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Occupational Psychology MSc 2017/18 entry

Course code:

HLST125
HLST126

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2017

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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Overview

If you enjoy working in a business environment and are interested in how to improve effectiveness at both a corporate and individual level, this professionally accredited course sets you on the path to becoming a practising Occupational Psychologist and Chartered Psychologist.

Accredited by British Psychological Society (BPS), the course confers stage one of two training levels required to be a registered Occupational Psychologist. You’ll be taught by our highly respected and experienced course team, which includes staff who are qualified themselves, who sit on the BPS Board of Assessors in Occupational Psychology and the Division of Occupational Psychology Training Committee, which promotes the professional interests of occupational psychologists.

In addition to the traditional full or part-time campus-based course, we offer a more flexible, blended learning experience, which incorporates a mixture of online and short bursts of residential study. You’ll gain a thorough grounding in the theory and practical skills necessary to apply evidence-based social psychological research in the workplace. We cover a wide range of topics, such as work and wellbeing, psychological assessment at work, leadership, engagement and motivation and learning, training and development.

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:

British Psychological Society (BPS)

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), which is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Graduates must achieve the necessary 50% pass mark for all modules contributing to the accredited MSc degree (BPS Standards for the Accreditation of the Masters Programme in Occupational Psychology, October 2017). Graduates who do not meet this requirement will exit with a non-accredited award. To achieve the necessary number of credits for all non-accredited awards, graduates must achieve the necessary 40% pass mark for all modules contributing to the award.


Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Course information

The course has been designed to meet the accreditation criteria of the British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Occupational Psychology and provide Stage 1 of the occupational route for eligibility to chartered membership, provided you possess Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from your undergraduate studies.

As such, it provides a thorough empirical, theoretical and methodological introduction to the field of occupational psychology.

We place a significant emphasis on professional research methods, developing your knowledge and skills in planning, carrying out, analysing and writing about research in applied psychology. You’ll gain a sophisticated awareness of problems, issues and ethics in applied research in psychology, such as confidentiality and data protection.

A core part of the degree will be your dissertation, which enables you to engage in a supervised but independently undertaken empirical research project. This offers a unique and exciting opportunity to provide a noteworthy contribution to the current understanding and practice of Occupational Psychology. You will investigate in depth an area of specific interest – anything from zero hour contracts to workplace bullying.

Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Semester 1

    Full-time route:

    • Psychological Assessment at Work
    • Research Methods in the Workplace
    • Work and Wellbeing
    • Applying Psychology to Work and Organisations
  • Semester 2

    • Work Design, Change and Development
    • Project Planning and Ethics
    • Leadership, Engagement and Motivation
    • Learning, Training and Development

     

  • Semester 3

    • Dissertation in Occupational Psychology

In more detail...

  • Apply for and achieve additional certification in British Psychological Society (BPS) psychometric testing.
  • Multimillion pound 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.

Apply for and achieve additional certification in British Psychological Society (BPS) psychometric testing.

Apply for and achieve additional certification in British Psychological Society (BPS) psychometric testing

Your main study themes are:

  • Psychological assessment at work: An introduction to personnel selection and assessment including job analysis, competency frameworks, selection methods, development of a selection process and legal issues in relation to selection

  • Work and wellbeing: Provides an understanding of how work links with an individual’s personal and organisational wellbeing. Examines how work is structured (work and non-work) and the negative aspects of work including stress, workplace bullying and the roles of emotions.  

  • Applying psychology to work and organisations: Provides models for reflecting on evidenced-based practice, such as the scientist-practitioner model, as well as specific tools and techniques to enable the gathering, analysing and feeding back of data in organisational contexts. We also look at the consultancy cycle, project management and reflective practice.  

  • Leadership, engagement and motivation: An overview of theories and empirical research of work motivation and its relationship to performance appraisal and performance management. We cover the concepts of leadership, power and influence and their impact on employee engagement, including issues of positive and negative responses to work, such as organisational citizenship or derailment. 

  • Work design, change and development: Develops critical and creative practice in the field of work, design, change and development. We explore a broad range of topics, including organisational structure, design and culture, models of change and development, performance and communications, the design of jobs, work systems and environments, workplace safety and methods for managing risk and reducing human error

  • Learning, training and development: Develops an understanding of theory and conceptual approaches to design, implementation and evaluation of training programmes. We examine the training cycle and how approaches to training can be applied according to the context and requirements

This course has two principle methods of delivery – through campus-based or blended learning. 

Campus-based learning (HLST126): This course runs October to September with the full-time route requiring two days' attendance per week over one year, and the part-time route requiring one day of attendance per week over two years.

Blended learning (HLST125): This course runs for two years from January to December with a two-day induction session in January of the first year, and one four-day residential school in June of that year. A further one-day attendance-based session is run in Year Two to introduce the dissertation. The residential schools are a mandatory part of this course and must be attended by all students.

This course is taught using a mixture of lectures, small group seminars and practical, ‘hands-on’ skills workshops. 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.

As well as the substantial piece of research required for your dissertation, you will undertake various practical research projects during the course of your studies, such as the design of a training programme, and the design of a new psychometric. We also examine module content through a number of case studies assessments exploring leadership, and psychological assessment.

All modes of study feature guest lecturers from industry, 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.

We will also encourage you to attend the Division of Occupational Psychology Conference, which took place in Liverpool in 2017.

