Personality and Intelligence at Work


This module will introduce students to some of the key theories of differential psychology and explore their applications in the workplace.

Lectures will cover:

  • Theories of personality, intelligence and other individual differences
  • Assessing work behaviour and potential
  • Psychological testing
  • Personality disorders
  • Other individual differences (e.g. vocational interests)

Within each topic, the focus will be on how individual differences affect work-related outcomes and behaviours (e.g., job satisfaction; job performance; motivation; selection and recruitment). 


  • 10 x 1 hour lectures
  • 2 x 2 hour workshops


  • MCQ Quiz (25%)
  • Examination (75%): One professional advice letter based on a case study and one essay - students will have some choice over the topics

Resit: Examination (100%) MCQ, Case Study and Essay.

Please note that the format of papers in the supplementary examinations may differ from the equivalent main examination paper or class test. Re-sit and deferral students should check the details of the assessment format of supplementary examinations with the Module Leader.

Key skills

  • Written communication 
  • Gathering information
  • Organisation and planning 
  • Critical thinking