Management Psychology MSc

The MSc in Management Psychology was introduced in 2005. It focuses on the contribution of applied psychology to our understanding and practice of management in organisational settings.

It builds on the Institute's strong reputation in professional education in occupational and organisational psychology to offer a more specialised programme relevant to those who wish to develop careers in general or human resource management either in the UK or abroad.

This programme aims to provide students with:

    • A broad knowledge of applied work psychology as a professional discipline alongside - and integrated with - knowledge of core topics from management science and practice


    • The skills to evaluate and critically appraise theories and practice within applied work psychology and management science


    • An understanding how psychology as a science can be used to solve business problems and make organisations more effective


    • An understanding of how core business concerns impact on the management of human resources in organisations


    • A knowledge of how business priorities impact shape and challenge the use of psychology by organisations


  • The skills to design and conduct independent research, and carry out practical work within organisational contexts.

Key facts

    • The Institute of Work, Health and Organisations (IWHO) is an international postgraduate research school It is committed to promoting the contribution of applied psychology to occupational and public health and safety and to the development of successful and healthy organisations and communities


    • The Organisational and Social Psychology (OSP) cluster manages the research and teaching associated with our MSc courses in Occupational, Management and Work and Organizational Psychology.. It is dedicated to applying psychological principles to solve problems for the benefit of individuals, organisations, and the community


    • The MSc in Management Psychology shares modules with the MSc in Occupational Psychology and the MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology but places a stronger emphasis on management issues. It has an international perspective and is also offered through the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC)


    • In the Research Assessment Exercise 2008, 95% of the Institute's research was rated as 'International' with 70% 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' (with Nottingham University Business School)


  • The wider School of Psychology was awarded 24/24 in the latest Teaching Quality Assessment, with a commendation for teaching

Course Content

You will be required to study the following core modules in semester one:

    • Introduction to Management Psychology


    • Employee Relations and Motivation


    • Strategic and Human Resource Management


    • Workplace Counselling and Career Development


  • Core Research Methods

You will also be able to choose two of the optional modules listed below:

    • Occupational Research methods


    • Diversity in the workplace


    • Organisations, Stress and Health


  • Applied Research Methods

Semester two covers the core modules listed below:

    • Organisational Learning


    • Training in Organisations


    • Organisational Development and Change


    • Occupational Selection and Assessment


  • Consultancy Skills Workshop

Please note that all module details are subject to change.

Over the summer period towards the end of the course, you will undertake an applied project (Organisational Case Study) and Extended Essay, which will give you the opportunity to cover and apply theories or topics addressed on the course in more depth.

Course Structure

The MSc in Management Psychology is delivered on a full-time basis over one year or part-time over two years. It has two starting points in the year, which means that you can join the course in September or January.
The course comprises 180 credits, split across 120 credits worth of core and optional taught modules. The remaining 60 credits are shared between the Organisational Case Study and Extended Essay.

A variety of teaching methods are used on this course to facilitate learning. These include lectures, seminars, workshops and self-managed learning groups. Assessment is also undertaken by a variety of means, including examinations, essays, dissertations and field-based project work. On some occasions, students might be asked to make individual or group-based presentations in seminars and workshops. Although not formally assessed, these presentations are an essential opportunity for students to demonstrate knowledge of the topic and important transferable skills, e.g. presentation skills.

Part-time students on this course are taught alongside full-time students and the choice of modules (and therefore the timetable) is flexible and a matter for agreement between student and course director. In all cases, part-time students can access a wide range of teaching and learning facilities remotely via the student portal.

We also offer a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Psychology, which mirrors the taught component of the MSc but does not include the Organisational Case Study.

MSc, PG Dip Award
September, January Start
Full-time Study Mode
1 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

2.1(Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent).

You need to have a good first degree but the specific discipline is less important. The main requirement is to demonstrate an interest in improving individual, team and organisational effectiveness, whether as a manager, HR specialist or consultant. Previous successful students have had degrees in Psychology, Business Studies, Law, English etc. You will, however, need to value an evidence-based approach and be reasonably adept or willing to learn about research methods, including some statistics.

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