MA Organizational Behaviour 2017

Gain knowledge of human behaviour in the workplace to enhance organisational effectiveness

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Key facts

Start date:
September 2017
12 months full time
24 months part time
Entry requirements:
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject. Full entry requirements.
Language requirements:
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component Full language requirements.
UK/EU fees:
£10,000 (total)
International fees:
£19,500 (total)
Additional cost information
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To meet key strategic objectives, organisations need an understanding of people and how they influence and depend on each other.

This masters degree examines the behaviour of individuals and groups in the workplace, as well as the systems in which they operate. You’ll consider organisational culture and how this differs around the world, exploring the different management strategies that maximise organisational effectiveness.

Focusing on real-world scenarios to develop your understanding of the way organisations operate, you’ll build the skills to identify, analyse and solve complex business problems. You’ll also examine recruitment, training and management processes, and how to manage organisational development and change.

During the course you’ll have the opportunity to gain certification in Occupational Test User: Ability and Personality, which is a valuable tool for selection and development (an additional cost will apply).

This course is also available to study part-time over 24 months.

Links with industry

Teaching on the programme is informed by the Organizational Behaviour Research Group, the Workplace Behaviour Research Centre and the Socio-Technical Centre (STC), which has strong industry links with the likes of Rolls-Royce, Arup, the National Health Service and Network Rail.

Our management advisory board also supports the course, including representatives from leading UK and international businesses. They advise on content, giving you the benefit of a curriculum developed in collaboration with business leaders, which focuses on the skills most relevant to the work you will do in practice. The advisory board includes leading large and small firms, such as NHS North of England, Microsoft and Barclays.

Qu Li, Chairman at China Ventures Ltd explains how the course will provide skills that are valued by international firms:

“This MA takes a multi-disciplinary perspective to consider the behaviours of people working individually and in teams, across organisations in different cultural and national contexts. At China Ventures Ltd, we provide strategic, financial, commercial and technical consultancy service to both Western and Chinese companies, and have offices both in Europe and in China. The innovative approach of the MA Organizational Behaviour at Leeds will – without doubt – deliver graduates with skills invaluable to companies such as ours.”

Course content

Core modules will give you a comprehensive understanding of key concepts, theories, practices and challenges in organizational behaviour.

You’ll examine the individual, team and organisational factors that affect employee behaviour and the consequences they have for an organisation’s performance – and exactly what constitutes an “effective” organisation in the first place. You’ll also consider the personnel selection and training processes that allow firms to recruit and develop effective employees, and improve your understanding of research design and methodology.

From there you’ll take your knowledge further, examining group behaviour and the makeup of an effective team as well as performance management and career development. Another core module will consider theories of change as they relate to individuals, organisations and groups.

In addition, you’ll choose an optional module on a topic that suits your interests and career plans such as risk perception or effective decision-making. You can specialise even further with your dissertation, when you’ll put your research skills into practice and focus on a topic of your choice.

If you choose to study part-time, you’ll study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

  • Compulsory modules

  • You’ll take eight compulsory modules including your dissertation.
  • The Psychology of Effective Organizations 15 credits
  • Personnel Selection and Training 15 credits
  • Organizational Development and Change 15 credits
  • Dissertation 60 credits
  • Managing Performance and Developing Careers 15 credits
  • Research Design and Analysis 15 credits
  • Understanding and Managing Effective Organisational Systems 15 credits
  • Understanding and Managing Effective Groups and Teams 15 credits
  • Optional modules

  • You'll choose one optional module.
  • Risk Perception and Communication 15 credits
  • Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Creation 15 credits
  • Effective Decision Making 15 credits
  • Information Tools for Organisations 15 credits
  • Advanced Behavioural Research Design and Analysis 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Organizational Behaviour MA Full Time in the course catalogue

For more information on typical modules, read Organizational Behaviour MA Part Time in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you make the most of your studies. These will include lectures, seminars, workshops, online learning and tutorials.

Independent study is also vital for this course allowing you to prepare for taught classes and sharpen your own research and critical skills.

This course is available on a full-time or part-time basis, over one or two years.


Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too. You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including exams, group projects, written assignments and essays, in-course assessment, group and individual presentations and reports.

Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject, such as business or a social science.

Applicants who can demonstrate significant relevant coverage as part of a degree in an alternative subject will be considered on an individual basis.

International qualifications

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:

  • don't meet the English language requirements for your course
  • want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.

Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Business Management and Enterprise (6 weeks) and Language for Business: Business Management and Enterprise (10 weeks).

How to apply

Application deadlines

UK/EU: 31 August 2017

International: applications received before 31 March 2017 will receive equal consideration. Applications made after 31 March 2017 will be considered on a first-come first-served basis. The latest possible application date for international applicants is 30 June 2017. Should capacity be reached we reserve the right to close any course to new applications before the latest possible application date of 30 June 2017.

Apply (Full time)

Apply (Part time)

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If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Documents and information you’ll need

  • A copy of your degree certificate and transcript, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying
  • Two academic references
  • A personal statement
  • An up-to-date CV
  • Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English is not your first language
  • A letter of sponsorship, if you need one.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Leeds University Business School Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: £10,000 (total)

International: £19,500 (total)

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

An additional fee is payable for the Occupational Test User (OTU) Certification: Ability and Personality. This certification is optional and should you choose to take it you will need to pay an additional fee of £500.

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances.

We award a range of scholarships to UK, EU and international students. Scholarships are available to candidates who can demonstrate an excellent academic record and show excellent professional and personal skills.

There are several scholarships available for this course that you may be eligible to apply for, including:

  • Masters in Organizational Behaviour International Excellence Scholarship – apply by 30 April 2017
  • Masters in Organizational Behaviour UK/EU Excellence Scholarship – apply by 31 July 2017

Read more about scholarships and how to apply.

Career opportunities

Graduates will be in a strong position to pursue a career in the private or public sector in a range of roles that require knowledge of human behaviour in the workplace. This may include careers as a consultant in organisational development or change management, a team coach or running your own business.

Leaders in Residence

Students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills as part of our Leaders in Residence initiative which gives management students the opportunity to engage with senior figures from the world of business. This is a rare opportunity where successful and established business people will help you connect the theory of your course to real world practice, and offer their advice for career success.

You will be able to connect with leaders from a range of firms including major manufacturers and retailers, charity chief executives, entrepreneurs and directors of companies large and small, through structured meetings and events. This typically includes workshops, social events, guest lectures and professional skills development.

Employer view

Dr Nigel Harrison is Managing Director at regional manufacturing firm Kingkraft. As a member of our management advisory board, he shares his thoughts on what graduates of this course will be able to offer their future employer:

"Without staff, no business can be expected to grow, and managing people effectively is vital to success. Help from good quality graduates who are specifically trained in the complex issues of people management is a welcome support for companies who struggle to face the challenges of the small business environment.

This course has been designed with the above issues in mind. It has been developed to offer the small business owner candidates who are potential future managers, and who can make an immediate contribution – rather than requiring a significant training period, which is a luxury many owner-managers often cannot afford.”

Careers support

We help you to achieve your career ambitions by providing professional development support as part of the course. You benefit from our professional development tutor, who will help you to develop the important professional skills that employers value. This means you will develop the academic skills to successfully progress through the course, and also the professional skills you will need to start a successful career.

Read more about our careers and professional development support.

The Careers Centre also provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.

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