The details
Location: Online Mode of study: Part-time Qualification: PG Dip Indicative duration: 16 months
Start date: Tuition fee: £7,891 For queries: Call +44 (0) 1206 489 358 Delivered by: Kaplan Open Learning

Organisational psychologists are in great demand as businesses are increasingly turning to psychology to motivate employees, recruit staff, understand markets and change institutional behaviour. So there has never been a better time than now to explore your interest in business psychology and pursue a career in this field.

This 100% online and part-time PG Dip Organisational Psychology* is an employability focused programme that includes varied and applied assessment activities to help you build real-world workplace skills. You will learn the principles and practices of organisational psychologists and gain transferrable skills that are valued by a wide range of professions.

Your course will cover interdisciplinary topics within the fields of business and psychology including:

  • the concept of psychological assessment at work and how to conduct this process as a practising organisational psychologist
  • the significance of human resource development within a global context
  • the nature, meaning and process of developing people in the organisation to the fullest of their capabilities
  • the main qualitative and quantitative research methods used for data collection and analysis

On successful completion of this course, you will have the opportunity to advance onto the MSc Organisational Psychology.

*The start date and details of this course are still subject to University approval. In the event that approval is not granted by your course start date, an alternative date will be offered or a full refund given. If we need to make changes to this programme as part of the University of Essex validation process, we will communicate these to you at the earliest possible date.

Why we’re great

  • One of only a few 100% online and part-time organisational psychology courses. With various start dates throughout the year, you can begin your journey towards a new career whenever it works best for you.
  • The course has been designed with an emphasis on employability from the start, including elements that focus on CV writing, oral presentations and research skills.
  • The flexible mode of study allows you to gain a respected qualification while continuing in your current career.

Thinking about your career in psychology? Want to develop transferable skills within this field? In this defining module, you’ll explore essential topics related to this fieldincluding the history and philosophy of psychological inquiry, and the major paradigms of research and ethics

Gain a foundational level of knowledge covering the concept and significance of strategic Human Resource Development (HRD) in a global context. This helpful module critically engages strategic HRDas well as learning and talent development practices and policiesat individual, group, organisational, national and international levels. 

What is SPSS? Hows data gathered in psychology? Get ready to gain knowledge in qualitative and quantitative research methods and apply these skills in a professional setting. By the end of this comprehensive module, you’ll be able to interpret and present your results, while continuing to build your skills portfolio.

Understanding employees’ experience at work is vital to help create a good working environment. This module predominantly focuses on the design and application of assessment for selection and introduces you to how you would conduct this process as a practicing business psychologist. 

Mentoring and coaching are key interventions adopted for the development of talent within an organisation. This stimulating module critically engages the nature and meaning of the two different concepts, as well as a variety of models and frameworks used for effective mentoring and coaching within organisations. 

How do human resources and people management operate in a global context? Find out on this informative module. You’ll examine the economic, institutional, social and global contexts of people management. Not only that, you’ll learn in-depth about globalisation and the demographic, social and technological advancements affecting HR strategies. 

Diversity management is key to organisational growth, so learn more about it in this insightful module. You’ll critically appraise the key concepts of delivering effective policies and practices – while discovering how the development of diverse talent helps improve organisational performance, problem-solving and decision making. 

Gain a broad introduction to the concept of leadership and management development – a topic that remains high on HR and corporate executive agendas. This defining module will introduce you to leadership and management in a global context, so that upon completion, you can analyse the design and implementation of key interventions, policies and strategies. 

Advance your knowledge of research approaches and techniques to be able to prepare for the MSc Psychology Dissertation. The focus is on critical thinking where you’ll be encouraged to think critically about the different approaches to research design and the kinds of knowledge that can be gained. 

Teaching methods

Studying online gives you the freedom to study when and where it suits you – at home, during your lunch hour or anywhere else you have internet access.

