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Training as an Occupational Psychologist in the Institute of Management Studies will equip you with the scientific knowledge and practical skills to challenge the status quo and offer innovative solutions to workplace problems. . Read more

Training as an Occupational Psychologist in the Institute of Management Studies will equip you with the scientific knowledge and practical skills to challenge the status quo and offer innovative solutions to workplace problems. 

Occupational Psychology, both as a professional and academic field, seeks to address questions of critical importance in business and enterprise.

  • How can we select the best employees?
  • How can we enhance health and performance?
  • What does effective leadership look like?
  • What impact does coaching really have? 

The MSc in Occupational Psychology, run by the Institute of Management Studies, will equip you with the knowledge and skills to begin considering these questions. The programme has been designed in line with British Psychological Society (BPS) and Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP) requirements and has been accredited since 1995. We recently updated our programme content in line with the 2014 changes to the DOP Occupational Psychology curriculum and, as of September 2014, we are teaching in line with the new curriculum.

The MSc in Occupational Psychology aims to equip you with a thorough grounding in the application of psychological theory to work settings, to provide you with the skills necessary to conduct cutting-edge research in applied research projects to a high level of competence, and to impart core practitioner techniques and awareness.

Excellent employment rates

The programme’s success is increasingly reflected in the excellent employment rates of our former MSc students in both public and private sectors. Some students also go on to carry out PhD level study with us to become academic Occupational Psychologists.

Develop a theoretical and empirical knowledge base

In the IMS we work to the academic-practitioner model. That is, our Occupational Psychology programme is specifically designed to equip you with a theoretical and empirical knowledge base that you can bring to your consultancy and practice. To that end, you’ll have the opportunity to engage in both cutting edge research, as well as practical skills sessions. For your research dissertation you’ll have access to academics with expertise in areas such as occupational health and wellbeing, talent management and entrepreneurship.

Distinguished Speakers Series

In the IMS we have an invited speakers’ programme called the Distinguished Speakers Series. This series provides specialised talks by either academic or practising experts in various fields of business, enterprise and occupational psychology. 

Structure

The MSc programme runs for one year, starting in September. Most lectures and seminars are in the first two terms of the academic year, however the programme is structured in such a way that you are expected to pursue your studies beyond formal term times. Apart from the individual module-units listed in the syllabus, you will be required to attend other seminars and workshop series.

As far as is practicable, the majority of lectures and seminars will be timetabled for Mondays and Tuesdays.

Research Project (60 credits)

The research dissertation requires you to execute and document an original research investigation. The focus can be on any area related to occupational psychology, and can take place in either a laboratory or field setting, using a specific population (eg salespersons) or the general public. It is also possible to conduct a piece of archival research (eg meta-analysis), if your supervisor agrees that this is appropriate.

You normally begin the research dissertation in the second term (January), together with necessary literature reviews and research design, and the submission deadline is late August. 

Occupational Test User Training

(Formerly known as Level A and B training)

During your MSc you will be provided with the opportunity to partake in training that will allow you to qualify for the BPS certificates in “Test User: Occupational, Ability” and “Test User: Occupational, Personality.” This qualification recognizes you as an expert in the administration, scoring and interpretation of ability tests and personality questionnaires. Your training will be delivered by Criterion Partnership, a world-recognised authority on objective assessment.

Assessment

Your performance will be assessed by formal examinations, essays, presentations, business reports and a research dissertation of not more than 10,000 words.

Skills

You'll develop technical skills related to occupational psychology including:

  • stress and safety risk assessment procedures
  • work re-design procedures
  • designing assessment strategies
  • training needs analysis

You’ll also develop the analytical skills that you will need as a professional psychologist.

Careers

Through the Professional Skills Workshops you will be able to interact closely with experts from the world's leading organisations and enhance your professional development.

The programme’s success is increasingly reflected in the excellent employment rates of our former MSc students in both public and private sectors. Some students also go on to carry out PhD level study with us to become academic Occupational Psychologists.

You may go on to work as an independent consultant, as an ‘in-house’ consultant for a private or public sector organisation, in a consultancy, or in academia.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.



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Occupational Psychology applies psychological understanding to workplace, business and organisational issues, and is one of the key applied fields of psychology. Read more
Occupational Psychology applies psychological understanding to workplace, business and organisational issues, and is one of the key applied fields of psychology. Many businesses and organisations employ occupational psychologists to help identify and address many of the key issues organisations face today, like how to select the best talent, train leaders, manage teams, engage employees and develop a culture of innovation all using evidence-based solutions.

