Business and Organisational Psychology MSc 2019/20 entry

Course code:

HLST187 1 year full-time | HLST188 with Professional Experience

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

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Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019

 

Fees:

£14,000
£16,700 (with prof. experience)

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Overview

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

Accredited by the Association for Business Psychology (ABP), 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

Hospital Wards

Hospital Wards

We have two fully-equipped mock hospital wards, each containing 4 beds. The wards are built to NHS standards and contain moveable beds, first aid equipment and patient monitoring tools.

Simulation Ambulance

Ambulance

Our facilities include a mock ambulance, which students can use as part of their studies, to help simulate the patient journey. This gives students the opportunity to learn in situations that mirror real life scenarios.

Strength and Conditioning Suite

Strength and Conditioning Suite

Our multi-purpose suite is equipped with multiple Olympic lifting platforms, a 20m gait analysis track, an anti-gravity treadmill and even a 3D motion capture system!

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.

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.

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Modules

Overview

This course includes the Professional Development module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Professional Development module.

This course shares some modules with the Occupational Psychology MSc course, which is very similar.

The current course is accredited by the ABP, features modules including Consumer Psychology, and the final project involves a Literature Review and Business Plan. If you are interested in gaining Stage 1 accreditation towards becoming an Occupational Psychologist you should apply for the BPS-accredited Occupational Psychology MSc, where you will study modules that include Research Methods, and your final research piece will include an independent empirical research piece.

There are some differences in entry requirements between courses.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Psychological Assessment at Work
    • Work and Well-Being
    • Project Planning and Research Skills 

  • Semester 2

    • Consumer Psychology
    •  Leadership Engagement and Motivation
    •  Learning Training and Development

  • Semester 3

    • Literature Review and Business Plan
    • Global Professional Development - Consultancy 

  • 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

Overview

This course shares some modules with the Occupational Psychology MSc course, which is very similar.

The current course is accredited by the ABP, features modules including Consumer Psychology, and the final project involves a Literature Review and Business Plan. If you are interested in gaining Stage 1 accreditation towards becoming an Occupational Psychologist you should apply for the BPS-accredited Occupational Psychology MSc, where you will study modules that include Research Methods, and your final research piece will include an independent empirical research piece.

There are some differences in entry requirements between courses.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.


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 the Centre for Advances in Behavioural Science. 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.
  • Consultancy/Management: How to critically evaluate and develop solutions to complex, inter-related, multi-faceted issues that can be found in a variety of organisations and professional contexts.

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.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include coursework, practical reports, literature review and a business plan. This course is predominantly assessed by coursework.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.



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 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

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 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

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

12

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 2019

£8,350
£12,450 (with prof. experience) (per year)


UK 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 2019

£8,350
£12,450 (with prof. experience) (per year)


EU Scholarships

We're investing 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 2019

£14,000
£16,700 (with prof. experience) (per year)


International Scholarships

We're investing 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!

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

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 and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

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