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Course overview

This advanced course gives you a route into occupational psychology that is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

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Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £10,500 
  • International students (per annum): £19,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

Due to the competition for places and limited availability, our courses require a deposit of £1000 to cover non-recoverable costs and secure your place. The deposit will be deducted from your tuition fees when you register on the course.

The deposit is non-refundable, except in the following situations:

  • you fail to meet the conditions of your offer (see below for further information); and/or
  • you are refused a visa or entry clearance to enter the UK (proof must be submitted)

If an offer has been made specifying an academic condition, the Admissions Team will require the official university documentation showing that you have not met this academic condition from the institution at which you have studied, as evidence for a refund to be approved.

The Admissions Team reserves the right to refuse to refund of any deposit that does not meet with the requirements outlined above.

Scholarships/sponsorships

Contact us for further information on  scholarships available .

Entry requirements

English language

For the latest information on demonstrating your English proficiency for those whose first language is not English, please see our language requirements .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements seeentry requirements for your country .

Professional entry qualification

Graduate Basis of Registration (GBR) of the British Psychological Society (BPS) is required. Relevant work experience is considered desirable, but not essential.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply online

Advice to applicants

Your statement of purpose should cover the areas outlined below and be one page A4: 

  • Tell us why you are interested in the MSc Organisational Psychology course at Alliance MBS and how the course will impact on your future
  • Describe what makes you an outstanding applicant and describe your potential to contribute to all aspects of the course
  • Please let us know about any relevant experience you have gained (full-time job, summer job, internships etc).

How your application is considered

We can only process applications with the following documents:

  • up-to-date English language score outlining individual element scores, or date of your test (where applicable)
  • first and second year transcript (scanned copies are accepted at the time of application)
  • one academic reference letter , or a professional reference letter if you graduated more than two years ago
  • statement of purpose
  • copy of passport (for non-home/EU students only)

Coursework and assessment

Assessment across the course units varies, and includes a combination of examinations, report, course work, practical assessments and presentations. A dissertation of around 15,000 words is normally undertaken.

Course unit details

The course provides psychology graduates who are intending to become Chartered Occupational Psychologists with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required by the Division of Occupational Psychology of the British Psychological Society (BPS), in the following seven required areas: 

  • Psychological Assessment at Work
  • Learning, Training and Development
  • Leadership, Engagement and Motivation
  • Well-Being and Work
  • Work Design, Organisational Change and Development
  • Research Design, Advanced Data Gathering and Analytical Techniques
  • Applying Psychology to Work and Organisations

During the course you will be taking 180 credits in all. The eight taught modules during semester one and two total 120 credits which can be viewed in the list below.  

Over the summer period, you will carry out your Research Dissertation, worth 60 credits. Examples of recent dissertation project topics include:

  • Customers pay our wages: a diary study examining how to optimise customer interaction and employee wellbeing in the service sector
  • Client verbal aggression: an examination of emotional labour and associated outcomes for employees in the legal sector
  • Effects of job stressors, organisational commitment and individual attributes on Malaysian Chinese primary school teachers' burnout
  • Corporate psychopathy: the truth behind the hype
  • Improving safety using a combination of transformational and transactional leadership: a longitudinal study
  • Creativity in the workplace: a self-report measure and unanticipated costs
  • Leader effectiveness and leader-member relations: the role of interpersonal emotion regulation, follower attributions and leader empathy

Career opportunities

The majority of graduates pursue the practical experience required to become Chartered Occupational Psychologists. This is usually carried out within consultancy firms or within specialist sections of large organisations. Graduates are employed as internal consultants in large commercial and industrial organisations, in HR departments, in the Police, the NHS and as management consultants.

Recent recruiters

Aldi, Amoria Bond, CAPP & Co, Carter Corson, Cubiks Ltd, Bentley Motors Ltd, Civil Service College, Impact Consulting Psychologists,NHS, Nestlé, Occupational Psychology Group, ORC International, Robertson Cooper Ltd, Saville Consulting, Stonewall and WorkPsychology Group.


Visit the MSc Organisational Psychology page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

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