MSc Organisational Behaviour

MSc Organisational Behaviour Aston University

Aston is very diverse, it's challenging and dynamic. It was the best time of my life with great engaging professionals, professors and friends."

Natalya Chekanovych
Global Management Trainee 
at British American Tobacco 

Entry requirements

A good UK honours degree (2:2 minimum) or equivalent

MSc Organisational Behaviour is suitable if you wish to develop a career either as a general manager or as an organisational consultant, it also provides an excellent first step for an academic or research-based career. Our graduates go on to work at companies including Transport for London and Ford Motor Company.

Learn the key skills international employers want
Understand behaviour in the workplace
Study abroad and internship opportunities
Qualify in Level A & B Psychometric Testing

MSc Organisational Behaviour is suitable if you wish to develop a career either as a general manager or as an organisational consultant, it also provides an excellent first step for an academic or research-based career. Organisational Behaviour involves the study of individuals and groups within organisational and social contexts, and the study of internal processes and practices as they affect those individuals or groups. You will also have the opportunity to complete Level A and B Psychometric Testing Training as defined by the British Psychological Society.

This course provides both a theoretical and practical grounding in organisational behaviour. It will develop your knowledge, understanding and skills relating to human behaviour in the workplace, well-being of employees, HRM and organisation effectiveness. Core modules address topics in organisational behaviour and work psychology and our students come from a diverse range of educational backgrounds.

Core Modules:

  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Organisation Behaviour: Theory and Practice
  • Learning & Talent Development
  • Assessment, Performance and Reward 
  • Organisational Behaviour: Theory and Practice
  • Strategy, Change & Leadership
  • Research Methods in Human Resource Management & Business and Organisational Behaviour

Optional Modules (chose two): 

  • Employee Relations in Context  
  • Accounting for Non-financial  Managers
  • Employee Relations & Counselling 
  • Strategic & International Human Resource Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Management of Innovation
  • Economic Environment of Business   

The course then concludes with a dissertation project.


You will be assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the course is then complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation.

Personal development

By the time you complete this course you will have a clear understanding of:

  • issues affecting employee motivation, job design and employee involvement
  • innovation in organisations
  • strategic HR, employee resourcing, employee development, employee relations, employee involvement and participation, work motivation
  • selection and assessment methods, job performance measurement, reward management and career management
  • basic counselling communication skills
  • employee relations including employee participation and the impact of employment legislation
  • negotiation and influencing skills, and the role of leadership
  • positive psychology and its role in developing effective organisations
  • organisational change, change management strategies and minimising work-related stress.

Course Director:    

Dr Claudia Sacramento 
Claudia completed her PhD in Management at Aston in 2008 and previously worked in Portugal as a consultant, providing training in customer care skills, teamwork and management of conflict. She has published various articles with her research interests in individual and team creativity, team processes, team effectiveness, and stressors at the workplace.

More than a masters

Your Professional Development Programme (PDP) is an integrated module which runs throughout your course. Focusing on professional development and employability, this module gives you the opportunity to identify, develop and apply the key skills you will gain throughout the year. 

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This course prepares you for a wide range of business and management roles. It is also suitable should you be interested in developing an academic or research-based career. Recent graduate positions include:

  • Administrative & Diplomatic Officer- Ministry of Human Resources (Malaysia)
  • Business Development Manager- Prodos Ltd (Nigeria)
  • Human Resources Advisor- Transport for London (UK) 
  • Human Resources Partner- Ford Motor Company
  • Research Assistant – University of Hamburg (Germany)

One of the following: 

  • A good UK honours degree (minimum lower second class)

  • Equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University.

As well as:

  • Two professional references – at least one must be from an academic referee

  • An official academic transcript of your university grades to date

  • A completed application form.

For International Students:

  • An official academic transcript, with an official English translation, of your university grades to date

  • Students whose native language is not English will also need to satisfy our English language requirements Pre-sessional English language programmes are available for good applicants whose English qualification falls just short of these requirements.

Duration of course: Full-time - 12 months                                              
Start date: 

UK/EU:          £ 10,000 
International:  £15,950 


Scholarships for 2017/8 entry are now open. Find out more here.  

Interested? We'd love to hear from you.

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