Business Psychology (MSc, Postgraduate Diploma)

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The award
MSc, Postgraduate Diploma

How long you will study
find out

Domestic course fees
GBP 6960

How you will study
full-time, part-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 15120

All study options

About Business Psychology at Heriot-Watt University

Business Psychology MSc at Heriot-Watt University is the most established masters degree of its kind in Europe, enjoying a well-earned reputation for producing graduates who can improve the performance of individuals and teams at any level.

This MSc programme in Business Psychology will equip you with an in-depth understanding of the psychological mechanisms that drive positive behaviours and performances in the workplace.

Whether you come from an industry position or directly from a psychology or business degree, this highly respected programme of study will equip you with an effective blend of specialist knowledge from the fields of psychology, management and leadership.

The content on this highly-focused masters degree has been tailored to meet the needs of those working towards a careers as a Business Psychology Practitioner, Human Resources Manager, Organisational Development Manager, Coaching Consultant, Management Consultant or Leadership Consultant.

You will develop commercial awareness and an understanding of global organisations which will allow you to recognise the impact of the economy, politics, globalization and the changing labour market on the psychology of a workplace and performance of individuals and teams.

Key skills for improving performance

On MSc Business Psychology you will explore different aspects of the psychological mechanisms behind workplace behavior and be equipped with the managerial expertise to enhance and improve performance of teams and individuals, building expertise in:

  • Coaching
  • Leadership
  • Diversity
  • Employment legislation
  • Organisational change
  • Organisational culture
  • Marketing and consumer behavior

You will also gain specialist theoretical knowledge in the areas of psychology which directly apply to business settings and master psychological research methods which can be practiced in the workplace.

By viewing the workplace through a psychological perspective, and by developing your analytical, critical thinking, and reflection skills, you will learn to recognize and improve seemingly intangible aspects of the workplace which, when appropriately managed, can directly improve business performance, in areas such as:

  • Job satisfaction
  • Well-being
  • Leadership
  • Organisational commitment
  • Organisational culture
  • Performance and productivity

Specifically designed group tasks and presentations will allow you to develop your interpersonal and communication skills. Improving these skills will give you the platform to implement your expertise and directly improve the performance of diverse groups of individuals and teams at any level within an organisation. 

Throughout this programme you will learn from a unique blend of research-led academic teaching and industry-focused practical experiences. For example, on our Psychology of Coaching course you will develop expert knowledge in the theoretical frameworks of coaching psychology whilst receiving insights into practical coaching skills, tools and techniques from lecturers who draw direct from experience as coaching practitioners and consultants.

Specialist pathways for September 2017

From September 2017 Heriot-Watt University will offer two new specialist Business Psychology pathways at our Edinburgh Campus:

MSc Business Psychology with Human Resource Management

Business Psychology graduates often build extremely rewarding careers in Human Resource Management within a range of industries. This is why Heriot-Watt has created this specialist programme which blends our world-class teaching and expertise in Business Psychology and Human Resource Management to create a highly-desirable, specialist programme.

MSc Business Psychology with Intercultural Communication

This new specialist pathway has been introduced to help undergraduates from and Arts and Humanities, Business Management and Psychology position themselves as highly-employable candidates for multinational, global organisations. This programme combine's Business Psychology's specialist focus on leadership, diversity, organisational culture, and change with Intercultural Communication's focus on written and verbal communication skills in cross-cultural, professional business contexts. The development of these specialist skills will put graduates in the perfect position to make a positive impact on the performance, communication and culture of global organisations.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMSc, Postgraduate DiplomaHow you will studyFull-time, Part-timeHow long you will study find out
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 6960International course feesGBP 15120

Notes about fees for this course

Status*Full-timePart-timePer course
Scotland / Non-UK EU£6,960£3,480£870
England / Northern Ireland / Wales£6,960£3,480£870
Overseas£15,120£7,560£1,890

* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.

** Fee per course

Scholarships and bursaries

We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.

View our full range of postgraduate taught scholarships.

Entry requirements

For MSc entry, students will typically have a First or Second Class Honours Degree. Given the clear practical element of the programmes, we will also consider non-graduate candidates for the Certificate if they have a decade of experience in senior roles in business, such as management or other high-level work. We offer individual courses on a Continuing Professional Development basis to candidates without any previous qualifications. Satisfactory completion of the Certificate will make the student in question eligible for entry on to the Diploma, and assuming they are successful, the MSc.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we'll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:

  • 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
  • 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
  • 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)

 

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