The MSc Occupational Psychology at UWE Bristol is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), covering Stage-1 training for Occupational Psychology. The course has been designed to reflect the most up-to-date BPS guidelines and has been developed in conjunction with the British Psychological Society's Division of Occupational Psychology.

Key benefits

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), covering Stage-1 training for Occupational Psychology.

Course detail

Whether you're a recent bachelor graduate or a professional looking to develop and enhance skills, the course offers an excellent grounding in the key skills of an Occupational Psychologist. Furthermore, UWE Bristol stands out for its focus on applying skills and competencies to real-world scenarios. The department has excellent links with local organisations who provide connections and invaluable insights.

If you hold Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the BPS, the MSc provides Stage-1 training towards achieving Practitioner Occupational Psychologist status. As well as covering the BPS core curriculum, you'll enjoy a particular emphasis on highly transferable practical, professional and employment-related skills and the opportunity to gain course credit through practical work in business and organisational settings.

Modules

• Leadership, Engagement and Motivation
• Learning, Training and Development
• Wellbeing and Work
• Psychological Assessment at Work
• Work Design, Organisational Change and Organisational Development
• Applying Psychology to Work and Organisations
• Dissertation in Psychology
• Conducting and Evaluating Psychological Research

Format

This course is designed to offer a superb balance of theory, knowledge and applicable skills. The course is blended, mixing online and face to face learning. You'll learn through, online seminars and discussions as well as face to face workshops, supervised research and work based learning. Some of your learning will be independent, but we also encourage peer learning and taking advantage of the department's resources and staff expertise.

Assessment

We assess the modules through a variety of formative and summative methods, including case studies and critical essays, pitches and portfolios, videos and interviews. We've designed the assessments to support your learning, cover a variety of skills, reflect real world practice, engage you in the learning material, and develop your personal and professional abilities.

Careers / Further study

The MSc Occupational Psychology is currently working towards validation by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as Stage-1 training in Occupational Psychology the first step in training to become a Practitioner Occupational Psychologist. The BPS criteria takes into account the applicability of knowledge and skills, and graduate employability, which are key strengths for UWE Bristol.

After completing the MSc you will need to complete Stage-2 training to become a Practitioner Occupational Psychologist. Visit the Division of Occupational Psychology to find out more about this.

To be eligible for Stage-1 training in Occupational Psychology you must have Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) status. Please contact the BPS or HCPC for further guidance.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx

Funding

- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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COURSE OVERVIEW. Complete the first stage of training for BPS and HCPC accreditation. Apply evidence-based theories to occupational psychology practice. Read more

COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Complete the first stage of training for BPS and HCPC accreditation
  • Apply evidence-based theories to occupational psychology practice
  • Connect with practitioner psychologists in the workplace

Occupational Psychology at Winchester provides you with the skills and knowledge requirement for Stage 1 of the British Psychological Society’s training route in Occupational Psychology, as well as supporting the transition towards Stage 2. It also incorporates the first stage of training towards Practitioner Occupational Psychologist status with the Health and Care Professions Council. There is an emphasis on reflective practice skills as well as a thorough understanding of ethical standards and practice within the discipline.

The programme introduces the context and application of psychology in various occupational and organisational settings. The emphasis is on developing your knowledge in the key areas of leadership, wellbeing at work, work design, and assessment in the workplace, as well as learning, training and development. You are taught by a range of professional occupational psychologists offering experience in a range of specialisms including coaching, use of psychometrics, human factors and leadership development. You benefit from practitioner advice on gaining suitable experience, and by incorporating practice-based assessments.

You have access to excellent facilities including numerous research cubicles and laboratories equipped for conducting interviews, observational research, eye tracking, EEG and psychophysiological measures. There are several staff members in the department with strong research and practice experience in the fields relevant to Occupational Psychology. The teaching team includes HCPC-registered Occupational Psychologists.

We consider the scope of Occupational Psychology from the perspective of the individual, their work organisation and any work with client groups. The programme includes problem-based exercises that may include elements such as mock consultancy reports, psychometric test use experience and development of training based on given scenarios. You develop your ability to appropriately design, conduct, analyse, interpret and evaluate psychological research in a chosen specialised research area within Occupational Psychology.

