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Business and Organisational Psychology MSc 2017/18 entry

Course code:

HLST142 1 year full-time | HLST152 with Professional Experience

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2017
May 2018

Fees:

£11,846 • £15,156 (with Professional Experience)

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Overview

Understanding the psychological dynamics of a team could make you a big asset to a business, so could having a business psychology degree.

Accredited by the Association for Business Psychology (ABS), this course is aimed at those interested in how psychology can influence and assist the practice of managing, leading and motivating people within the workplace. 

It provides a thorough grounding in the theory and practical skills required to apply psychological research, business tools and methods within a variety of organisational settings and corporate cultures. Learning business psychology related techniques to promote individual workplace wellbeing and organisational success, the course will help prepare you for business and organisational psychology roles in management or consultancy, in human resources and the many other occupational functions, such as learning, training and development, recruitment, health and wellbeing. 

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following professional bodies

Association for Business Psychology

What our students say...

I always wanted to combine my interest in human resources and marketing with the psychological background. With this course I felt that I didn’t have to decide which I most preferred, but could study exactly what I wanted and would be able to work in both areas afterwards. I really enjoy the close contact with the lecturers and my class members. We are a small group of students and it feels like we are a family, which has helped me to settle down in this new country. I feel like a person, not only a student ID number. Since induction, our lecturers have always been there to answer questions, help with issues and take as much stress away from us as they could.

Kristine Pris, MSc Business and Organisational Psychology, current student from Germany

Course information

The course will gradually introduce and then develop your knowledge of the key aspects of Business and Organisational Psychology.

Through practical case studies, you will understand the individual, team and organisational factors that affect workplace behaviours, such as decision-making, personnel selection and recruitment, motivation and teamwork, as well as the tools and techniques to manage such situations.

As the course progresses, we will develop your understanding of psychological and behavioural research design and analysis. Core modules include key Business and Organisational Psychology areas including: work and wellbeing; psychological assessment at work; leadership, engagement and motivation; learning, training and development. Study is further supported by a module on critical thinking in Business Psychology.

We offer a dedicated module in consumer psychology, which examines advertising psychology, brand management, the selling process and time management. We also enhance your critical thinking to develop key academic and research skills.

Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Psychological Assessment at Work
    • Work and Well-Being
    • Critical Thinking for Business Psychology
    • Project Planning and Research Skills 
  • Semester 2

    • Consumer Psychology
    •  Leadership Engagement and Motivation
    •  Learning Training and Development
    •  Literature Review and Business Plan
  • Semester 3

    • Literature Review and Business Plan
  • Semester 3 (With Professional Experience)

    • Postgraduate Professional Experience Project
  • Extended full-time programme

    2 additional professional experience modules are required:

    Semester 4 (with Professional Experience)

    • Postgraduate Professional Experience Project

    Semester 5 (with Professional Experience)

    • Postgraduate Professional Experience Project

In more detail...

  • Dedicated consumer psychology module, which provides a critical understanding of applied marketing and advertising practice.
  • Attend professional business conferences, such as the National Work and Wellbeing Conference or the Workplace Sustainability Conference.
  • Opportunity to develop an entrepreneurial business idea through a literature review and business plan, from stress management and coaching to resilience measures for organisations.
  • £60m refurbishment of Health and Life Sciences facilities includes new specialist teaching facilities in the Richard Crossman building – light and dark multisensory laboratories and ‘mock’ prison cells, to complement the existing mock hospital ward and operating theatre.
  • Regular expert guest lecturers from practising Business Psychologists and staff from the University Research Centres, including Centre for Technology Enabled Health Research and Psychology Behaviour and Achievement. Recent topics have covered returning to the workplace after cancer, occupational health in action, stress management theory and practice.

The main study themes of this course are:

  • Work and Wellbeing: An introduction to employee wellbeing, based in applied theory and practice looking at workplace behaviours and issues, such as work life balance, stress and bullying, performance coaching and counselling including emotional triggers, mental and physical health symptoms related to the workplace, disorders and potential coping strategies and interventions. 

