The MSc Occupational and Organisational Psychology is a full-time programme focusing on the psychological processes relevant to the workplace.
The programme offers two pathways: Occupational Psychology and Organisational Behaviour.
Drawing on current and historical theory and research, the programme will enable you to understand, describe, and predict workplace outcomes and to develop ways of improving these outcomes.
The programme features a range of modules based on the new curriculum of the British Psychological Society (BPS), including modules on ‘Well-being at Work', ‘Learning, Training and Development', as well as a module involving placement work experience.
Your learning experience will be enriched by small group lectures and seminars, career support, and a personal tutor.
Why should I choose this programme?
This BPS accredited* programme is one of the first in the UK to be based on the new improved curriculum of the Division of Occupational Psychology (DCoP), and includes a unique Professional Practice module.
The programme is relevant for those who enjoy working with and understanding people, and who specifically wish to study work behaviour with the aim to improve the working lives of employees. This programme offers all of the technical, research and practical skills needed to achieve these goals.
The programme covers the core knowledge areas that are stipulated by the DCoP. You will develop an understanding of key topics, including:
•Learning, Training, and Development
•Psychological Assessment at Work
•Well-Being at Work
•Leadership, Engagement, and Motivation
•Work Design, Organisational Change and Development
•Applying Psychology at Work
Key skills, aims and objectives
The programme aims to develop your understanding and enable you to apply evidence-based interventions, as well as to adopt professional standards of ethics.
Your studies will prepare you to overcome key industry challenges by providing you with crucial skills and experiences, including:
•technical skills, such as knowing how to conduct a job analysis
•skills in applying theory and research to real organisational issues to improve workplace outcomes or employee behaviour and well-being
Throughout your studies you will develop your research skills and explore the application of theory to practice. In addition, you will gain a variety of industry-relevant technical skills and interpersonal skills, as well as achieve personal development and growth.
You will undertake a Professional Practice module unique to this programme, during which you will complete a one month internship/placement within a human resource function of an organisation. This module will enable you to develop your practical and professional skills, as well as to witness the way theory can be implemented into practice.
Students on this programme will also have the opportunity to obtain additional qualifications alongside their studies, such as becoming an Accredited Mediator or a Qualified Test User.
This programme proudly offers the Professional Practice module to help you gain practical industry experience and get your foot in the door. The module will not only develop your professional skills, but also provide you with a network of support for your career.
The additional qualifications of Accredited Mediator and Qualified Test User will enable you to offer something unique in the industry and will provide you with a competitive advantage.
Upon completing this course, graduates will be able to work as internal consultants within HR functions of organisations, such as HR Managers, Learning and Development Specialists, Recruitment and Personnel Specialists and Talent Management Specialists. Graduates will also be able to work as external consultants, independent practitioners, or academics/researchers.
The MSc Occupational Psychology pathway is awaiting approval by the British Psychological Society*
The Organisational Behaviour pathway will not be BPS accredited.
How to apply
Applying to study at RUL is a quick and easy process. We accept direct applications, have no formal application deadlines and there is no application fee.
Step 1 Apply
You can apply in the following ways:
•Apply directly to us using the application form available here http://www.regents.ac.uk/media/1188903/Regents-application-form.pdf
Once you have completed the application form, please send us the following supporting documents, by post, email or fax:
•Copies of academic transcripts and certificates of all academic study undertaken after secondary school
•One letter of academic reference
•A copy of your CV/resumé showing your work experience if applicable.
•A 300 to 500-word personal statement in support of your application, outlining your reasons for applying to your chosen programme and how you feel you will benefit from the course of study
•A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
•One recent passport-sized, colour photograph, jpeg format (this must be emailed to us at [email protected]
•If not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency
Please note: most candidates will be assessed for admission on the basis of their submitted application materials. However, RUL reserves the right to invite candidates for interview and to reject those who decline to attend.
Step 2 Making an offer
We will assess whether you meet our minimum entry requirements and will make you an offer by both email and post, or notify you that you have been unsuccessful.
If you have completed your education and have met all the entry requirements, you will be sent an unconditional offer. If you still have to finish your exams, or have yet to submit supporting documentation, we will make you a conditional offer.
You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.
Step 3 Accepting the offer
If you wish to accept the offer you must:
•Confirm your acceptance via email/post/telephone/in person
•Pay the registration fee (non-refundable)
•Pay the non-EU advance tuition fee deposit, if applicable (non-refundable)
•Please note: although there is no formal deadline to pay your registration fee or non-EU advance deposit, if you need to apply for an international student visa to study in the UK, then we recommend that you pay these as soon as possible.
Please see here for information on how to pay http://www.regents.ac.uk/study/how-to-pay.aspx
Step 4 Full acceptance and visa
On receipt of your acceptance we will issue the final set of documentation and, where needed, the relevant visa support documentation. To find out if you need a student visa please consult the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website for current information: http://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration
(please note it is your own responsibility to arrange the appropriate visa).
For more information on course structure, admissions and teaching and assessment, please follow this link: http://www.regents.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/programmes/msc-occupational-and-organisational-psychology.aspx