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Course summary

This newly re-shaped course for psychology graduates is distinctive in its applied approach to psychology and benefits from a strong professional emphasis.

You will study alongside and follow the same course as our MSc Occupational and Organisational Psychology students. The difference is that the MSc Business Psychology is open to students with a first degree in subjects other than psychology.

The one-year course – or two years part-time – is highly attuned to the needs of working professionals. It will give you a competitive edge as you pursue your career as a practising occupational psychologist.

In re-accrediting the course for a further five years in 2013, the British Psychological Society commended it for several aspects of good practice.

These included the availability of and support provided by staff, the practical nature of the course and its strong links with industry, and the balancing emphasis on critical thinking.

There is also invaluable input from past students offering insights into different applications of occupational psychology in practice.

We have deliberately steered away from more traditional assessment methods such as examinations, as these have little practical relevance to the kinds of challenges you will face as professionals.

Fees

UK/EU/Full-time
£9,360
International
£12,100

Start date

UEL School

Attendance

  • Full-time
  • Part-time

Learning

  • On campus

Length

  • 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
1

We’ve radically redesigned this course to align it to the new British Psychological Society syllabus. You can tailor your programme of study to suit your needs. In addition ours is the only course of its kind that runs its teaching over weekend workshops.

2

We have excellent links with the profession and currently have seven internships on offer, plus a regular project with the occupational psychology team of a major international bank.

3

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework survey rated 43 per cent of the research within the School of Psychology as ‘internationally excellent’ and a further 25 per cent of the research work as ‘world-leading’ – the highest accolade.

What we're researching in our School


Our courses focus on the application of theory, principles and research from the fields of counselling, coaching, occupational and positive psychology and career guidance to address social issues and enhance quality of life.

We do this by using discipline-specific interventions that improve outcomes and enable individuals to flourish. The goal is to develop individuals and group communities so that they can function at their optimum.

The disciplines of positive psychology, coaching and counselling are evolving in the direction of complementing each other in terms of theory research and practitioner-oriented skills.  Studying with us will place you at the forefront of these developments. You’ll gain the skills to know how to apply them practically

Making a difference

UEL is one of the UK’s leading modern research universities. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), 17 per cent of our overall research submission was classified as ‘world-leading’ for its quality and impact – almost double our previous REF score. A further 45 per cent of our work was considered ‘internationally excellent’.

Brayley Pearce
MSc Business Psychology

The MSc at UEL has been a fantastic experience. The focus on real-world work scenarios as well as research has equipped me with the confidence and skills to apply the knowledge I have learnt on the course to my own work.

Fees and funding

£10,000 to fund your Masters Programme under the Postgraduate Loans (PGL) scheme

Postgraduate Loans (PGL)

From the academic year 2016/17, the Government will for the first time provide a loan for postgraduate Masters study. The Postgraduate Loan (PGL) will provide non means-tested loans of up to £10,000 to taught and research masters students.  It will be paid to students as a contribution towards Tuition Fees, living costs and other course costs.

Applications are open for the 2016/7 academic year and are made directly through Student Finance England

Eligibility

Loans will be available to UK Nationals (and individuals with settled status in the UK) who:

  • have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for three years on the first day of the first academic year of their course;
  • are most recently resident in England;
  • have not moved to England from elsewhere in the UK and Islands solely for the purpose of attending the course

Students may be eligible if they are an EU national or they have residency status as:

  • EEA or Swiss migrant worker
  • as a family member of any of the above or;
  • the child of a Swiss national
  • the child of a Turkish worker

Please take a look at the Postgraduate Loans policy summary for an overview of the main features of the new loans.

Receive a 50 per cent discount on your tuition fees!

You can get a 50 per cent discount on course fees through a UEL Postgraduate Scholarship. The scholarship is open to full-time and part-time UK and EU students of taught postgraduate courses

To see our full eligibility criteria and how to apply click here.

Terms and conditions apply.

How we can help you

Did you know that with a postgraduate qualification you can expect to earn £200,000 more than someone who only holds an undergraduate degree*?

If you want to build new skills, change career paths, or further your career prospects, a postgraduate degree can help you. Our range of scholarships and bursaries will make financing your education that much easier.

*Sutton Trust Report 2013

Alumni Discount - 15 per cent
UEL graduates automatically receive a 15 per cent discount on tuition fees. Whether you graduated last year or 30 years ago, why not come back and continue your studies at UEL. To see our full eligibility criteria click here.

Early Payment Discount - 5 per cent
If you pay your fees in full before 23 September 2016, we'll give you a 5 per cent discount.

Part-time Postgraduate Fee-waiver - up to £500
Open to some part-time students from a low-income household. To see our full eligibility criteria and how to apply click here.

There are a number of ways you can pay your fees to UEL.

  • Online payment facilities
  • By telephone
  • In person at Docklands or Stratford campus
  • Bank transfer

Full information on making payments can be found here.

If you wish to discuss payments to the university, please contact our Income Team on 020 8223 2030 or you can email cashiers@uel.ac.uk

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK/EU
£9,360
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

£10,000 to fund your Masters Programme under the Postgraduate Loans (PGL) scheme

Postgraduate Loans (PGL)

From the academic year 2016/17, the Government will for the first time provide a loan for postgraduate Masters study. The Postgraduate Loan (PGL) will provide non means-tested loans of up to £10,000 to taught and research masters students.  It will be paid to students as a contribution towards Tuition Fees, living costs and other course costs.

