Business and Organisational Psychology MSc 2021/22 entry

Course code:

HLST187
HLST188 (with professional experience)

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

£10,400 | £15,450 (with professional experience)

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44(0)24 7765 5989
+44(0)24 7765 5958
+44(0)24 7765 5388

hscu.hls@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

HLST187
HLST188 (with professional experience)

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

£16,600 | £18,950 (with professional experience)

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44(0)24 7765 5989
+44(0)24 7765 5958
+44(0)24 7765 5388

hscu.hls@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

HLST187
HLST188 (with professional experience)

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

£16,600 | £18,950 (with professional experience)

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44(0)24 7765 5989
+44(0)24 7765 5958
+44(0)24 7765 5388

hscu.hls@coventry.ac.uk

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 aims to provide you with 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 aims to 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.

COVID-19

The University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

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

Association for Business Psychology

Currently accredited by the Association for Business Psychology (ABP) for 2021/22 intake.

If the accreditation of this course changes, we would seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.


Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

HLST187 - This course includes the Professional Development modulein Consultancy. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Professional Development module, offering the opportunity to apply for Chartered Manager status. Please visit the CMI website for full details on the CMI accreditation. 

Coventry University’s accreditation with CMI is currently ongoing for the relevant modules, but is frequently reviewed and monitored by the CMI through their quality systems. If any changes occur with respect to our accreditation related to these modules, we will seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

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!

Course information

This master’s aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of key aspects of Business and Organisational Psychology.

Upon successful completion, and through practical case studies, you will understand the individual, team and organisational factors that can 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, you will have the opportunity to develop their 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; and 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 provide you with the chance to enhance your critical thinking to develop key academic and research skills.

A core part of the degree should be your literature review and business plan which comprises a supervised, but independently undertaken project. This will offer you an exciting opportunity to investigate in depth an area of specific interest, and alongside the review you will formulate a business plan or business idea related to the chosen topic. Topics can be anything from remote-working to zero hour contracts - you will also be contributing to the current understanding and practice of Business and Organisational Psychology.

If you choose to enrol in this master’s course with Professional Experience, along with the key elements offered in the MSc Business and Organisational Psychology course, this course involves undertaking either an internship with a host organisation, or a campus-based professional experience. The experience aims to help support you with the development of invaluable skills both personally and professionally, such as communication, team-working, self-management and project management.

Please note that internships and professional experience opportunities are subject to competitive application, availability and meeting visa requirements and additional costs may apply.

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Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

This course includes the CMI Professional Development module in Consultancy. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Professional Development module, offering the opportunity to apply for Chartered Manager status. The course is also currently accredited by the Association for Business Psychology (ABP), featuring modules such as Consumer Psychology and a final project which will encourage you to review literature and develop a commercial business plan of your design. Please see Accreditation and Professional Recognition section for more details on the CMI and ABP.

If you undertake a professional experience placement, this will take the form of either an internship with a host organisation or a campus-based professional experience. You will be supported in the development of personal and professional skills to help you gain a placement (CVs, interviews skills and application processes), however please note that such opportunities are subject to competitive application, availability and meeting visa requirements and additional costs may apply.

Professional Experience placements can help to enhance your employability post-graduation, by developing skills such as; communication, team-working, self-management, project management and critical reflection.

This course shares some modules with the MSc Occupational Psychology course. If you are interested in gaining Stage 1 accreditation towards becoming an Occupational Psychologist you should apply for the BPS-accredited MSc Occupational Psychology course. There are some differences in entry requirements between courses. For more information about this course and the accreditation please visit http://www.coventry.ac.uk/occupational-psychology-msc/ .

Modules

  • All the modules listed below are mandatory with the exception of the Professional Experience modules which will only be studied if studying the Professional Experience route

  • Semester 1

    • Psychological Assessment at Work: Provides you with an introduction to the principles and methods of recruitment, selection and assessment. It is designed to provide you with an understanding of issues surrounding the selection process so that you can make informed choices of methods when developing selection processes. Theories, methods and legal issues concerning selection and assessment will be discussed so that you can apply theory to practice.
    • Work and Well-Being: Provides you with an introduction to employee engagement and wellbeing. The main aim is to introduce theoretical and applied concepts that relate to ways in which employees are engaged within the organisation. It will include discussions on how work is structured (work and non-work) and the negative aspects of work including stress, workplace bullying and the roles of emotions. Mental and physical health will be considered including symptoms and disorders as well as potential interventions to increase wellbeing.
    • Project Planning and Research Skills: You will have the opportunity to develop the ability to plan and conduct psychological literature review projects. This includes a range of skills such as identifying relevant topic areas, developing keyword search terms and locating literature using relevant sources. This module provides a preparation in the skills required to successfully complete an independent literature review in business psychology.

  • Semester 2

    • Consumer Psychology: This module provides you with an introduction to understanding the function of marketing, competitor analysis, market research methodologies and approaches to marketing, including the marketing mix, market segmentation, measuring the effectiveness of marketing, thinking and creativity. The module also provides an introduction to consumerism and buyer behaviour linked to psychological concepts of consumer decision-making. This may include advertising psychology, brand management, the selling process and time management. This module focuses on how to reach consumers effectively, through an exploration of their behaviours and attitudes.
    •  Leadership Engagement and Motivation:This module provides you with an overview of theories and empirical research of work motivation, and its relationship to performance appraisal and performance management. You will explore the concepts of leadership, power and influence and their impact on employee engagement. Issues of positive and negative responses to work will be outlined, such as organisational citizenship and derailment.
    •  Learning Training and Development: Within this module you will explore theory and conceptual approaches to design, implementation and evaluation of training programmes. You will have the opportunity to gain an in-depth and applied understanding of the training cycle and how approaches to training can be applied according to the context and requirements.

