Organisational and Business Psychology (MSc)

University of Kent the United Kingdom

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About Organisational and Business Psychology at University of Kent

Location: Canterbury

Gain insights into the psychology of selection and assessment, methods and statistics, employee wellbeing, entrepreneurship and people management. Our Association for Business Psychology-accredited programme will develop your understanding of the contextual forces within organisations and the role of organisational psychology, including political, environmental, technical, social and legal. 

Reasons to study Organisational and Business Psychology at KentWhat you’ll learn

The Organisational and Business Psychology MSc programme brings together aspects of psychological research into applied, social, and organisational psychology modules from Kent's School of Psychology. 


MSc 1 year full-time, 2 or 4 years part-time

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • the key issues in organisation psychology
  • a range of conceptual, historical, theoretical and philosophical issues underlying the discipline of organisational psychology
  • research and analytic techniques and methodologies employed by organisational psychologists
  • the contextual forces within organisations and the role of organisational psychology, including political, environmental, technical, social and legal
  • the utility of psychology and management science to the application of organisational psychology within management and business
  • the use of relevant communication methods for the research and application of organisational psychology.

Intellectual Skills

You develop intellectual abilities in the following:

  • critical reflection on key themes through oral discussion and written analysis
  • evaluating and generalising appropriately, using critical thinking and creativity
  • selecting and synthesising complex material through organising, developing and evaluating relevance
  • systematic approaches to problem solving, individually and in groups
  • studying independently and using resources in a way suited to further study or practice
  • communicating persuasively and leading and co-operating within a team.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in the following:

  • the use of major analytic techniques employed by organisational psychologists
  • evaluating and selecting appropriate methods for researching questions in organisational psychology
  • applying ethical values to research and practice related to organisational psychology
  • conducting research in the discipline to address business and management issues
  • finding, recording, organising and contributing to knowledge on organisational psychology
  • understanding how psychological scientific theories and methods can be applied to organisational issues.

Transferable skills

You gain transferable skills in the following:

  • numeracy - data analysis skills to integrate numerical and other forms of information; understanding statistical analyses conducted by others in published works and the limits of arguments based on quantitative arguments
  • communication - writing coherently and concisely; oral discussion and presentation; negotiating/persuading or influencing others using a wide range of media
  • working with others - reviewing the work of others; working co-operatively in a team/group to recognise and maximise the contribution of yourself and others; understanding ethical issues and methods of obtaining ethical approval for research
  • personal development - exploring personal strengths and weaknesses; time management; autonomy; self-motivation and self-management; respect for diversity in people
  • technology - computer use for data analysis, research, word processing, reports, presentations and bibliographic research
  • problem solving - identifying and defining problems; exploring and discriminating alternatives; testing solutions; scanning and organising data to abstract meaning and potential solutions.

Our aims are to provide you with:

  • a programme that satisfies the academic requirements of the knowledge base specified by QAA and other relevant external agencies 
  • specialised knowledge of theoretical approaches to organisational psychology and related areas so that you can take effective roles within the discipline
  • statistical and methodological expertise, and a multidisciplinary approach to the subject
  • the necessary research and transferable skills for entering academic or other careers as practising professional psychologists
  • the ability to manage your own learning and carry out independent research
  • critical, analytic and problem-solving skills that can be applied in a wide range of settings
  • the benefit of our close ties within Europe and elsewhere, especially external organisational partners (eg Dstl, NHS).

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Notes about fees for this course

Full Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Full Time Overseas: TBC EUR | Part Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Part Time Overseas: N/A

Entry requirements

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