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Management Psychology MSc

Course Description


An organisation is only as good as its people. And how good its people are depends on how well they are managed and led. This specific course focuses on the contribution of applied psychology to our understanding and practice of management within organisations.

On the MSc in Management Psychology you will:

- learn how to design or improve they way an organisation selects, develops and manages people
- be taught by world-class academics in a world-leading institute
- develop leadership, consultancy and research skills
- make international contacts and networks
- design and conduct a research project in your own area of interest, anywhere in the world

The course has two intakes, one in late September and another in January.

Programme aims

This programme aims to provide students with:

- an understanding of how psychology as a science can be used to solve business problems and make organisations more effective
- an understanding of how core business concerns impact on the management of human resources in organisations
- a knowledge of how business priorities impact shape and challenge the use of psychology by organisations
- a broad knowledge of applied work psychology as a professional discipline alongside - and integrated with - knowledge of core topics from management science and practice
- the skills to evaluate and critically appraise theories and practice within applied work psychology and management science
- the skills to design and conduct independent research, and carry out practical work within organisational contexts

Who is the course for?

It is ideal for:

- experienced managers interested in the people side of business, looking to better managers, usually in a HR or organisational development role
- graduates who, through their first degree, have developed an interest in psychology and are looking to join organisations as HR specialists

Underpinning the desire to undertake this course will be an interest in the human side of business, how people can best be managed and how fair systems can be developed within an organisation.

What makes this difference to a Masters in HR Management?

A general masters in HR Management will not equip you with the analytical tools that this course will. These skills can help you design systems and evaluate practices taking place within an organisation.

By the time you graduate from the course you will have:

- learnt how to run a company successfully through the management and development of staff
- built your own network of contacts including fellow experienced students, staff, guest speakers, and the organisation you base your final organisational case study on
- made friends with people from around the world who will be good contacts for business and travel

Visit the Management Psychology MSc page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Louise Kessie

2952.jpg "Studying an MSc in Management Psychology has been a fantastic experience. The course adopts an interdisciplinary approach. This allows us to learn about psychology in the workplace from different perspectives, and this provides an enriching academic experience. The staff are extremely knowledgable and passionate about their subject and this contributed significantly to my enjoyment of my masters degree.

I had the opportunity to meet students from around the world, and this too contributed to an enriching academic and social experience. I love learning about different cultures and the University definitely facilitated this! There are so many activities to participate in while studying at Nottingham. As a course representative and student ambassador I was able to support other students as well as represent the University at different schools in Nottinghamshire (highly recommend this). The best way to meet people is to get involved in the student community by joining a society! I was a STAR trainer which is part of the students union. This role allowed me to develop my training and development skills, make friends and improve my public-speaking. It also helped me develop a better understanding of my training in organisations module.

There are several places to study across the campus and this is convenient if you want to study alone or in a group. Honestly, this has been a phenomenal 12 months! Although it was one year, it has been a life-changing experience which I will never forget! I would love to say a huge thank you to the University of Nottingham and especially a huge thank you to all of the administrative and academic staff in my department!!!


Developing Solutions - 20+ Awards

Founded in 2001, Developing Solutions is The University of Nottingham's flagship international scholarship programme for postgraduate masters courses.Over the past 12 years we've supported over 1,000 students from the developing countries of the Commonwealth and Africa to study at The University of Nottingham.Developing Solutions scholarships for 2015 entry are now open for applications.

Value of Scholarship(s)

30 x 100% tuition fee and 75 x 50% tuition fee


You can apply for this scholarship if you:--are a national of (or permanently domiciled in) Africa, India or one of the countries of the Commonwealth listed below* AND
--are classed as an overseas student for fee purposes AND
--have not already studied outside of your home country** AND
--are not currently studying at a University of Nottingham campus or are not a University of Nottingham graduate AND
--already hold an offer to start a full-time masters degree programme, including MRes, at Nottingham for September 2015 in certain faculties including the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences.

Application Procedure

The closing date for scholarship applications is 24 April 2015 – 12 mid-day (UK time).Application for admission to study at Nottingham must be received at least six weeks before the scholarship closing date to allow time for our Admissions office to process the application and confirm your offer, before you can apply for the scholarship. Any application for admission to study submitted later than six weeks before the scholarship closing date is not guaranteed to be processed in time.

Further Information



The University of Nottingham Masters Scholarship Scheme - 20+ Awards

Applicants will need to hold an offer for a taught postgraduate course and fulfil one or more of the following criteria:Care leavers - have been in public care for a minimum of three months prior to their entrance to university in 2012
In receipt of government funding in the form of a full maintenance grant and/or a National Scholarship Programme during the first year of undergraduate study (2012)Women in STEM (restricted programmes)Disability, long-term medical condition or specific learning difficulty From a Black or Minority Ethnic (BME) group

Value of Scholarship(s)



Applicants for this scholarship must be progressing from an undergraduate course for which they were charged the higher £9k tuition fee and be classed as a Home/EU student.

Application Procedure

Application detailsApplications for this scholarship will open shortly. Follow the web link to find out more.

Further Information



Chevening Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Please visit the Chevening website for detailed information - http://www.chevening.org/

Value of Scholarship(s)

Variable subject to country of origin


To apply for a Chevening Scholarships you must have:a degree of a good standard
at least two years' work experience (including voluntary experience)
a high standard of English language
leadership and networking skills
commitment to work in your home country for at least two years after completing your masters degree

Application Procedure

Please visit the Chevening website for detailed information on applying - http://www.chevening.org/

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject; mature applicants without standard entry requirements but with substantial and relevant work experience may be considered for the PGDip version of this course. IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Last Updated

13 December 2016

Course Fees

Please see the University website for details

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