and community contexts.

To do so effectively, in the program you:
-Benefit from acquiring essential program management and communication skills needed to become an effective manager of wellness and health promotion programs
-Gain knowledge in providing wellness coaching as well as designing, implementing and evaluating effective health promotion strategies and programs, and managing programs in accordance with organizational policies and procedures
-Focus on assessing health risk factors, and developing health and wellness plans, and strategies to promote individual and organizational well-being
-Learn to utilize a variety of presentation techniques and strategies, develop a business case for wellness, and market and promote wellness programs

As a Workplace Wellness and Health Promotion graduate skilled in program design and management, psychosocial and physical health issues, mental health management, program planning and health promotion theory you will bring a holistic and interprofessional approach to the field.

Career Opportunities

Program Highlights
-Program content includes: program planning and management, mental health management, health promotion theory, organizational development, environmental health, coaching, business foundations and community health.
-You develop leadership skills through assessing individual and group health and wellness needs.
-You have the opportunity to design and implement workplace wellness projects.
-Faculty members have current and relevant industry experience.
-During the final semester, you strengthen your skills and explore career opportunities with a field placement.
-The placement component provides you with valuable and relevant work experience and networking opportunities.
-Credit for past educational experience is considered through the PLAR process.

Once you complete the Workplace and Wellness Health Promotion offering, you will be able to:
-Assess wellness needs of individuals, groups, organizations and communities
-Apply best practices to design, implement, evaluate, and manage effective individual and agency intervention strategies and wellness programs to achieve goals mutually determined through consultation
-Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing (for example, presenting workshops, seminars, speeches and facilitating groups, writing reports and proposals, and developing promotional materials)
-Identify risk factors that influence human behaviour, and health and wellness
-Implement strategies that facilitate personal, organizational culture and community wellness
-Analyze the trends and issues in the political, social and economic environment and effectively deliver contemporary wellness programs that address these factors
-Work in team settings and apply leadership and organizational skills to a variety of populations and settings
-Provide appropriate referral information to assist individuals, groups and organizations
-Advocate wellness concepts and philosophies in community and employment settings
-Maintain professional helping and working relationships that adhere to legal and ethical standards
-Apply principles of health promotion to a variety of diverse individuals, organizations and communities
-Apply research design and methods to workplace wellness and health promotion projects
-Examine the strategic approach to human resource management
-Develop global citizenship and equity knowledge, skills and experience as it relates to sustainability of resources, individual and community identities, critical social analysis, and enhanced personal and social responsibility

Career Outlook
-Program specialist
-Wellness coordinator
-Health promotion consultant/manager
-Wellness program manager
-Program manager
-Client relationship director
-Health strategies associate
-Healthy workplace engagement coordinator

Areas of Employment
The specific and generic multidisciplinary studies and practical experience in the Workplace Wellness and Health Promotion program opens employment doors to:
-Corporate wellness
-Community health and promotion organizations
-Not-for-profit sector settings
-Entrepreneurial opportunities

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The Workplace and Wellness Health Promotion program is offered at Centennial College's Pickering Learning Site, which provides an intimate learning environment. Read more
The Workplace and Wellness Health Promotion program is offered at Centennial College's Pickering Learning Site, which provides an intimate learning environment. The curriculum of this offering, however, is identical to the Workplace and Wellness Health Promotion program offered at Centennial College's Morningside Campus.

The undertaking, which falls under the umbrella of the School of Community and Health Studies, is one of the first post-graduate offerings of its kind in Canada. Because of this, the program is respected nationally and internationally, and is recognized by leading employers.

You learn to promote the total well being of individuals and groups within corporate and community contexts. To do so effectively, you:
-Gain essential program management and communication skills needed to become an effective manager of wellness and health promotion programs
-Become knowledgeable in providing wellness coaching as well as designing, implementing and evaluating effective health promotion strategies and programs, and managing programs in accordance with organizational policies and procedures
-Focus on assessing health risk factors, and developing health and wellness plans, and strategies to promote individual and organizational well-being
-Learn to utilize a variety of presentation techniques and strategies, develop a business case for wellness, and market and promote wellness programs

With your skills and knowledge in program design and management, psychosocial and physical health issues, mental health management, program planning and health promotion theory, you will bring a holistic and interprofessional approach to the field.

