The programme is aimed at people already in, or aspiring towards, a career in management or human resource-related fields within any industry. It also provides training for those wishing to pursue specialist consultancy work in business psychology. This programme provides a detailed understanding of various aspects of psychology relevant to the workplace. Students may find some subject areas familiar from previous studies in business management. In all areas, however, the business psychology approach is to utilise primary research data and psychological principles to analyse situations and develop evidence-based policies.
Students starting the programme in January should note that it runs full-time for 2 semesters (12 months) + dissertation (February to April, 3 months) (total 16 months), or part-time runs for 4 semesters (24 months) + dissertation (March to August, 6 months) (total 30 months).
Students enrolling for the January intake programmes are not required to be on campus during the summer break.
MSc students take all of the courses listed over a one or two-year period. The Postgraduate Diploma is awarded to students who pass all of the taught courses but do not continue on to the Master’s thesis. To gain the Postgraduate Certificate, students must pass any four of the eight taught elements.
The Business Psychology curriculum is complemented by a series of professional development activities to build academic and personal skills, consult with organisations and acquire additional accredited certificates (where available).
- Social and Organisational Change – the processes of individual and group change and the concept of resistance.
- Psychology of Coaching – introducing the practice of coaching and its background in counselling theory.
- Psychology for Marketing – exploring consumer behaviour, including cognition and perception in retail environments and the social psychology of persuasion.
- Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics – the importance of workspace design and the impact of the environment on human error and performance.
- Organisational Culture – analysing the concept of culture and its impact on employees.
- Leadership – introducing the concept of power and how this relates to leadership in the business setting.
- Diversity – looking at diversity from an individual identity perspective and examining the success of diversity management programmes.
- Research Methods – research design, both qualitative and quantitative, relevant to the Master’s thesis.
An MSc thesis is undertaken by students once they have completed and passed all taught courses. Students work individually with a project supervisor to design, carry out and present a formal project, applying psychology to their workplace. Students must show academic achievement in the taught courses to be considered eligible for the project.
Business psychologists may be employed in-house or as consultants to advise on issues relating to workforce performance and employee behaviour. In addition, a deeper understanding of people’s behaviour in the workplace is an important skill for managers in any industry. This degree therefore directly enhances the potential of graduates pursuing careers in management, training and human capital roles as well as in the fast-growing field of business psychology itself. The knowledge can equally be applied to any role in which employee or client relations are important for success.
English language requirements
Where English was not the medium of instruction during previous education, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5. Applicants should note that requirements for English language proficiency will focus particularly on written English.
Our Dubai Campus operates a rolling year-round admissions process: as soon as one intake has closed we begin accepting applications for the next one. It is also possible for you to defer your start date for up to a year.
Most students apply 6–10 months in advance of their chosen intake. We can accept applications up until 3 weeks before the start of each intake but you should note that a late application will almost certainly mean a delay in the provision of essential administrative services, such as your student matriculation card (without which you won't be able to access the library or online services).