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Occupational and Organisational Psychology MSc 1 Year Full Time | September Start

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Every business needs to be successful. To ensure this, it’s vital to consider the roles of the employer and employee and the influences that can affect an individual’s level of engagement and wellbeing, which in turn affects both an individual's and a business’ performance.

This course, which is accredited by the British Psychological Society, delivers a mix of theory and practice in Occupational and Organisational Psychology, using real-life examples to bring the subject to life. Core modules include employee selection and assessment, workplace wellbeing, learning and development in organisations and psychological research methods.

The course uniquely includes a psychometric testing qualification – the Certificates in Occupational Testing – in addition to the core curriculum. This enables you to gain certificates in occupational testing for ability and personality and the additional qualifications will be a real boost to your career and employability, offering you a notable advantage after graduation.

You’ll also get to specialise in a particular area of interest through your thesis, which can include carrying out live projects with a range of organisations including, small medium enterprises, local authorities and NHS Trusts.

The course is available either full-time over one year or part-time over two years.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time

Department
Psychology

Location
Northumberland Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

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Your core modules in occupational and organisational psychology are delivered via a range of interactive lectures delivered by experts in the field.

You’ll also undertake seminar-based discussions, tutorials and interactive practical workshops aimed at offering you first-hand experience of applied practice.

Our assessment strategy uses of a variety of innovative and authentic assessments tailored to effectively assess your knowledge whilst providing you with the skills you’ll need in your future career.

Assessments include peer feedback, presentations, organisational case studies and reports. They also include more traditional methods of assessment such as essay writing and an examination.

Submission schedules are planned to make sure your workload stays balanced. We’ll help you develop time management skills and timely written feedback on assessments will show you how you can improve.

You’ll also make extensive use of technology-enhanced learning tools such as our e-Learning Portal (Blackboard), electronic reading lists, lecture capture and feedback tools to support your learning.

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Teaching is delivered by a team of academics who have previously worked in the sector and who are all high level practitioners in their fields. Their mix of real life experience and academic knowledge means they’re able to deliver the latest theoretical knowledge which is backed up by real world examples of application.

Their backgrounds include selection and assessment, organisational development, consultancy and coaching and between them they’ve worked with a wide range of private and public sector organisations.

Their research interests are vast and fascinating and include employee talent management, workplace bullying, employability and careers in the workplace.

You can find out more about the staff who teach on this course here.

 

Teaching Staff / Occupational and Organisational Psychology

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Our Department of Psychology features specialist and flexible teaching labs for teaching sessions, project work or private study. You’ll have access to advanced statistical and analysis packages plus research tools for survey development and online research.

To support your research, you can tap into our collection of psychological testing material including current editions of most of the widely used assessment, occupational and vocational tests. You can also take advantage of our student hub, supported by our library and equipment to help you to prepare for presentations.

The use of technology is integral to the course and you’ll be able to access information and material from all modules at any time from any location, via our eLearning portal.

 

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Almost three quarters of Northumbria University’s psychology research is judged to have outstanding reach and significance, placing us top 20 in the UK.

This course is delivered by expert practitioners and leading researchers who will share their experience of contemporary research and practice techniques to ensure your learning is at the cutting edge of the discipline.

Their research areas include applying principles and methods from social and occupational psychology to the workplace; workplace bullying and its multi-level impact; the use of employee selection approaches; human factors in healthcare; employee selection, career development and employability. 

Our staff will continually nurture your academic curiosity to undertake your own research and develop your ability to synthesise and critically evaluate the evidence base in Occupational Psychology.

You’ll also gain first-hand experience of research techniques and undertake a thesis where you’ll conceptualise, plan and execute your own research.

 

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The fact that this course uniquely includes a psychometric testing qualification makes it especially distinctive. This is a qualification that will really set you apart from your peers and open up a wealth of career progression opportunities.

All of your modules will be highly relevant to practising as an Occupational Psychologist and as such you’ll be able to apply your knowledge immediately in the workplace, after graduation. You’ll graduate with enhanced self-awareness, professional identity, curiosity and creativity.

You’ll also gain high-level, transferrable skills in communication, critical evaluation, problem solving, time management, IT and statistical analysis. This will include the ability to formulate balanced judgements with regard to complex, incomplete, ambiguous or sensitive data and apply ethical, legal and professional practice frameworks to maintain appropriate professional boundaries.

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This qualification has the potential to act as a real catalyst for your future – whether you’re looking to establish a new career or take the next step in your current role in consultancy, organisational development, training, recruitment or management.

That’s because you’ll be equipped with advanced psychological knowledge that will allow you to conceptualise and theorise about critical issues in occupational and organisational psychology. You’ll also have extensive experience of psychometric testing.

And thanks to the real-world context that will be integral to your studies, you’ll be able to apply that knowledge immediately and with real impact, in your workplace.

The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as Stage 1 training, which when accompanied by the BPS Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) will provide a basis for professional development as a practitioner in the form of Stage 2 training, as well as further study, employment and enterprise.

