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MSc Organisational and Social Psychology

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Investigating the function of groups and organisations.

This programme addresses, at its core, the interface between social psychological processes and organisational systems.

Our MSc Organisational and Social Psychology (OSP) is a world leading master's degree programme. It addresses, at its core, the interface between social psychological processes and organisational systems, and how these shape the performance and well-being of individuals and institutions.

Through drawing on classic and contemporary social and organisational psychology research, we teach students new and critical insights for diagnosing and addressing organisational problems, explaining job performance, understanding workplace relations, and improving organisational capabilities. By pursuing this degree, you will acquire state of the art knowledge about key organisational psychology processes such as learning and creativity, organisational culture and identity, leadership, decision making, well-being, teamwork, innovation, and organisational change. You will also learn, and be able to apply, key methodologies used by psychology researchers and practitioners to investigate and improve organizations.

Taught and directed by experienced organisational psychologists, the programme is informed by cutting edge research insights as well as a rigorous approach to organisational, social and psychological theory and methodology. The programme is contextualised to reflect the public debates and societal trends that pertain to life in organisations.

The programme is of benefit to both recent graduates who wish to specialise in an applied area of psychology, and those with experience of working in organisations and organisational consultancy.

Our very active OSP MSc alumni network has more than a thousand graduate members expanding 20 successful years and 5 continents. Our alumni lead careers in fields such as management consultancy, human resource management, organisational development and change, behavioural insights research, training and skills development, risk management, government, charities, academia and entrepreneurship.

 

Introduction to MSc Organisational and Social Psychology Introduction to MSc Organisational and Social Psychology
Introduction to MSc Organisational and Social Psychology

 

Students will:

  • Gain knowledge of two normally specialist fields of organisational and social psychology.

  • Analyse different organisational processes in their local and global contexts.

  • Be part of an academic programme that embodies LSE’s tradition for critical thinking, analytic rigour and interdisciplinary orientation, housed within the Psychological and Behavioural Science Department.

The programme is of benefit to both recent graduates who wish to specialise in an applied area of psychology, and those with experience of working in organisations and organisational consultancy.

 

Programme overview & entry requirements

For a full degree overview, fee guide and details on entry requirements, please see the graduate prospectus.

The MSc programme comprises of a number of course units (core and option). The core course and Methods course constitute the central focus of the MSc, providing an advanced understanding of theories, concepts and methods of research. These courses are taught by a team of lecturers. The various option courses allow you to pursue diverse interests in the social sciences, permitting a range of specialisms. In the research report you will draw upon the Methods course to conduct original research which develops your particular interests

For a full programme structure, links to the course guide and indicative reading lists, please see the programme calendar.

Graduate career destinations

The employment prospects of our graduates are excellent. In 2014/15, 83% were in employment in their desired fields just six months after graduation, applying the knowledge and skills obtained during their degree to a range of job sectors, and 6% went on into further study. 

This MSc can lead into careers within the following areas: management consultancy, human resource management, organisational development and change, behavioural insights research, training and skills development, and risk management. 

About the programme directors

Dr. Lucia Garcia Lorenzo originally trained as a psychologist before coming to the LSE to complete a PhD in Organisational Social Psychology. Garcia's research has spanned a number of projects focused on change in organisations in different contexts, including the changes in health promotion and innovation structures in a network of European cities (WHO Healthy Cities); to the communication strategies for information sharing developed within a telecommunications network in the US (SRDI Network).

Dr. Tom Reader is a director of the MSc Organisational and Social Psychology and leads a module on Organisational and Social Decision-Making. Reader's research centres around organisational and safety culture, teamwork and leadership, and decision-making.

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MSc Programmes Management (Department of Psychological & Behavioural Science)

Department contact for issues relating directly to MSc study:
+44 (0)20 7955 7995

Psychologicalandbehavioural.Mscs@lse.ac.uk