Organizational Psychology (MPhil / PhD)

Year of entry

2017

Start date

October 2017, January 2018 or April 2018

Status

Fully Approved

Duration

Up to four years full-time or seven years part-time

Attendance

Regular meetings with your supervisor(s)

Other entry years for this course

2018

An MPhil/PhD is an advanced postgraduate research degree that requires original research and the submission of a substantial dissertation of 60,000 to 100,000 words. At Birkbeck, you are initially registered on an MPhil and you upgrade to a PhD after satisfactory progress in the first year or two. You need to find a suitable academic supervisor at Birkbeck, who can offer the requisite expertise to guide and support you through your research. Find out more about undertaking a research degree at Birkbeck.

The MPhil/PhD in Organizational Psychology aims to train you to conduct research of a high academic standard and to make an original contribution to the subject through your thesis. It will not only prepare you to undertake research for your own dissertation, but will also equip you to be able to evaluate research results and reports more widely.

Our research interests include: selection and assessment; training; organisational communication; organisation studies and organisational sociology; well-being and emotion; technology development and organisational change; human resource management; employment and psychological contracts; pay; careers and innovation. We also have expertise in, and are committed to, both qualitative and quantitative research techniques.

Highlights

  • Entry Requirements

    Entry requirements

    Good first degree or Master's qualification in a relevant subject area.

    Applicants who do not hold a Master's degree in a relevant subject may be required to take some MSc modules.

    International entry requirements

    If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

    If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

    Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.

  • Fees

    Fees

    Part-time home/EU students: £2226 pa
    Full-time home/EU students: £4195 pa
    Part-time international students: £6050 pa
    Full-time international students: £11995 pa

    Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their programme. Tuition fees for students continuing on their programme in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases. For more information, please see the College Fees Policy.

    Fees and finance

    Flexible finance: pay your fees in monthly instalments at no extra cost. Enrol early to spread your costs and reduce your monthly payments.

    Fees discounts: If you are a member of a union that is recognised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), you may apply for a 10% discount off your tuition fees.

    The School of Business, Economics and Informatics attracts funding for studentships that ensure researchers of the highest standard can pursue their research with us. We offer a limited number of fully funded research opportunities.

  • Our Research Culture

    Our Research Culture

    Birkbeck's Department of Organizational Psychology is the only specialist department of its kind in the UK and has a long-standing reputation. It engages in significant collaborative research and has excellent contacts with many public and private sector organisations, professional bodies and researchers at other academic institutions.

    As a research student, you will be trained in theory and research methodology, provided partly by the department and partly by other University of London institutions. You will also complete an annual report on your progress. We offer a wide range of student support and study facilities.

    Find out more about studying for an MPhil/PhD in Organizational Psychology at Birkbeck.

    Read more about our vibrant research culture and watch interviews with our Organizational Psychology staff and our graduates.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    To apply for an MPhil/PhD, you need to complete the Birkbeck postgraduate application form and submit a research proposal.

    If you are still planning your research proposal but would like feedback about whether your proposal could lead to a successful PhD and whether we have a potential supervisor for you, you can write an outline of your research interests and aims (approximately 1500 words) and send it either to the MPhil/PhD programme director or to a member of staff in the department who you think would be a potential supervisor for your research.

    Read more about how to apply for an MPhil/PhD.

    Contact our admissions tutor, Dr Rebecca Whiting, for further details.

    Application deadlines and interviews

    You can apply at any time during the year. Entry months for the programme are October, January and April of each year.

    If you wish to apply for funding, you will need to apply by certain deadlines. Consult the websites of relevant bodies for details.

  • Finding a supervisor

    Finding a supervisor

    A critical factor when applying for postgraduate study in organizational psychology is the correlation between the applicant’s intellectual and research interests and those of one or more potential supervisors within the department.

    Find out more about the research interests of our academic staff:

    • Professor Raymond Caldwell, MBA, PhD: organisational change theory with a critical focus on the meaning, scope and limitations of change agency and leadership discourses in organisations; the changing nature of the HR function; concepts of agency and change in organisations.
    • Professor Thomas Cox, BSc, PhD, CBE: Director of the Centre for Sustainable Working Life: psychosocial risk management; chronic illness, cancer survivorship and working life; disaster management.
    • Chris Dewberry, BA, PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS: personnel selection, including decision-making and self-regulation; the effects of everyday psychological processes on selection; psychometric testing.
    • Julie Dickinson, BSc, PhD: issues surrounding pay determination, particularly fairness of pay, pay and motivation, performance-related pay, gender pay equity and executive pay; occupational choice.
    • Andreas Liefooghe, BSc, MSc, PhD, CPsychol(Occ): power and politics at work; bullying in the workplace; job redesign; organisational structure; morale; uniformed forces; critical management theory.
    • Kate Mackenzie Davey, BSc, PGCE, MSc, PhD, CPsychol(Occ): the individual/organisation relationship; identity, marginality and gender; organisational socialisation and acculturation; organisational politics.
    • George Michaelides, BA, PhD: motivation; job design; well-being; technology at work; online communities of practice; quantitative research methods.
    • Professor Patrick Tissington, BSc, PhD: the use of technology such as social media in the creation of effective work teams and also how it might enhance the student learning experience; team effects in challenging domains such as crisis management, emergency services, the military and security.
    • Rebecca Whiting, BA (Cantab), MSc, PhD: issues relating to age at work; the role of digital technologies on ways of working; discursive and visual analysis within a social constructionist approach, in particular to concepts such as work-life balance and identities such as the older worker.
    • Skills tutor: Stewart Beever, BA, PGCE, DipCG, DipStCoun, MBAP, MBPC: application of psychodynamic ideas in career consultation.