You complete modules including Leadership and Workplace Engagement, Wellbeing at Work, Work Design, Organisational Change and Development, and Assessment in the Workplace. There is also a module on research methods which helps you to prepare for your research project.

Graduates of the course are prepared to progress to the next stage of the BPS training and to pursue careers in occupational psychology and related fields.

Accreditation

British Psychological Society (BPS) 

Careers

The programme provides the first step (Stage 1) towards gaining Chartered Occupational Psychologist status with the BPS.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Work placements

Students may have the opportunity to volunteer in occupational practice-related placements - this is independent from the programme and non-credit bearing.

Learning and teaching

A diverse range of teaching methods are employed including laboratory classes, lectures, seminars, tutorials and individual project supervision. Students have access to excellent

facilities including numerous research cubicles and laboratories equipped for conducting interviews, observational research, eye tracking, EEG and psychophysiological measures.

There are several staff members in the department with strong research and practice experience in the fields relevant to Occupational Psychology. The teaching team includes HCPC-registered Occupational Psychologists.

Location

King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester

Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are employed including academic essays, research reports and presentations. In addition, the programme includes problem-based exercises that may include elements such as mock consultancy reports, psychometric test use experience and development of training based on given scenarios.

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.



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Occupational Psychologists apply the science of psychology in work-based settings. The Occupational Psychology MSc is accredited by the British Psychological Society and provides a thorough grounding in the theory and practical skills central to the application of psychological research in the workplace. Read more
Occupational Psychologists apply the science of psychology in work-based settings. The Occupational Psychology MSc is accredited by the British Psychological Society and provides a thorough grounding in the theory and practical skills central to the application of psychological research in the workplace. For those that have GBC, the course confers stage 1 of training as an Occupational Psychologist.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and was designed to cover the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology core curriculum.

The course has been developed and delivered by an experienced course team which includes Registered Occupational Psychologists and Chartered Members of the Division of Occupational Psychology as well as sitting on the BPS Board of Assessors in Occupational Psychology and the Division of Occupational Psychology Training Committee. All members of the team are actively involved in research which informs their teaching.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The course will give you a unique opportunity to study an area of applied psychology related to the work place and which can be applied in any work setting.

Please see the How will this course be taught? section for clarification on the two methods of studying this course. Whichever version of this course you follow, you will complete the nine modules listed below:
-Psychological Assessment at work (20 credits)
-Research Methods in Psychology (20 credits)
-Work and Well Being (20 credits)
-Applying Psychology to Work and Organisations (10 credits)
-Leadership Engagement and Motivation (20 credits)
-Work Design, Change and Development (10 credits)
-Learning, Training and Development (20 credits)
-Project Planning and Ethics (10 credits)
-Dissertation in Occupational Psychology (50 credits)

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

This course will enable you to further your career and open up promotion opportunities in the area of occupational psychology.

The course will provide exemption from Stage One (for those with GBC) of the training route towards Chartership and becoming an Occupational Psychologist.

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Applied Master’s-level Occupational Psychology focuses on skills, knowledge and attributes employers and organisations seek. With input from leading researchers and practising occupational psychologists, working up to British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation. Read more

Key fact

Applied Master’s-level Occupational Psychology focuses on skills, knowledge and attributes employers and organisations seek. With input from leading researchers and practising occupational psychologists, working up to British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation.

Introduction

Occupational Psychology applies psychological understanding to workplace, business and organisational issues, and is one of the key applied fields of psychology. Many businesses and organisations employ occupational psychologists to help identify and address many of the key issues organisations face today, like how to select the best talent, train leaders, manage teams, engage employees and develop a culture of innovation all using evidence-based solutions.

The MSc Occupational Psychology at UWE Bristol is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), covering Stage-1 training for Occupational Psychology. The course has been designed to reflect the most up-to-date BPS guidelines and has been developed in conjunction with the British Psychological Society's Division of Occupational Psychology.

Apply your skills to real world situations

Whether you're a recent bachelor graduate or a professional looking to develop and enhance skills, the course offers an excellent grounding in the key skills of an Occupational Psychologist. Furthermore, UWE Bristol stands out for its focus on applying skills and competencies to real-world scenarios. The department has excellent links with local organisations who provide connections and invaluable insights.

If you hold Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the BPS, the MSc provides Stage-1 training towards achieving Practitioner Occupational Psychologist status. As well as covering the BPS core curriculum, you'll enjoy a particular emphasis on highly transferable practical, professional and employment-related skills and the opportunity to gain course credit through practical work in business and organisational settings.

