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    Full time & Part time available

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    Distance learning, 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time

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Why this course?

The School of Psychological Sciences & Health, in collaboration with the globally renowned Strathclyde Business School is offering a unique new Masters programme. The distinctive nature of the programme lies in its flexible online mode of delivery.

Successful completion of this course, accredited by the British Psychological Society, will provide students with either no background, or an unaccredited background in psychology, the route to gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

It also provides opportunities to develop specialist knowledge in modules provided for the programme in Psychology for Business.

The programme will aim to provide you with:

  • a broad-based conceptual knowledge of the core domains of psychology, covering both historical and contemporary issues
  • an understanding of the relevance and applications of psychology to real life, particularly business contexts
  • the opportunity to undertake a supervised empirical research project
  • various intellectual and practical skills that are attractive to graduate employers

What you’ll study

Class content and student participation in our new Masters in Psychology with a specialisation in Business will be delivered entirely online across a wide range of formats.

The course features 180 credits of study in total, available either full time over 12 months or part time over two years.

Full-time students will complete the equivalent of 60 credits taught classes in semesters 1 and 2. You'll begin working on the empirical project in semester 2, with the majority of the empirical project work being completed over the summer months.

Part-time students will complete 90 credits by the end of Year 1, and the remaining 90 credits in Year 2. The course includes 80 credits of the core domains of Psychology, 40 credits of specialist modules delivered by organisational psychologists in Strathclyde Business School, and a 60 credit empirical research project.


The University of Strathclyde is a leading international technological university. The University’s commitment to ‘useful learning’ underpins our approach to research, learning, and teaching. This will be evidenced in our approach to teaching and learning where students will be supported in their exploration of the practical and policy impacts of psychological research. The course will be delivered through our online learning system, Myplace, as well as a suite of powerful software platforms.

As a Strathclyde student you will have access to a library providing more than 400,000 electronic books and 26,000 e-journals, that you can access 24/7 from any device. Electronic resources include e-books, e-journals, digitised collections of exam papers and other learning materials, alongside electronic databases such as Nexis® and Web of Science.

Learning & teaching

The course will be delivered both by internationally recognised Psychology researchers from the School of Psychological Sciences & Health and staff from the Strathclyde Business School who are organisational psychologists and chartered members of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Approaching an entirely new subject should be stimulating, not daunting. At every step of the way we have designed our Masters course with the student new to the topic in mind. Carefully scripted and prepared learning tasks and objectives will incrementally build your knowledge, structure your learning, and build your confidence in each topic we cover, empowering you to achieve in a supportive environment.

Each module in the Masters in Psychology with a specialisation in Business is centred round a suite of studio-based lectures, which are studied online. While module subjects will be supplemented by further assigned individual reading and reflection, opportunities for student engagement will be frequent, varied, stimulating and challenging.

Student-centred activities may feature individual or group-based online activities, quizzes, discussion boards, wiki creation verbal reports and podcasts. You'll have the opportunity participate in online and webcam-based tutorial meetings throughout the course, interacting with their fellow students and lecturers.


Our approach to assessment in the course is varied, with different approaches being adopted both within and across modules.

Assessment will be through a mixture of course work, for example individual essays or reports, or perhaps a collaborative writing task with other students, or in some cases an online quiz or a verbal presentation. Additionally some modules will feature class exams. 

At every step of the way we have designed our Masters course to support student learning, and you'll be carefully guided through each assessment activity, with continuous feedback on your progress.


A degree in psychology, accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), is the first step towards the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS, and is a prerequisite for entry onto professional postgraduate psychology training programmes (eg MSc Organisational Psychology, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, MSc Educational Psychology). A number of graduates will use their accredited degree to pursue future professional training, following gaining relevant experience. An accredited Masters in Psychology is a mark of quality, meaning the course and institution has achieved the high standards of quality in its provision that the British Psychological Society demands. Psychology graduates have a lot of options open to them. Many go on to further study or to careers in teaching, human resource management, social work, as well as many other areas.

The knowledge, understanding, and skills acquired by psychology graduates are highly valued by employers in the graduate job market. The psychology degree is unique amongst social science disciplines in the extent to which it fosters both a scientific approach to enquiry (including the ability to employ evidence-based reasoning, and the ability to collect and interpret both quantitative and qualitative data) and the writing and research skills most prevalent in humanities and/or other social science disciplines. It is anticipated that a proportion of graduates of this programme will enter the graduate job market, in private, public, or third sectors.

Visit the Psychology With a Specialisation in Business MSc page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!




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