Business Psychology MSc

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MSc Business Psychology at Aston Business School

Aston University graduate Nina Voge discusses her experience of studying MSc Business Psychology.

Course overview

  • Course level
  • Course type
  • Duration
    1 year
  • Course options
    Internship / overseas study
  • School

Entry requirements

  • One of the following:
    A good UK honours degree (minimum lower second class) in a relevant subject area. This would include degrees where psychology was the main area of study. Subjects including social sciences or business studies would also be relevant. Equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University.
  • For International students:
    An official academic transcript, with official English translation, of your university grades to date, Students whose native language is not English also need to satisfy our English language requirements.
  • Full entry requirements
    See entry requirements below for full details
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Course Summary

Boost your job prospects and get set to embark on a rewarding and fulfilling career thanks to our Business Psychology MSc.

This course is an ideal introduction to human behaviour in the workplace. Gain an understanding of what makes individuals thrive at work, learn how to improve organisational performance and how to make the workplace a healthier, happier environment. 

We’re part of an elite group of world-class business schools thanks to our triple accreditation. Our graduates are equipped to secure coveted roles with leading employers. Let us kick-start your career!

The course concludes with a Business Project; a substantial piece of work designed to provide you with an opportunity to analyse a business problem and practically apply the knowledge and skills developed during the course.

You can choose to study this course as part of our double degree programme. 

Entry requirements

One of the following: 

  • A good UK honours degree (minimum lower second class) in a relevant subject area. this would include degrees where psychology was the main area of study. Subjects including social sciences or business studies would also be relevant. 

  • Equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University.

As well as:

  • Two professional references – at least one must be from an academic referee

  • An official academic transcript of your university grades to date

  • A completed application form.

For International students:

  • An official academic transcript, with an official English translation, of your university grades to date

  • Students whose native language is not English will also need to satisfy our English language requirements Pre-sessional English language programmes are available for good applicants whose English qualification falls just short of these requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

  • Postgraduate masters students enrolling with Aston Business School with a 5.5 in one of the 4 IELTS sections will be required to engage with English language tuition as part of the Professional Development Programme (PDP). There will be no extra cost to the student.

Applicants with extensive work experience:

We recognise the value of extensive professional experience. If you do not have the academic qualifications, but have extensive and relevant professional experience and a proven ability to succeed, we would welcome your application.

Why choose us?

This course is accredited by the Association for Business Psychology.

We are one of just 1% of business schools in the world to hold AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation.

Our reputation for student satisfaction and teaching quality is excellent. The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) has recognised this by presenting us with a Gold Award, its high possible accolade. TEF said that our students achieved ‘consistently outstanding outcomes’, with very high proportions of students going into highly skilled employment or further study.

Our students have been successful in securing positions with prestigious international companies, leading consultancy firms and academic institutions. We equip you with the transferable skills to work in a variety of different business functions, from human resource management to learning and development. Recent graduates gained employment with Transport for London, Ministry of Defence, Ford Motor Company and the Open Unviersity. Whatever role you want to pursue, we can help you get your foot on the career ladder.

Our courses offer a range of opportunities to gain practical experience through things such as, consultancy projects and entrepreneurial opportunities. Find out more here. 

Fees and scholarships

Fees 2019/20

UK/EU:          £ 10,400
International:  £16,300

If there is sufficient demand from students you may be offered a chance to study the British Psychological Society (BPS) qualification in test use.  There will be an additional cost for this.

Find out more about our scholarships here

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Association for Business Psychology and students on this course are eligible for student membership while they study.

The programme is NOT accredited by the BPS and graduates would not be eligible for registration with the HCPC as a practitioner psychologist.

Course outline

This course is open to graduates from a variety of academic backgrounds, but particularly relevant to psychology, social science and business graduates at undergraduate level. We teach you the fundamental theory behind organisational behaviour and explore how this can be applied in real-life business scenarios. The programme will develop your knowledge, understanding as well as your skills in relation to human behaviour in the workplace. It will prepare you for a wide range of business and management roles across a variety of sectors.

The core modules address key topics in organisational behaviour and work psychology. You’ll examine people and relationships within a professional context and explore increasingly influential areas of study, such as how to assess individuals, design selection procedures, employee well-being, talent management, employee reward and change management. You’ll also gain a detailed understanding of the importance of organisational behaviour in relation to its effectiveness.

We provide you with a critical understanding of the main theories of effective leadership. Through case studies, you’ll examine how leadership concepts are applied in practice and have opportunities to develop your leadership skills through group activities and workshops. This knowledge and experience will help you to understand, predict and successfully manage people in working environments in the future.

You will develop a range of specific practical skills and learn how to apply these to different organisational settings, such as the public or private sectors. We’ll teach you about effective training and development tools, methods of employee appraisal as well as negotiating techniques, which are key to dealing with difficult workplace situations.

If there is sufficient demand from students you may be offered a chance to study the British Psychological Society (BPS) qualification in test use.  There will be an additional cost for this.

You’ll benefit from learning from one of the best known and most successful academic groups in work and business psychology in Europe. The School is recognised as being at the forefront of research into this field. It also boasts experienced practitioners, who’ve many years of experience working for businesses across the world. You’ll find their practical knowledge of organisational behaviour and workplace psychology incredibly valuable.

We use a mix of innovative and inspiring teaching methods to enable you to get the most from the course. There are practical workshops, case studies, group work, lectures and tutorials, all delivered in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. This allows you to explore, test and apply what you’ve learnt and will ensure you gain a deep understanding of the organisational behaviour. 

