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Psychology in Business MSc

Learn to apply specialist psychological insights to boost the effectiveness of businesses and successfully sell services or products. If you’re creative, innovative and ready to transform your leadership understanding and skills, join us and reach your potential.

Overview

Course length: 1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Start dates: September 2023
Location: Edge Hill University
Subject(s): Business and ManagementPsychology
Faculty: Arts and Sciences
Department: Psychology
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Can innovation and creativity be taught? How can psychology be used in sales and marketing? Does being a good team player depend on the fit between your role and personality? Is there a blueprint for a 21st century career?

Our MSc Psychology in Business is designed for graduates in psychology or a related discipline. You’ll learn advanced skills needed to thrive in a range of organisations, from start-ups to multinationals.

Our course is centred around creativity, innovation, communication, teamwork, leadership and management. You’ll be taught by our expert staff in an immersive and supportive environment and have access to ultra-modern teaching and learning facilities in our £6 million Law and Psychology building.

We pride ourselves on the fact that our course is designed to be organic – which means you’ll learn from undertaking projects and activities that are derived from your own motives, knowledge and experience.

What you'll study

You’ll focus on contemporary issues and challenges facing organisations today. And you’ll look at the nature of leadership and management roles, and the impact and influence of development interventions.

Modules encourage you to utilise the psychology of creativity, innovation, sales and marketing. You’ll also explore the application of perspectives and insights from core areas of psychology to leadership, motivation, recruitment and employee wellbeing, as well as the role of psychometrics in selection, assessment and development.

Our MSc Psychology in Business will equip you with the professional skills you need for a successful career. You’ll practise teamwork and communication in small groups with supportive Dragons’ Den assessments. Together with individual reflective commentaries, you’ll also benefit from detailed expert advice.

Compulsory modules:

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Advanced Professional Skills

Applied Psychometrics: Personality and Individual Differences in Selection, Assessment and Development

Leading Future Direction

Leading, Managing and Developing People

Organisational Psychology

Psychology Masters Dissertation

Psychology of Creativity and Innovation

Psychology of Sales and Marketing

Psychology of Teamwork

How you'll study

The programme adopts ‘Professional Action Learning’ (PAL) methodology for selected modules, developed from the classic Revans approach. These modules are designed with a series of day schools/workshops using group-based discussion and action, with 5-6 students per group.

Other modules will take a more traditional approach and require attendance at one seminar per week. These sessions will be a combination of tutor-led and student-developed interactive activities. You will also be encouraged to engage with your tutors on a one-to-one basis.

The module timetables are structured so that all contact time falls on a maximum of three days per week.

You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed through a combination of group-based presentations, written assignments, individual reflective portfolios and a 10,000 word dissertation.

Who will be teaching you

The programme will be delivered by a cross-department team of academic experts from the Department of Psychology and the Business School who have specialist knowledge of areas such as marketing, sales, teamwork, psychological assessment and professional development.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or upper second-class honours (2:1 or above) in psychology or a cognate discipline involving human sciences, including business and management, geography, social sciences, sport and exercise science, or a health-related subject.

Students with a lower second class honours degree (2:2) may be admitted at the department’s discretion, based on evidence of relevant experience and/or prior learning.

An interview forms part of the selection process.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.5, with a score no lower than 6.0 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

There is an online application process for this course.

Please choose the application form for your preferred intake date and mode of study.

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Facilities

Law and Psychology buildingThe £6million Law and Psychology building provides contemporary teaching and learning facilities for students in the Department of Psychology and the School of Law, Criminology and Policing.

The three-storey building includes a 250-seat lecture theatre, seminar and tutorial rooms, and social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning. There are also specially designed laboratory and experimental facilities for psychological research.

Some modules will be delivered in Edge Hill Business School where the £8million teaching and learning facilities include a 100-seat lecture theatre, modern seminar and meeting rooms, social learning areas, and an attractive roof garden and atrium.

Where you'll study

Law and Psychology

Business School

Learning resources

Psychology resources include state-of-the-art eye trackers, transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) methods, and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) for examining cognitive functioning and brain activity. Other specialist laboratories include a group testing laboratory, bi-directional observation rooms, a ‘bar simulation laboratory’ (for alcohol research), audio-visual suites and dedicated IT facilities equipped with subject specific software installed to support experimental work.

Finance

Tuition fees

UK Full-Time

£8,500

a year

UK Part-Time

£47 per credit

for 180 credits

Tuition fees for international students joining the course in academic year 2023/24 are still to be announced. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

You’ll graduate with the skills and expertise to go into a wide range of careers. You’ll have a competitive advantage in areas such as human resources, market research, recruitment and training and sales and marketing. Job roles include:

  • Entrepreneur
  • Industrial Counsellor
  • Industrial-organisational Psychologist
  • Corporate Consultant
  • Human Factors Specialist
  • Customer Relationship Specialist
  • Employee Retention Consultant
  • Professional Development Coach
  • Customer Service Manager
  • Change Management Specialist

If you’ve previously gained eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society, you’ll be well placed to continue your progress towards becoming a chartered psychologist. You’ll now have a deeper knowledge of organisations and contemporary business environments.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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