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MSc Organisational Behaviour

About the MSc programme  

The MSc Organisational Behaviour is a one year programme that examines behaviour and change in organisations, primarily through the lenses of psychology and sociology. This multi-disciplinary approach will prepare students for careers in organisational development or human resource (HR) consulting. In addition to compulsory courses in Organisational Behaviour, Organisational Change, and Organisational Theory, the programme features a professional development workshop designed to help students develop theory-driven practical skills and bridge the academic-practitioner divide. Another distinctive feature of this programme is the Advanced Topics in Organisational Behaviour course in which the topics change from year to year in order to focus on cutting-edge research and emerging themes in organisational behaviour.

The programme consists of four core courses (Organisational Behaviour, Organisational Change, Organisational Theory, and Advanced Topics in Organisational Behaviour) and a 10,000-word dissertation based on your own primary research. Two options may be chosen from a list including Leadership, Cross Cultural Management, Knowledge Networks and Collaborative Work, Managing Diversity in Organisations, Theory and Practice of Organisational Development, and several other courses reflecting the latest in organisational research.

Programme details

Key features of the programme include:

  • An in-depth approach to understanding the fundamental issues of behaviour and change in organisations at the individual, group and organisational levels.
  • Exposure to emerging themes in the study of organisational behaviour.
  • A unique approach to bridging the academic-practitioner divide through an Engaged Self and Scholarship workshop which focuses on theory-driven practical skills.
  • The opportunity to study organisational behaviour in a research-led Department with a truly worldwide reputation.

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

  • Advanced and Emerging Topics in Organisational Behaviour* introduces topics including cultural intelligence, evidence based management, proactive behaviour at work and creativity and innovation in organisational behaviour.
  • Organisational Behaviour* helps students understand attitudes and behaviour in an organisational context. This will be done by reviewing psychological theories as they apply to organisations; demonstrating the contribution of a psychological perspective to understanding human behaviour at work; and critically evaluating the empirical evidence.
  • Organisational Change* provides students with different psychological theories to understand the process and consequences of organisational change and in doing so addresses the following issues: type of organisational change, creating readiness for organisational change and leading change, the change agent, strategies for change, resistance to change and evaluation of and institutionalisation of organisational change.
  • Organisational Theory* introduces a variety of topics including institutional theory and corporate culture, sensemaking, population ecology and social networks.
  • Dissertation.

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of one unit from a range of options.

For further information on the programme content please see: lse.ac.uk/ob|

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations|.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Graduate destinations

The MSc Organisational Behaviour prepares students for careers in organisational development or HR consulting. The programme features a professional development workshop designed to help students translate their academic knowledge into professional skills. Our graduates have taken jobs in learning and development, HR consulting, and even started their own consulting practice.


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Application code: N6U6 (check availability|)

Start date: 2 October 2014

Duration: 12 months full-time

Intake/applications in 2012: 25/170

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 or first class degree preferably in a management related discipline or psychology (see entry requirements|)

English requirement: Higher (see English requirements|)

Fee level: £23,064

GRE/GMAT requirement: All graduates of non-UK institutions must submit a GRE or GMAT

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support|

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions


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