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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Business & Management

    Psychology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: 2 years

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees

    £4,980 for Home/EU students, £5,880 for England, Wales & N Ireland; and £13,420 for overseas students.

  • Last Updated

    18 October 2017

Course content

Business Psychology MSc at Heriot-Watt University is the most established masters degree of its kind outside North America. This MSc programme will equip you with an in-depth understanding of the psychological mechanisms that drive positive behaviours and performances in the workplace.

Whether you come from an industry position or directly from a psychology or business degree; you will be prepared with an effective blend of specialist knowledge from the fields of psychology, management and leadership.

The content on this highly-focused masters degree meets the needs of those working towards a careers as:

  • Business Psychology Practitioner
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Organisational Development Manager
  • Coaching Consultant
  • Management Consultant
  • Leadership Consultant.

You will develop commercial awareness and an understanding of global organisations which will allow you to recognise the impact of the economy, politics, globalization and the changing labour market on the psychology of a workplace and performance of individuals and teams.

Practical workplace knowledge

By viewing the workplace through a psychological perspective, and by developing your analytical, critical thinking, and reflection skills, you will learn to recognize and improve seemingly intangible aspects of the workplace which, when appropriately managed, can directly improve business performance, in areas such as job satisfaction, leadership and organisational commitment.

Additional to learning from a unique blend of research-led academic teaching and industry-focused practical experiences; specifically designed group tasks and presentations will allow you to develop your interpersonal and communication skills and directly improve the performance of diverse groups of individuals and teams within an organisation.

Edinburgh – An Inspiring City

Scotland’s capital is regarded as one of the best cities in the world in which to study and has a thriving international student population.

It’s a beautiful, cultural city that’s bursting with art, nature, nightlife and history. It’s a safe, inspirational city and has enough bars, restaurants, museums, shopping, green spaces and culture to keep everyone entertained.

It was recently voted as the best place to live in the UK for the 3rd year running and a study by Deutsche Bank in May 2017 found it offers the second best quality of life on the world!

Heriot-Watt University

Founded in 1821, Heriot-Watt has an established reputation as a leading research-led university and provider of high-quality, industry-focussed education.

We are ranked as the top University in Scotland for International Outlook by Times Higher Education and have campuses in Scotland, Dubai and Malaysia.

We are ranked as one of the top 30 Universities in the UK in the Guardian University League Table and the Complete University Guide 2018, who also place us as the 3rd best University in Scotland.

Our Edinburgh Campus 

Our countryside campus is set in 380 acres of beautiful parkland with world-class facilities and an easy journey to Edinburgh city centre.

You’ll find over 10,500 students and staff here, offering a warm and friendly welcome. There’s modern student accommodation, a thriving Student Union with a host of sports clubs and societies. Scotland’s National Sports Centre is also on campus offering students access to top of the range sporting facilities.

Find information on Programme content here

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. We offer a range of English language courses (See http://www.hw.ac.uk/study/english.htm ) to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:

  • 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
  • 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
  • 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)

Distance learning students

Please note that independent distance learning students who access their studies online will be expected to have access to a PC/laptop and internet.

Find information on Fees and Scholarships here.


Visit the Business Psychology MSc/Diploma page on the Heriot-Watt University website for more details!

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