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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 2016

Duration

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

UK/EU

Full-time: £10,000

Part-time: £5,000 per year

Non-EU

Full-time: £16,000

Part-time: £8,000 per year

Application period

Until We are now closed for applications for 2016 entry but will welcome 2017 applications from October 2016.

Who is it for?

This course is for students who want to make work a better place to be. It is for those who want to understand why a system is flawed and find the solutions to resolve it. You will need to be able to deal with complexity and ambiguity because, although organisational psychology is a science, often there is no single answer.

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

“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 analysing how trust breaks down between managers and employees to 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 pro-environmental behaviour – subjects you can’t study elsewhere.

At City we don’t just focus on selection, assessment and psychometrics, instead we interrogate the discipline from a holistic perspective, considering the individual, the organisation and the socio-political framework in which both operate.

Taught by academic experts involved in government policy, this accredited Masters will give you the tools to understand human behaviour within the workplace and explore the impact of the world outside.

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 team dynamics?
  • 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). It is also helpful for your application if you are able to demonstrate some work experience. Work experience in a psychological 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 completed an undergraduate degree in psychology that is recognised by the BPS.

Please note that admission to the MSc in Organisational Psychology is highly competitive, and you are recommended to apply early in the year of entry to avoid disappointment.

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 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

We are now closed for applications for 2016 entry but will welcome 2017 applications from October 2016.

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

Please note two references are required. At least one reference for recent graduates must be academic. Other references may be from a current employer. References must be provided either on the reference form provided here (wi.th an institution stamp), or on headed paper

Please also complete our supplementary form, as well as providing a personal statement.

Apply online

  • Apply online: MSc Organisational Psychology, full-time (2016 entry)
  • Apply online: MSc Organisational Psychology, part-time (2016 entry)

As from 2015-16 we are offering both full and part-time places on our newly-developed Organisational Psychology course. Please email Stacey if you require further information.

When applying online

  • You must provide the email addresses to 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.
  • We also require that you upload evidence of your academic qualifications, the supplementary form and a personal statement.

If you require assistance regarding your application or have any queries then please contact:

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

E: stacey.skinner@city.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)20 7040 8033

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.

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Placements

This MSc does not offer formal placements. However, the course generates a lot of interest from employers seeking talented students and graduates for voluntary work placements, internships, and short term periods of work experience.

While on the course, previous students have secured excellent internships with London-based consultancies. There are also usually opportunities to get involved in the work being conducted by members of staff.

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 London students.

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Teaching and learning

Teaching

You will learn through lectures, seminars, group work, role-play, workshops, class discussions, and supervision.

Assessment

You will be assessed on academic essays, examinations, log books of professional practice, qualitative text analysis, interpretation of statistical analyses, oral presentations, formal research proposals and dissertations. In addition, you are also directed to independent study and receive detailed feedback on your coursework as an aid to further learning.

Dissertation

You are required to successfully complete a research project of approximately 10,000-13,000 words.

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

Who will teach you?

We are a group of Chartered Occupational Psychologists, who encourage a scientist-practitioner approach to all we do. We are not only active researchers, but also practitioners who regularly consult for a range of public and private sector organisations, including the National Health Service; Camden Council; HSBC and BT Openreach among others. Our teaching approach emphasises how theory is applied in practice, so that all our lectures include a practical component to highlight how occupational psychology research influences the workplace.

Our research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, books, and practice documents, and we have presented our research at a wide range of national and international conferences. Please see our staff profile pages for more information.

Modules

The MSc equips you with a sound understanding of theory and research across the sub-disciplines of organisational psychology. You will also be introduced to the range of practical skills required of occupational psychologists and organisational behaviour consultants. Our teaching approach emphasises how theory is applied in practice, so that many of our lectures include a practical component to highlight how occupational psychology research influences the workplace.

The MSc Organisational Psychology consists of eight taught modules, plus an applied research dissertation. Full-time students complete all eight modules and the dissertation in one calendar year (September to September). Part-time students complete the course over two years.

Year 1

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 are required to successfully complete a research project of approximately 10,000-13,000 words.

Career prospects

86 per cent of 2011 graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduation, with an average starting salary of £29,500.

Previous graduates have been employed as: recruitment consultants, associate occupational psychologists, researchers, management consultants, performance consultants, business psychologists, training consultants, HR practitioners, organisational change practitioners, and career consultants.

Organisations employing recent graduates:

  • Armstrong International
  • Assessment and Development Consultants
  • Aviva
  • BBC
  • Capgemini
  • Cubiks
  • Civil Aviation Authority
  • Deloitte & Touche
  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Diabetes UK
  • Ernst & Young
  • Hay Group
  • Home office
  • Human Assets
  • HSBC
  • JP Morgan
  • Kenexa
  • KPMG
  • London Metropolitan Police
  • Ministry of Defence
  • National Policing Improvement Agency
  • PCL
  • Prison Service
  • PWC
  • Saville consulting
  • SHL
  • The Mind Gym
  • The Psychology Group
  • Towers Perrin ISR
  • Work Psychology Group
  • YSC

Several recent graduates have also gone on to complete PhDs.

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

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15

Application Deadline

We are now closed for applications for 2016 entry but will welcome 2017 applications from October 2016.


We are now closed for applications for 2016 entry but will welcome 2017 applications from October 2016.

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

Please note two references are required. At least one reference for recent graduates must be academic. Other references may be from a current employer. References must be provided either on the reference form provided here (wi.th an institution stamp), or on headed paper

Please also complete our supplementary form, as well as providing a personal statement.

Apply online

  • Apply online: MSc Organisational Psychology, full-time (2016 entry)
  • Apply online: MSc Organisational Psychology, part-time (2016 entry)

As from 2015-16 we are offering both full and part-time places on our newly-developed Organisational Psychology course. Please email Stacey if you require further information.

When applying online

  • You must provide the email addresses to 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.
  • We also require that you upload evidence of your academic qualifications, the supplementary form and a personal statement.

If you require assistance regarding your application or have any queries then please contact:

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

E: stacey.skinner@city.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)20 7040 8033

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