Online Degree MSc in Organisational and Business Psychology

Structure

The online MSc in Organisational and Business Psychology programme has eight modules and culminates in a dissertation. The first module takes 12 weeks. Each subsequent module lasts eight weeks.

Core Modules

  1. Mind, Brain and Behaviour
  2. Social Psychology
  3. Data Analysis for Psychology
  4. Personality, Individual Differences and Intelligence
  5. Evidence-Based Coaching
  6. Inspiring Others: Psychology of Leadership
  7. Global Talent Management
  8. Organisational Development and Change

Objective

To develop scientific knowledge on the way mind, brain, and experience, interact in a complex way to influence behaviour.

Description:

In this introductory module to the programme, you will explore the biological, psychological and social factors that influence health and behaviour, and evaluate the role of neuroscience in understanding consciousness. Focusing specifically on the biopsychosocial model of health, you will analyse contemporary cross-cultural health issues and policies, evaluate the role of cognition and motivation in changing behaviour, and analyse how individual factors contribute to mental and physical health-related behaviours and the manifestation of disease.

Duration

12 weeks

Objective

To investigate how people’s thoughts, feelings and behaviours are influenced by the actual, imagined or implied presence of others.

Description:

Individual human behaviour is often influenced by the presence of other people, whether consciously or sub-consciously. This module looks at how social psychological theories can help explain individual and group behaviour in various settings. Working both independently and collaboratively, you will develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of social psychological theories and research methods, and explore their cross-cultural implications. You will also evaluate contemporary problems and issues from the perspective of social psychology.

Duration

8 weeks

Objective

To acquire core knowledge and skills for understanding and designing quantitative research and conducting statistical analyses.

Description:

Focusing on a quantitative approach to reasoning and analysis, this module is designed to develop your understanding of data analysis, classical quantitative research designs, and the principles of ethical research. You will learn to apply theoretical knowledge to psychology through research and the application of research into practice – skills that you will then use to plan and execute your dissertation.

Duration

8 weeks

Objective

To understand why people are psychologically different from one another and how those differences may be measured.

Description:

As individuals, we are all psychologically different, with unique personalities and character traits. In this module, you will develop a critical understanding of why people differ psychologically from one another and evaluate different ways of measuring these differences. You will learn to apply key criteria to the development of psychometric tests and to understand the principles and application of Factor Analysis. You will also look at theories of emotional intelligence and explain their influence on our performance in occupational, educational, health or clinical psychology.

Duration

8 weeks

Objectives:

To introduce students to the psychology and practice of successful evidence-based coaching and how to apply that knowledge in the field.


Description:

This module looks at the latest research and developments in coaching and is geared towards helping students to develop professional coaching skills. As a student, you will evaluate the psychological theory that underpins coaching and learn to apply the latest thinking, research and development to coaching practice, while developing an awareness of the importance and challenges of evidence-based practice in coaching.

Objectives:

To give students an understanding of leadership from a psychological perspective, and to examine the impact of culture and custom on leadership success.


Description:

In this module, you will study leadership issues from a number of psychological perspectives, gaining an understanding of why some leaders succeed, while others fail, across different cultures and contexts. You will also explore the mental health challenges faced by leaders and analyse the ethical use of power and dominance.

Objectives:

To develop a thorough understanding of the psychological issues around global talent recruitment and management, and the impact and effectiveness of different selection techniques.


Description:

This module explores the interaction between personality “types”, leadership and individual learning styles. As a student, you will evaluate the psychological evidence behind the concept of talent and explore the criteria for attracting, retaining and developing talent globally. You will also look at the effectiveness and fairness of different selection techniques and their impact at individual and organisational levels.

Objectives:

To introduce students to the key concepts around change, its impact on organisational life, and how it can be managed.


Description:

This module aims to enable students to develop their understanding of organisational structure, processes and behaviour from the perspectives of the organisation, group and individual. You will develop practical skills in identifying, analysing and creating structured approaches to change management and in managing organisational perceptions. You will evaluate different theories of organisational change and change management, and explore the influence of culture on change. You will also learn how to apply this knowledge to the change lifecycle of an organisation.


Dissertation

Professional Development

Throughout the programme, students reflect on their learning and record their progress in a Learning Log.

Dissertation

Students refine their dissertation topic in conjunction with their personal Dissertation Advisor, an academic supervisor who will provide support throughout the study and writing process.

Note on licensure

The MSc in Organisational and Business Psychology is not a licensure programme and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional. Psychology principles can be applied in the workplace in a multitude of settings. Since requirements for employment vary from country to country, please check with your local authorities if licensure is a requirement to practise your career of choice.