Business Psychology and Organisational Behaviour

What you will study

    1. An introduction to business psychology for professional service practitioners
    2. The psychology of the individual: examining personal reality, individual differences, behavioural preferences, perceptions and biases
    3. Psychological testing, selection, appraisal and motivation in talent management
    4. Types of leadership and management styles
    5. Aligning corporate culture to organisational structure and design
    6. Managing group dynamics at work: supervising teambuilding and facilitating communication among professionals
    7. Managing entrepreneurial endeavours, creativity, group decision making  and negotiation for strategic organisational effectiveness
    8. The psychology of organisational change leadership
    9. Office politics, power and conflict: managing counterproductive work behaviours
    10. Positive psychology and wellbeing at work
    11. The psychology of learning, memory, training and development
    12. The psychology of coaching and mentoring for professional development
    13. Leading and managing ethically: supporting diversity and inclusion
    14. Psychology for investment managers: managing extreme emotions and stress for higher productivity
    15. Creating value for the client: coaching and mentoring clients in a management consultancy, accountancy and tax advisory practice
    16. Cross-cultural business etiquette and communication
    17. Reflective practice for business psychologists and coaches
    18. Introductory research methods for psychologists
    19. Conducting a small-scale research project on business and organisational psychology

You will be able to select any two optional courses* from the following LSFL course list to complete your qualification:

* The optional courses are free if taken as part of this qualification. You will be sent details about registration for the optional courses after you start your studies with us. 

Key features of the course

    • Flexibility to suit your needs – allowing you to study anytime, anywhere
    • An emphasis on personal and professional development through independent learning
    • Relevance of topics and practical examples to the context of your own professional practice
    • Illustrative practice activities with solutions, “test your understanding” activities and tutor-marked assignments, including a reflective practice journal and a final report, to reinforce learning
    • Advanced diploma from London School of Finance and Law upon course completion

This non-credit advanced diploma is intended for students or professionals who want to gain general knowledge, learn a new skill, upgrade existing skills or develop personal interests in subjects related to business psychology and management. The course programme has been specifically aligned to the professional standards and practice areas promoted by international organisations and associations of business psychologists and coaches (e.g. the Association for Business Psychology (ABP) and the International Coaching Federation (ICF)).

A unique feature of the course is the application of psychological theories to the realities of professional practice in finance and law. Another distinctive feature of the course programme is the integration of psychological theories and practical tips with self-reflective practice and research – the skills that can significantly broaden your outlook and enrich your professional practice, enhancing both personal growth and career development. When enrolled in this course, you will work alongside our research team at the LSFL Centre for Research in Organisational and Economic Psychology.

This course can be taken alongside your degree or professional qualification studies elsewhere or as part of your informal career development programme. It will be of particular value to undergraduate, postgraduate or professional students of business management who are planning to work in an investment fund or in a management consultancy, accountancy, tax advisory practice. It also suits business owners who would like to improve their own personal and interpersonal skills and competencies to manage their businesses and client relationships more effectively.

The course team runs a dedicated Twitter account: LSFL Psychology for Business and Investing @BizEcPsychology.


The Advanced Diploma in Business Psychology and Organisational Behaviour is awarded by London School of Finance and Law, allowing you to work as a business coach or HR manager in an investment company in the UK or overseas.

You will also be awarded certificates of completion for the optional courses you will take as part of this qualification.

Learning outcomes

    • Knowledge and understanding of core subject areas
    • Independent and critical thinking
    • Problem-solving and reasoning
    • Practical and professional skills
    • Data handling, analytical skills and overall research literacy
    • Communication, team working and time management skills

Career relevance

    • Business administration
    • Human resource management
    • Management consultancy
    • Accounting professions
    • Tax advisory
    • Investment management
    • Professional bodies
    • Professional training
    • Coaching, mentoring and counselling in finance, tax advisory and business management
    • Government offices and NGOs

Study method

Online learning with tutor guidance and support

How long it takes

12 months (576 hours)

You need to be able to spend approximately 12 hours per week on studying this module.

Teaching and assessment

A tutor will guide you throughout the study process and mark and comment on your written work. You and your tutor will primarily communicate with each other through email.

The course work includes online practice tests, tutor-marked assignments and end-of-course assessment. The end-of-course assessment includes a reflective practice journal and a 20-30 page report on a topic related to business and organisational psychology.

You must use the online VLE-system to submit your tutor-marked assignments and end-of-course assessment.

The Pass mark for the module is 50%. 

Study materials

All study materials are provided on the module website.

Microsoft Office presentations and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of study material are available.

A computer with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Functionality may be limited on mobile or tablet devices.

If you have a disability or particular study requirements, please tell us as soon as possible.

Fees and funding

Course fees for the 2024/2025 academic year: £3,120

Course fees cover registration, course materials, tuition and assessment.

LSFL course fees depend on the level and duration of courses: check all tuition fee rates for the current academic year here.

You may be eligible for tuition funding.


Applications for this course are now open for January 2025 start.

The module website will be available to registered students three days in advance of the module start. Module sessions will be opened every week or every two weeks to enable tutor-led, gradual progression through the study materials and continuous assessment.

Course registration is open, but please be aware that due to the increased demand it may take us longer to respond than usual.

Registration closes 10 September 2024 (places subject to availability)

Registration for current students:


Registration for new students:

You have to register as an LSFL student to study this course.


Future availability

Business Psychology and Organisational Behaviour starts three times a year – in January, May and September.

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English language requirements

There is no formal requirement to prove your English language proficiency to study our courses. If English is not your native or second language, or you would like to improve specialist language skills necessary for your profession, you may complete one of the following English language courses:  

Legal English

English for Finance

Business English

A full range of our English language courses can be viewed here.

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