  • Semester 3

    • Global Professional Development - Consultancy: This module will provide you with the opportunity 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. This will involve you working together across disciplines to facilitate an appreciation of how different sectors solve internal issues and how different sectors can learn and adopt or adapt solutions from other fields. International, cultural and ethical issues will underpin the practical and theoretical developments coupled with the principles of consultancy and the theories and practices found in leadership. You will have the opportunity to engage in wide-ranging debates and problem solving exercises using examples from real-life issues.
    MSc Business and Organisational Psychology only
    • Literature Review and Business Plan: This module has two parts: the first part is to conduct a review of contemporary literature on a Business and Organisational Psychology topic of your choice. Where students work in a business setting you will be encouraged to choose a topic that is related to your business work/practice. Students will be expected to complete a critical and evaluative review of relevant literature - predominately peer-reviewed journal articles - to produce a literature review in a format that would be suitable for publication in an appropriate review journal. Within the second part of the module, students should demonstrate the application of knowledge gained through the literature review and develop this into an entrepreneurial business idea and related business plan.
    MSc Business and Organisational Psychology with Professional Experience only

  • Semester 3 (With Professional Experience)

    • Professional Experience 1*(semester 3): You will undertake your professional experience placement and should keep a critical reflection to support your ongoing personal and professional development during your placement and enhance your future employability. During your placement, you should begin to develop a topic for your literature review and business proposal linked to your placement experience.*Please note that internships and professional experience opportunities are subject to competitive application, availability and meeting visa requirements and additional costs may apply. Please note that 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.

Overview

Students choosing the ‘With Professional Experience’ route will complete their professional experience placement and undertake their individual projects (literature review and business proposal) based on a topic of interest linked to their placement experience.

Modules

  • Semester 1 (or Semester 4 and 5 for Extended full-time programme

    • Professional Experience 2* (Semester 4): You will undertake your professional placement and keep a reflective log to support and develop your ongoing personal and professional development.
    • Professional Experience 3 - Business Psychology Literature Review and Business Plan (Semester 5): Professional Experience 1 and Professional Experience 2 will provide you with the opportunity to gain the necessary experience and focus to undertake an individual project (literature review and business plan). The topic should have emerged from the placement experience in an area of interest and/or in collaboration with a placement mentor, relating to Business and Organisational Psychology. The literature review, addressing your chosen topic, will result in a business plan and proposal for a new service, service improvement, innovation, intervention or technology.
      *Please note that internships and professional experience opportunities are subject to competitive application, availability and meeting visa requirements and additional costs may apply.

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...

  • Accredited by the Association for Business Psychology (ABP) .
  • Taught by academics, many of whom benefit from practitioner experience either as a Business Psychologist or through consultancy-based work (staff may be subject to change)
  • Dedicated consumer psychology module, which provides a critical understanding of applied marketing and advertising practice .
  • Opportunity to develop an entrepreneurial business idea through a literature review and business plan, from stress management and coaching to resilience measures for organisations .
  • Regular expert guest lecturers from practising Business Psychologists and staff from the University Research Centres. Previous topics have covered returning to the workplace after cancer, occupational health in action, stress management theory and practice (subject to availability).
  • The opportunity to attend professional business conferences, which have previously included the National Work and Wellbeing Conference or the Workplace Sustainability Conference (subject to availability and additional costs may apply).
  • Opportunity to develop an entrepreneurial business idea through a literature review and business plan, from stress management and coaching to resilience measures for organisations.

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 in one year as a traditional full-time master’s programme or can be offered on a part-time basis. Whilst we would like to give you all the information about our part-time offering here, it is tailored for each course each year depending on the number of part-time applicants. Therefore, the part-time teaching arrangements vary. Please contact the course directorfor more information about studying this course 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 have the opportunity to gain experience throughout either an internship with an external organisation or with the university. Internships are subject to competitive application and selection, availability, meeting visa requirements and additional costs may apply. They 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 may feature guest lecturers from industry and Business and Organisational Psychology experts, which are video recorded and often provided as podcasts (subject to availability). Past speakers from industry have included a Professor of Health Psychology, Senior Researcher, Health Psychologist, Leadership Trainer, Counsellor and Performance Coach.

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

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, consultancy reports, 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 of this course (with or without professional experience), 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. These could include 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 around 8-10 ‘contact’ hours of teaching and later in the course 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.
  • As an innovative and enterprising institution, the university may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended or distance learning), the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

We aim to offer a multicultural, international experience which in the past has attracted students from a wide range of different countries to the course, who have helped 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 2018/19, we were able to provide a total of 5,469 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 2016/17


5,469

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2018/19


12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally since 2016

12

global programmes

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


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.

Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit in the coming years, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance amongst other things. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force from time to time.

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

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 2021

£10,400 | £15,450 (with professional 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 2021

£16,600 | £18,950 (with professional experience) (per year)


Scholarships

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

Starts

Fee


September 2021

£16,600 | £18,950 (with professional experience) (per year)


Scholarships

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

Course essentials – additional costs This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to) travel, accommodation, activities and visas.

EU student fees

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 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 starting in the 2020/21 academic year 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 starting in the 2020/21 academic year 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.

Where our Graduates Work

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

Many of our graduates on the on-campus version of this course have gone on to work as independent business psychologists and consultants for companies like Kelloggs and Ricoh UK.

Graduates have also found employment in sales, in HR, and as learning, training and development practitioners.

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 2020/21 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 course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.