Postgraduate Diploma in HR and Organisational Psychology


SHRI Academy’s PGDipOrgPsy programme is designed to equip learners with the understanding of the psychological aspects of how organisations function. It is the study of behaviour at the workplace to promote work attitudes and organisational culture.

This programme will benefit People Managers, Executives, Managers and HR Professionals as well as for those who wish to advance their career in HR and also for professionals who are looking for a change in career. It will help you contribute to organisational development and change, training and development in job analysis and hiring, overcoming grievances at work and enhancing performance, motivation and job satisfaction.

This programme provides the basis for the study of organisational psychology at higher levels and also equips you with the basic skills in analysing, understanding research methodologies, changing and evaluating human behaviour as well as exploring the interaction between people and their physical and social environments. This programme does not qualify you to register as a psychologist.

Organisational psychologists find work in business, public sector organisation and the community.

Course Content

Module 1 – Human Resource Management (36 Hours)
This module gives an overview of the key functions of the human resource department including a segment dedicated to International Human Resource Management.

  • Human Resource Management Functions
  • Human Resource Strategies, Policies and Procedures
  • Job and Competency Analysis
  • Performance Management
  • Human Resource Planning
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • International HRM

Module 2 – Strategic & Change Management (36 Hours)
This module explores and evaluates the concepts and theories of “Strategic and Change Management” and develops learners’ cognitive processes integral to strategic management. Special emphasis is given to the approach of human resource functions towards total operations.

  • Strategic Management Process: An Overview
  • The 3 Strategy-making Tasks
  • Industry and Competitive Analysis
  • Company Situation Analysis
  • Strategy and Competitive Advantage
  • Matching Strategy to Company’s Situation
  • Diversification Strategy and Analysis
  • HR Dimension in Corporate Strategic Management
  • Change Management

Module 3 – Principles of Applied Psychology (36 Hours)
This module gives an overview of the scientific study of human behaviour and cognitive development. It develops learners for key applications of the principles of psychology to the workplace situations in a broadway. The primary focus would be to serve the current needs of the dynamic organisations of the 21st century. The approach would be re-collections of key theories learnt, selections of its applicability, brainstorming and solutions to current scenarios. It also serves as a foundation for applications to future possibilities.

  • Introduction and grand theories of psychology
  • Predisposition Model
  • Introduction to psychodynamic theory and behaviourists framework
  • Introduction to conditioning theory
  • Attractions, Recruitment, Selections and Retentions of Talents
  • Cultures and diversities at work
  • Emotions at work
  • Organisational development

Upon completion of this module, graduates will:

  • Understand the Predisposition Model
  • Describe the Psychodynamic & Conditioning theories
  • A heighten self awareness of their own Individual Development
  • Gain a good grasp of applications of key theories to the reality of the workplace

Module 4 – Workplace Interventions (Counselling, Coaching & Mentoring) (30 Hours)
This module gives learners an overview of the various workplace interventions such as coaching, counselling and mentoring, as well as the importance of the counsellor’s/coach’s self awareness and the essential therapeutic skills that are needed to conduct a counseling/coaching session.

  • What is Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring?
  • Counsellor’s/Coach’s Self Awareness and its implications on a Counselling/Coaching Session
  • Essential Therapeutic Skills
  • Motivational Interviewing

Upon completion of this module, learners will be able to gain an overview of:

  • The Differences between Coaching, Counselling and Mentoring
  • The Importance of Counsellor’s/Coach’s Self Awareness and its implications on a Counselling/Coaching Session
  • The Essential Therapeutic Skills that are used in conducting a Counselling/Coaching Session
  • The Motivational Interviewing Framework as a Model used in conducting a Counselling/Coaching Session

Module 5 – Statistics, Applied & Research Methods – Psychometric Assessment (30 Hours)

This module examines theories and principles underlying the construction and use of psychological tests.

Focus will be on psychometric theory and test construction during the 1st  half of the module. During the 2nd half of the module, the lessons will examine and critically evaluate a variety of tests that assess intelligence, achievement, aptitude, personality and psychopathology. Issues and controversies associated withpsychological testing will also be covered. The approach to all topics will be rigorously empirical.

