Business Psychology

About the course

Course description

Course module details >>

For students without a BPS accredited degree, MSc Business Psychology offers you the opportunity to study alongside the students of MSc Organisational Psychology and gain a fascinating look at the science of how people and groups behave at work.

A deeper understanding of organisational psychology is an asset to anyone currently working in the field of social sciences or human resource management, or thinking of studying to become an occupational psychologist.

This course gives people with an appropriate background the theoretical knowledge and practical skills used in organisational psychology to help them develop or change careers.

You learn about Psychological Assessment at Work, Learning, Training and Development, Leadership, Engagement and Motivation, Well-Being and Work, Work Design, Organisational Change and Development, Research Design, Advanced Data Gathering and Analytical Techniques and Applying Psychology to Work and Organisations.

You study with students on the MSc Organisational Psychology course, which will enhance your experience, but you do not need to register with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Special features

Students taking the MSc Business Psychology course will sit with students from MSc Organisational Psychology and study the same course modules.

Additional course information

  Read Sheena Davidson's article discussing older workers in the workplace.

Course units details

Listen to Dr Mark Batey talk about the Level A and Level B qualifications:

Semester 1

  • Selection and Assessment in Organisations
  • Research Methods 1
  • Test User: Occupational - Ability and Personality (Level A and B)
  • Training, Support and Development

Semester 2

  • Work Design, Performance and Well-Being
  • Managing People and Organisations
  • Research Methods 2
  • Relationships at Work

Note: The training required to reach Test User: Occupational - Ability and Personality (Level A and Level B)  is also included in the course tuition fees.

Summer period

  • Apply what you have learned in the taught part of the course
  • Normally consists of a literature review followed by a piece of work based on qualitative or quantitative research.

Examples of recent dissertation topics:

  • What factors determine successful mentoring relationships? A study of a formal graduate mentoring scheme
  • The role of individuals' personality and perceived values in adoption of mobile data services
  • An exploration of the job satisfaction and career progression of visible minority women in Canada
  • Understanding financial responsibility: an exploratory analysis of the main characteristics that influence spending and saving behaviours
  • A study of occupational stress in the Indian information technology industry
  • A Gravesian values-system perspective on the design of consultative interventions in organisations
  • Why organisational change programmes fail

On the part-time two-year route you will study the units as follows:

Year one - Semester 1

  • Research Methods 1
  • Selection and Assessment in Organisations

Year two - Semester 1

  • Test User: Occupational - Ability and Personality (Level A and B)
  • Training, Support and Development

Year one - Semester 2

  • Managing People and Organisations
  • Work Design, Performance and Well-Being

Year two - Semester 2

  • Relationships at Work
  • Research Methods 2

Coursework and assessment

Assessment across the course units varies, and includes a combination of examinations, report, course work, practical assessment and presentations. A dissertation of around 15,000 words is normally undertaken.

What our students say

Read what current MSc Organisational Psychology student Hannah Lister says about the course so far >>

Open days

Masters information sessions

We are hosting a series of informal information sessions for undergraduates who are thinking about pursuing a masters course at Alliance Manchester Business School.

Our Masters courses aren't just for business graduates - from business analytics to operations, and marketing to finance, we have 17 courses to choose from. Join us to meet a careers advisor, admissions staff and current students and discover how our courses can boost your career prospects.

Also, a number of graduates have the opportunity to progress directly onto the Full-time MBA programme as a Young Potential Leader - could you be one of them?

Choose from the following dates:

Wednesday 15 February 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm

Wednesday 15 March 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm

Wednesday 26 April 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm

Wednesday 10 May 2017, 12.00 - 1.30pm

All events are held in the Atrium, Alliance MBS East building (on the corner of Oxford Road and Booth Street East) - number 26 on the campus map.

For further information and to register your interest in attending, please see the Alliance MBS website .

Events round the world

We take part in events both at home and around the world, and we'd be delighted to meet you in your country . If you are visiting Manchester and you are unable to attend one of the Masters Information Sessions, you are welcome to organise a personal visit .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

2015 course profile These figures are for 2015 entry and can vary each year. Figures are for the MSc Organisational Psychology and MSc Business Psychology combined.

136
12
applications
enrolled
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75%
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Age range: 21-26
Nationalities: 4

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