Organisational Psychology/ Organisational Behaviour MSc
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City's Organisational Psychology/Organisational Behaviour MSc courses provide you with knowledge and understanding of the core areas of organisational/occupational psychology. The discipline seeks to increase our understanding of human behaviour within the workplace and incorporates: recruitment and selection, training, stress management, facilitating organisational change, coaching and appraisal.
You will have opportunities to develop a range of essential organisational consulting skills, such as negotiating access into organisations, facilitating employee focus groups, and providing effective feedback. You will graduate with practical, marketable skills, as well as theoretical and research-based knowledge.
86 per cent of our 2011 graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduation. City's long-standing and highly regarded MSc courses mean that some employers seek their new talent directly from our cohort of graduates. Past students have been employed in a variety of industries and sectors, including Aviva, BBC, Capgemini, EDF Energy, KPMG, London Metropolitan Police, the Ministry of Defence and the Prison Service. (See Careers/Further Study.)
Our students consistently win prizes for research excellence, including the Division of Occupational Psychology's first and second prize for student research in 2012. (See 'Student prizes for research excellence', right.)
Accreditation and GBC
The MSc in Organisational Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), so graduates can work towards becoming Chartered Occupational Psychologists. For this course you should normally have the BPS Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).
The MSc in Organisational Behaviour is designed for those who do not have GBC. Students on this course are taught alongside (and study the same modules as) the Organisational Psychology students. In fact, many Organisational Behaviour students may end up working in the field of Occupational Psychology, without being chartered.
MSc Organisational Psychology
Candidates must have at least an upper second class honours degree or its equivalent and the Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). It is desirable for you to be able to demonstrate some relevant work experience.
MSc Organisational Behaviour
Candidates must have at least an upper second class honours degree or its equivalent. Work experience in a psychological or HR setting is also highly desirable (but not essential).
Admission to both the MSc in Organisational Psychology and MSc in Organisational Behaviour courses is highly competitive.
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
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - Pass
- TOEFL - 600 or above / new scale score 250 or above
- IELTS - 7 or above
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- Students on courses of less than 6 months
- Students on a pre-sessional English Language course
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- Start Date:
- Induction will be taking place in the week commencing Monday 23 September 2013.
- Full-time - one year
Part-time - two years (with an additional three months to submit dissertation, if required)
- Full-time students attend the University for one year, mainly on Wednesdays and Fridays between 9am and 5pm during term time. You submit your dissertation at the end of September. Part-time students attend for two years on the following days on Wednesdays in the first term and Fridays in the second term (Year 1), and Fridays in the first term and Wednesdays in the second term (Year 2). You submit your dissertation in December at the end of the second year.
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 courses consist of eight taught modules, plus a dissertation (see below). The modules are exactly the same, whether you are enrolled on the MSc Organisational Psychology or the MSc Organisational Behaviour. Full-time students complete all eight modules and the dissertation in one year. Part-time students complete the course over two years.
By the end of this module you will understand assessment in the context of organisational selection.
The module will cover:
- Psychological theories and the evidence base for employee selection assessment, including validity, reliability, utility and fairness
- Job analysis techniques
- Methods of selection assessment, including interviews, psychometric and situational judgement tests, assessment centres and personality assessment
- Fairness and diversity
- Applicant reactions to selection assessment.
You will develop practitioner skills necessary for working in a recruitment or selection setting, including analytical, consultancy, communication and team working skills.
Skills development sessions include: conducting a job analysis; interviewing skills; conducting assessments using the "ORCE" model; and practical case-studies designed to develop and review selection processes.
You will study the theoretical and practical perspectives on appraisal for performance and the working relationships between individuals, groups and employers. The module draws on key theories of motivation, conflict and group processes at work.
You will cover:
- Performance appraisals, including 360
- Diversity and employee relations
- Motivation and reward systems
- The psychological contract
- Conflict and bullying in the workplace
Skills development sessions include: peer-group presentations; analysis of appraisal systems (case study); debating sessions (to encourage critical thinking); and evaluation of interventions.
In this module you will:
- Learn about theories of occupational choice and methods designed to help employees plan and manage their careers effectively
- Understand coaching psychology models, drawing on evidence based practice, along with ethical considerations, and evaluation
- Be introduced to the practicalities of conducting research in organisations, focusing on the issues faced by researchers in applied settings. This part of the module is designed to introduce you to what will be required of you in your research dissertation.