Occupational and Organisational Psychology Students / Profiles

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Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

This course is ideal for individuals wishing to pursue a new, or develop their existing career in human resource management, consultancy, psychometric test publishing, organisational development, training, recruitment or management.

It would additionally provide a great foundation for entry into these fields of work or for anyone with an already-established career who wants to take their expertise to the next level.

Entry Requirements 2017/18

Standard Entry

Students on this programme may come from both psychology and non psychology backgrounds. Students who are intending to pursue a career as a Chartered Occupational Psychologist should possess a first or upper second class degree in Psychology that must provide the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) (previously known as Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR)) with the British Psychological Society.

We also have students complete the programme from non-psychology backgrounds such as human resource management, organisational development, coaching and consultancy. Typically students should possess a first or upper second class degree, however relevant work experience would also be considered.

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have one of the following English language qualifications with grades as shown below.

    • A British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 6.0
    • Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 54.

    The University also accepts many other English language qualifications and if you have any questions about our English Language requirements please contact the International Admissions Office and we will be glad to assist yo

  • Additional:

    For applicants who are intending to pursue a career as a Chartered Occupational Psychologist are required to provide written proof of GBC/GBR status from their UK University. Applicants who have completed their first degree outside the UK are required to apply to the BPS for consideration of GBC/GBR. Written confirmation of GBC/GBR will be required. Please bear in mind that this process can take a considerable amount of time and relevant applicants should contact the BPS as soon as possible.

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Modules Overview

Modules

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Qualitative and Quantitative Methods (Core, 20 Credits)

The module is designed to give you a theoretical and practical knowledge of common and more advanced quantitative and qualitative methods of collecting and analysing data in psychology. A range of methods will be studied and relevant hardware and software will be used in exercises. The communication of findings according to the most recent conventions and with due regard to the audience will be addressed. The approach is to provide a theoretical background for each technique, so that you are not simply capable of carrying out and reporting analyses, but also capable of reflecting critically on their appropriateness in psychological research and practice.

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Professional Skills (Core, 20 Credits)

This module is designed to provide you with a range of professional skills important for your academic and professional development in Health, Sport & Exercise and Occupational & Organisational Psychology. It will assist with preparation for your thesis as you learn about advanced bibliographic skills, project proposals, and research management, ethical and legal issues. You will learn employment-related skills, media skills, and personal and career development skills such as presentation and communication as well as C.V. enhancement. You will also make practical applications of skills using online resources and employ self-reflective approaches to recording and enhancing awareness of your professional development in Health, Sport & Exercise and Occupational & Organisational Psychology.

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MSc Thesis (Core, 60 Credits)

On this module you will have the opportunity to independently conceptualise, plan and undertake a novel piece of research that contributes to psychological knowledge and understanding. You will critically evaluate current theories and evidence in order to generate your own research question. You will engage with the relevant ethical guidelines to design a feasible project plan. You will develop your independent research skills during this module as well as identifying points of collaboration with supervisors, research staff and other potential stakeholders. You will use a variety of relevant skills, techniques and research methods in order to implement your study and finally you will have the opportunity to disseminate your findings in written form.

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Workplace Well-being (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn about the field of workplace well-being from both a theoretical/academic and applied perspective. The module focuses upon the role and impact of modern workplaces and working practices on employee health and well-being and the evidence base for creating good working environments that facilitate health and well-being. Topics covered include occupational stress, employee engagement and well-being, workplace bullying and intervention to promote well-being at work. You will develop a broad perspective on employee health and well-being that takes account of a range of factors including biological psychological and social factors that impact employee well-being. The combined academic and practical focus will enhance your capability to apply an evidence based approach to issues relating to well-being at work.

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Learning and Development in Organisations (Core, 20 Credits)

This module will introduce the psychological theory and empirical evidence behind the learning and career development of individuals in a work context. You will learn and evaluate theories of career development, lifelong learning, occupational choice, training, employability, coaching and counselling. You will develop an appreciation of applied approaches taken by individuals and organisations to develop careers and compare them for their effectiveness. A broad organisational perspective will be taken to employee development which includes contemporary issues affecting careers. You will reflect critically upon the theoretical and empirical literature by applying this to real world scenarios, developing an appreciation of the psychological processes which can impact upon career.

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The Organisation (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn about the field of organisational psychology from both a theoretical/academic and applied perspective. Topics covered will include organisational culture, organisational change and development, leadership and team working. You will learn to develop a critical approach to theories and models and to identify the practical, professional and ethical issues inherent in undertaking research and practice in the area of organisational psychology. You will explore the British Psychological Society (BPS) consultancy cycle and its application. Understanding and application of the consultancy cycle forms a key requirement for those wishing to progress their career development as an occupational psychologist and can enhance the practice of non-psychologists in organisational roles.