  • Psychological Assessment at Work: The principles, theories, methods and legal issues concerning recruitment, selection and assessment.• Learning, Training and Development: How to design, implement and evaluate training programmes according to the context and requirements.

  • Consumer Psychology: An overview of marketing, marketing tools, consumerism and buyer behaviour linked to the psychological concepts of consumer decision-making. Considering how to reach consumers effectively, through an exploration of their behaviours and attitudes.

  • Leadership, Engagement and Motivation: The concepts of leadership, power and influence and their impact on employee engagement.

The course can be studied over three semesters over one year as a traditional full-time Master’s programme or over two years part-time. It can also be studied over five semesters as an extended full-time programme ‘With Professional Experience’. This incorporates two additional professional experience modules, in which you gain experience throughout either an internship with an external organisation or with the University. Internships, subject to competitive application and selection, will normally be undertaken for three to five days per week for 18-22 weeks over two semesters, though shorter internships are subject to approval.

Core course content will be delivered during the interactive lectures, while the associated seminars and workshops offer opportunities for you to explore topics more independently, receive guidance on coursework assignments, begin to apply your knowledge and develop your academic and transferrable skills.

Either by supporting an academic with their research or by adopting a focus of your own, you will have the opportunity to provide a noteworthy contribution to the current understanding and practice of business and organisational psychology.

All modes of study feature guest lecturers from industry and Business and Organisational Psychology experts, which are video recorded and often provided as podcasts. Past speakers from industry have included a Professor of Health Psychology, Senior Researcher, Health Psychologist, Leadership trainer, Counsellor and Performance Coach.

Practical experience is gained through working with the University’s Institute for Entrepreneurship, researching and preparing a business idea and turning this into a feasible business plan, or during professional experience.

Teaching methods include: lectures, small group seminars and practical, ‘hands-on’ skills workshops.

You will be assessed through a variety of assignments, the majority coursework based, including applied case studies and reports, essay, reviews, posters and presentations. Typically, students will be assessed on their ability to practically and effectively apply the principles, theories and research of psychology to a workplace case study. We will teach you how to also look for a critical and nuanced understanding of the relevant Business and Organisational Psychology literature.

The final assessment is a Business and Organisational Psychology literature review and related business plan, where you will explore the practical evidence-based application of ideas. Conducting this entrepreneurial and applied dissertation is a unique opportunity to explore ideas in a business context including workplace phenomena. Past projects have  included managing conflict in workplace to stress in  vocational settings, career advancement of disabled workers and social media use in the workplace.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:Coursework, practical reports, literature review and business plan: 100%

On the successful completion of 180 level Masters credits, awards may be made with a ‘Distinction’ or ‘Merit’, based on the achievement of an average mark of at least 70% or 60% respectively. Students may be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) if they achieve 120 credits and a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) if they achieve 60 credits. Students may only progress to the final stage of Masters programmes after meeting the requirements for award of a Postgraduate Diploma.

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the theoretical principles of Business and Organisational Psychology as applied in a business (occupational) setting, together with relevant psychological business analysis techniques.
  • Critically evaluative psychological literature and apply research findings to professional practice.
  • Demonstrate the appropriate application of ethical and codes of conduct, analysing complex employee-related issues and selecting appropriate intervention techniques to produce creative and effective business solutions.
  • Produce consultancy reports based on theoretical concepts and knowledge in line with professional reporting standards in psychology.
  • Evidence a range of transferrable and professional skills thereby enhancing employment and promotion opportunities, including: presentation; problem-solving; aptitude in literacy, numeracy and IT; working independently and with others to complete tasks effectively; excellent verbal and written communication; report writing; and self-management strategies to organise time and workloads.

In a typical teaching week: 

  • You will have a minimum of approximately 8-10 ‘contact’ hours of teaching and later 10 hours of project supervision.
  • Teaching is typically organised as two-hour sessions for 20-credit modules and one-hour sessions for 10-credit modules, incorporating a lecture and associated workshop. You will also have the opportunity to meet with your personal tutor on a regular basis. 

