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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Edinburgh Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    12 months

Course summary

Overview

This MSc in Business Psychology, a discipline which is also known as Occupational Psychology and Organisational 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. Students will also achieve PGDip and PGCert awards in this course.

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 16,400per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Heriot-Watt University

  • University League Table

    29th

  • Campus address

    Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City Of, EH14 4AS, Scotland

Highly regarded around the world with a strong focus on business, engineering, design and the physical and life sciences.
Culturally diverse, warm and welcoming, Heriot-Watt is one of Scotland's most international universities with a global footprint.
Global companies actively seek out Heriot-Watt graduates due to the nature of the university's research-informed education.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    53rd out of 118

  • Entry standards

    / Max 216
    160 74%

    16th

    4
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    59 59%

    75th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.57 71%

    114th

    1

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