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MSc Business Psychology

Course summary

Our Business Psychology course is a one-year course, or two years part-time. It combines applied psychology with a strong professional emphasis, and is highly attuned to the needs of working professionals, giving you a competitive edge as you pursue your career as a practising business psychologist.

In this course, we steer away from exams, and offer other assessment methods that are relevant to the real world and are based on real scenarios you will face as professionals. There is also valuable input from experts in the fields of positive psychology and coaching, and past students offering insights into different applications of business psychology in practice.

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Fit your studies around you

You can tailor your programme of study to suit your needs. We offer a choice of two optional modules in coaching and positive psychology. Our programme is taught exclusively through immersive weekend workshops - the only course of its kind to do so.

Dedicated expertise

We are serious about business psychology, which is why this programme is taught entirely by business psychologists and specialist experts, who are dedicated to this specific profession of psychology. This means you get a more focused and richer learning experience. 

Build long-lasting networks

We have an active network of more than 300 alumni that studied on our MSc Business Psychology and Occupational and Organisational Psychology, who work in incredible careers for all types of companies. We organise events which bring our current and past students together to help you make that important connection to catapult your career.


Business Psychology is one of the fastest growing disciplines in Applied Psychology. Being a Business Psychologist means bringing balance to the workplace and contributing to employee wellbeing and organisational success. Our MSc has been radically redesigned to meet the needs of working professionals who want to attain this valuable qualification.

Mark Holloway , Programme Leader

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.

What you'll study

We consistently review and develop our courses and modules to ensure they are up-to-date with sector and industry graduate skills demands. Course structure, modules and options are subject to change.

Autumn Term

Core Module
Health and Wellbeing at Work

Subject Specific Module
Assessing and Developing People in the Workplace

Spring Term

Subject Specific Modules
Work Design, Organisational Change and Development
Leading, Engaging and Motivating People at Work

Summer Term

Core Modules
Developing as a Researcher Part One
Developing as a Researcher Part Two

You can choose to replace one of the Subject Specific Modules with an Optional Module:

Autumn Term
Coaching Theory and Practice

Spring Term
Flourishing Within Organisational Systems

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 a business psychologist. You will be working in small groups to complete some of your assignments while others, including your dissertation, will be individual pieces 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.

Modules Specification Course specification Timetable

How you'll learn

The course runs on Saturdays and Sundays, with an occasional extra Friday teaching session. 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 business psychology.

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 business psychology, coaching psychology and positive psychology.

Who will teach on this course

Mark Holloway

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

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 and subject specific modules.

The core modules are developing as a researcher, and health and wellbeing at work. The subject specific modules are assessing and developing people in the workplace, work design, organisational change and development, and leading, engaging and motivating people at work. You can choose to replace a subject specific module with an optional module, either coaching theory and practice or flourishing within organisational systems.

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.

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 business psychologists, coaching psychologists, sports and performance psychologists, leadership development specialists, and human factors experts for a wide range of companies and organisations.

These include Google, Amazon, Vodafone, Deloitte, Emirates Airlines, Siemens, Royal Bank of Scotland, RAF, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Defence and a number of occupational psychology practices including Saville Consulting, A&DC, Peoplewise and Genius Within.

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.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal

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