Subject guide and modules

Core modules

  • Organisational Behaviour 
  • Organisational Development 
  • Learning and Talent Development 
  • Research Methods 
  • Assessment, Performance and Reward 
  • Strategy, Change and Leadership
  • Professional Development Programme (PDP)
  • Business Project

Optional modules - choose two from the following:

  • Employee Relations in Context  
  • Careers and Counselling
  • Employee Relations and Counselling
  • Strategic and International Human Resource Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Management of Innovation
  • Economic Environment of Business  
Professional Development Programme

More than a Masters

The Professional Development Programme (PDP) is an integrated module which runs throughout your course. Focusing on professional development and employability, this module gives you the opportunity to identify, develop and apply the key skills you will gain throughout the year. You'll have the opportunity to:

  • Develop your academic skills
  • Build a portfolio of professional business skills
  • Study abroad with one of our international partners, undertake an internship placement in the UK or overseas or get involved in a global business challenge simulation.
Learning, teaching and assessment

We’re committed to delivering this course in an innovative and inspiring way. Our teaching is interactive and encourages participation. This ensures you get the most of out of your studies and you enjoy the time you spend in the classroom.

We use a range of teaching methods, such as lectures, tutorials, case studies, workshop activities, group work and critical thinking exercises. You’ll learn from experts working in the industry, who will deliver guest lectures and share their experiences of real-life business scenarios. Skills workshops will help you to develop various professional competences, such as interviewing, report writing, presenting and questionnaire and survey design. This emphasis on practical skills is key to enhancing your employability and will provide you with a competitive edge when applying for graduate positions.

Our assessment methods vary across modules but include assessed case studies, coursework essays, group or individual presentations and closed book examinations.

Our online learning platform will support you with your studies. It has all the digital resources you need when revising, including lecture slides, access e-books and online journals, as well as video recordings of teaching sessions.

Student experience and employability

Overseas opportunities

We benefit from an extensive network of partner institutions, including some of the highest ranked business schools in Europe, such as Kedge Business School in France. We also have partnerships with universities worldwide, from Australia, to China, and USA to Singapore.

You’ll have the chance to gain valuable work experience as part of this course. It’s a fantastic opportunity to apply your learning within a business environment. A work placement will also enhance your CV and help you stand out from the crowd when applying for graduate roles.

You can spend up to 12 months on a work placement with a company of your choice, in the UK or overseas. Our students have been successful in gaining work placements with leading international companies, non-governmental organisations as well as small businesses. They’ve benefitted from gaining hands-on experience across a number of roles, such as Human Resources Advisor and Research Assistant.

We also give you the opportunity to support start-ups and SMEs with business projects through our Aston Business Clinic. Working with other students, you’ll collaborate to solve a strategic problem for a company.

Our careers team is always on hand to help you find work placements and graduate positions. The team can also lend their expertise to assist you with your CV and interview technique.

Trips and visits

There will be a series of networking opportunities and guest lectures during your time here. Industry professionals visit campus as guest speakers and provide you with an insight into specific roles, practises and challenges related to occupational psychology.

Recruitment fairs take place regularly with graduate employers visiting campus and providing information on their graduate vacancies and training programmes. These are a great opportunity to meet with companies, get an insight into their requirements and see if they match what you’re looking for in an employer.

Various Schools within the University, societies and sports clubs organise various field-trips and leisure activities throughout the year. You’ll have chance to find out more about these on campus.  

January Start 2020/21

For January Start 2020 the structure of the course will differ from September 2019 start.

January to April 2020

You will study the first set of taught modules from January to April 2020.  There are a total of 8 modules plus a Business Project or Dissertation and the Professional Development Programme (PDP).  Most students will study these in two groups of 4 modules.  However, the choice of options does mean that some students will choose to undertake 5 modules in one group and 3 modules in another.

April to September 2020

You will then study the Professional Development Programme (PDP) module, and complete your business project/dissertation from April to September.

There are three possible streams to choose from for the Professional Development Programme (PDP):         

  • Work experience: If you select to gain work experience you will need to have your proposed work approved before proceeding. We will support you in finding work experience, and we do source a number of projects for students to undertake, however we do not find work placements for students.
  • Business simulation: (This will involve attending a series of on-campus seminars and activities over a five-week period during May/June.)
  • PIPE Club: (support in setting up your own business). (This will involve attending a series of on-campus seminars and activities over a five-week period during May/June.)

Please note

Due to the timing of the second set of taught modules it is not possible for January Start students to study abroad as part of the Professional Development (PDP) module.

Business Project/Dissertation

The business project/dissertation is a major piece of work, with the exact requirements varying according to your degree programme. Your programme director will explain the requirements for your degree to you.

You will be assigned a supervisor to support you in your studies. You will be able to apply the knowledge that you have learnt from the first 4 modules in completing your project/dissertation. Your research and reflections will, no doubt, raise new questions about business and you will be able to explore these further in the second set of taught modules.

September 2020 to December 2020

The remaining taught modules will then be studied from September through to Christmas, with the exams taking place in early January.

Students will join with the new starters who join us in September for this set of modules. This gives the advantage of meeting a new group of colleagues, and broadening out the learning experience.

September 2020 to January 2021

You will study the second set of taught modules from September to December.  Exams will be undertaken in early January.

Details of when in the year you will study two optional modules will be confirmed at the start of the course and will depend on the modules that you choose.

What is special about Aston University?

The Business School staff as well as its location within Birmingham city centre.

Lowri Evans
Research Assistant, University of Birmingham
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What's it like to study at Aston?

Aston is very diverse, it's challenging and dynamic. It was the best time of my life with great engaging professionals, professors and friends

Natalya Chekanovych
Global Management Trainee, British American Tobacco

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