For up to date list of modules and course delivery please visit our website.

Learning and Teaching

This course is designed to offer a superb balance of theory, knowledge and applicable skills. The course is blended, mixing online and face to face learning. You'll learn through, online seminars and discussions as well as face to face workshops, supervised research and work based learning. Some of your learning will be independent, but we also encourage peer learning and taking advantage of the department's resources and staff expertise.

Study facilities

You have access to an excellent library, on campus and online, and a wide range of online resources such as Pebblepad and Blackboard, for developing and sharing your portfolio of work.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/whyuwe/fantasticfacilities

Careers/further study

The MSc Occupational Psychology is currently working towards validation by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as Stage-1 training in Occupational Psychology the first step in training to become a Practitioner Occupational Psychologist. The BPS criteria takes into account the applicability of knowledge and skills, and graduate employability, which are key strengths for UWE Bristol.

Open Events

We hold a number of University-wide open evenings as well as a number of subject specific events throughout the year for anyone considering postgraduate and professional study. Visit http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/whatson/opendays/postgraduateopendays.aspx

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Overview. One of the most respected courses in occupational psychology in Britain, this course is. approved by the British Psychology Society (BPS). Read more

Overview

One of the most respected courses in occupational psychology in Britain, this course is approved by the British Psychology Society (BPS) for accreditation towards partnership in occupational psychology.

Students applying must be eligible for BPS Graduate Basis of Registration.

This course has been designed to provide you with knowledge of the main areas of occupational psychology, to provide you with good research skills, to cover the relevant social psychological and organisational issues and to introduce the skills required in practice.

The MSc in Occupational Psychology utilises a range of teaching methods (including seminars, tutorials, workshops, self-managed working groups).

Is this course for you?

This masters course is for you if you have an undergraduate degree (2:1 or above) that confers the graduate basis for chartership (GBC).(Check whether your degree confers the GBC.)

Other psychology graduates

If you have studied psychology as a major or minor subject but your degree is not accredited by the BPS, we offer a mirror course - MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology.

Non-psychology graduates

If you have an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than psychology, check out the MSc in Management Psychology.



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This is an applied programme integrating theory, practice, skills and research. The course is designed to acquaint you with psychological perspectives on workplace issues, and to develop a range of transferable skills that will be relevant to the occupational psychology practitioner. Read more
  • This is an applied programme integrating theory, practice, skills and research.
  • The course is designed to acquaint you with psychological perspectives on workplace issues, and to develop a range of transferable skills that will be relevant to the occupational psychology practitioner.
  • You will have the opportunity to attain the British Psychological Society's (BPS) Test User: Occupational (Ability; formerly known as Level A) and Test User: Occupational (Personality; formerly known as Level B) Certificates in Occupational Testing.
  • You will be able to use some of the best-equipped psychology research facilities in UK higher education.
  • You will gain an understanding of occupational psychology within the wider business context through professional practice sessions.
  • You will gain the ability to apply psychological theory to workplace settings, and to critically analyse work situations.
  • You will develop your problem-solving abilities, your research awareness, and your critical evaluation of research findings.
  • You will have the opportunity to join the Work, Well-being and Organisation Research Group (WWORG) and will be encouraged to present your research at relevant conferences.
  • Furthermore, you will pick up new competencies in statistics and/or qualitative analyses, and be able to apply research methodologies to work-based investigations.
  • The small cohort of students ensures a sense of genuine community and collaboration.

What happens on the course?

Typical modules may include:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Counselling in Organisations
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Organisational Change, Development and Employee Relations
  • Human Factors in the Workplace
  • Professional Practice
  • Psychological Assessment and Measurement
  • Training in Organisations
  • Research dissertation

Career path

  • Occupational psychology applies psychological knowledge about people at work and the work place with the aim of improving the effectiveness of the organisation and increasing the wellbeing of employees
  • This award is designed to provide BPS Stage 1 training necessary for the BPS's Qualification in Occupational Psychology, and being eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Registered Occupational Psychologist.
  • Occupational psychologists work in private, public and not-for-profit sectors - many are attached to management consultancy firms or become self-employed as independent consultants
  • They have roles in areas of organisational development and change management, assessment, training, ergonomics, and occupational health and safety


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On this British Psychology Society (BPS) accredited programme we consider you an Occupational Psychologist in training. As such, we will support you in building a competency portfolio as preparation for work in many types of modern organisation. Read more

On this British Psychology Society (BPS) accredited programme we consider you an Occupational Psychologist in training. As such, we will support you in building a competency portfolio as preparation for work in many types of modern organisation.

