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Management and Organisational Dynamics

Course overview

(Postgraduate Diploma) Postgraduate Diploma
Management and Organisational Dynamics
University of Essex
University of Essex
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate Diploma
DIP C8N209

A good 2:2 degree.

With your online application you must submit a personal statement; this should detail the reasons for wanting to study the course, including any relevant experience (work or voluntary) that may support your application.

IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Additional Notes

The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.

External Examiners

Prof Caroline Bainbridge
Roehampton University

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.


Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 1 - 2019/20

Exit Award Status
Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits PG Diploma PG Certificate
01 BE486-7-AU Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management Compulsory 20 Compulsory Compulsory
02 BE485-7-AU Management and Strategy Compulsory 20 Compulsory Compulsory
03 PA901-7-FY Psychoanalytic Theory Compulsory 30 Compulsory Compulsory
04 PA910-7-AP Experiencing Organisations: Reflexivity and Analysis Compulsory 20 Compulsory Compulsory
05 PA927-7-FY Psychoanalysis of Groups and Organisations Compulsory 30 Compulsory Compulsory

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

This is a joint scheme delivered by the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies and the Department of Accounting, Finance and Management (administered by PPS).


To provide an understanding of psychoanalytic theory in the British Object Relations Tradition

To provide an understanding of management practice in the UK

To provide an understanding of the theory and psychology of business management, from the standpoint of management studies, including organizational styles, alternative discourses of organization, conceptual frameworks for the analysis of management

To apply psychoanalytic group theory and methods to understanding and observing the dynamics of social situations and structures, and including institutions, the unconscious domain of institutional life, the common anxieties and the common psychological defences which characterise the culture of the organization

To apply a critical understanding of management theory and practice using psychoanalytic thinking and observational practice

To critique the psychoanalytic notion of ‘‘unconscious' aspects of culture, especially feelings in working environments, and the role of management practice in that culture

To facilitate a dual discourse

- psychoanalytic group theory and management

- for understanding organizations and as a basis for entering the field of organisational consultancy

To encourage the conceptualisation of feedback to organisations and institutions in terms of deeper understanding and useful possibilities for change

To provide an educational element for students who may wish to enter the field of organisational consultancy, and to encourage students to take on such projects if they wish

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1 The basic principles of psychoanalytic theory within the 'British School', including the issues involved at points of development of divergent concepts.
A2 The theory of unconscious psychodynamic processes in individuals, and its extension into their working in groups and institutions, and the legitimacy of applying psychoanalytic ideas to understanding the range of human relationships from the earliest between mother and infant, to those in working organizations and other social settings.
A3 The importance and legitimacy of psychoanalytic observation of organisations in the study of the human relations and management of working institutions and society and in practice of consulting to organisations.
A4 The general principles of business management as practiced in the UK, and their psychological aspects, and the critical examination of the main topics in management and organization theory.
A5 An understanding, and ability critically to explore theories, of the relationships between behaviour and experience in organizations.
A6 The comparison and debate of issues relevant to organisations and management from both a psychoanalytic and management angle and a critical analysis of the limits of management and psychoanalytic models and practices in understanding organizations and management.
Learning Methods: A1 will be taught in discussion seminars with target and recommended readings, on basic psychoanalytic theory.

A2 will be taught in formal lecture/seminars.

A3 will be taught in theory and small practice
seminars that support the setting up of observations for the critical understanding of organisational cultures.

A4 will be taught in lectures and seminars.

A5 will be taught in lectures and seminars, using a variety of media, including film, video, novels art and theatre.

A6 will be taught in joint seminars, including case studies and learning journal seminars.
Assessment Methods: 5000 word essay for each of PA901 and PA927; two 3000 word essays for AC913; one 3000 word essay and one two-hour exam for AC950; one 4000 word essay for PA910.
Essay guidelines make clear the areas of assessment.
More specifically, A1 is assessed in PA901(Psychoanalytic Theory) A2 is assessed in PA901 and PA927 (Psychoanalysis of Groups and Organizations) A3 is assessed in PA927 A4 is assessed in AC913 (Management in Organisations) A5 is assessed in AC950 (Management Psychology) A6 is assessed in PA910 (Joint Seminar)

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 The basic principles of psychoanalytic theory within the 'British School', including the issues involved at points of development of divergent concepts.
B2 Understand and critique management practices and their emotional correlations in working organisations.
B3 Translate observations into feedback that explains these observations to members of an organization.
B4 To apply a specifically psychoanalytic method of observing social situations, based on observing transferences (institutional dynamics), demonstrated in the writing of observation reports.
B5 Recognise the subjective aspects of objective observation outside the psychoanalytic setting and understand their relevance to relational and cultural phenomena in working observations.
B6 To compare and debate issues relevant to organisations and management from both a psychoanalytic and management angle; and to explore critically the limits of management and psychoanalytic models and practices in understanding organizations and management
Learning Methods: B1 skills will come from reading and seminar discussion, using the course reading lists and other guided reading.

B2 skills come from formal lectures and seminars, including a wide range of media, including film, video, novels art and theatre.

B3, B4, B5 skills will come from the practice of a 3 month observation of a social organisation, in conjunction with seminars on the psychoanalytic theory of organizations and observation seminars.

B6 skills will comes from debate and discussion hosted by both departments and by keeping, presenting and discussing a learning journal.
Assessment Methods: 5000 word essay for each of PA901 and PA927; two 3000 word essays for AC913; one 3000 word essay and one two-hour exam for AC950; one 4000 word essay for PA910.

B1 is assessed in PA901 (Psychoanalytic Theory); B2 is assessed in AC913 and AC950 B3, B4, B5 are assessed in PA927 (Groups and Organizations) B6 is assessed in PA910

C: Practical skills

C1 Ability to document and provide evidence for arguments, both orally and in writing.
C2 Ability to write structured and focused essays, with proper citations and references.
C3 Learn to set up an observation.
C4 Write process notes for presentation to a discussion seminar and as material for a report/essay/dissertation.
C5 Write notes on observations (or consultancy) in order to a seminar group of other students, and to learn from others' feedbacks in a joint reflective process.
Learning Methods: Teaching/learning is done in seminars focused on clearly specified topics, supported by texts.
Although participation is not formally assessed, it is actively sought, and our teaching style emphasizes drawing students out, inviting coherent argument.

Dissertation preparation is supported by individual supervision and by the Research Forum, where students present their proposals and their progress.

C1, C2 skills will be learned in seminars and essay preparation.

C3-C5 skills will be learned in small discussion seminars which discuss and supervise the setting up and conducting of practice observations.
Assessment Methods: Assessment is by essay.

C1 - C2 are assessed in course essays.

C3 - C5 are assessed in PA927 and AC 950.

D: Key skills

D1 Ability to write clearly, coherently, and concisely.
D4 Students set up psychodynamic observations, which involve negotiating with staff at their observation sites. Students formulate essay titles and arguments. Students carry out a piece of research.
D6 Autonomously work to deadlines and make use of coursework feedback to refine their thinking on a topic.
Learning Methods: Teaching/learning is by lecture/seminars, in which students are encouraged to express and debate complex ideas clearly.

They must also prepare and verbally present research proposals to Research Forums.

D4. Support by observation seminars, supervision and research Forum.

D6. Teachers provide substantive feedback on essays; supervisors and the Research Forum support the refinement of research proposals their implementation.

At the end of the first term, students write a commentary on a paper, on which they commented as part of their application to the MA, and receive staff feedback in the same form as on a course essay.
Assessment Methods: D1, D4, D6 - assessment by essays, which must be submitted on time.


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