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Organisational Psychology

MSc |
Explore human behaviour in the workplace on this BPS accredited MSc in Organisational Psychology.

Key Information

Start date

September 2017

Duration

Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years

UK/EU

Full-time: £10,500

Part-time: £5,000 per year

Non-EU

Full-time: £16,000

Part-time: £8,000 per year

Who is it for?

This course is for students who want to improve the working lives of employees. It is for those who want to understand how to improve organisational life.

We welcome applicants with a degree in Psychology, from a UK or international institution. We will also consider those with other degrees and a keen interest in improving people’s working lives. You will be expected to conduct some statistical analysis as part of the course so some experience working with data would be beneficial.

If you are interested in finding out if this course is for you we are running a postgraduate online chat session on the 8th December.

“The MSc in Organisational Psychology is for anyone from any background with an interest in people at work. We attract top students with a range of different and diverse experiences. It’s an engaging course where we expect you to get stuck in to group discussions and role plays from day one.”

Course Director, Dr Lara Zibarras

Objectives

From understanding how to select the best employee, training them to reach their potential and investigating the politics of power on corporate boards, City’s MSc in Organisational Psychology gives you the opportunity to explore your own area of interest and conduct research within an organisation of your choice.

The programme has been designed to give you the theoretical and practical knowledge you will need to work as an organisational psychologist. Developed to reflect the Department’s unique research strengths, you will have access to specialist topics such as mindfulness within the workplace and the use of innovative selection methods.

At City we interrogate the discipline from a holistic perspective, considering the individual, the organisation and the socio-political framework in which both operate; taking a scientist-practitioner approach ensuring that everything we teach can be applied in practice.

Taught by academic experts who are also involved in consulting, this accredited Masters will give you the tools to understand human behaviour within the workplace.

These are some of the questions that the course poses:

  • What are the key contextual issues affecting the workplace now?
  • What impact does technology have on the wider work environment?
  • How can wellbeing be measured and promoted in the workplace?

Accreditation

The British Psychological Society Accredited logo

The MSc in Organisational Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). This means as a graduate from this course you can use the MSc as the first step towards becoming a Chartered Occupational Psychologist. City's MSc programme has been designed to cover the five new knowledge areas as defined by the BPS division of occupational psychology.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

All applicants should have an upper second-class honours degree (or an equivalent grade from an overseas institution). You should also be able to demonstrate some form of work experience within your application. Work experience in a psychology-related or human resource setting is highly desirable, but not essential.

Applicants who are interested in becoming a chartered psychologist within the British system should hold the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). This membership is usually granted automatically to individuals who have completed an undergraduate degree in psychology that is recognised by the BPS.

English requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to provide evidence of English proficiency. We only accept the following English language qualifications:

  • GCSE - grade C or above
  • CSE - grade C or above
  • SEB - grade C or above
  • IELTS - 7 or above
  • Pearson test with a score of at least 67 in each area.

INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, INTO City, University of London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Please click the links below for more information:

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for 2017 are now open.

All complete applications will be considered and shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an open day and interview at the Institution. Shortlisted overseas applicants will be invited to take part in a telephone interview.

Please note two references are required. If you are a recent graduate, at least one of the references must be academic. Other references may be from a current employer. References must be provided either on the reference form (with an institution stamp), or on headed paper.

When applying online

  • You must provide the email addresses of two referees, at least one must be from an academic referee if you are a recent graduate and we will contact them directly. Other suitable referees may include a current employer or an organisation where you have undertaken relevant work experience.
  • You must also upload evidence of your academic qualifications, the supplementary form and a personal statement.

If you have any enquiries please contact:

E: stacey.skinner@city.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)20 7040 803

Stacey Skinner
Programme Administrator
City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB

200
applicants apply for 40 places making this a popular and highly competitive programme.
Prize winning
Many of our students have been awarded prizes for their dissertation research.
87%
of graduates responding to the 14/15 DLHE survey were in employment six months after graduation.

Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

More about funding

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

Alumni views

MSc Organisational Psychology - Alumni experiences

In this film, alumni from City, University of London's MSc in Organisational Psychology, discuss their experiences of studying the course and tell us what they have achieved since they graduated.

Placements

Placements are not a formal requirement of the course. However, this MSc generates interest from employers seeking talented students and graduates for voluntary work placements, evaluations, internships, and short-term work experience. Whilst on the course, previous students have secured excellent internships with London-based consultancies.

You have the opportunity to conduct your final dissertation within an organisation and there are also opportunities to get involved in the research being conducted by members of staff while you study.

Academic facilities

As part of the University of London you can become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.

Find out how to apply

Teaching and learning

You will learn through a substantial amount of group work and discussions around the core content from the first term onwards. One of the benefits of this programme is the blend of diverse perspectives you will experience collaborating with peers from a broad skillset and age range.

When it comes to assessment, you will find a substantial amount of the assignments are practitioner focused rather than being purely essay and exam based. For example, you might be asked to write a pitch for a company, where we would expect you to write about the theoretical underpinning of what you are proposing and then present it to the client as a practitioner.

One of the benefits of this varied assessment style is that you learn to write from an academic and practitioner perspective and understand different client needs.

Modules

The MSc Organisational Psychology consists of eight taught modules, plus an applied research dissertation, which normally takes five months to complete and forms the final part of the programme.

There is a substantial amount of theoretical work in all of the modules, but you will have the opportunity to apply your learning through practical exercises, group role plays and case studies.

Full-time students complete all eight modules and the dissertation in one calendar year (from September to September). Part-time students complete the course over two years.

Core modules

Research Design and Statistics (15 credits)

This module will give you practical knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative data analytic techniques. For the quantitative component, lectures will cover a range of univariate and multivariate analyses. For the qualitative component, you will be exposed to IPA, thematic and discourse analysis. This module has a practical component including two SPSS workshops to help you enhance your understanding of statistical output.

Workplace Wellbeing (15 credits)

This module specifically focuses on employees' individual wellbeing, mental health, and personal responses to stress. It draws from various prominent models of human functioning and associated interventions that have been applied in workplace settings.

Design of Work and Work Environments (15 credits)

This module outlines prominent theories that link certain aspects of work design to psychological and physical health, and introduces participative work reorganisation interventions that are designed to enhance employee engagement and well-being. The module also provides insight into the UK Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) recommendations for managing work-related stress.

Learning, Training and Development (15 credits)

This module focuses on a core knowledge area within work psychology and organisational consulting: training, coaching, and the personal development of employees. You will be introduced to cognitive theories of learning and skill development so you can develop an understanding of how individuals learn.

Leadership and Organisational Behaviours (15 credits)

This module covers a core knowledge area within occupational psychology: leadership, engagement and motivation. You will explore traditional theories of leadership, consider more modern models and discuss the 'darker' sides of derailment, politics and power. You will also investigate the ways in which managers and employees manage motivation, behaviour and development within diverse organisations.

Professional skills (15 credits)

This module is delivered as a series of 'hands-on' workshops designed to introduce you to the practical skills that occupational psychologists and organisational consultants use. Visiting consultants teach half of the module so you gain insight from professionals with extensive experience working in both commercial and public sector organisations.

For the other half of the module, you will be involved in a live case study working with a research-led consultancy. This will expose you to the consultancy cycle through the process of problem diagnosis through to solution design. The case study concludes with a presentation of your findings and a written proposal which you submit to a simulated client organisation.

Psychological assessment (15 credits)

This module introduces you to assessment within organisations. It will give you an understanding of how selection decisions are made by and about individuals in the workplace. It will also introduce you to the selection theories, methods of assessment, and issues to consider in designing assessment procedures including those relating to fairness and diversity. It also covers the candidate’s perspective of the selection process.