Applications are open for the 2016/7 academic year and are made directly through Student Finance England

Eligibility

Loans will be available to UK Nationals (and individuals with settled status in the UK) who:

  • have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for three years on the first day of the first academic year of their course;
  • are most recently resident in England;
  • have not moved to England from elsewhere in the UK and Islands solely for the purpose of attending the course

Students may be eligible if they are an EU national or they have residency status as:

  • EEA or Swiss migrant worker
  • as a family member of any of the above or;
  • the child of a Swiss national
  • the child of a Turkish worker

Please take a look at the Postgraduate Loans policy summary for an overview of the main features of the new loans.

Receive a 50 per cent discount on your tuition fees!

You can get a 50 per cent discount on course fees through a UEL Postgraduate Scholarship. The scholarship is open to full-time and part-time UK and EU students of taught postgraduate courses

To see our full eligibility criteria and how to apply click here.

Terms and conditions apply.

How we can help you

Did you know that with a postgraduate qualification you can expect to earn £200,000 more than someone who only holds an undergraduate degree*?

If you want to build new skills, change career paths, or further your career prospects, a postgraduate degree can help you. Our range of scholarships and bursaries will make financing your education that much easier.

*Sutton Trust Report 2013

Alumni Discount - 15 per cent
UEL graduates automatically receive a 15 per cent discount on tuition fees. Whether you graduated last year or 30 years ago, why not come back and continue your studies at UEL. To see our full eligibility criteria click here.

Early Payment Discount - 5 per cent
If you pay your fees in full before 23 September 2016, we'll give you a 5 per cent discount.

Part-time Postgraduate Fee-waiver - up to £500
Open to some part-time students from a low-income household. To see our full eligibility criteria and how to apply click here.

There are a number of ways you can pay your fees to UEL.

  • Online payment facilities
  • By telephone
  • In person at Docklands or Stratford campus
  • Bank transfer

Full information on making payments can be found here.

If you wish to discuss payments to the university, please contact our Income Team on 020 8223 2030 or you can email cashiers@uel.ac.uk

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK/EU
£1,560

Per 30 credit module

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay at least 50 per cent deposit of their tuition fees prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate or postgraduate course, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £4,000. In addition to this, we offer a five per cent early payment discount and 15 per cent alumni discount.

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, you will need to show that you have a minimum of £9,180 for living costs for one academic year. This is a figure estimated by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money.

The International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£12,100


Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

From
Degree
Minimum 2:2 Honours

We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. 

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

SEE YOUR COUNTRY
Overall IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

What you'll study

Stage 1 Modules
How Organisations Work (Core)
Helping Organisations to Change (Core)
Psychological Assessment in the Workplace (Core)
Research Methods & Dissertation 1 (Core)
Facilitating Learning in Groups (Optional)
Core Counselling Skills and Processes (Optional)

Stage 2 Modules
Becoming a Professional Psychologist (Core)
Working in a Global Context (Core)
Research Methods & Dissertation 2 (Core)
Coaching for Career & Professional Development (Optional)
Designing & Managing Safety Critical Systems (Optional)
Multidimensional Flourishing (Optional)
The Skills of Effective Coaching (Optional)

How you'll be assessed

For each module we assess you through a challenging and innovative assignment, which captures the kinds of professional work you will be undertaking as an occupational psychologist. All assignments are tackled in small groups, with the exception of the research dissertation, which is an individual piece of work.

Assessment tasks include writing and presenting a client proposal, delivering a group learning workshop, writing a briefing paper, designing and delivering a poster presentation, writing a press release, running a coaching session, writing a research proposal and writing a publication ready journal article.

Course specification

How you'll learn

The course runs on Friday afternoons, Saturdays and Sundays. You would be expected to attend between 12 and 15 of these weekend workshops throughout your time with us.

This mode of study benefits the many students who are working, either in the profession or in related fields. These intensive teaching blocks also mean we can tackle areas in greater depth and give our students a more rigorous experiential study programme, where they can immerse themselves in the different areas of occupational psychology. 

Our internships include four working on special projects for the head of occupational health at a large NHS trust, and an eight-week internship with a global people management business working in their assessment and development team.

UEL’s School of Psychology is one of the largest providers of psychology education and training in the UK. This means you will benefit from a huge breadth of academic expertise, with teaching available in occupational psychology, coaching psychology, positive psychology, counselling psychology and vocational psychology. 

What you'll learn

This course has a strong emphasis on professional practice and evidence-based management principles. 

You will become equipped to operate successfully in the profession by taking a series of core modules.

These include psychological assessment in the workplace, helping organisations to change, research design and methodologies, becoming a professional psychologist and working in a global context.

In addition, you can choose to study optional modules in coaching, counselling and positive psychology alongside the more mainstream occupational psychology modules.

Instead of using exams for assessment, we have opted for a rich mix of techniques to measure your progress, including writing bids, position papers, poster presentations and live group projects.

You will also complete a major piece of original live research for your dissertation. The best of these each year will earn a £250 prize from a global people management business, which also offers one of our regular internships.

Your future career

The practical emphasis of this course, balanced with a focus on developing critical thinking, means many of our students have progressed to highly successful careers.

Over the past five years, our students have gained employment as occupational psychologists, coaching psychologists, sports and performance psychologists, leadership development specialists, and human factors experts for a wide range of companies and organisations.

These include BlackRock, Chimp Management Team, Emirates Airlines, Koolheads, Kubiks, London Underground, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Justice, the National Autistic Society, the NHS, ORC International, Penna, Royal Bank of Scotland, the RAF and Whitbread.

The strong professional emphasis, combined with a comprehensive skills curriculum, will develop your transferable skills and equip you with a competitive edge for the world of work.

As our range of internships attests, we have profitable links across some of the key areas of the industry, which is good news for our graduates.

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Our international team travel overseas regularly to meet prospective students and attend recruitment fairs. Our academics also give regular lectures overseas and are happy to speak to prospective students. In addition, we have a large worldwide network of advisors who can provide guidance and support with applying to study at the University of East London.
 

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