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MSc Business Psychology

Course overview

Start date

January 2018

September 2018

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Course summary

Our Business Psychology course is a one-year course, or two years part-time, that 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. Furthermore, we offer internships as well as working with a major international bank on a project. This relevant experience will significantly enhance your employability when you graduate with us.

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If you have any questions, talk to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email

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No Psychology experience necessary

Our MSc Business Psychology is open to students with a first degree in subjects other than Psychology

Tailor your studies around you

You can tailor your programme of study to suit your needs, we offer a choice of 6 optional modules and is taught through weekend workshops - the only course of its kind to do so.

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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.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:2 Honours

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


(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.

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 a business 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 business 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 business 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 business 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 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 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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