The course focuses on preparing you for a career in occupational psychology, including the development of consultancy skills. We use case studies and practical exercises rooted in commercial realism to expose you to issues facing businesses, including talent acquisition, leadership development and employee wellbeing. We invite experienced business leaders to present a practical problem, challenging you to conduct a quick-time assessment and pitch a solution. To maximise your value to employers, while you follow the BPS curriculum on talent acquisition, you will also undertake the qualifications Test User Ability (TUA) and Test User Personality (TUP)*.

The course benefits from an outstanding programme of guest speakers, who apply occupational psychology in all kinds of contexts. You will explore real-world challenges, such as the impact of artificial intelligence on work, and the impact of toxic leaders on an organisation’s reputation. We have excellent links with employers of occupational psychologists, and course participants can focus their dissertations on topics relevant to their chosen career paths.

Modules:

  • Occupational Psychology in the Contemporary Business Environment
  • Talent Acquisition
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Development and Coaching
  • Global Leadership
  • Wellbeing in the Workplace 

Study style

Typically this course is taught over two days for full-time and one day for part-time. Assessment is by coursework and includes briefing reports, case studies, skills portfolios and a dissertation.

British Psychological Society (BPS) Accredited

Accredited by the British Psychological Society, you will cover the core areas demanded of Stage 1 registration.

Gain professional qualifications

As part of your course you will complete training in Test User Ability (TUA) and Test User Personality (TUP), gaining familiarity with methods employed by organisations to acquire new talent.

Business connections to develop commercial awareness

The programme is enriched by contributions from speakers coming from one of the Big Four professional services consultancy firms, occupational psychology consultancy JCA, public sector organisations and local commercial businesses. Moreover, hands-on activities give you practical experience and build commercial awareness.

Careers

The course equips students with skills to thrive in all types of organisations, from the civil service to business consultancies. Career paths include occupational psychologist, management consultant, assessment and recruitment consultant, training consultant and human factors specialist.



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This postgraduate distance learning degree will equip you with an excellent level of knowledge and understanding of a broad range of topics in Occupational Psychology, including an appreciation of theory, an awareness of the strengths and limitations of research evidence, and how research can be used to help organisations and its employees. Read more
This postgraduate distance learning degree will equip you with an excellent level of knowledge and understanding of a broad range of topics in Occupational Psychology, including an appreciation of theory, an awareness of the strengths and limitations of research evidence, and how research can be used to help organisations and its employees.

You will learn how to apply occupational psychology methodologies to solve real-life problems in organisations. Core psychological theories will be illustrated with the latest research and examples of practice.

The course uses an online teaching and learning system to create an interactive learning environment. Your learning materials are accessed completely online at any time of the day. Distance learning with the School of Psychology means studying in your own time on a part-time basis, so you can combine achieving a qualification with work or family commitments. You will benefit from our professionally created course syllabus that meets the needs of professionals working in the field.

An optional three-day residential Course Conference is held in April at the University, consisting of workshops and study skills sessions. The Conference provides support for your studies and the opportunity to hear esteemed speakers, both academic and practitioner, on areas of occupational psychology. It is also an excellent opportunity to meet staff and fellow students.

As part of the course you can also sign up for optional psychometric test training courses. (There is an additional cost for these.)

If you have any questions about this course, join us for a live online chat with academic tutors and admissions staff.

Course Structure

Core Modules:
Learning, Training and Development
Psychological Assessment at Work
Work Design, Organisational Change and Development
Leadership, Engagement and Motivation
Research Methods
Application of Occupational Psychology
Wellbeing at Work

Plus you Dissertation (10,000 words)
Recent dissertations topics include:

-Aptitude or personality: student pilot performance in a cross-cultural setting'
-A cross-cultural review of employee resistance to organisational change within the PCB industry'
-The relationship between the physical work environment, job satisfaction and organisational commitment'
-Occupational stress: a comparison between full-time and part-time working mothers'
-The impact of Psychological Capital on the relationship between exposure to bullying behaviours and both psychological health and self-perceptions of being bullied'
-Examination of perceptions of employee engagement'


(Please note: due to regular enhancement of the University’s courses, please refer to Leicester’s own website (http://www.le.ac.uk) or/and Terms and Conditions (http://www2.le.ac.uk/legal) for the most accurate and up-to-date course information. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with this information prior to submitting an application.)