Our courses are delivered through a virtual learning environment (VLE) instead of a traditional campus. This means you will have access to your study materials 24/7, including:

  • multimedia lecturecasts made up of written content, short videos, animation, audio recordings, infographics, short tests and mini-assignments
  • discussion forums for you to chat about the course content with fellow students
  • live skills workshops with your tutors
  • a comprehensive eLibrary of textbooks and academic journals
  • support from academic staff and your dedicated Student Support team

To ensure you receive the support you need from your tutor, we cap our class sizes at 20 students.

 

Assessment methods

Rather than fretting about exams, you will be assessed exclusively through assignments. This can be by engaging in discussion forums throughout your modules, completing reflective journal entries, or by submitting longer written pieces.

We are committed to providing frequent and transparent feedback through the following ways:

  • Our assessment criteria are designed to be simple and transparent.
  • You will always be aware of your current provisional grade, right from the start of the programme.
  • You will be able to view your marks clearly in your gradebook whenever you log onto the learning platform.
  • There is a 7-day turnaround for marking and feedback of assessed work.
  • You will have regular contact with your Student Support team, with whom you can discuss any concerns as soon as they arise.

 

Study duration

Our PG Dip Organisational Psychology has an indicative study duration of 16 months, which is a guide to how long your course will take to complete. The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability.

It’s possible to complete your studies faster than the indicative course duration by doubling up on modules at certain times; however, minimum study durations do apply.

Our academic year is organised into modules, typically with a one- or two-week break between modules and a structured three-week break for the Christmas period. Students will receive a course timetable during the application process.

All of our courses have regular start dates throughout the year.

On successful completion of your course, you will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.

On completion of this course, you will have developed the knowledge and skills that will be useful in roles in organisational development, human resources, and employee training, as well as marketing, sales and management related disciplines. This course will also be beneficial for careers within academia and research, enabling you to progress to a PhD or professional doctorate in a related field.

We know that many people from non-traditional backgrounds would succeed on our courses! That’s why we offer two different entry routes, taking into account your prior work experience and relevant qualifications. You will also need to meet our English language requirements.

Additionally, you will need to pass your first assignment set within your two-week induction period of the course in order to continue with your studies.

 

Academic entry route

In order to satisfy the academic entry route requirements for our PG Dip Organisational Psychology, you must have the following qualifications as a minimum:

  • an undergraduate degree from an approved institution, equivalent to a UK Honours degree, or a relevant professional qualification

 

Work experience entry route

In order to satisfy the work experience entry route requirements for our PG Dip Organisational Psychology, you must meet the following criteria:

  • at least 3 years’ experience (voluntary or paid) within a relevant field, supported by 2 appropriate references. A relevant field may include one in marketing and sales, human resources, employee training, and management.

 

English language requirements

As our courses are delivered in English, a high proficiency with English is required. If English is not your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5. Don’t worry if you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification – we offer a free online English test to assess your proficiency.

You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

Full tuition fee: £7,891 (2022-23) Δ

  • Simple monthly payment plan available, enabling you to spread the cost over the duration of your studies.
  • Full payment discount of 5% if you pay upfront.
  • Partial scholarship available for international students residing in specific regions outside of the UK.
  • Alumni discount of 10% of the tuition fee available if you are a previous graduate with the University of Essex or University of Essex Online.
  • 10% corporate discount available when three or more of your employees study with us. 
  • Postgraduate student loans are available in England for full Masters degrees only.

Please note that a maximum of two discounts or scholarships can be applied. The corporate discount can only be used in combination with our upfront payment discount, but not in conjunction with any other discount or scholarship. Find out more information about our discounts and scholarships here.

Our course fees are fully inclusive – all teaching materials and required reading are included, and there are no hidden charges for assessments or resits. We also charge the same fee for domestic and international students.

Δ All tuition fees shown are net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed during the payment process.

Subject specialists, industry authorities and experienced academics: the tutors who teach modules on our PG Dip Organisational Psychology are experts in the fields of psychology and business.

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