Organisational Psychology MSc

City University London
Course summary
1-2 years
9,000 GBP
Full time/part time
Next available date: September 2020 - London

Course description

Organisational Psychology MSc

Organisational Psychology MSc - a City University degree programme

City's MSc programme covers concepts in Organisational Psychology with the appropriate knowledge, skills and understanding of human behaviour in the workplace. Some of the important topics covered are recruitment and selection, stress management, workplace diversity and effective appraisal processes. Important insights into organisational counting skills, consulting and effective skills will be taught.

Suitability - Who should attend?

MSc Organisational Psychology

All applicants should have an upper second class honours degree (or an equivalent grade from an overseas institution). It is also helpful for your application if you are able to demonstrate some work experience. Work experience in a psychological or human resource setting is highly desirable, but not essential.

Applicants who are interested in becoming a chartered psychologist within the British system should hold the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). This membership is usually granted automatically to individuals who completed an undergraduate degree in psychology that is recognised by the BPS.

Please note that admission to the MSc in Organisational Psychology is highly competitive, and you are recommended to apply early in the year of entry to avoid disappointment.

If English is not your first language, you need to provide evidence of English proficiency. We only accept the following English language qualifications:

  • GCSE - grade C or above
  • CSE - grade C or above
  • SEB - grade C or above
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - Pass
  • IELTS - 7 or above

INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course,INTO City University Londonoffers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Please click the links below for more information:

  • English for Postgraduate Study
  • Pre-sessional English

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study. /p>

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

86 per cent of 2011 graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduation, with an average starting salary of £29,500.

Previous graduates have been employed as: recruitment consultants, associate occupational psychologists, researchers, management consultants, performance consultants, business psychologists, training consultants, HR practitioners, organisational change practitioners, and career consultants.

Training Course Content

The MSc equips you with a sound understanding of theory and research across the sub-disciplines of organisational psychology. You will also be introduced to the range of practical skills required of occupational psychologists and organisational behaviour consultants. Our teaching approach emphasises how theory is applied in practice, so that many of our lectures include a practical component to highlight how occupational psychology research influences the workplace.

The MSc Organisational Psychology consists of eight taught modules, plus an applied research dissertation (see below). Full-time students complete all eight modules and the dissertation in one calendar year (September to September). Part-time students complete the course over two years.

Psychological assessment

The aim of this module is to introduce students to assessment in the context of selection and assessment in organisations. The module provides students with an understanding of how selection decisions are made by and about individuals in the workplace. The module introduces students to selection theories, methods of assessment, issues to consider in designing assessment procedures, fairness, diversity and the candidate perspective of selection.

Lectures cover topics such as job analysis, competency profiling, psychometrics, situational judgement tests, and the recent widespread use of technology in recruitment and selection.

This module aims:

  • To introduce students to the psychology of selection and assessment.
  • To analyse the existing literature and practice on methods in selection (e.g. psychometrics, assessment centres, and interviews) and evaluate the nature and effectiveness of different assessment methods.
  • To focus on issues linked to ensuring equal opportunity in the selection process (fairness, diversity and candidate reactions).

Employee well-being

This module primarily covers knowledge around the knowledge domain of Well-Being at Work. However, the topics introduced in this module also cover material relevant to the areas of Learning, Training and Development, and Leadership, Engagement and Motivation.

The module specifically focuses on employees' individual well-being, mental health, and personal responses to stress. It draws from various prominent models of human functioning and associated interventions that have been applied in workplace settings. The specific aims of the module are as follows:

  • Provide an understanding of why well-being and mental health are essential for both employee and organisational functioning.
  • Critically examine various theories of psychological health and related bodies of research.
  • Assess the evidence for a range of workplace interventions that have the potential to improve employees' mental health.
  • Reflect on some of the practical and ethical challenges involved in implementing workplace well-being interventions.
  • Provide an opportunity to experience interventions that have been implemented in workplace settings.

Module outline

In week 1, the module presents data from around the world illustrating the prevalence of mental health problems among working populations, and also introduces students to the happy-productive-worker hypothesis. In week 2, students learn how an employee's personality and other individual characteristics can influence stress appraisal and coping processes. Week's 3 and 4 cover the related topics of work-related burnout and the influence of employees' leisure time recovery experiences.

From week 5 onwards, the module turns to interventions used in the workplace to promote psychological well-being. Over the following weeks, students are introduced to a range of psychological interventions that have been adapted for workplace delivery. This includes mindfulness-based interventions (e.g., MBSR and ACT), other forms of cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT), stress management training, and interventions that have emerged from the positive psychology movement.

Leadership and organisational behaviours

This module covers a core knowledge area within occupational psychology: leadership, engagement and motivation.

This module aims to:

  • Place individual and organisational behaviour in the broader context of social, economic and political forces.
  • Expose students to traditional theories of leadership, consider more modern models and discuss the 'darker' sides of derailment, politics and power.
  • Explore ways in which managers and employees manage motivation, behaviour and development in the context of diverse organisations.
  • Introduce some of the psychological processes that take place between individuals, groups and their organisations.
  • Examine some of the impacts of these processes on sustaining positive working relationships, such as group decision-making and the psychological contract.

Work design, oganisational change and development

This module introduces topics that primarily cover two key knowledge areas: (1) 'Work Design, Organisational Change and Development'; and (2) 'Well-Being and Work'.

The module outlines prominent theories that link certain aspects of work design to psychological and physical health, and introduces participative work reorganisation interventions that are designed to enhance employee engagement and well-being. The module also provides insight into the UK Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) recommendations for managing work-related stress. Various prominent models of organisational development and change will be introduced, including process consultation, participative action research, and appreciative inquiry.

In addition to the above, the module examines other topics related to work design, including promoting environmental behaviour in the workplace, the role of organisational culture and climate, core aspects of user-centred design, and shift work.

Learning, training and development

This module focuses on a core knowledge area within work psychology and organisational consulting: training, coaching, and personal development of employees.

This module aims to:

Research in organisations

This module is designed to introduce students to the practicalities of conducting research in organisations. It will focus on issues faced by researchers in applied settings (such as research design and ethics), and covers a number of important research techniques, such as content analysis and facilitating focus groups. This module is also designed to introduce students to what is required from the research dissertation.



  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Part-time EU: ££4,500 (per year)
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,000
  • Part-time Non EU: ££7,500 (per year)

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