MSc Organisational Behaviour

This programme develops knowledge, understanding and skills relating to human behaviour in the workplace, and is relevant to students who want to develop careers either as general manager or organisational consultants. 

Organisational Behaviour
  • Provides both a theoretical and practical grounding in Organisational Behaviour
  • Develop knowledge, understanding and skills relating to human behaviour in the workplace, well-being of employees, HRM and organisation effectiveness
  • Excellent employment opportunities, Aston Business School is ranked in the top 10 in world for careers (FT Masters in Management 2013)

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 and groups.  Our MSc programme is relevant to students looking to develop careers either as general managers or organisational consultants, and provides an excellent grounding for an academic or research-based career.

In addition we offer the opportunity to complete Level A and B Psychometric testing training as defined by the British Psychological Society.

This programme is designed for graduates from diverse backgrounds providing both a theoretical and practical grounding in Organisational Behaviour.  These modules will develop knowledge, understanding and skills relating to human behaviour in the workplace, well-being of employees, HRM and organisation effectiveness.  Six of the modules address core topics in organisational behaviour and work psychology, and students select two additional modules from those available within the Aston Business School MSc Programme.

Core Modules:


Optional Modules: 

Choose two Modules from the ABS PG programme including, but not limited to, those below (see USB issued at enrolment for further details) subject to pre-requisitesand timetable restrictions

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project

In addition to your Aston degree, you will have the opportunity to participate in our international study exchange programme. Studying with one of our partner institutions, the programme will enhance your international experience and communication skills, preparing you for a career in the international business environment.   

Entry Requirements (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 programme: Full-time - 12 months
                                              Part-time - 24 months 
Start date: 

UK/EU:          £ 9,350  (2015 fee)
International:  £15,300 (2015 fee)        

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The 12 taught modules are assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework.  The taught element of the programme is complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation.

Course Director:    

Dr Claudia Sacramento 
BSc, MSc, PhD
Dr Sacramento completed her PhD Management at Aston in 2008 and previously worked in Portugal as Consultant, providing training of customer care skills, teamwork and management of conflict.  She has published various book chapters with her research interests in individual and team creativity, team processes, team effectiveness, and stressors at the work place.

Teaching staff:    

Dr Yves Guillaume 
Diploma in Social Science, MA, PhD 
Research interests include: Work Group Diversity, Effectiveness and Learning; Multilevel Modelling; Organisational Culture Effectiveness.

Dr Vincenza Cinzia Priola 
Laurea in Psychology, PhD, PGC in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education
Cinzia joined Aston University in September 2008 and teaches Leadership (MBA) and Research Methods (MSc).  She also contributes to other programmes such as contemporary issues in HRM and contemporary issues in Work Psychology.  Before joining Aston Cinzia worked at Keele University.  She received her PhD in 2001 and holds a Laurea (Italian taught doctorate) in Psychology with a specialisation in Work and Organisational Psychology.  Her research interests and publications are in the fields of Gender and Organisation, Managerial Identities and Gender, Changes in the Management of Higher Education, Culture, HRM, Identity and Employee Branding and Team-Work.

Dr Michael Butler 
Certificate Field Archaeology, BA, PhD 
Michael has also worked as a management consultant across the private and public sectors.  His teaching reflects his research interests in change management/strategy, decision-making (behavioural), discourse analysis, government and society and organisation behaviour/theory.  In particular, he is currently researching two streams of activity: downsizing in the motor industry and the neurosciences of leadership and decision-making.  A connecting theme is surfacing underlying organisational processes in order to more effectively manage organisations.

Professor Robin Martin 
Research interests include: Social influence processes, especially from numerical majorities and minorities; Persuasion and attitude change; Workplace leadership; Motivation; Teamworking and Innovation.

For information on sector opportunities see the Human Resources and Recruitment overview on the Prospects website.

Most of the career opportunities in the field of organisational behaviour are within management. Possible career prospects include:

  • Management Consultant

  • Human Resources Specialist/Advisor

  • Management Analyst

  • General Manager

  • Academic.

Contact details:
Aston Business School Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 3200
Email: abspgenquiry@aston.ac.uk

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