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MSc Psychology for Leadership

You’ll learn alongside a wide range professionals giving you the opportunity to focus on you own leadership skills whilst drawing inspiration from other organisations and sectors. Whether you are in a formal or informal leadership role, we’ll help you understand to psychological theories and how you can use them to explain the activities of your organisation and lead more effectively.

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Flexible course that fits around your work

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Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree at 2:1 or above

And GCSE English Language at grade 4 or grade C or above

Non-standard applications are welcome and careful consideration will be given to applicant’s career history, experience and other learning

UCAS code Apply to Marjon

UCAS institution code P63

Duration Two years part-time

Course Summary

Are you curious about how psychological theory might be used to resolve issues and problems at work? MSc Psychology for Leadership takes key psychological concepts and theories and enables students to apply them in their own leadership.

How you apply the learning will be unique, but the journey is shared. You'll be discussing identity, leadership and self presentation on this course and exploring the psychology of neurodiversity, workplace wellbeing, institutional racism and working through a pandemic. There are opportunities to develop your research skills and to do an independent research project.

This couse is perfect for you if you're new to leadership as it equips you with the knowledge and sklls to lead a diverse workforce. Equally it is for experienced leaders who wish to critique their style and develop the skills to manage current and future issues. This might include understanding and capitalising on the strengths of neurodiverse colleagues, promoting an inclusive workplace and influencing across your organisation.

The applied nature of our MSc Psychology for Leadership means that the course content can focus on current topics of interest as directed by the students. These typically include leading teams, team resilience, attitude change, sustainability, wellbeing, social justice, theories of leadership, motivation and the social psychology of communication and emotion in workplace.

MSc Psychology for Leadership offers a flexible learning experience, being taught predominately online with six days on campus per year. Equally it provides the scope for you to develop leadership skills suited to your own organisation.  This flexibile Master's enables you to study and advance your leadership skills alongside continuing in full-time work.

Why this course at Marjon?

Small class sizes enable personalised teaching and learning

Learn from experiences in your own workplace to become a more effective leader

Flexible mix of online and on-campus learning - three blocks of two days taught on-campus each year

Unique - this is the only MSC Psychology of Leadership available in the UK

Meet and discuss with other students, forging professional networks and creating a community to support your leadership development ambitions

Online learning is a mix of live sessions with lecturers and fellow students and on-demand activities to do at times that work for you

Modules for this course

1st Year

Social psychology and leadership
Identity, personality, leadership, stereotypes, social influences and changing attitudes; this module introduces you to core topics in social psychology and how they can be applied to your workplace.
Leadership and contemporary contexts
Gender, racism, neurodiversity, social justice, wellbeing or managing staff in a global pandemic; this module links social psychology to the contemporary workplace to explore issues and create solutions.
Psychology of organisations
Marketing, strategy, decision making, managing change and organisational motivations; this module looks at the organisation and how psychology can be used to influence and manage change.

2nd Year

Research methods
How do we research? This module takes you through a range of research methods, to explore your workplace research questions.
Leadership project
This is your time to shine! In this project you will be completing, with supervision, your own research.

This course is perfect if you're curious about

How do I harness the creativity of colleagues with ADHD?

How can we challenge institutional racism?

How can I change my leadership style?

How can I manage change in the workplace effectively?

How do I develop and embed values in my workplace?

How do I motivate and influence people?

How you’ll be taught and assessed?

How will you be taught?

You'll study one module at a time. Each module is introduced with two days on campus with a mix of discussions, lectures and keynote speakers. Then you'll complete each module via online learning which consists of webinars and live problem-based scenarios as well as online discussion boards.

How will you be assessed?

No exams. You'll be mostly assessed using a mix of coursework and in-class discussion and presentations.

Hazel Bending

Dr Hazel Bending

Course leader

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Hazel is a chartered member of The British Psychological Society (BPS). Her research has focused on how students in Higher Education best learn; investigating how various techniques from using technology to reflective practice and wellbeing can enhance students’ experiences and skills.

Fees and funding

Fees UK students: £6,750

Fees for International students: £13,000

This fee covers your tuition and access to course-specific equipment and facilities, as well associated services including access to the library, study skills support, IT support, student support and wellbeing services and membership of the Student Union. There may be additional costs by course.

Funding available for this course

Our Student Funding Advisors offer confidential and impartial advice about your funding options.

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Dr Katheryn Edwards

Lecturer in Psychology

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Dr Katheryn Edwards is a BPS Chartered Psychologist and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her PhD investigated a dual process account of human mind-reading. Katheryn teaches across a number of modules relating to cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, research methods and study skills.

Dr Alister McCormick

Associate Professor

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Alister teaches psychology and its applications to sport, exercise, and health. His main research interest is how psychological interventions can be used to improve the performances of people who participate in endurance events, such as middle- and long-distance running, cycling, swimming, and triathlon events.

Carina Robertson

Lecturer in Psychology

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Dr Rosanna Walters-Symons

Senior Lecturer

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Rosanna specialises in the psychology of sporting performance, examining the critical perceptual cognitive factors that enable elite performance. Her research fields are cognitive psychology, performance psychology and quantitative methods.

Frequently asked questions

Q1   Are there any exams?

There are no exams. 

Q2   What does the timetable look like?

We are in class for two days per module and the rest is taught online, this includes group online sessions approx once per fortnight which you must attend in real-time.

Q3   How big is the class?

Our classes are usually 5-10 students.

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