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Employee Selection and Assessment (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn about how organisations select and assess employees in the workplace. As you examine the range of approaches that are adopted by organisations you will be able to understand why and how these are utilised most effectively. Topics include:
• Effective use of job analysis and competencies
• The use of psychometric testing such as cognitive ability and personality tests
• The design and scoring of job interviews and assessment centre
• Strategic applications of talent management
• The use of performance appraisal and performance management methods.

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Master of Fine Art (MFA) We encourage all applications to the MFA programme for entry in September 2017 to apply prior to our guaranteed application review date of 1st June 2017. After this date, we will review applications subject to there being remaining spaces on the programme.

 

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We try to reply to applicants as soon as possible but you should receive a response within 10 working days, and this will be one of the following.

  • Conditional offer which will normally be upon the completion of your undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification and achieving a particular classification or grade. You will be required to send us a confirmation that you have passed your current degree course as soon as you receive notification to enable us to confirm your offer. 
  • Unconditional offer is made if you have already met the entry requirements of your chosen course 
  • Reject your application 

You will be asked to confirm your acceptance in writing of any offer made.

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The University is committed to a system of admissions that ensures fairness, transparency and equal opportunities within the legal framework of the UK and best practice. All reasonable effort will be made to ensure that no prospective or existing student is unreasonably treated less favourably on the grounds of age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental/carer status, political belief or social or economic class, or any other type of discrimination.

Tuition Fee Assessment
Tuition fees are set at different levels for Home/EU and International Students. Before you begin your course the University must establish your tuition fee status. In many cases, the University will be able to make this assessment without requiring any additional information.

Guidance can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website www.ukcisa.org.uk to help you understand how Higher Education Institutions (HEI's) make an assessment on your fee status.

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Interviews
Applicants who may not have the standard entry qualifications are welcome to apply and may be interviewed. Some courses will interview as part of the selection process. This applies particularly to courses in art and design, teaching and health.

Health Screening
Applicants for Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Primary (Early Years) and Social Work will be required to complete a health questionnaire. They may be required to attend for doctor or nurse assessment at the University Health Centre.

Prior to beginning their programme, all applicants to Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy are advised to start a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations, available from their own GP. In addition, Midwifery applicants must provide evidence before they commence training that they are immune to Hepatitis B or have Hepatitis B non-carried status.

Applicants to these courses who have had contact with MRSA in the previous 6 months may be asked to provide evidence that they are not colonised by submitting negative swabs results prior to commencement of training. Alternatively, they may be screened on commencement of the programme.

All applicants will receive vaccination screening at the University Health Centre on commencement of their programme.

Disclosure of Criminal Background
To help the University reduce the risk of harm or injury to any member of its community caused by the criminal behaviour of other students, it must know about any relevant criminal convictions an applicant has.

Relevant criminal convictions are only those convictions for offences against the person, whether of a violent or sexual nature, and convictions for offences involving unlawfully supplying controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking. Convictions that are spent (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) are not considered to be relevant and you should not reveal them.

If you are applying for courses in teaching, health, social work and courses involving work with children or vulnerable adults, you must complete the section of your UCAS application form entitled 'Criminal Convictions'. You must disclose any criminal convictions, including spent sentences and cautions (including verbal cautions) and bindover orders. Further information on how to complete this section is available from the UCAS booklet 'How to Apply'. For these courses, applicants are required to undergo police clearance for entry and will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure form. The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). Access to the DBS checking service is only available to registered employers who are entitled by law to ask an individual to reveal their full criminal history, including spent convictions - also known as asking 'an exempted question'. The University is such a 'registered employer' and will send you the appropriate documents to fill in if you are offered a place in the course.

If you are convicted of a relevant criminal offence after you have applied, you must inform the university immediately. Do not send details of the offence; simply tell the University that you have a relevant criminal conviction. You may then be asked to supply more details.

Anti-fraud Checks
Please note that the University follows anti-fraud procedures to detect and prevent fraudulent applications. If it is found that an applicant supplies a fraudulent application then it will be withdrawn.

Plagiarism
The University reserves the right to cancel an application or withdraw any offer made if it is found that an application contains false, plagiarised or misleading information.

 

Disabled Students

Northumbria welcomes enquiries and applications from disabled students whether disability is due to mobility or sensory impairment, specific learning difficulties, mental health issues or a medical condition. Applications from disabled students are processed in the usual way, but applicants should declare their disability at the application stage so that the University can contact them to assess how to meet any support needs they may have. Disabled applicants may be invited to visit the University so that this can be done in person.

To find out more contact:
Disability Support Team
Tel +44 (0)191 227 3849 or
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The University has a thriving overseas community and applications from International students are welcome. Advice on the suitability of overseas qualifications is available from:

International Office
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Email: international@northumbria.ac.uk
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UK/EU Applicants Contact Details:

TEL: 0191 227 4444

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International Applicants Contact Details:

TEL: 00 44 191 227 4274

FAX: 00 44 191 261 1264

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