Research in organisations (15 credits)

This module is designed to introduce you to the practicalities of conducting research in organisations. It focuses on issues faced by researchers in applied settings (such as research design and ethics), and covers a number of important research techniques, such as content analysis and facilitating focus groups. This module is also designed to prepare you for the research dissertation.

Dissertation

You will need to submit a dissertation as part of the programme. In the second term you will start with a research methods seminar where you will be given support to develop the necessary skills for undertaking independent research.

You will choose a topic under the guidance of a project supervisor and conduct empirical research in your chosen area, which will involve gaining access, collecting and analysing data and submitting an 8-10,000-word dissertation. In the summer term, you will work full-time completing your final dissertation.

Many students choose to conduct research within an organisation for their final dissertation so they can address a real-world problem. One of our current students is working with a large public health organisation to explore how employee engagement has changed since a major internal change programme; whilst another is investigating what impact shared parental leave has on men’s careers with a professional severance firm.

Student prizes for research excellence

  • Charlotte Harman: second prize at the DOP student excellence award (2015)
  • Rebecca Milner: ABP student prize (2015)
  • Lisa Traumer (2011/12): Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP) 1st prize for student research, 2013
  • Alison McFarlane (2011/12): DOP 2nd prize for student research, 2013
  • Catrin Ballinger (2009/10): 1st prize for research on pro-environmental behaviour in the workplace presented by the DOP's Going Green Working Group, 2011
  • Martin Greaves (2008/10): DOP 1st prize for student research, 2011
  • Richard Plank (2008/09): 1st prize for research - Postgraduate Occupational Psychology conference, 2010
  • Clare Robertson (2008/09): DOP 2nd prize for student research, 2010
  • Erin Rowsone (2007/08): DOP 2nd prize for student research, 2009.
  • Tara Tapper (2007/08): DOP 1st prize for student research, 2009

Career prospects

Our graduates go on to apply their learning in a range of professional settings across the public and private sector, including organisations such as Aviva, Accenture, the Ministry of Defence and the BBC.

Lucy Gallagher MSc Organisational Psychology, 2014

Whilst completing her Masters at City, Lucy worked for Assessment and Development Consultants as a Centre Administrator supporting the manager in running assessment and development centres. Soon after completing her Masters, Lucy completed a Graduate Scheme at Saville Consulting, gaining experience in the three core business areas.

Now working as a consultant at Saville Consulting, Lucy works on a number of projects including partner recruitment, assessment centre design, selection and assessment, employee development and competency framework design. She is passionate about making sure the right people are in the right roles and that individuals get the help and development they need to reach their full potential.

Tara Tapper MSc Organisational Psychology, 2008

Since graduating from City in 2008, Tara has worked in India as the Head of HR for RBS Technology Services and managed change programmes at Mischon de Reya, a law practice based in London and New York. Tara is currently working as Group HR Director at Wonga.com.

In 2008 Tara was awarded the MSc Occupational Psychology Research Prize for her research into the employee engagement challenges, barriers and biases faced by maternity returners on the 'Partner track' at a city law firm.  The prize recognises academic excellence and is awarded by the British Psychological Society.

86.9% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15


Applications for 2017 are now open.

All complete applications will be considered and shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an open day and interview at the Institution. Shortlisted overseas applicants will be invited to take part in a telephone interview.

Please note two references are required. If you are a recent graduate, at least one of the references must be academic. Other references may be from a current employer. References must be provided either on the reference form (with an institution stamp), or on headed paper.

When applying online

  • You must provide the email addresses of two referees, at least one must be from an academic referee if you are a recent graduate and we will contact them directly. Other suitable referees may include a current employer or an organisation where you have undertaken relevant work experience.
  • You must also upload evidence of your academic qualifications, the supplementary form and a personal statement.

If you have any enquiries please contact:

E: stacey.skinner@city.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)20 7040 803

Stacey Skinner
Programme Administrator
City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB

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