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MSc Organisational Psychology MSc Organisational Behaviour

City University London

Masters Degree , Psychology

Course Description

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.

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?

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...

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Course Content

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

Employee Well-Being (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.

Work Design, Organisational Change and Development (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, with involvement of honorary visiting lecturer Dr. Claire Stone.

Career, Development and Training (15 credits)

This module covers two aspects of career development, exploring the topic from the perspective of the individual and the organisation. Looking at the theories and evidence of occupational choice, we will explore 21st century career paths, focusing on how people make their choices and how their careers unfold. From the perspective of organisations, we will look at both theoretical and practical aspects of training.

Coaching psychology (15 credits)

In this module we will focus on developing practical skills in coaching. With a strong emphasis on ethical practice, the module will offer an introduction to the well-established GROW model, as well as focusing on alternative approaches such as solution focused coaching and the use of creative tools. The module will provide an overview of the coaching profession, and your coaching skills will be underpinned by the latest research into effective evidence-based practice.

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. Assessment includes a pass/fail case study focused on selection scenario (assessed as a presentation and with a 20% weighting), and an essay of 1,500 words.

Research Methods (15 credits)

Mindfulness and Leadership (15 credits)

The Scientist Practitioner (15 credits)

 

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...

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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.

International Equivalences

If you are applying with an overseas degree, the following is an indication of international equivalents of an upper second class degree from a UK institution. Please note these figures are intended as a guide only and individual applications will be assessed on a case by case basis.

  • China: Bachelor degree (Xueshi) in a suitable subject with an overall grade of 75 – 85% (depending on the standing of the awarding institution)
  • USA: Bachelor degree in a suitable subject with CGPA 3.2
  • India: Bachelor degree in a suitable subject with CGPA 6.5 / overall 65% / 1st Division classification
  • Turkey: Lisans Diplomasi or a M?hendis Diplomasi with a minimum CGPA 3.0 or 65%
  • Italy: Diploma di Laurea in a suitable subject with a minimum score of 104.

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 in each section
  • 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:

  • English for Postgraduate Study
  • Pre-sessional English

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...

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