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Master in Science in Work Psychology & Business-Master in Science in Organisational Psychology & Business

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  • Entry requirements
    Good UK Honours Degree (minimum of a lower second class) or an overseas degree recognised by Aston University, plus two references. International students whose native language is not English and have not completed a full degree programme taught in English, will also need a TOEFL score of 600 (paper based) or 250 (computer based) with a TWE of 4.5 equivalent to 100 (internet-based) with a minimum score of 23 in writing and speaking and 20 in reading and listening OR an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and speaking and 6.0 in reading and listening. Pre-sessional English language programmes are available for good applicants whose English qualification falls just short of these requirements.
  • Academic Title
    Master in Science in Work Psychology & Business/Master in Science in Organisational Psychology & Business
  • Course description
    Work Psychology is a topic that is at the core of our understanding of healthy and effective organisations and employees. The course is designed for graduates with a good first degree in psychology who intend to make careers as work or organisational psychologists and who also want to gain some wider business awareness. It gives psychologists a unique opportunity to study business alongside specialist work psychology modules and will enable students to operate within a global workplace.

    Outline of programme

    There are 12 taught modules:

    Specialist Modules

        * Research Methods
        * Counselling & Personal Development
        * Design of Work Environments and Ergonomics: Health & Safety
        * HRM Assessment, Performance & Reward
        * Contemporary Issues in Work Psyschology
        * Work Organisation and Change
        * Employee Relations and Involvement
        * Learning, Training and Development
        * Organisational Behaviour
        * Leading and Influencing in Organisations.

    Two elective modules are chosen from:

        * Accounting for Non Financial Managers
        * Economic Environment of Business
        * Management of Innovation
        * Marketing Management
        * Operations Management
        * Strategic Management.
        * Strategic Human Resource Management & Performance
        * Organisational Behaviour: Theory & Practice.

    Complete outlines for all modules are available online.

    Assessment

    The taught modules are assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework (details of the assessment criteria for each module is given in its module outline). The taught element of the course is complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation in a student’s particular area of interest.

    Career opportunities

    This course is relevant to those planning careers in all organisational settings in both the public and private sectors. Example jobs of recent graduates include:

        * Training and Communications Manager – WH Smith Travel
        * Monitoring and Evaluation Manager – NCH
        * HR Assistant – Railtrack.

    Professional exemptions

    Successful completion of the course leads to the academic basis for the British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Occupational Psychology qualification.

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