Business and Organisational Psychology MSc 2021/22 entry

Course code:

On campus - HLST272
Online - HLST282

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University (Coventry)
or 100% online study

Starting:

January 2022
May 2022

Fees:
Faculty:

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Course code:

On campus - HLST272
Online - HLST282

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University (Coventry)
or 100% online study

Starting:

January 2022
May 2022

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch


Overview

Studied on campus or 100% online the MSc Business and organisational psychology degree will help you understand how the psychological dynamics of a team could make you a big asset to a business.

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

Following changes to the course to ensure you study the latest developments in the field we are currently reapplying for accreditation from the Association for British Psychology.


Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

HLST187 - This course includes the Professional Development modulein Entrepreneurial Practice. 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!

Study on Campus

If you choose to attend our campus study option*, you will have timetabled lectures, tutorials and seminars, which will take place face-to-face with other students on the course.

Study 100% online

You can choose to study remotely*. You will have timetabled classes, online tutorials and seminars, with all your learning activities available on-demand so that you can learn at the best time and location for you.

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Course information

Studied on campus or 100% online, 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.

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Modules

Overview

This course includes the CMI Professional Development module in Entrepreneurial Practice. 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.

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 the MSc Occupational Therapy course page.

Modules

  • September 2021 intake

    • Psychological Assessment at Work - 20 credits
    • Project Planning & Research Skills - 20 credits
    • Work and Wellbeing - 20 credits 
    • Leadership Engagement and Motivation - 20 credits
    • Learning, Training and Development - 20 credits
    • Consumer Psychology - 20 credits 
    • Leading Strategic Change through Creativity and Innovation - 10 credits 
    • Systematic Literature Review and Evidence Based Practice - 50 credits

  • January 2022 intake

    • Learning, Training and Development - 20 credits
    • Project Planning & Research Skills - 20 credits 
    • Leadership Engagement and Motivation - 20 credits 
    • Psychological Assessment at Work - 20 credits 
    • Work and Wellbeing - 20 credits 
    • Leading Strategic Change through Creativity and Innovation - 10 credits 
    • Systematic Literature Review and Evidence Based Practice - 50 credits

  • May 2022 intake

    • Psychological Assessment at Work - 20 credits 
    • Project Planning & Research Skills - 20 credits 
    • Work and Wellbeing - 20 credits
    • Leadership Engagement and Motivation - 20 credits
    • Learning, Training and Development - 20 credits 
    • Consumer Psychology - 20 credits 
    • Leading Strategic Change through Creativity and Innovation - 10 credits 
    • Systematic Literature Review and Evidence Based Practice - 50 credits 

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.

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.

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. 

 

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.

The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials. 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.

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.

The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials. There are also optional individual or group tutorials, which will normally be approximately 5 hours per module.

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.

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

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


January 2022

£10,400 (per year)


May 2022

£10,400 (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


January 2022

£16,600 (per year)


May 2022

£16,600 (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

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.

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 2021/2022 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