MSc Occupational and Organisational Psychology
The British Psychological Society commended it for several aspects of good practice, including 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.
Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
This is a mark of quality that students and employers understand and value. It will give you the opportunity to gain graduate or chartered membership for the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC), which is an important requirement for becoming a professional psychologist.
Of all modern universities in the UK
An incredible endorsement from our own students that puts us comfortably in the top 15 of all modern universities in the UK, it shows our students love us - and we have no doubt you will love us too. (NSS, 2017)
Impact of research in the UK
The School of Psychology is joint first in the UK for impact of research, beating Cambridge and Oxford, showing our incredible academic expertise and real-world relevance. (latest REF, 2014)
What we're researching
The recently published Research Excellence Framework is a six-yearly review by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
It rated 43 per cent of our research as ‘internationally excellent’ and a further 25 per cent as ‘world-leading’ – the highest accolade. It added that UEL’s School of Psychology was one of only four in the country whose research had a ‘100 per cent impact’ at the highest level.
Dr Francisco Jose Eiroa-Orosa researches the understanding of psychosocial wellbeing in the context of complex multi-dimensional problems such as addictions, trauma, migration or social change.
Dr Tim Lomas has explored the impact of meditation on men’s wellbeing, using a mixed-methods design comprising narrative interviews, cognitive testing, and EEG measurement.
Dr Christian van Nieuwerburgh is an internationally recognised academic and consultant whose ground-breaking research concerns his specialist area of coaching and mentoring, in which he conducts numerous international collaborations.
Dr Kate Hefferon’s work was the first to link participation in physical activity with post-traumatic growth. She has conducted several evaluation studies on the role of physical activity during and following breast cancer.
Among last year’s publications by Principal Lecturer Donald Ridley, who is a specialist in organisational development in the public sector in the former Soviet Union, are Safety management - the lessons of experience and The unspeakable and the sublime - the relationship between Stalin and Shostakovich.
Over the past few years Dr Aneta Tunariu has delivered psychological interventions in the UK and abroad working with disenfranchised young people to foster the development of positive identities, emotional resourcing and positive future perspectives.
Currently, Dr Tunariu is engaged in projects focusing on individual capacity for growth and resilience as a means of combating the risk of young people adopting radical belief systems.
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’.
MSc Occupational Psychology
As an experienced HR practitioner, it was important that the MSc course had a focus on the reality of practising Occupational Psychology in the workforce. All of the lecturing staff provided lots of real-world examples throughout all the modules, constantly using the language of the profession. This is something that has made my transition to evidence-based practice a lot easier.
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths.
What you'll study
How Organisations Work (15 Credits)
Helping Organisations to Change (15 Credits)
Psychological Assessment in the Workplace (15 Credits)
Research Methods & Dissertation 1 (30 Credits)
Optional Modules Phase One:
Facilitating Group Learning (15 Credits)
Core Counselling Skills & Processes (15 Credits)
Core Modules Phase Two:
Becoming a Professional Psychologist (15 Credits)
Working in a Global Context (15 Credits)
Research Methods & Dissertation 2 (30 Credits)
Optional Modules Phase Two:
Career Coaching Theory/Coaching for Career Development (15 Credits)
Designing & Managing Safety Critical Systems (15 Credits)
Multidimensional Flourishing (15 Credits)
The Skills of Effective Coaching (15 Credits)
How you'll be assessed
Each module is assessed by a challenging and innovative assignment, which captures the kinds of professional work you would be undertaking as an occupational psychologist. All assignments are tackled in small groups, apart from the dissertation, which is an individual piece of work.
We have produced an imaginative range of assessment tasks, which 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.
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 course also enables you to continue your studies by undertaking a professional doctorate in occupational psychology.
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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