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MSc/PGDip Psychology of Work


Course Description

This postgraduate distance learning degree will equip you with an excellent level of knowledge and understanding of a broad range of topics in Occupational Psychology, including an appreciation of theory, an awareness of the strengths and limitations of research evidence, and how research can be used to help organisations and its employees.

The course has a strong applied focus that will enable you to see the potential for using psychology, whether as a practitioner, or when engaging the services of consultants. You will learn how to apply occupational psychology methodologies to solve real-life problems in organisations. Core psychological theories will be illustrated with the latest research and examples of practice.

The course uses an online teaching and learning system to create an interactive learning environment. Your learning materials are accessed completely online at any time of the day. Distance learning with the School of Psychology means studying in your own time on a part-time basis, so you can combine achieving a qualification with work or family commitments. You will benefit from our professionally created course syllabus that meets to needs of professionals working in the field.

An optional three-day residential Course Conference is held in April at the University, consisting of workshops and study skills sessions. The Conference provides support for your studies and the opportunity to hear esteemed speakers, both academic and practitioner, on areas of occupational psychology. It is also an excellent opportunity to meet staff and fellow students.

As part of the course you can also sign up for optional psychometric test training courses. (There is an additional cost for these.)

Course Structure

Core Modules;
Learning, Training and Development
Psychological Assessment at Work
Work Design, Organisational Change and Development
Leadership, Engagement and Motivation
Research Methods
Application of Occupational Psychology
Wellbeing at Work

Plus your Dissertation (10,000 words) - MSc Only
Recent dissertations topics include:

-'Aptitude or personality: student pilot performance in a cross-cultural setting'
-'A cross-cultural review of employee resistance to organisational change within the PCB industry'
-'The relationship between the physical work environment, job satisfaction and organisational commitment'
-'Occupational stress: a comparison between full-time and part-time working mothers'
-'The impact of Psychological Capital on the relationship between exposure to bullying behaviours and both psychological health and self-perceptions of being bullied'
-'Examination of perceptions of employee engagement'


(Please note: due to regular enhancement of the University’s courses, please refer to Leicester’s own website (http://www.le.ac.uk) or/and Terms and Conditions (http://www2.le.ac.uk/legal) for the most accurate and up-to-date course information. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with this information prior to submitting an application.)

Visit the MSc/PGDip Psychology of Work page on the University of Leicester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A second class honours degree in Psychology or a related subject from a recognised university/college or equivalent.You must also have so occupational experience.You must also meet the university's English language requirements (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent).

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