My background is in management consultancy, combining business strategy training and business psychology, and I specialise in helping teams within organisations to deal with stress resulting from multiple change. My experience has helped me to design this programme in a way that applies these very important theories to real life organisational situations.
One of the aspects of this course that makes it unique is that students come from varied backgrounds; all hold a first degree - not necessarily in psychology - and this brings a richness of experience which is greatly valued. Some students have the opportunity to join a research project offered by internationally renowned researchers here at the Institute of Psychiatry. Others prefer to develop their own research interests; recent topics have included the comparison in motivation in two different departments of the same organisation; a survey of attitudes and behaviours related to the Blackberry; change in British Airways; line managers' stress prevention behaviour; and bullying at work.
As many students are interested in careers in management consultancy, a Management Consultancy Special Interest Group has been set up and is now attached to the course, which meets on a regular basis to explore key issues in this area.
Feedback from former students tells us that their careers have been enormously enhanced by their MSc Organisational Psychiatry & Psychology qualification. Many have taken on senior management roles in organisations, sometimes in HR and in organisational development and training. Some further their studies in psychology.