This module is not designed to make one into an accomplished psychometrician (i.e. one who gives tests) nor it is designed to make one a skilled psychometrician (i.e. one who constructs tests), nor will it gives you “hands on” experience with psychometric computer programmes. Rather it is aimed to allow one to understand the fundamental theoretical issue concerning the psychometrician.

Upon completion of this module, learners will be able to:

  • Acquaint with the fundamental vocabulary and logic of psychological measurement and behavioural assessment.
  • Develop its capacity for critical judgment of the adequacy of measures purported to assess behaviour in the role of theory development.
  • Acquaint with some of the relevant literature in personality assessment, psychometric theory & practice, methods of observing and measuring behaviour.
  • Instill an appreciation of and interest in the principles & methods of psychometric theory in general and behaviour assessment in particular.

The modules listed above may be conducted in a different sequence.

Course Duration

  • 6 months; 168 training hours
  • 5 modules
  • Lessons are conducted on 2 Friday evenings ( 7pm – 10pm ) and 2 weekends (full day; 9am – 5.30pm) per month/module.

Assessment Methods
Candidates are assessed by assignments and written examinations and/or role-play at the end of each module except for Strategic & Change Management module whereby assessment is based on Group and Individual Assignments.

Postgraduate Diploma in HR and Organisational Psychology will be awarded by SHRI Academy upon successful completion of the programme and graduates may use the title “PGDipOrgPsy” after their names.

Exemption Criteria

  • Exemptions will be granted to SHRI Postgraduate & Graduate Diploma graduates.
  • Approval for exemption is on a case-by-case basis at the sole discretion of the Academic Advisory Board.

Advancement

PGDipOrgPsy graduates holding bachelors degree are encouraged to enroll for the Master of Science in Human Resources (Top Up) programme, jointly offered by Edinburgh Napier University (UK) and SHRI Academy, subject to validation of the programme and acceptance by the University.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants should possess any one of the followings:

- Degree in any discipline
- Diploma in Applied/Organisational Psychology awarded by SHRI Academy
- Diploma holder with at least 3 years working experience at a management level

  • Those with other qualifications and working experience will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Exemptions of appropriate module(s) will be given to SHRI’s Postgraduate & Graduate Diploma holders.
  • Exemption(s) may be considered for Diploma & above graduates in the psychology or related field/study from local Polytechnics or other Institutions.
  • The final decision concerning admission and exemptions to the programme rests with the Academic Advisory Board.

Programme Fees

Application Fee – S$107.00 inclusive of GST (non-refundable and non-transferable, payable upon application)

Total Course Fees Payable

Fee Breakdown   Amount (S$)
Course Fee 5,153.36
Membership Entrance Fee 120.00
Membership Subscription Fee – 1 Year 50.00
Total Course Fees 5,323.36
Add 7% GST 372.64
Total Course Fees Payable 5,696.00

Application fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

All students are required to pay the Fee Protection Scheme and subject to 7% GST.  (FPS Cert. PDF)

All fees to be payable in full prior to the orientation/course commencement date.

1st Installment payment to be payable in full prior to the orientation/ course commencement date.

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Application Procedures

All applications must be submitted with the following:

  • Completed application form download a copy now.
  • One recent passport-sized photograph
  • Photocopy of NRIC / Passport (Front and Back)
  • Certified true copies of academic certificates & transcript*
  • Requisite Payment**

*Applicants are required to bring along their original documents (for verification purposes) including copies of the educational qualifications and result transcripts.

**Requisite payment includes all fees quoted under Programme Fees.

Payment Mode:

Cash, NETS, Cheque (payable to “SHRI Academy Pte Ltd”) IBG & Credit Card (additional charges apply) .

Next Intakes

Please indicate your choice of intake for registration purposes.

Intake Commencement Date Application Closing Date
48th 6 Jan 2017 30 Dec 2016
49th 10 Mar 2017 3 Mar 2017
50th 30 Jun 2017 16 Jun 2017
51st 8 Sept 2017 25 Aug 2017

Download application form here

For further information, please contact Ms. Lynn via phone (65) 6438 0012, fax (65) 6299 4864, or email lynn.koo@shri.org.sg