MSc in Business Psychology

Heriot Watt Unviersity Dubai

Program Description

MSc in Business Psychology

Heriot Watt Unviersity Dubai

Overview

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.

January entrants

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.

Course content

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).

Core courses

  • 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 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.

Dissertation

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.

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.

Career

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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated October 19, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Jan. 2019
Sept. 2019
Duration
Duration
1 - 2 years
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Price
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81,900 AED
All tuition fees inclusive of VAT
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United Arab Emirates - Academic City, Dubai
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