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Course content

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.


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


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.

Visit the Occupational/Business Psychology MSc page on the University of Worcester website for more details!




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