MSc Business Psychology – Pathway

Required Credits/Units: 180

Core Modules

 

Module Credits/Units: 20

Module Aims

  1. To develop students’ understanding and knowledge of psychology as it is applied to the workplace.
  2. To encourage students to evaluate theoretical approaches to, and models of, human behavior in working environments.
  3. To encourage critical analysis of empirical research which has examined the application of psychology in working environments.
  4. To provide students with the opportunity of applying their understanding and knowledge of Business Psychology to workplace issues and problems.

Content Summary

  1. Job Analysis and Job Design
    • Job analysis techniques
    • Compiling job descriptions & person specifications
    • Ergonomic issues in Job design
  2. Personnel Selection and Recruitment
    • CVs and biodata
    • Psychometric Testing
    • Interviews
    • Assessment Centres
    • Positive Psychology/recruiting to strengths/competencies and methods of selection and recruitment
  3. Motivation in the Workplace
    • Content theories of motivation
    • Process theories of motivation
    • Positive Psychology and employee motivation
    • Assessing motivation
    • Practical strategies to improve employee motivation
  4. Employee Health and Well-being
    • Ergonomics and employee health and well-being
    • Symptoms of stress and mental ill health in the workplace
    • Stress management – organisational and individual strategies
    • Employee well-being programmes


Module Credits/Units: 20

Module Aims

  1. To develop students’ understanding and knowledge of the Psychology of Interpersonal Communication.
  2. To develop students’ understanding and knowledge of the cognitive impact of communication processes and modes for individuals and groups of employees.
  3. To encourage students to critically analyse seminal and contemporary research in the Psychology of Interpersonal Communication and the psychology of Decision-making in working environments.
  4. To provide students with the opportunity to experience practical application of key psychological concepts, theories and models of communication, communication audits and decision-making.

Content Summary

  1. Defining communication and organisational communication
  2. Psychological models of communication
  3. Modes of communication in contemporary organisations
  4. Carrying out communication audits and identifying barriers to interpersonal communication
  5. Strategies of improve interpersonal communication
  6. Positive Psychology and effective communication in organisations
  7. Decision-making in organisations


Module Credits/Units: 20

Module Aims

  1. To develop students’ understanding of relevant Cognitive Psychology concepts and models which are applicable to the workplace behaviours and working environments.
  2. To develop students’ understanding of the Psychology of Marketing, Advertising and Consumer Behaviour.
  3. To encourage students to evaluate theoretical approaches to, and models of Cognitive Psychology, the Psychology of Marketing and Advertising and the Psychology of Consumer Behaviour.
  4. To encourage critical analysis of empirical research related to external communications.
  5. To provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge of Psychology to issues regarding external communications in their current, or previous, working environments.

Content Summary

  1. Cognitive Psychology applied to working environments
  2. Types of External Communication used by organisations
  3. Cognitive Psychology and Human/Technology Interaction
  4. Cognitive Psychology of Marketing / Neuromarketing
  5. Psychology of Advertising
  6. International and global communication
  7. Strategies for effective external communications


Module Credits/Units: 20

Module Aims

  1. To develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the basic psychological concepts underpinning leadership behaviour;
  2. To facilitate students’ recognition of the impact of psychological, social and cultural forces on the practice of leadership;
  3. To develop an understanding of their own leadership abilities and link it with their previous work experiences;
  4. To provide students with the opportunity to develop consultancy skills through application of leadership theory in organisations;

Content Summary

  1. Historical overview of research and theories of leadership
  2. Psychological theories and leadership: personality, cognition and social models of leadership
  3. Leadership and management
  4. Culture and leadership; leadership in global organisation
  5. Strategies for the development of leadership
  6. Teams and leadership


Module Credits/Units: 20

Module Aims

  1. To development students’ knowledge and understanding of organisational culture and its components.
  2. To develop students’ knowledge and understanding of change management and the processes involved in change management within organisations.
  3. To encourage students to evaluate theoretical approaches to, and models of, Organisational Culture and Change.
  4. To encourage critical analysis of empirical research which has examined Organisational Culture and Change.
  5. To provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge of Organisational Culture and Change Management to their current, or previous, employment experiences.

Content Summary

 

  1. Defining organisational culture
  2. Theoretical approaches/models of organisational culture
  3. Socialisation and related processes within organisations
  4. Positive Psychology applied to organisational culture and change management
  5. Defining change, organisational change and change management
  6. Strategies and techniques for change management in organisations

 


Module Credits/Units: 20

Module Aims

  1. Develop critical understanding of a range of research strategies and methods used for data collection, analysis, reporting and evaluating research, and/or the use of theoretical and philosophical understanding in theory-only research.
  2. Develop students’ ability to critique and evaluate published research.
  3. Provide the skills needed to present research effectively in both written and oral form.
  4. Understand the ethical implications of undertaking any research.
  5. Develop students’ project management skills in the context of applied research.

For MSc in Business Psychology students, to develop an advanced understanding in:

  • Psychological research methods
  • Project Management Skills for use in organisations

Content Summary

  1. Quantitative research method, design and analysis
  2. Qualitative research method, design and analysis
  3. Project management processes and techniques
  4. Project management tools
  5. Analysing and interpreting research data using appropriate data analysis software and techniques
  6. Reporting quantitative research findings
  7. Reporting qualitative research findings
  8.  Triangulation
  9. Intellectual Property and associated rights
  10. Research Ethics


Module Credits/Units: 60

Module Aims

  1. To provide the student with the appropriate skills to initiate, and develop, sustain and report a major research project in a selected topic area related to their Business Psychology.
  2. To provide the facilitation of writing a dissertation.
  3. To develop critical understanding of a range of research paradigms, strategies and methods used for data collection, analysis, reporting and evaluating within research.
  4. To analyse a problem or task and formulate objectives.
  5. To exercise judgement in the light of observed and published data.
  6. To build on the theoretical, interpersonal and practical skills required to complete the dissertation from initiation to completion.

Content Summary

Students will work independently on the development of a major project. Students are similarly expected to negotiate specialist resources from outside partners where appropriate, and which should reflect the subject matter of the area being studied.

Input relating to types of research, ethical approaches to research, qualitative and other statistical applications, literature searches and proposal development will also form part of the module content.

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