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MA Management and Organisational Dynamics

MA Management and Organisational Dynamics

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Full time | Colchester Campus | 1 year | OCT

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Management (General) Organisational Psychology

Course type


Course Summary

The contemporary organisation is characterised by complexity and change. Our unique MA in Management and Organisation Dynamics, offered jointly by Essex Business School and the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, aims to equip you with powerful tools to support your development as a future leader, manager, organisational consultant, researcher or executive coach.

Drawing upon both critical management theory and the developing field of systems psychodynamics, this innovative course will be of particular interest to anyone who wishes to understand the complex processes that impact on change in organisations. The integrated approach provides a deep analysis of the way organisations function, the nature of leadership and the way organisational structure and dynamics contribute to the operation of groups and systems.

A priority is given to experiential learning. We aim to foster a fresh take on what is involved in both leadership and followership in the contemporary context.

Topics include:

  • The psychodynamics of groups and organisations
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Management strategy
  • Group relations
  • Psychoanalytic perspectives
  • Leadership, culture and change


This module introduces you to a range of the key topics and issues in management and organisational behaviour, illustrating both traditional and critical approaches to understanding them. It seeks to develop critical and analytical skills in both thinking and writing, and provides an analytical framework to assist you to question and reflect on management and organisational processes. We will evaluate various approaches to understanding organisational phenomena and the complexities of the organisational and social world, and introduce alternative perspectives on various dynamics found in and around organisations, such as structure, culture, power and motivation. The module gives specific emphasis to an understanding of what management and organisational behaviour is about, what it is for and what it seeks to do. Consequently, the module challenges many of the taken for granted assumptions of the conventional undergraduate management text book in such a way as to provide opportunities to both theorise management and to explore the realities of organisational experiences.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A 2:2 degree or equivalent..