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 also look for a critical and nuanced understanding of the relevant psychological literature.

The final assessment is the write-up of an empirical research piece. Conducting a dissertation is a unique opportunity to explore an organisation, or workplace phenomena, in much greater depth than ever before. Either by supporting an academic with their research, or by adopting a focus of your own, you have the ability to provide a note-worthy contribution to the current understanding and practice of Occupational Psychology, supported by a research-active academic.

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 completion, you should be able to:

  • Establish and evaluate competence in applying psychological knowledge and skills to the practice of Occupational Psychology.
  • Evaluate and synthesise competence in theoretical and methodological aspects of Occupational Psychology at Masters’ level.
  • Critically evaluate psychological literature.
  • Establish and evaluate skills and knowledge of research methods and ethical procedures in order to undertake an empirical investigation in the field of Occupational Psychology.
  • Evaluate the theoretical principles of psychological knowledge.
  • Critically evaluate psychological business analysis techniques.
  • Critically evaluate the relevance of theory and research to professional practice.
  • Evidence and synthesise contemporary psychological research relevant to the field of Occupational Psychology.
  • Systematically evaluate and select appropriate principles and techniques for Occupational Psychology interventions.
  • Critically evaluate and apply research findings in the field of Occupational Psychology to professional practice.
  • Synthesise information from a range of sources in order to demonstrate a coherent understanding of the links between theory and practice.
  • Design, conduct and evaluate research in an area of Occupational Psychology. 
  • Evidence the appropriate application of ethical and legal codes of conduct.

Campus-based learning (HLST126): On the full-time route, your ‘face-to-face’ teaching will take place two days per week over one year, with one day per week over two years on the part-time route.

Blended learning (HLST125): With the exception of the residential sessions, this course has been designed specifically to allow you to study when it is convenient for you. You can access materials any time of the day or night, seven days a week. The course material is presented online and contains interactive activities. You can interact with students and staff through forum and peer-feedback activities.

Please note that each module credit requires 10 hours of study, thus a 20 credit module requires 200 hours of study including lectures, workshop and independent study. Self-directed study includes, completing the recommended reading that accompanies your lectures, working on coursework assignments, taking part in group work and exam revision.

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

Many of the organisations we have links with for commercial activity and research, operate on an international basis. We also collaborate with internationally renowned researchers across the globe, with past projects including topics such as work-life balance and meaningful work.

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


Entry Requirements

Admission to the course requires a level of psychological knowledge and skills which is normally provided by an accredited Honours degree in Psychology. Those that do not hold a degree in psychology require:

  • evidence of practical experience in a relevant area;
  • evidence of a relevant undergraduate degree with research methods training (e.g. business, science, human resources) at the level of 2:2 or above;
  • evidence of particular achievements at undergraduate level which indicate strengths in occupational psychology.

You will be asked to complete an application form and provide evidence of your degree classification.

You will also be required to provide two references, at least one of which should include comments on your academic ability.

Admission to the course requires a level of psychological knowledge and skills which is normally provided by an accredited Honours degree in Psychology. Those that do not hold a degree in psychology require:

  • evidence of practical experience in a relevant area;
  • evidence of a relevant undergraduate degree with research methods training (e.g. business, science, human resources) at the level of 2:2 or above;
  • evidence of particular achievements at undergraduate level which indicate strengths in occupational psychology.

You will be asked to complete an application form and provide evidence of your degree classification.

You will also be required to provide two references, at least one of which should include comments on your academic ability.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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

Admission to the course requires a level of psychological knowledge and skills which is normally provided by an accredited Honours degree in Psychology. Those that do not hold a degree in psychology require:

  • evidence of practical experience in a relevant area;
  • evidence of a relevant undergraduate degree with research methods training (e.g. business, science, human resources) at the level of 2:2 or above;
  • evidence of particular achievements at undergraduate level which indicate strengths in occupational psychology.

You will be asked to complete an application form and provide evidence of your degree classification.

You will also be required to provide two references, at least one of which should include comments on your academic ability.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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

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 (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 (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 (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!

Career prospects

Occupational psychologists work with organisations and businesses of all sizes across the private, public and voluntary sectors. According to the BPS, the Civil Service is one of the largest single employers of occupational psychologists, but they are also used by the Prison Service, the Home Office, the Employment Department Group (including the Employment Service), the Ministry of Defence and the Civil Service Commission.

There are two stages to becoming a Chartered Member of the BPS through the occupational psychology training route – requiring a combination of professional education and practice. In the first instance, you need the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), which is achieved by completing an accredited undergraduate degree or conversion course, followed by an accredited Masters in Occupational Psychology, like this course. The second stage requires two years of supervised practice. In order to use the title Occupational Psychologist, you need to have completed both stages and register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). 

The skills gained from successfully completing this course will help prepare you for senior management roles in a range of different settings, including human resources, business development, personnel selection, career development, training, marketing, advertising and management. The learning and teaching style is designed to aid independent learning and develop entrepreneurial skills, so that you may also consider self-employment as an option.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Our postgraduate degree may open the doors to a variety of positions, from senior HR roles and consultants in anything from organisational change, behaviour and HR, to psychometrics, staff development and talent management.

Many of our graduates either go on to work within academia, build a career through consultancy work or go to apply the skills developed within organisations, typically in roles within human resources and personnel departments.

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.