Our Msc in Organisational and Social Psychology focuses on the understanding of the interaction between organisations and the people who lead and work with/in them. We draw on the best in social science research to build new insights for diagnosing organisational problems as well as for understanding and intervening to build new organisational capabilities.
Our program feeds from two overlapping perspectives:
* Organisational behaviour (or "micro") seeks answers to important questions about individuals and groups and draws primarily on psychology and social psychology, including theory on decision making, creativity, activity theory, stress, motivation etc.
* Organizational theory (or "macro") seeks to understand how organisations come to be structured the way they are, how they are related to each other, and how their structures and relationships change over time, as well as the effects of these structures and relationships on individual members and organizational performance. It draws primarily on cultural studies, sociology, social philosophy and management science and includes theory on organisational culture, change and power, networks, knowledge systems etc.
These two areas come together in our program in what has come to be known as "meso" organisational work. This cross-level work bridges the individual and organisational levels by analysing how organisation-level phenomena (such as culture and identity) shape individual and group behaviour and how individual actions in turn shape organisational processes and outcomes.
The MSc in Organisational and Social Psychology will be of particular benefit to those who already have some experience of working in organisations or organisational consultancy and who would like to develop their understanding in relation to innovative practice in general management, consulting, and human resource management, and of creative ways of working with others in and around organisations. Please note that it is not the aim of this programme to offer a foundation level training in organisational management skills as might typically be expected from a Master´s course in Business Administration.
The programme consists of four course units, including compulsory and optional courses and a research report. A weekly professional seminar series in the Lent term provides students on the course with the opportunity to debate with professionals, managers and consultants working on a variety of organisational contexts.
Please also note that the programme structure is currently under review and the structure offered may differ from that listed below.
Compulsory courses(* half unit)
* Organisational Social Psychology
* Research Methods
* Research report of 10,000 words on a topic approved by your supervisor
Choose to the value of one unit:
* Gender and Media Representation*
* Cultural Constructions of the Body*
* Social Representations*
* Current Communication Research*
* The Social Psychology of Economic Life*
* Social Psychology of Health Communication*
* Issues in Social Psychology: Evolutionary Social Psychology*
* Knowledge Processes in Organisations*
* Representations, Institutions and Communities*
* Corporate Communications*
* Science, Technology and Resistance*
* Societal Psychology*
* Organisational and Social Decision Making*
* Issues in Organisational and Social Psychology: Organisational Life*
* Psychoanalysis and Communication*
* Cognition and Culture*
* Inter-cultural Relations and Racism*
* Theory and Practice of Organisational Development*
* An approved course or courses to the value of one half unit from any other MSc programme in the School
Not all these courses may be available in any one year.
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