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Applications of the major theories and models of business/occupational psychology occur in the practices of, for example, personnel assessment, selection and training the design of work environments, implementation of training interventions, management of careers, motivation and development of staff and the management of organizational change. Read more
Applications of the major theories and models of business/occupational psychology occur in the practices of, for example, personnel assessment, selection and training the design of work environments, implementation of training interventions, management of careers, motivation and development of staff and the management of organizational change.

The Occupational Psychology Masters is only open to those students who hold a psychology degree with BPS GBR.

The Occupational Psychology Masters is targeted at those wanting to become Chartered Occupational Psychologists. This course will be seeking accreditation from the BPS.

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Our professional doctorate is an applied research degree, based on a similar model to that of the PhD. It is based on a ‘workplace challenge’ framework in which the challenges embedded within your professional practice and day-to-day work form an essential component of the learning, development and research process. Read more
Our professional doctorate is an applied research degree, based on a similar model to that of the PhD. It is based on a ‘workplace challenge’ framework in which the challenges embedded within your professional practice and day-to-day work form an essential component of the learning, development and research process. As well as allowing you to use current work as a substrate for a research-based doctoral qualification, the programme also fulfils the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements of the British Psychological Society.

Key Facts

The Professional Doctorate in Occupational Psychology at UEL

Is specially designed for working practitioners
Has a professional practice focus both in the research and Continued Professional Development (CPD) components
Attracts individuals from a wide range of organisational backgrounds – previous and continuing students work for organisations such as Ford Europe, UBS, The London Fire Brigade, or are independent practitioners
Includes monthly seminars and study days for CPD
Encourages the dissemination and publication of practitioner research.

Why Choose Us?

The Occupational Psychology programme has a number of unique features:

It is presently the only programme in the UK that is directed at ‘practitioners in training’
The programme promotes the development of evidence-based practice to ensure the value of the work of the OP. High-quality teaching and problem-based learning ensure students are able to apply psychological theory to real and complex problems that are faced by individuals, groups and organisations
It is specially designed to incorporate flexible placement opportunities
The programme encourages the dissemination and publication of student research.

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To provide a higher qualification at doctorate level for established practitioners in occupational psychology based on their current or past professional work. Read more
To provide a higher qualification at doctorate level for established practitioners in occupational psychology based on their current or past professional work. You are helped to plan and conduct conceptually sound and ethically acceptable research, within the scientist-practitioner framework. You have access to the University's facilities such as the library, computers and video suites, although it is expected most research will be conducted in your own organisation or work setting.

More about this course

You are helped to plan and conduct conceptually sound and ethically acceptable research, within the scientist-practitioner framework. You have access to the University's facilities such as the library, computers and video suites, although it is expected most research will be conducted in your own organisation or work setting.

The award of Professional Doctorate in Occupational Psychology is conferred after formal submission of the complete doctoral thesis and its successful defence at the viva voce examination. The examination of the thesis is conducted by examiners that are independent of the supervisory team.

Modular structure

Whilst individuals may be directed, where appropriate, to take selected modules from the School’s relevant Masters Courses, the programme itself consists of work towards the doctoral thesis only. This is structured according to set criteria for specified thesis components, which include a case study and an intervention process analysis that are typically examples from the candidate’s own professional practice. Furthermore, the thesis consists of a substantial empirical study and a critical literature review. A Prologue and Epilogue tie the thesis components together, highlighting both the overarching theme of the thesis and the reflective process of professional development that has been undertaken by the practitioner researcher. The expected word count for each of the thesis components is as follows:
-Prologue - 1,000 to 1,500 words
-Case Study - 6,000 words (if two linked cases then 3,000 words each)
-Intervention Process Analysis - 5,000 words
-Critical Literature Review - 5,000 words
-Empirical Research Project - 25,000 words
-Epilogue - 1,000 to 1,500 words

Applicants who seek to fulfil the requirements of the doctorate based on work already completed can do so in respect of all components except the critical literature review.

