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The Sheffield Hallam Executive MBA (Psychology) is designed to give you the skills, knowledge and experience to advance your career into senior management. It enables you to learn more about the science of human thinking and behaviour and how it applies to leadership and business development.

This course is suitable for professionals who are part of a management or leadership team, or have strong aspirations to achieve senior career progression. The diverse applications for psychology in the workplace mean that this course has relevance across a wide range of business and industry sectors. The course is ideal if you work in:
-Senior leadership.
-Business development.
-Human resources.
-Marketing and sales.
-Interface between people and technologies or machines.

On this course you complete a mix of core MBA modules and specialist psychology modules. The specialist modules enable you to develop a detailed appreciation for the significance of human psychology in the workplace, including the psychology of personality, cognition, and social behaviours. It also helps you to explore the application of psychological insight to the benefit of individuals and the organisation.

We tailor assignments and projects to the needs of your organisation or your own areas of interest, which maximises the value of your studies. Your organisation also has the opportunity to provide input into your learning and contribute to your development.
To be a successful leader, you need to understand, implement and integrate the current fundamental concepts of management, and have insights from differing professional perspectives. You gain this knowledge on our course by studying core MBA subjects within four integrated modules.

Completing an integrated module means that instead of studying a topic such as finance in isolation, you study finance together with marketing and decision making. Our approach replicates the real world where strategic decisions span multiple business areas, providing you with a richer and more realistic learning experience.

The core MBA modules are complemented by a range of psychology modules that enable you to tailor the course content to your career needs. You also complete a consultancy project that involves investigating a current major issue from within your organisation.
As you progress through the course you apply your learning by problem-solving real or simulated case studies. This helps you to identify and deal with links and tensions between different areas of an organisation.

You enhance your leadership skills by encountering and managing varying, often competing, perspectives on management issues. Case studies enable you to practice and assess the impact of real-time decision making, embedding and demonstrating the skills you need during your career. During the course you can
-Build your skills in coaching, negotiating and influencing.
-Attend guest lectures from leading experts who provide unique insights into psychology and management.
-Develop an evidence-base so you can demonstrate your senior leadership ability.

Flexible course design

The course is designed to be flexible so that you can work comfortably with your existing commitments. We use university-based block study with self managed study time, so you can easily complete the course from anywhere within the UK or overseas. You can also study modules as and when it is suits you, enabling you to progress at a pace that meets your needs.

Multi-professional learning community

When you study an Executive MBA at Sheffield Hallam University you join a learning community of managers and leaders from across a range of professions and industry backgrounds. This provides you with excellent networking opportunities and you can benefit from seeing different perspectives and solutions to managerial challenges. Within our Executive MBA programme we also run routes in business, education and the built environment.

Critical self-awareness and tailored coaching

At the diploma stage of the course, you have the opportunity to complete psychometric testing, which can help you increase your critical self-awareness, better understand your skills and identify areas for development.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute and successful graduates gain Chartered Manager status (subject to application). Approved by the British Psychological Society Learning Centre for the purposes of continuing professional development (CPD).

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Course structure

3 years – University-based study blocks. Each module involves a three-day study block and self-managed study time. You complete:
-Year One – four modules.
-Year Two – three modules plus work-based project.
-Year Three – one module plus dissertation or consultancy project.

This flexible attendance means that the course has minimal impact on your work or personal time and you can be based anywhere in the UK or overseas. Starts February If you would like to discuss the start date options, please email the course leader, Dr Steven Pattinson

Course structure
Year One: managing strategy; strategic marketing management and decision making; two options.

Year Two: strategic global human resource management and decision making; developing personal and professional leadership practice; two options.

Year Three: research and consultancy methods; dissertation or organisational project.

Psychology options: introduction to organisational psychology; human factors/design of the work environment; individual differences, training and development; the psychology of leadership and change.

Assessment: modules are assessed through portfolios which may be made up from a number of tasks.

Visit the Executive MBA (Psychology) page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!




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