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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.

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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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Forensic Psychology is a challenging profession which involves working with vulnerable people, both offenders and victims. For this reason, the emphasis… Read more

Forensic Psychology is a challenging profession which involves working with vulnerable people, both offenders and victims. For this reason, the emphasis on this course is on building the skills and attributes which will prepare you for this challenge, underpinning your practice with a sound appreciation of academic research evidence and an understanding of the forensic psychologist’s role in the investigative and legal processes, and the assessment and treatment of offenders.

Core to this is the module The Practitioner Forensic Psychologist which gives you the opportunity to develop and critically reflect upon your emerging skills. For instance, a role-played interview with a mock offender will be videoed, allowing you and your tutors to assess your communication technique and identify the critical incidents in the interview. You will learn how to engage in reflective practice which is essential to maintaining professional competence and integrity, and through practical exercises you will begin to examine your own assumptions and biases that could affect your work. You will also explore the ethical, legal, professional and personal dilemmas which can arise in the settings where forensic psychologists work.This course has a focus on sex offending and you will examine the research evidence on the variety of sexual offenders and offences, and the causes and maintenance of sexual offending. Topics include the prevalence of rape myths, male victims, juvenile offenders, multiple perpetrator sexual offending including leadership, group dynamics and victim resistance, and sexually-motivated murder. Understanding of these issues then shapes the forensic psychologist’s approach to assessing risk and formulating treatment plans.

The course benefits from contributions from visiting speakers who contribute specialist insights from their work in different forensic settings. Regular guest lecturers include a senior investigator whose international work with child victims of sex offenders focuses on how to achieve best evidence in different cultural and legal contexts; and an international investigator with expertise of interviewing victims of torture.Assignments are designed to replicate aspects of a professional forensic psychologist’s workload. For instance, you will use assessment evidence to undertake an offence analysis and, from that, identify treatment targets and develop a case formulation for proposed interventions. Some modules are assessed by a portfolio of material based on practical activities undertaken in seminars, or on field visits to courts and prisons. While some assignments will take a conventional academic format, we also emphasise the importance of acquiring skills of communicating in different registers, including how to convey challenging material to a non-expert audience.

At dissertation stage, students use a range of qualitative and quantitative techniques to explore their professional and academic interests via an independent piece of research. EEG, virtual reality equipment, and biomarker measurement kit are available to those wishing to undertake experimental studies. Past and current students have presented their Master’s research at international conferences, on topics including: typologies of solo female sex offenders and solo female murderers; strategies of online grooming; the use of EEG to investigate psychopathy; and football fans’ attitudes towards professional footballers convicted of sexual assault.

Study style

Typically, full-time students study two days a week and part-time students study one day a week.

British Psychological Society (BPS Accredited

Accredited by the British Psychological Society, you will cover the core areas demanded of Stage 1 registration.

Specialism in issues surrounding sexual offences and sexual offenders

Develop specialist knowledge around the perpetration, investigation and prosecution of sexual offences, as well as the task of the forensic psychologist in assessing and treating offenders.

Access specialist facilities and technology

Make use of our forensic interviewing suite, kit for recording stress biomarkers, as well as cutting edge technology that includes EEG and virtual reality equipment.

Careers

The course equips students with skills and practical competencies for a career in forensic settings such as the police, prison and probation services, secure units, special hospitals, the Home Office, or to advance to further academic study and research.



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