This course focuses on the contribution of applied psychology to our understanding and practice of management within organisations.
Psychology degree holders
The MSc Management Psychology shares modules with the MSc Occupational Psychology and the MSc 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).
The course comprises 180 credits, split across 120 credits’ worth of core and optional taught modules. The remaining 60 credits are formed of the Applied Research Project.
The structure is designed to facilitate the planning of both course-related and non-course related activities:
- Students receive a timetable and Year planner at the outset of the academic year detailing dates of all attendance requirements and all assessments for the year
- Attendance requirements are primarily timetabled from Tuesday to Thursday
Over the summer period towards the end of the course, you will undertake an applied research project, which will give you the opportunity to cover and apply theories addressed on the course in more depth.
The research project is a piece of real-world research that can be carried out in any part of the world. This might be of particular interest to students from outside the UK, who may welcome an opportunity to collect data from their home community and may even conduct their research project from abroad, provided contact with their supervisor can be maintained.
Qualification in Psychological Testing
Students have the an opportunity to obtain an additional, separate qualification in Psychological Testing (Level A and Level B) which is a BPS (British Psychological Society) qualification.
You will be required to study the following core modules:
Employee Relations and Motivation
This module introduces the important issue of motivation and employee relations at work, and considers the contribution that psychological theory makes to our understanding of these areas.
The module also considers the role of the psychological contract as a concept for understanding management/employee relations, explores the issue of conflict and bullying in organisations and discusses issues around diversity.
Strategic and Human Resource Management
This modulee covers:
- What is Strategy: Basic concepts and a short case study
- Strategy as positioning: Environmental analysis, industry analysis and generic strategies. (Case Study)
- The resource based view of the firm. Resources and capabilities; core competencies, strategic intent and corporate imagination. (Case Study).
- Strategic human resource management: open and closed models. HRM practices. (Case Study), International strategic human resource management.
Introduction to Management Psychology
The MSc in Management Psychology is designed to provide a theoretical and practical understanding of the contribution that psychology makes to improving the effectiveness and well-being of organisations. It is intended for those who are interested in applying the insights from psychology, particularly occupational psychology, in a practical organisational context, either as a line manager, human resource manager or consultant.
This module has four main aims:
- To provide an introduction to the nature and contribution of applied psychology
- To focus on the core topics of organisation, leadership and employee engagement
- To help participants develop the critical skills required for postgraduate study and to undertake their research project
- To promote mutual understanding and cooperation between the management psychology cohort
Workplace Counselling and Career Development
This module concerns workplace counselling and career development. The module provides a general introduction to the nature and psychological background of career development, and students are given the opportunity to explore the practical implications by planning their own career development. Students also study the main approaches, application and effectiveness of workplace counselling.
Introduction to Research Methods
Gain the knowledge and skills to effectively plan and design research as well as to critically appraise published research. You will be introduced to how to write a literature review in a systematic way, how to write a research proposal, study designs (including developing research questions), ethics and practical issues when planning and conducting research.
The module also covers designing questionnaires, psychometric issues such as reliability and validity, using interviews and focus groups, and use if the internet and an introduction to online research methods.
The module covers the core consultancy skills required by those studying occupational, work and organisational, occupational health and health psychology. It also considers ethical issues and the Code of Conduct of the British Psychological Society.
Organisational Development and Change
This module provides an introduction to various approaches to understanding organisations and the environments in which they operate. Areas covered include:
- Perspectives on organisational development and change
- Evaluation of change
- Organisational development interventions
- Organisations & organisational culture
- Teamworking Leadership and change
Training in Organisations
The first part of the module focuses on theories of learning and the application of these to training development and design in organisations. Issues relating to training needs analysis, training transfer and evaluation of training are also considered.
The second part of the module focuses on the design and operation of performance appraisals in organisations, with particular emphasis on fairness in appraisals and a critical evaluation of the use of 360 degree feedback. Using case studies and organisational scenarios students will consider the practical aspects of developing and delivering training programmes and appraisals in organisations.
This module will be assessed by an two-part examination, reflecting each part of the module
Qualitative Research Methods
This module considers a range of qualitative approaches suitable for psychologists. Students will be introduced to the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings and practical application of a number of qualitative research methods. The teaching will combine lectures, workshops, student-led seminars and self-directed study. Specific topics included will be:
- developing qualitative research questions
- consideration of philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of qualitative methods
- choosing an appropriate qualitative method
- the methods available
- ethical issues in qualitative research
- evaluation and critical appraisal of qualitative research evidence
Occupational Selection and Assessment
This module covers contemporary issues in selection and assessment both from a psychological perspective and as an important personnel system for organisations. It provides discussion of: the nature of the selection system, organisational and job analysis, recruitment, selection interviewing and psychometric testing, selection validation, the nature and use of assessment centres, and the adverse impact of selection methods.
The emphasis throughout the module is on selection as a process comprising an identification stage, a design and delivery stage, and an evaluation stage, with multiple feedback loops between stages.
Introduction to Quantitative Workplace Data
- Research goals (description, explanation, prediction, control)
- Variables (IV, DV, confounding)
- Research questions and hypotheses
- Quantitative data collection (approaches to and issues in quantitative measurement)
- Research design (cross-sectional, prospective, longitudinal, intervention)
- Measures of central tendency
- Measures of dispersion
- Levels of measurement
- Statistical significance
- Introduction to SPSS
- Tests of association (correlation, linear regression, logistic regression)
Applied Research Project
Empirical research project in applied psychology.
The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. This course page may be updated over the duration of the course, as modules may change due to developments in the curriculum or in the research interests of staff.
Teaching methods and assessment
A variety of teaching methods are used on this course including lectures, seminars, workshops and self-managed learning groups. Assessment is carried out through exams, essays, dissertations and field-based project work. On some occasions you 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 you to demonstrate knowledge of the topic and important transferable skills.
Part-time students are taught alongside full-time students and the choice of modules (and therefore the timetable) is flexible and a matter for agreement between you and the 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.
As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, such as printing, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses. You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies or more specific titles.
Scholarships and bursaries
Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) funding
Applicants who will be employed by the NHS in the East Midlands while they are undertaking their studies may be eligible to apply for Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) funding through the Health Education England East Midlands. Funding will be available for both full programmes and individual modules.
Government loans for masters courses
Masters student loans of up to £10,906 are available for taught and research masters courses. Applicants must ordinarily live in the UK or EU.
International and EU students
Masters scholarships are available for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure you apply for your course with enough time.
We provide guidance on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study. You can also access specific funding opportunities, entry requirements and other resources for students from specific countries.