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 •Research Methods •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 •research skills •professional skills •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.