Moving to one campus

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

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This programme combines high level vocational training with academic rigour. It prepares successful graduates for careers in a variety of areas including consultancy, specialist roles within organisations, research and areas of technical expertise. Read more
This programme combines high level vocational training with academic rigour. It prepares successful graduates for careers in a variety of areas including consultancy, specialist roles within organisations, research and areas of technical expertise. The MSc Occupational Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society and forms the first year of the Qualification in Occupational Psychologists.

About the course

The overriding aim of this programme is to provide students with specialist knowledge and a comprehensive suite of skills required to practise as Occupational Psychologists in a wide range of organisational environments. The course includes the following areas:
-Psychological Assessment at Work
-Learning, Training and Development
-Leadership, Engagement and Motivation
-Research and Professional Skills
-Well-being at work
-Work Design, Organisational Change and Development

And an option from:
-Human Resource Management for psychologists
-Strategic Management for psychologists
-Marketing for psychologists
-Consulting Skills

You will also carry out a project which is a substantial piece of investigative work, normally carried out in an external organisation. Host organisations for MSc projects have included large commercial concerns in both manufacturing and service sectors, a range of consultancies, charities, and in local government and government departments.

Projects are sometimes conducted abroad; past locations include Germany, Greece, Turkey, Malaysia, Kenya, Indonesia, China, India and Taiwan.

Staff who teach on the course include permanent academic staff who have industrial experience and who undertake regular consultancy work, and external psychologists from consultancies, large organisations and other universities. Teaching and learning methods include lectures, workshops, seminars, tutorials and practical sessions. There is an emphasis on putting theory into practice.

Why choose this course?

This programme provides many of the professional skills and competencies needed to become a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and to apply psychology in the workplaceAccredited by the British Psychological Society, and counts towards gaining Chartered Occupational Psychologist statusOne of the largest psychology departments in the countryOur staff are actively engaged in significant research which is reflected by our excellent, Grade 4 rating in the Higher Education Funding Council's last Research Assessment Exercise. See a list of our Psychology staff here.We were awarded a Teaching Quality rating of excellent (23 out of 24) in our subject reviewA vibrant research seminar series - with contributions by leading academics from across the country.

Professional Accreditations

British Psychological Society.

Careers

This course prepares you for careers in a variety of areas including consultancy, specialist roles within organisations, research and areas of technical expertise.

Teaching methods

Assessment is by examination, coursework, demonstration of a series of competencies and completion of a project.

Structure

Core Modules
-Ergonomics and Human Factors
-Human Potential and Performance
-Individual & Organisational Learning
-Leadership, Engagement and Motivation
-Learning, Training and Development
-Organisations and Change
-Project
-Psychological Assessment at Work
-Research and Professional Skills
-Research and Professional Skills in Action
-Selection and Assessment
-Transition Psychology
-Wellbeing and Work
-Work Design, Organisational Change and Development

Optional
-Consulting Skills
-HRM for Psychologists
-Marketing for Psychologists
-Project
-Strategic Management for Psychologists

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About the course. Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). This course can involve a research project in a real-world organisation, which will demand effective communication, negotiation and project management skills. Read more

About the course

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)

This course can involve a research project in a real-world organisation, which will demand effective communication, negotiation and project management skills.

Recent research projects include a performance management project for a large organisation, working with a company in the insurance sector on change management, and a review of a law firm’s reward system.

If you’re already eligible for the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, you can study for this MSc. The degree is recognised by the BPS. It helps you on your way towards chartered psychologist status.

If you’re not eligible for BPS membership, you can take the MSc Work Psychology. This degree is not recognised by the BPS but it will help you develop the skills you need for research and practice as an occupational psychologist.

The Institute of Work Psychology (IWP)

The IWP is an international centre for research in occupational and organisational psychology. As part of the Management School, its taught programmes are ideal for students who are considering careers in business consultancy, human resource management or organisational research.

Core modules

  • Work Design, Organisational Change and Development
  • Applying Psychology to Work and Organisations
  • Leadership, Engagement and Motivation
  • Learning, Training and Development
  • Research Methods for Occupational Psychologists
  • Selection and Psychological Testing in Organisations
  • Statistical Methods for Occupational Psychologists
  • Wellbeing and Work
  • Project Workshops/Dissertation

How we teach

We teach management from a truly global perspective, and our courses are based on pioneering research into the challenges faced by businesses everywhere. We use a combination of lectures, seminars, case studies, group work for collaborative learning, and web-based discussion groups. You'll be assessed through Individual assignments, group projects, end-of-semester examinations and a dissertation.

