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Programme summary for MSc Occupational and Organisational Psychology

About the programme

Occupational psychology is concerned with the performance of people at work and with how individuals, small groups and organisations behave and function. Occupational psychology helps organisations to get the best from their workforce and improve the job satisfaction of individual employees. This can involve topics such as how to motivate staff, recruit the best people for the job, help individuals gain new skills, plan careers, or cope with redundancy. Occupational psychologists may also design or use psychological tests, as a way of measuring people’s suitability for a particular role.

This programme was the first of its kind in the UK and continues to provide outstanding professional training for those wishing to become chartered occupational psychologists, whilst retaining the academic rigours of a master’s degree.  We have excellent links with the profession and have five internships to offer our students, along with a prize for the best dissertation. Four of these internships are in the NHS working on special projects for the Head of Occupational Health for a large NHS Trust, and each lasts for three months. The fifth is a six-week internship with Penna, a global HR Services Group operating across the world and covering
the whole of the employment lifecycle. Penna also offers a £250 prize for the best dissertation each year.

Alongside these opportunities we bring our students together with the profession in other ways. The MSc is taught by three Chartered Occupational Psychologists, a Coaching Psychologist, a Counselling Psychologist and a Vocational Psychologist. All assessed coursework takes place in organisational settings, including one project with the Occupational Psychology Team of a major international bank. Delivered through lectures, visits, guest speakers, experiential learning and individual and group work, the programme offers a strong emphasis both on the development of skills that can be transferred into real-world settings and upon reflective experiential learning.

Programme structure

The full-time route is of one year’s duration, taught over one day each week, with six additional specialist workshops throughout the year. The part-time route takes two years and is taught over one afternoon each week, with six additional specialist workshops across the two years. Entry points are in September and February each year.

Career opportunities

The MSc will be used by practising occupational psychologists, HR professionals and independent consultants, and as an entry point for our Professional Doctorate in Occupational Psychology. People who have completed the MSc have gone on to work for many large commercial organisations, some of the world’s leading consultancies, and many different government departments both in the UK and across the world.


Contact with all tutors at any time Monday to Friday office hours. We operate a genuine open door policy.


Minimum 2:2 Honours in Psychology Degree conferring GBC status. Work experience is an advantage but not essential. In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required. International qualifications will be checked for appropriate matriculation to UK Higher Education postgraduate programmes.

Key facts

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Tuition Fees - 2013/14

Home/EU Fees

  • Module fee: £1,100
  • Full time fee: £6,600 per yr

International Fees

  • Module fee: £1,770
  • Full time fee: £10,620 per yr

Fees based on 30 credit modules (unless otherwise indicated) For further information regarding postgraduate fees please refer to


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