School of Business and Economics


21 Sep 2017

Work and Business Psychology Masters Conference aims to boost employability

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Masters students in the MSc in Work Psychology and the MSc in Business Psychology were recently given the opportunity to showcase their projects/dissertations at a masters conference held by the Centre for Work, Organisation and Society. As part of their postgraduate course, the conference enabled students to benefit from practitioner’s feedback and industry insights.

The conference comprised of 18 students pursuing their MSc Work Psychology or MSc Business Psychology, which is accredited by the British Psychological Society and the Association for Business Psychology respectively. Each student gave a 15-minute presentation of their research to other students, assessors, staff and representatives from practice and had their work assessed, contributing 10% to the final project/dissertation mark.  

Hosting the event alongside his colleagues Ruth Hartley and Dr Ciara Kelly, Dr Iain Coyne said:

“The MSc conference showcased high-quality research from students on the Work and Business Psychology MScs. I was immensely proud of the professionalism, skill and ability exhibited by the students in disseminating their research to tutors, peers and practicing occupational/business psychologists.

"The event was a huge success and provided a metric for the quality of tutors and students on our MSc Psychology courses. I’d like to thank all those who attended, especially the practitioners who gave up their time to be present at the conference and who offered practical, constructive and expert advice to the students”

As well as having the opportunity to network with guests from industry, the event enabled students to enhance their employability by honing their presentation and research skills and benefiting from invaluable practitioner insights and feedback.

Kisane Prutton from The Prutton Partnership commented:

“An impressive mini-conference, where bright, aspiring organisational consultants were able to showcase their research and their 'passion'. I really enjoyed the day, in particular the dialogue between students and practitioners, where we exchanged best practice research with experience from the coal-face, the ability to network with familiar names and faces from the organisational psychology world”

Myra Bonello, who presented her project on Visual Ethnography: Employee interactions, said: 

“It's an inspiring learning experience for everyone, and in so many different ways!”

For the full list of postgraduates who presented alongside their respective projects, click > MSc Conference Programme