We’ll teach you how to identify opportunities, solve problems and inspire others. Many of our teaching staff are world-class researchers working in policy-relevant areas. Our courses are based on their research. We also bring in guest speakers from business, local government and industry. You can apply to carry out a project with an external organisation as part of your course. We also offer you the chance to spend the summer at another university overseas.

Your career

At Sheffield University Management School, we are committed to focusing on employability and our postgraduate students’ future career prospects. We have two specialist careers advisors in the School, dedicated to providing full-time career support throughout your course.

You will have many opportunities during your course to engage in personal and professional development. Our courses are designed to enable you to acquire the transferable skills essential for employment: communication, organisation, and the ability to deal with complex issues creatively and systematically.

Our dedicated Employability Hub acts as a key interface between students and employers. Its staff will help you access employability support, skills development and opportunities throughout your masters.

Our graduates work for companies such as Adidas, ASDA, Boots, ExxonMobil, HSBC, Morgan Stanley, Pepsico International, Sainsbury’s and Vodafone. Their job titles include Head of Business Enhancement, Management Consultant, Product Marketing Manager, Web Marketing Consultant and Campaign Manager.



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Psychology has long been applied to the workplace, and has become one of the main professional practice areas for many managers and supervisors of staff. Read more
Psychology has long been applied to the workplace, and has become one of the main professional practice areas for many managers and supervisors of staff.

Applications of the major theories and models of business/occupational psychology occur in the practices of, for example, personnel assessment, selection and training the design of work environments, implementation of training interventions, management of careers, motivation and development of staff and the management of organisational change.

This innovative development at the University of Worcester presents two postgraduate qualifications that apply psychology to business and organisations in general.

The Business Psychology MSc is open to students with a non-psychology related degree, although some elements of psychology or business should have been previously studied.

The Occupational Psychology MSc is only open to those students who hold a psychology degree with Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) from the British Psychological Society (BPS).

The Occupational Psychology Masters is targeted at those wanting to become Chartered Occupational Psychologists.

Study options

The programme is taught in blocks, with each module being two blocks of two days (Friday and Saturday). The days are organized into blocks of different learning activities, e.g. presentation/facilitation by the tutor, practical exercises (individual and/or group task), discussion and reflection. Importantly, between the blocks the students are supported with additional reading, provided in the form of primary source articles, book chapters and practitioner journal articles. The programme has an 80% attendance requirement.

Modules

A sample of available modules includes:

• Advanced Research Analysis
This module aims to consolidate undergraduate research abilities, and equip the student with the skills necessary to undertake Masters level research

• Personnel Selection and Assessment
This module introduces the student to the means of fulfilling the organisational need to have people in work positions that either have the characteristics required for effective performance

• Personal Development
This module introduces the student to the assessing of performance, and level of performance, of people working for an organisation.

• Human Factors
This module introduces the student to the concept that whilst human performance in any task might be affected by anatomical and psychophysiological limitations.

• Organisations and the Employee
This module introduces the student to the wide range of theories of motivation in the workplace, management systems and relations between management and employees.

• Training
This module introduces the student to procedures designed to bring about changes in individuals, the acquisition of skills, the development of work related competence and attitudes.
• Advanced Independent Study

Assessment

A wide range of assessment techniques are employed in the course. Current assessment methods include essays, seminar presentations and research projects.

Teaching and Learning Methods

A variety of teaching and learning methods are used to create an opportunity for students to identify the relevance of learning to their own professional/personal development agenda.

Experienced Staff

The course team are enthusiastic, supportive and well-qualified with staff carrying out research and consultancy in a wide range of areas pertinent to Business and Occupational Psychology. Staff regularly attend academic conferences in the UK and abroad and publish their research in learned journals and books. The research active nature of the staff means that teaching is enriched and students benefit from up-to-date knowledge and contemporary perspectives.

Time Commitment

The MSc is awarded following the successful completion of nine modules. These include the six mandatory modules within the course and the completion of an Independent Dissertation of 15,000 words (equivalent to three modules of study). The course can be taken part-time and takes 1-4 years to complete.

How to Apply

Please apply directly to University of Worcester via application form (available on the University website).

When we receive your application form, your details will be passed to the Masters Programme Leader who will contact you to arrange an informal interview. You may include additional material, such as references, in support of your application or bring them with you to interview.

You can apply for postgraduate taught courses and PG Certs at any time, but preferably as early as possible before the start of the academic year, which begins in September.

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