In addition, you will be expected to undertake approximately a further 25-28 hours of self-directed study each week, for example, completing the recommended reading that accompanies your lectures, working on coursework assignments, and taking part in group work.

We offer a multicultural, international experience attracting students from a wide range of different countries to the course, particularly Malaysia, China, India, Nigeria, Germany, and Bulgaria, who provide insight and experience into different organisational cultures. 

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


What our students say...

I always wanted to combine my interest in human resources and marketing with the psychological background. With this course I felt that I didn’t have to decide which I most preferred, but could study exactly what I wanted and would be able to work in both areas afterwards. I really enjoy the close contact with the lecturers and my class members. We are a small group of students and it feels like we are a family, which has helped me to settle down in this new country. I feel like a person, not only a student ID number. Since induction, our lecturers have always been there to answer questions, help with issues and take as much stress away from us as they could.

Kristine Pris, MSc Business and Organisational Psychology, current student from Germany

Entry Requirements

The criteria for entry are:

  • an Honours degree in a relevant subject (e.g. Psychology, Business, Social Science or Science)
  • a lower/upper second or first class award.

Applicants who do not meet one or both of the two criteria above but have relevant experience will also be considered for entry on an individual basis.

The criteria for entry are:

  • an Honours degree in a relevant subject (e.g. Psychology, Business, Social Science or Science)
  • a lower/upper second or first class award.

Applicants who do not meet one or both of the two criteria above but have relevant experience will also be considered for entry on an individual basis.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

The criteria for entry are:

  • an Honours degree in a relevant subject (e.g. Psychology, Business, Social Science or Science)
  • a lower/upper second or first class award.

Applicants who do not meet one or both of the two criteria above but have relevant experience will also be considered for entry on an individual basis.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our students say...

I always wanted to combine my interest in human resources and marketing with the psychological background. With this course I felt that I didn’t have to decide which I most preferred, but could study exactly what I wanted and would be able to work in both areas afterwards. I really enjoy the close contact with the lecturers and my class members. We are a small group of students and it feels like we are a family, which has helped me to settle down in this new country. I feel like a person, not only a student ID number. Since induction, our lecturers have always been there to answer questions, help with issues and take as much stress away from us as they could.

Kristine Pris, MSc Business and Organisational Psychology, current student from Germany

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£6,212 • £11,044 (with Professional Experience) (per year)


May 2018

£6,212 • £11,044 (with Professional Experience) (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£6,212 • £11,044 (with Professional Experience) (per year)


May 2018

£6,212 • £11,044 (with Professional Experience) (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£11,846 • £15,156 (with Professional Experience) (per year)


May 2018

£11,846 • £15,156 (with Professional Experience) (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

What our students say...

I always wanted to combine my interest in human resources and marketing with the psychological background. With this course I felt that I didn’t have to decide which I most preferred, but could study exactly what I wanted and would be able to work in both areas afterwards. I really enjoy the close contact with the lecturers and my class members. We are a small group of students and it feels like we are a family, which has helped me to settle down in this new country. I feel like a person, not only a student ID number. Since induction, our lecturers have always been there to answer questions, help with issues and take as much stress away from us as they could.

Kristine Pris, MSc Business and Organisational Psychology, current student from Germany

Career prospects

Where our graduates work

Many of our graduates have gone on to work as independent Business Psychologists, as graduates for large organisations in sales and HR, as Learning, Training and Development practitioners or as independent Business Consultants for companies like Kelloggs and Ricoh UK.

What our students say...

I always wanted to combine my interest in human resources and marketing with the psychological background. With this course I felt that I didn’t have to decide which I most preferred, but could study exactly what I wanted and would be able to work in both areas afterwards. I really enjoy the close contact with the lecturers and my class members. We are a small group of students and it feels like we are a family, which has helped me to settle down in this new country. I feel like a person, not only a student ID number. Since induction, our lecturers have always been there to answer questions, help with issues and take as much stress away from us as they could.

Kristine Pris, MSc Business and Organisational Psychology, current student from Germany
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.