|Full time||1 year||2–3 days a week||September 2017|
|Part time||2 years||Weekends (usually one per month) plus online support||September 2017|
If you are interested in this course you may wish to attend our Diversity of Careers in Occupational Psychology event on Thursday 13 October 2016, which forms part of our networking series of events. Find out more and book your place.
This course will help you to understand the way people behave at work, giving you a new perspective on everyday business decisions and preparing you for career advancement. Graduates leave this course with a scientific approach: they can gather evidence and critically evaluate it to make better decisions in the workplace. They stand out from competitors with human resource management qualifications.
You can choose to study this course in one year, with our full time programme, or in two years, with our part-time, executive weekend programme. Both courses cover the same core modules, and both are taught by research-active academics and experienced practitioners.
The modules for this course investigate various approaches to applying psychological principles in the workplace and how these ideas can increase organisational, team and individual performance. You will learn to critically evaluate the evidence base when making decisions.
You will apply theories and evidence to case studies, examples from the field and real-life practice - either at your own company or during a short internship. You will also learn about ethical considerations and your role as a psychologist in organisations, enhancing your professional skills. You will complement this by learning about ways of overcoming the barriers many occupational and business psychologists face when trying to implement their programmes in an organisation.
The course also considers how other disciplines such as neuroscience, ergonomics, economics, human resource management and sociology inform occupational and business psychology.
Your development is at the heart of this course. The programme begins with a focus on the skills you need to gain for your personal career aspirations. As well as building essential transferrable skills, such as communication and interpersonal ability, it has a strong focus on teaching and refining the competencies that employers value, and which will help you succeed in higher level jobs. Students tell us they are impressed with the course and feel it's highly practical.
We offer you practice-based training that teaches you to use psychological tools and specialist software, including a wide range of additional short courses covering psychometric testing.
You will be assessed using a mixture of coursework assignments, group and individual exercises, skills sessions, and a data analysis assignment and dissertation.
Other practice-based training will also be offered, including psychometric testing (offered as an additional short course).
You can substitute any core module other than Research Methods and Dissertation for a module from our Human Resources Management MA.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
This module explores how organisations, managers and employees approach career management and associated learning and development. Students tell us they enjoyed the teaching style on this module.
You will take both academic and practitioner perspectives, and reflect on your own development to-date. You will then assess how your career has unfolded, and gain practical tools and information to consider possible future directions. This module will help you evaluate:
This module helps you understand leadership and the processes and practice of change in organisations, and the essential building blocks for organisational development. You will study:
You will explore the theory and practice of performance appraisal and career development, and develop an understanding of the concept of work performance and how it is assessed. You will also investigate and discuss individual career determinants, including self-concept and life role importance.
This modules explores the disconnect between academic research findings and organisational practice in this area, identifying the cognitive processes underpinning decision making and judgement formation, and their potential influences within a selection processes.
This module introduces you to a range of elements of wellbeing across psychological sub-disciplines, and will examine the relevance of wellbeing with regards to a range of practical implications. You will explore:
This module will teach you how to secure knowledge relevant to occupational and business psychology, focusing on the skills and knowledge needed for a masters research dissertation. Students tell us they found this module fun, interesting and flexible. You will learn to:
You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
Kingston Business School joins an elite group of the top 5 per cent of institutions worldwide awarded the prestigious AACSB accreditation.