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Diploma in Business & Organizational Psychology


Level 5


1 Year

Business Psychology

Business psychology, also known as industrial-organizational psychology, combines insights drawn from psychology about human behavior and thinking with different aspects of a business to improve the effectiveness, productivity, quality of life and well-being of employees, profitability of businesses and satisfaction of customers.

Every business is a human enterprise and our ability to understand, predict and influence humans effectively is the key to business success. There is no aspect in business that psychological applications cannot be utilized.

Business & Organizational psychology is one of the most popular sciences that almost all large organizations are using to strategically manage their staff and influence customers. Here are some examples where businesses use psychological applications.

Human Resources Management

Future of HRM is all about analyzing and influencing human mind. From Psychometric testing in screening and selection to employee engagement, job satisfaction, quality of life, Stress management to well-being all modern HR processes require and in-depth understanding of human behavior and attitudes.


Training & Development

In a world where organizations are moving from group training to coaching, trainers and consultants must have the ability to understand and appreciate the differences between people in terms of the way  they think and behave. Finding out the different personality types, learning styles and cognitive skills are essential for future training and development.

Marketing, Sales, Advertising and Branding

Gone are the days of traditional consumer surveys. Modern marketing and advertising strategies go on the use latest research findings in psychology and neuroscience to influence their target populations. In a world where competition overwhelming, these insights will give you an edge over the others.


From customizing UI based on culture, generation and the socio-economic class to matching the colors, fonts and the flow in apps to the natural brain processes, insights about human behavior and preferences could largely make IT and Digital platforms more effective and appealing.

If you wish to know more about how psychological insights could be used in your line of work, please arrange a meeting with our student advisors.


Diploma in Business & Organizational Psychology (DOP)

Diploma in Business & Organizational Psychology is a Level 5, 120 Credit Professional diploma designed for individuals from the corporate sector who wish to apply psychological insights to make their profession more successful


This program attracts professionals in different industries, entrepreneurs, trainers and consultants who understand that mastering the science of the mind will take them to the next level in their respective fields.


Understanding human behavior will not only be useful for them to become more effective in their interactions with their staff, colleagues and customers but also empower them with the ability to reflect on their own behavior to improve their own quality of life and well-being.


Delivered by experts in psychology, the discussions will be helpful in your analyzing others, predicting behaviors, improving your ability to control your emotions, dealing with issues and conflicts in a better manner and achieving your goals with much ease and satisfaction.


Program Delivery

Program is delivered using modern teaching methods and training techniques that inspires the minds of the students creating enthusiasm, interest and motivation to explore further in to the field. A variety of methods from face to face lectures to case studies, journal discussions, workshops and seminars, small group discussions and group activities are used to create and maintain passion of the students


Program Structure


Duration                              Standard : 01 Year            Fast-track : 06 months

Delivery                               On Campus / Online

Modules                              08

Compulsory                        04

Electives                              04

Credit Value                       120 UK Credits

Level                                   05 (RQF Standard)

Classes                               Sundays

Awarding Body                 Colombo Institute of Research & Psychology

Accreditation                     Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission  Sri Lanka

Credit Transfer                  Available

Transfer abroad                 Available

Progression                        Higher Diploma / Bachelor’s Degree



Module Structure


Core Modules (Each module is worth 15 UK RQF Credits)


1              Introduction to Psychology                                         

2              Biopsychology                                                                                                  

3              Cognitive Psychology                                                                                    

4              Social Psychology                                                                                                                                                            


Specialization Modules (Each module is worth 15 UK RQF Credits)


1. Psychology of Leadership & Decision Making                                                                 

2. Group Dynamics & Psychology of Change                                       

3. Psychometric Assessments & Well-being                        

4. Consumer & Cyber Psychology                                                              



Assessments are designed to ensure that the students have achieved the required learning outcomes. Students are provided opportunity to take a range of assessments that will empower students to face the various different challenges and demands of their work life upon graduation including written examinations, essays and assignments submitted online, individual and group presentations, social media projects, mini research projects.

Entry Criteria

Educational Qualifications - Standard Entry 

Completed A/L  (SL / Edexcel / Cambrdige / Recognized examinations body) with a minimum of Two (02)  Passes in any Stream 

Or have completed a Foundation Programme  awarded by a recognized College /University 

Educational Qualifications - Special considerations for mature students 

Applicable for candidates who are above 21 and do not meet the above entry criteria. These applications will be handled on an individual basis and the academic board will decide based on the evidence provided by the candidate.

A professional qualification with two (02) years work experience in a relevant field.Or follow the Access Diploma to Higher Education at CIRP.

Language Requirement

A high level of English Proficiency  is required to successfully complete this program.

English Proficiency of the students will be assessed in the beginning of the programs and students who do not meet the expected standard will be asked to follow the English Language Proficiency Program (ELPP) offered by CIRP and obtain the required level of mastery before commencing their studies.

Academic Progression in Sri Lanka   

Upon successful completion of the Diploma of Child & Adolescent Psychology, students are eligible to apply for exemptions for the similar modules in the following programs

                Diploma of Higher Education in Psychology

                BSc (Hons) Psychology

If you already have a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline, upon successful completion of the Diploma of Child & Adolescent Psychology, you are eligible to apply for the following Postgraduate programs

                MSc in Business & Organizational Psychology


International Credit Transfers  

Upon successful completion of the Diploma, students are eligible to apply for exemptions for the similar modules in related programs through credit transferring.

We could recommend you the universities that we already have a partnership with or if you have a preferred country and/or a University we could support you to transfer the credits by working with the university.

Employability – Local & Foreign      


CIRP Qualifications are registered with the Tertiary and Vocational Qualification Authority of Sri Lanka, therefore your qualification is recognized by the Government of Sri Lanka as a vocational qualification. If you plan to apply for foreign employment, You are eligible to get your certificate endorsed by the Government of Sri Lanka as a recognized qualification.


Award & Certificate

Diploma level qualifications awarded by CIRP and is recognized by TVEC Sri Lanka. Certificate is issued by CIRP and you are able to get the certificate attested by TVEC Sri Lanka as a registered qualification when you apply for foreign universities.

Student Life

CIRP offers and excellent campus life that provides students ample opportunities to enjoy their university life combining academic work with a range of other activities. Most are aimed at providing students the much required recreational time and sufficient time away from classrooms essential for psychological well-being. Working together with the students council, CIRP organizes many activities and events to bring our hidden talents in students, provide confidence, enhance social and interpersonal skills, embrace cultural diversity and have fun in a responsible  way in a safe environment. 

We invite all students to check out student life at CIRP.

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