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Masters in Business Psychology at Heriot-Watt University is the most established MSc of its kind in Europe, enjoying a well-earned reputation for producing graduates who can improve the performance of individuals and teams at any level of organisations.

Overview

This MSc in Business Psychology, a discipline which is also known as Occupational Psychology and Organisational Psychology,will equip you with an in-depth understanding of the psychological mechanisms that drive positive behaviours and performances in the workplace.

Whether you come from an industry position or directly from a psychology or business degree, this highly respected programme of study will equip you with an effective blend of specialist knowledge from the fields of psychology, management and leadership.

The content on this highly-focused masters degree has been tailored to meet the needs of those working towards a careers as a Business Psychology Practitioner, Human Resources Manager, Organisational Development Manager, Coaching Consultant, Management Consultant or Leadership Consultant.

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

Key skills for improving performance

On MSc Business Psychology you will explore different aspects of the psychological mechanisms behind workplace behavior and be equipped with the managerial expertise to enhance and improve performance of teams and individuals, building expertise in:

  • Coaching
  • Leadership
  • Diversity
  • Employment legislation
  • Organisational change
  • Organisational culture
  • Marketing and consumer behavior

You will also gain specialist theoretical knowledge in the areas of psychology which directly apply to business settings and master psychological research methods which can be practiced in the workplace.

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

  • Job satisfaction
  • Well-being
  • Leadership
  • Organisational commitment
  • Organisational culture
  • Performance and productivity

Specifically designed group tasks and presentations will allow you to develop your interpersonal and communication skills. Improving these skills will give you the platform to implement your expertise and directly improve the performance of diverse groups of individuals and teams at any level within an organisation. 

Throughout this programme you will learn from a unique blend of research-led academic teaching and industry-focused practical experiences. For example, on our Psychology of Coaching course you will develop expert knowledge in the theoretical frameworks of coaching psychology whilst receiving insights into practical coaching skills, tools and techniques from lecturers who draw direct from experience as coaching practitioners and consultants.

Specialist pathways

Since September 2017, Heriot-Watt University offers two specialist Business Psychology pathways at our Edinburgh Campus:

MSc Business Psychology with Human Resource Management

Business Psychology graduates often build extremely rewarding careers in Human Resource Management within a range of industries. This is why Heriot-Watt has created this specialist programme which blends our world-class teaching and expertise in Business Psychology and Human Resource Management to create a highly-desirable, specialist programme.

MSc Business Psychology with Intercultural Communication

This new specialist pathway has been introduced to help undergraduates from and Arts and Humanities, Business Management and Psychology position themselves as highly-employable candidates for multinational, global organisations. This programme combine’s Business Psychology's specialist focus on leadership, diversity, organisational culture, and change with Intercultural Communication’s focus on written and verbal communication skills in cross-cultural, professional business contexts. The development of these specialist skills will put graduates in the perfect position to make a positive impact on the performance, communication and culture of global organisations.


Visit the Business Psychology - MSc/PGDip page on the Heriot-Watt University website for more details!

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