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Course content

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 >>

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Visit the Business Psychology (MSc) page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

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