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MSc Organisational and Social Psychology (Part-Time)

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Part Time

2 Years
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9672 GBP
9672 GBP
9672 GBP

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Social Psychology
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)107
TOEFL-PBT (min)627

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About this course

This 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.

The 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 program is informed throughout by a dual objective: a rigorous approach to theory yet one firmly placed within the context of emerging organisational issues and relevant debates in the area. It addresses, at its core, the interface and synthesis of social psychological processes with practice in interdisciplinary domains in organisational and communities.

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Eligibility Criteria

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. 

2:1 in social science. Relevant professional experience can also be considered.

English requirement:

If an applicant is offering IGCSE in English as a First Language without the optional component (as above), and has been educated in the medium of English during their five most recent years of study (prior to 1 October 2015), then we will accept the qualification as sufficient evidence of English language proficiency.

You can meet our language requirements in the following ways:

  • Your first language is English, or
  • Your current or previous degree is taught/assessed entirely in English (we will need official confirmation of this if it is not stated on your transcript), or
  • You have passed a recognised Standardised English Language Test (SELT) at an appropriate level.

For degree programmes outside the UK you will need to obtain at least 70 per cent of the available marks in your final year examinations. If your institution uses the cumulative grade point average (GPA) system you should normally have a GPA of at least 3.5 (out of 4) or above.

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Course Modules

For each MSc programme, students study two modular courses(termed "half-unit options") offered from within the department(although it is also possible to take an outside module).

Core Courses

  • PS400 Contemporary Social and Cultural Psychology (1 unit)
  • PS404 Organisational Social Psychology (1 unit)
  • PS429 The Social Psychology of Communication (1 unit)
  • PS465 Psychology of Economic Life (1 unit)

(1 unit):

  • PS4A5 Methods for Social Psychological Research: Intermediate Qualitative and Quantitative Methods.
  • Quantitative Methods (Information to be provided at a later date)
  • PS497 Dissertation (1 unit)

Courses to the value of one full unit from the following half-unit Optional Courses (students must do two of these):

  • PS409 Political Psychology of Intercultural Relations (½ unit)
  • PS410 Social Representations (½ unit)
  • PS415 Social Psychology of Economic Life (½ unit)
  • PS418 Social Psychology of Health Communication (½ unit)
  • PS421 Issues in Social Psychology: Group Dynamics (½ Unit)
  • PS428 Knowledge Processes in Organisations (½ Unit)
  • PS438 Corporate Communication (½ unit)
  • PS439 Science, Technology and Resistance (½ unit)
  • PS443A Societal Psychology
  • PS445 Organisational and Social Decision-Making (½ unit)
  • PS446 Issues in Organizational and Social Psychology: Organizational Life (½ unit)
  • PS451 Cognition and Culture (½ unit)
  • PS456 Consumer Psychology (½ unit)
  • PS458 Creativity and Innovation (½ unit)
  • PS462 Theory and Practice of Organisational Development (½ unit)
  • PS464 Social Influence

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How to Apply

You must apply early, as competition for programmes at LSE is intense. Your application will not be considered until we have received all your supporting documents. Wherever possible you should submit all of your documents with your online application. You should expect to wait an average of 8 weeks for a decision when applying for a taught programme, decisions for a research programme may take longer than this.

Important: LSE expects all applicants to complete their application materials without the use of paid agents, credentials services, or other paid professional assistance. The use of such services may lead to the rejection of application materials, the revocation of an admissions offer, cancellation of admission, or involuntary withdrawal from the University.

You should also upload your supporting documents with your application. You should scan and upload your transcripts and request references to be submitted online. The online application allows you to submit your complete application securely and quickly. Your application will not be processed until we have received all the required documents.

Supporting documents

All applications must be accompanied by supporting documents. Some of these are required by all applicants, others are only needed for specific programmes. Details of specific requirements are given on the programme pages.

  • Use common sense when reading this information. We are being as clear as we can about our requirements and there are no trick questions or hidden traps.
  • We ask you to provide the documents as requested (or as close to them as you can manage) so that we can make a good decision on your application.
  • Don't overload your application with extra documents - the selectors won't have time to read them and we really don't need them.
  • Don't panic about the length of your personal statement or research proposal - just be sensible about what you want to write and how much a selector might want to read.
  • We offer guidance to help you. Read it and act sensibly on it.
  • Please do not send supporting documents directly to departments as this will delay your application.

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