Skills development opportunities include: assessment of ethical dilemmas commonly faced by practitioners and evaluation of theories and career guidance interventions; coaching skills, using models such as the GROW and SPACE; content and template analysis workshops; interviewing and facilitation skills.
You will review theories and techniques of training and organisational development and change. The module covers a range of topics including: training needs analysis; training design and evaluation; leadership; organisational culture; power and politics at work; implementing change; and team working and group dynamics.
Skills development includes: undertaking training needs analysis; training design and training evaluation; evaluating change interventions; identification of of tools available for use as an organisational change and development practitioner.
This module is composed of a series of 'hands-on' workshops designed to introduce you to practical skills that are used by occupational psychologists and HR consultants.
Visiting lecturers are drawn from industry and have extensive experience working with public and private sector organisations.
You will learn about the professional ethics and responsibilities that come with practising organisational psychology in the workplace.
The module is an opportunity to apply the theoretical element of the course in organisational settings and expand your professional networks.
This module introduces you to the field of occupational health psychology. The module focuses particularly on promoting psychological health in the workplace, and considers the role of the individual employee in the stress and coping process.
The module begins by outlining the important role of psychological well-being in all areas of working life, and considers some core constructs and theories in this field of study. The second half of the module focuses on employee-focused interventions designed to improve psychological well-being, including: the latest generation of cognitive-behavioural therapies (CBTs); mindfulness training; workplace counselling; and workplace interventions stemming from the positive psychology movement. Attention is also paid to the ethical and practical issues associated with promoting mental health in the workplace.
You will develop skills in how to measure employees' psychological well-being and how to communicate the importance of employee well-being to organisations. You will also get the opportunity to practise various mental health promoting approaches such as mindfulness, behavioural activation, and cognitive reappraisal.
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 enhance your understanding of statistical output.
You will learn how to perform the following analyses on SPSS:
- Statistical concepts such as sampling distributions and significance testing
- Analysis of variance (ANOVA), analysis of covariance (ANCOVA), and multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA)
- Uses and interpretation of multiple regression
- The principles and practice of questionnaire design and factor analysis.
You will examine various topics related to the design of work and work systems. The module includes lectures on the principles and practices of user-centred design and the field of human-computer interaction (HCI). Other lectures cover the topic of shift working, and the challenge of encouraging sustainable (i.e. environmentally friendly) behaviour in the workplace. The module also includes a series of lectures examining links between work design, stress, and physical health. These lectures focus particularly on two prominent models of work-related stress, the links between work design and cardiovascular health, and also evidence of the impact of economic recession and redundancy on people's psychological well-being.
You will learn how to apply the principles of user-centred design to real-world design issues and have the opportunity to practice designing the most optimal shift systems. You will also be provided with unique insight into the facilitation stance and skills required for implementing participative work redesign interventions.
You are required to submit a dissertation. Work on your dissertation will start in term two with a research methods seminar which will help you develop the necessary skills for undertaking independent research.
You will choose a topic under the guidance of a project supervisor. You will conduct empirical research in your chosen area, which will involve gaining access, collecting and analysing data and submit a 10-13,000 word dissertation. In the summer term, you will work full-time on completing your final dissertation.
Read the full programme specification.
Teaching and Assessment
You will learn through lectures, seminars, group work, role-play, workshops, class discussions, and supervision.
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.
You are required to successfully complete a research project of approximately 10,000-13,000 words.
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.
Read the full programme specification.
- Full-time EU: £9,000 (2013 entry)
- Part-time EU: £4,500 (2013 entry)
- Full-time Non EU: £14,000 (2013 entry)
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.
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
- 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
- JP Morgan
- London Metropolitan Police
- Ministry of Defence
- National Policing Improvement Agency
- Prison Service
- Saville consulting
- The Mind Gym
- The Psychology Group
- Towers Perrin ISR
- Work Psychology Group
Several recent graduates have also gone on to complete PhDs.
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MSc Organisational Psychology / Organisational Behaviour
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 form provided with an institution stamp, or on headed paper.
N.B. Please also complete our supplementary form (link below), to replace section 7 of the application form.
- Apply online for the MSc in Organisational Psychology (full-time)
- Apply online for the MSc in Organisational Psychology (part-time)
- Apply online for the MSc in Organisational Behaviour (full-time)
- Apply online for the MSc in Organisational Behaviour (part-time)
- Download an application form, supplementary question form and reference form to be completed by hand or electronically.
- There is also an application checklist available
Complete applications can be sent to:
Department of Psychology
Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 4567