Organisational Psychology MSc

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  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements: Normally a UK bachelor degree in psychology with first or upper second class honours or the overseas equivalent is required. To be eligible for this programme, you must have Graduate Basis of Registration (GBR) or membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS). You need to submit a letter from your institution stating your eligibility for GBR. Alternatively, please submit proof of your membership: When assessing your academic record we take into account your grade average, position in class, references, and the standing of the institution where you studied your qualification. We particularly welcome applicants from institutions of high ranking and repute and give preference to students with relevant work experience.
  • Academic title
    Organisational Psychology MSc
  • Course description
    MSc Organisational Psychology – Course structure

    The MSc Organisational Psychology is a one year, full-time course. It may be offered parttime
    over two years (subject to approval). This is an advanced course for those wanting to
    learn more about the science of how people and groups behave at work. More specifically,
    the course provides psychology graduates who are intending to become Chartered
    Occupational Psychologists with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required by the
    Division of Occupational Psychology of the British Psychological Society (BPS), in the
    following eight required areas: training, organizational development, employee relations and
    motivation, design of environments/health and safety, human/machine interaction, counseling
    and personal development, performance appraisal and career development, and selection in

    Course Structure

    (all taught course units are 20 credits apart from Research Methods which is 30 credits) The
    course units are structured in block teaching. This may attract those who do not wish to give
    up full-time employment while taking this course. In order to satisfy professional body (BPS)
    requirements, you must take the following compulsory course units:

    Semester one

    Behavioural change in organisations
    The aim of the course unit is to give you an understanding and awareness of the theory and
    practice of management and organisational development, to enable you to critically evaluate
    current concepts and techniques.

    Selection and assessment in organisations

    The course unit aims to give you a sound conceptual understanding of the theoretical issues
    concerning the selection of personnel and practical skills in designing a selection system and
    in using psychometric tests. Successful completion of this course entitles you to the
    certificates of the British Psychological Society in Competence in Occupational Testing (level
    A and level B [intermediate]).

    Research methodology

    The purpose of this course unit is to introduce you to qualitative and quantitative research
    methods, in order to prepare you for your dissertation project.

    Semester two

    Organisations and people
    This course unit aims to examine a variety of contemporary issues concerning the
    relationships between people and the organisations in which they work. It is designed to
    provide up-to-date coverage of contemporary topics in organisational psychology such as
    diversity, workplace counselling, bullying, occupational stress, career development and
    attribution and staff appraisal.

    Individual and work environment

    The course unit aims to provide you with a firm conceptual foundation in key theoretical
    perspectives on the relationship between the individual and his/her work environment, and to
    develop an understanding of their application.
    Training in relevant skills such as the use of relevant software packages and research
    techniques necessary for conducting independent research are included. The training
    required to reach BPS Level A and Intermediate Level B test accreditation is provided.

    Summer research period

    Research dissertation (70 credits)

    During this period you will carry out an original piece of research. You will have a supervisor,
    who will discuss your choice of research project with you and advise and guide you through
    the process. Recent dissertations have covered:

    • Job control and job stress in blue and white collar workers
    • Evaluation of a multidisciplinary team delivering a significant change programme
    • Barriers to career progression experienced by part-time employees
    • Bullying in the workplace
    • The impact of mergers on the psychological contract

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