About This Masters Degree
Here you will learn from academics at the forefront of their field, and benefit from the research and practice experience of the People and Organisations Department in Surrey Business School.
You will learn in an interdisciplinary environment, from faculty who are Work, Organisational and Occupational Psychologists, Human Resource Specialists, and experts in Organisational Behaviour.
PROGRAMME OVERVIEWThe MSc in Occupational and Organisational Psychology is designed to develop the next generation of evidence-based leaders and practitioners who can make tangible contributions to the rapidly changing world of work.
Our programme covers the standards of the BPS for Occupational Psychology, and prominently reflects the core strengths and interests of the course team including:
-Leadership and Decision Making
-Organisational and HR Assessment
-Quality of Working Life
PROGRAMME STRUCTUREThis programme is studied full-time over one academic year. The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
-Psychological Assessment in the Workplace
-Performance, Engagement and Well-being
-Applying Psychology to Work
-Human Resource Development
-The Psychology of Leadership and Decision-making
-Advanced Research Methods for Applied Psychology
EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMMEThe MSc in Occupational and Organizational Psychology is designed to develop the next generation of evidence-based leaders and practitioners in the field of work and organisational psychology. Students learn about the foundation knowledge, research and theory in the field, alongside practical, technical and professional content designed to permit development as future practitioners.
The programme is intentionally delivered in an interdisciplinary environment, from faculty who are Work, Organisational and Occupational Psychologists, Human Resource Specialists, and world-leading experts in Organisational Behaviour.
Learning and development is facilitated through innovative, high-quality teaching incorporating (for example) case studies, team-working, skills development, guest speakers, and an applied research project, alongside class lectures and academic assignments and assessment.
PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMESThe programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:
Knowledge and understanding
-Critical, evidence based and theoretical understanding of the core knowledge areas of occupational and organizational psychology:
-Psychological assessment in the workplace
-Learning, training and development
-Leadership, engagement, and motivation
-Well-being and work
-Work design, organizational change and development
-Research design and advanced research methods
-Applying psychology to work
Intellectual / cognitive skills
-Develop a systematic and integrated understanding of applied practice in occupational and organizational psychology, incorporating research evidence, practical contextual issues, professional and ethical issues
-Ability to independently critically evaluate a range of evidence sources relevant to the field
-Ability to demonstrate high-level learning and problem solving in the modules studied
Professional practical skills
-Advanced skills in research methodology, consultancy skills (including problem-solving, the consultancy cycle). (MSc and PGDip Only)
-Ability to independently critically evaluate information about organizations, context, and research findings relevant to practice of occupational and organizational psychology.
Key / transferable skills
-A range of generic skills relevant to practice of occupational and organizational psychology. These include effective oral and written communication, team working, planning and organizing, problem-solving, critical reasoning, data gathering and analysis (qualitative and quantitative), and use of specialist IT (e.g. SPSS)
GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIESWe often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.
In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.
Occupational and Organisational Psychology - MSc
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A first or 2.1 honours degree (orequivalent qualification) in psychology, paired with an interest, understanding and / or experience of work, organisational, and business issues as evident from the application form. Following this screening process, we invite suitable applicants to an interview, either face-to-face or via Skype. Students wishing to go on to the Stage 2 Qualification in Occupational Psychology after the programme will require eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS)