Industrial/organisational psychology


What is industrial/organisational psychology?

Industrial/organisational psychology (I/O), or work psychology, is a vibrant, dynamic field of psychological practice with good job opportunities worldwide.

The I/O programme at Massey considers both business and community issues. I/O psychologists can serve in a variety of roles, generating financial or social capital, or both.

As social critics, many I/O psychologists see themselves as serving the employee as much as the organisation, hence the alternative title, work psychology.

Overview of I/O specialisation

The I/O specialisation comprises a full range of 700-level postgraduate courses within the honours or master's degree, and includes the possibility of a research thesis in the I/O area. The courses are listed below. 

You can also study for a Postgraduate Diploma in Industrial/Organisational Psychology. This diploma, for students who already have a master's degree in psychology, is designed to help you transition from study to work in I/O practice. It is a practical qualification, comprising a supervised practicum and an extensive review of professional issues in the practice of I/O psychology.

Industrial/organisational psychology courses

If you wish to pursue a professional career in organisational psychology, you will normally be expected to complete the following courses:

175.730 Professional Practice in Psychology
175.732 Psychological Well-being in Organisations
175.733 Sustainable Livelihood
175.737 Occupational Psychology
175.741 Psychological Assessment in Organisations
175.746 Psychological Research: Multivariate Data Analysis
175.748 Psychology of Organisational Change

Plus the compulsory course:
175.738 Psychological Research: Principles and Design

Academic enquiries

For academic enquiries about the industrial/organisational specialisation please contact:

Lisa Stewart
Industrial/Organisational Psychology Programme
School of Psychology
Massey University
Manawatū campus
Palmerston North

Tel: (+64) 09 414 0800, ext 49027

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