Career Opportunities

Program Highlights
-Included are topics such as: program planning and management, mental health management, health promotion theory, organizational development, environmental health, coaching, business foundations and community health.
-Led by faculty members who have relevant and current industry experience, you develop leadership skills through assessing individual and group health and wellness needs.
-You design and implement workplace wellness projects before the final semester, when you strengthen your skills and explore career opportunities during a field placement.
-The placement component provides you with valuable and relevant work experience and networking opportunities.
-Credit for past educational experience will be considered through the PLAR process.

Once you complete the Workplace and Wellness Health Promotion offering, you will be able to:
-Assess wellness needs of individuals, groups, organizations and communities
-Apply best practices to design, implement, evaluate, and manage effective individual and agency intervention strategies and wellness programs to achieve goals mutually determined through consultation
-Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing (for example, presenting workshops, seminars, speeches and facilitating groups; writing reports and proposals and developing promotional materials)
-Identify risk factors that influence human behaviour, and health and wellness
-Implement strategies that facilitate personal, organizational culture and community wellness
-Analyze the trends and issues in the political, social and economic environment and effectively deliver contemporary wellness programs that address these factors
-Work in team settings and apply leadership and organizational skills to a variety of populations and settings
-Provide appropriate referral information to assist individuals, groups and organizations
-Advocate wellness concepts and philosophies in community and employment settings
-Maintain professional helping and working relationships that adhere to legal and ethical standards
-Apply principles of health promotion to a variety of diverse individuals, organizations and communities
-Apply research design and methods to workplace wellness and health promotion projects
-Examine the strategic approach to human resource management
-Develop global citizenship and equity knowledge, skills and experience as it relates to sustainability of resources, individual and community identities, critical social analysis, and enhanced personal and social responsibility

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Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology focuses on the behaviour, attitudes, cognitions and feelings of people in the organizational context. Read more
Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology focuses on the behaviour, attitudes, cognitions and feelings of people in the organizational context.

The study of Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology includes topics that have clear relevance for the understanding of a variety of situations that occur in the organizational context and in which intra-individual, inter-individual, or intragroup processes play a central role. Examples include leadership and power, productivity, innovation, motivation, decision-making, skill acquisition and training.

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Gain a prestigious Masters degree in Human Resource Management. by distance learning. This distance learning course in Human Resource Management focuses on the social and psychological processes operating in organizations. Read more

Gain a prestigious Masters degree in Human Resource Management

by distance learning

This distance learning course in Human Resource Management focuses on the social and psychological processes operating in organizations. Drawing on current and classic theory and research, the course enables you to understand organizations and develop ways of improving them.

Redeveloped in 2014, the course features a range of new modules including 'Comparative employment relations', 'Leading and developing people', and 'Human resource strategies'. Your study experience is enriched through online seminars and discussions and a personal tutor.

Benefit from fully supported online learning

On your home computer, you can watch the same lectures as those given 'live' to postgraduate students studying on campus at the University of London, accompanied by PowerPoint slides. You are also supported by:

- tutor-led online seminars for each module.

- a personal tutor who provides general guidance throughout your studies.

- extensive, purpose-written study materials.

- an online facility for submitting essays and mock exams to your tutor.

- access to world-class online library facilities.

- optional face-to-face seminar and exam revision session in London (held in February/September respectively).

Developed by leading academics at Birkbeck, University of London

The programme is developed by academics within the Department of Organizational Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London. The department is the oldest and largest of its kind in the UK and makes a major contribution to research in the field of behaviour at work. It is a major provider of academic and professional training in organizational psychology (also known as occupational psychology) and career management.

Employment routes

Graduates of this course go on to become trainers, motivators, careers advisers, managers and consultants within large multinational companies, government departments, or in any organization where advanced knowledge of organizational psychology may be useful.

Study at your own pace

Provided you complete the Masters or Postgraduate Diploma within five years, you can study at your own pace. As a guide, if you wish to complete in the minimum study period, you should be prepared to study 20 hours per week during the academic session. Academic sessions run from September until July in 2014-2015.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact our Student Advice Centre.



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