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MSc - Psychology: Organisational

This course is designed for graduates who wish to pursue a career in organisational settings.

You'll gain skills in research design and planning, statistical data analysis, disseminating research (e.g. conferences, publishing in journals) and how to pursue a successful career in the field. You'll develop knowledge and understanding of a broad range of topics in organisational settings.

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Course Overview

We offer a stimulating and challenging environment where you can build on your existing undergraduate degree experience to advance your academic and professional development. You will gain specialised knowledge and a critical awareness of issues in Organisational psychology. Teaching is done through a variety of blended learning and campus-based activities explicitly designed to meet the needs of learners working in a range of contexts.

Our graduates have gone on to a wide range of roles working in different sectors. These include working in the third sector or charities. Others have pursued PhDs and continued their careers in academia. Others have gone on to pursue postgraduate training working toward a professional psychology role.

On this course you will...

  • Be able to explore and apply psychological literature to current issues, contexts and experiences around organisational contexts and settings.
  • Be given high quality support and guidance by our lecturing team who are active in their research and practice.
  • Learn valuable transferrable skills in PG research, which are highly sought after by employers.
  • Have the opportunity to choose topics and areas that you want to learn more about to tailor your learning experience.
  • Have the opportunity to shape your MSc experience to your own interests and career goals, allowing our team to help you to reach your ideal future career.
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Course Structure

What you will learn

The Psychology: Organisational course provides a set of modules that will enhance specialist subject knowledge and key skills for working in organisational environments, all delivered by subject specialists. It is designed to build on your existing learning experiences and offers flexible learning opportunities to improve your career prospects.

This programme recognises the status of the student as an expert in identifying what they want or need to study. All MSc Psychology: Organisational learners will be required to have undertaken the following core modules: Research Skills and Methods (20 credits), Professional Values and Ethics (20 credits) Negotiated Learning (20 credits), and a Dissertation (60 credits). You will also be required to complete three compulsory modules: Organisational Psychology (20 credits), Organisations and the Environment (20 credits) and Advanced Statistics (20 credits).

Year one
  • Research Skills and Methods
    Introduction to a range of qualitative and quantitative methodology. You will be trained in the methods required to design and execute an empirical study, ways to keep the methodology scientific and other research design issues.
  • Organisational Psychology
    Learn about the theoretical aspects of organisation psychology, as well as applied perspectives and the social issues that relate to this.
  • Organisations and the Environment
    Gain a critical understanding of the interrelationship between organisations and the environment.
  • Professional Values and Ethics
    Engage in a series of critical debates; providing you with a knowledge and understanding of a number of ethical and practice issues that you may face within the workplace.
  • Advanced Statistics
    Analyse and report your own empirical research in psychology at a level commensurate with postgraduate study.
  • Negotiated learning
    Undertake an independent piece of work to develop your specialist knowledge and expertise in an area that is pertinent to your chosen pathway.
  • Dissertation
    An independent project that provides the opportunity to demonstrate your competence in critically reviewing, synthesising and drawing conclusions from the literature and research.

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