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Work and Organisational Psychology MSc

Course Description


The MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology will be of interest to those, in the UK and abroad, who wish to develop a career in organisational psychology or related areas such as human-resource management. This course provides an excellent opportunity for postgraduate education for students from a variety of backgrounds interested in this area who do not have the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and who may not have a psychology background.

The course has been designed to provide you with knowledge of the main areas of occupational psychology, to provide you with good research skills, to cover the relevant social psychological and organisational issues and to introduce the skills required in practice.

The course utilises a range of teaching methods (including seminars, tutorials, workshops, self-managed working groups). Through our comprehensive programme, which includes workshops on Consultancy Skills and opportunities for British Psychological Society's Test User Qualifications, you will have the facility to develop practical skills fundamental to your future career development.

Programme aims

This programme aims to provide you with:

- a broad knowledge of work and organisational psychology as a professional discipline; the key theoretical and research models used within work and organisational psychology; and the role of the work and organisational psychologist as educator, researcher and practitioner
- the skills to evaluate critically and appraise theories and research within work and organisational psychology
the knowledge of the main areas of work and organisational psychology
- a grounding in research skills appropriate to future work in an organisational settings
- a grounding in the social, organisational and consulting skills required in practice
- a grounding in the application skills required for both research and professional practice in the core areas of work and organisational psychology
- the skills to design and conduct independent research within organisational context

Key facts

- We are committed to promoting the contribution of applied psychology to occupational and public health and safety and to the development of successful and healthy organisations and communities.
- While it shares modules with the MSc in Occupational Psychology and MSc in Management Psychology, the MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology emphasises the organisational aspects of the discipline and students have more choice over modules.
- Our teaching is informed by current research. We believe that research and teaching should be developed and delivered to help students and staff make a difference in the real world.

Visit the Work and Organisational Psychology MSc page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Alana-Marie Gopaul

2891.jpg The decision to apply to the MSc program in Work and Organisational Psychology at the University of Nottingham was an easy one. Reading online that the university is ranked as one of the World’s Top 75 universities, and that it boasts the Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology, specifically devoted to the academic study and applied practice of Work Psychology, sealed the deal that the university would be my top choice to help develop my career in Occupational Psychology.

However, my experience as a post-grad student at Nottingham far surpassed my expectations. The MSc program consists of well-organised and well-paced modules taught by knowledgeable academics and practitioners who are recognised in the field for their current research and contributions to applied psychology. Interacting with faculty members, academic staff, guest lecturers and practitioners who are all passionate about research and applying the best practices towards fostering and maintaining a healthy and motivated workforce made me excited to make my own distinct contribution to research.

But aside from this great balance between high-quality teaching and research, and the top-notch facilities at the Institute, the most enriching feature of my experience proved to be the international characteristics of the University that are evident in every aspect of university life. The opportunities to meet people and learn about new cultures, whether in the classroom, the Student Union clubs, or the social clubs that come alive every weekend, gave me a greater appreciation for the wide world we live in and how diverse we are, and in my year there I gained friends from almost every corner of the world. Notts Uni (as it is fondly known), its beautiful campus, and the surrounding student-populated town, gave me not only an internationally-recognised qualification in Work and Organisational Psychology, but also great friends, networks and experiences that will no doubt influence more than just my career.

(Student Profile)

Pascale Daher

2892.jpg Choosing to do my MSc at Nottingham was not a difficult one for two primary reasons: First, the university enjoys an excellent worldwide standing which renders it competitive in terms of teaching and research. And secondly, it was Psychiatry and Applied Psychology that particularly attracted me to the University of Nottingham. Having a research institute dedicated to the study of organisational psychology with renowned faculty members prominent in research, was very compelling. I was positive that if I got onto the program, I would receive the foundation for my future career plan, be it further education or organisational work .

Throughout the year, numerous contemporary topics in the organisational psychology framework were presented and discussed which made the course enjoyable on many levels. For instance, interacting with subject matter experts made the course very intriguing and provoked in-depth thinking. It was also very beneficial to receive constant feedback from professors which further strengthened the learning process. Moreover, it was very pleasing to gain a cross-cultural approach on organisational topics where we engaged with people from all over the world and at many times, inputs were shared which unveiled alternative practices in different contexts.
The course encourages you to think deeply about organisational topics and gives you the leverage to develop research skills and critical and analytical skills. This skill toolkit is fundamental to make sound judgments regarding research and best practices. All in all, I gained a solid academic foundation and a professional basis to pursue organizational work.

What maximized my graduate experience, and made it even more amazing, is living in Nottingham. Nottingham is a great student city and offers a lot for students to do. It also has a nice cultural scene. It is a cosy place where students live in close proximity to each other. This avails the opportunity to get to meet so many students and makes it very easy to make friends. Personally, I developed very close friendships with people from all over the world! I would say that Nottingham is a truly balanced place for a student.


Developing Solutions - 20+ Awards

Founded in 2001, Developing Solutions is The University of Nottingham's flagship international scholarship programme for postgraduate masters courses.Over the past 12 years we've supported over 1,000 students from the developing countries of the Commonwealth and Africa to study at The University of Nottingham.Developing Solutions scholarships for 2015 entry are now open for applications.

Value of Scholarship(s)

30 x 100% tuition fee and 75 x 50% tuition fee


You can apply for this scholarship if you:--are a national of (or permanently domiciled in) Africa, India or one of the countries of the Commonwealth listed below* AND
--are classed as an overseas student for fee purposes AND
--have not already studied outside of your home country** AND
--are not currently studying at a University of Nottingham campus or are not a University of Nottingham graduate AND
--already hold an offer to start a full-time masters degree programme, including MRes, at Nottingham for September 2015 in certain faculties including the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences.

Application Procedure

The closing date for scholarship applications is 24 April 2015 – 12 mid-day (UK time).Application for admission to study at Nottingham must be received at least six weeks before the scholarship closing date to allow time for our Admissions office to process the application and confirm your offer, before you can apply for the scholarship. Any application for admission to study submitted later than six weeks before the scholarship closing date is not guaranteed to be processed in time.

Further Information



The University of Nottingham Masters Scholarship Scheme - 20+ Awards

Applicants will need to hold an offer for a taught postgraduate course and fulfil one or more of the following criteria:Care leavers - have been in public care for a minimum of three months prior to their entrance to university in 2012
In receipt of government funding in the form of a full maintenance grant and/or a National Scholarship Programme during the first year of undergraduate study (2012)Women in STEM (restricted programmes)Disability, long-term medical condition or specific learning difficulty From a Black or Minority Ethnic (BME) group

Value of Scholarship(s)



Applicants for this scholarship must be progressing from an undergraduate course for which they were charged the higher £9k tuition fee and be classed as a Home/EU student.

Application Procedure

Application detailsApplications for this scholarship will open shortly. Follow the web link to find out more.

Further Information



Chevening Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Please visit the Chevening website for detailed information - http://www.chevening.org/

Value of Scholarship(s)

Variable subject to country of origin


To apply for a Chevening Scholarships you must have:a degree of a good standard
at least two years' work experience (including voluntary experience)
a high standard of English language
leadership and networking skills
commitment to work in your home country for at least two years after completing your masters degree

Application Procedure

Please visit the Chevening website for detailed information on applying - http://www.chevening.org/

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2.1 (or international equivalent) in a relevant scientific discipline such as psychology, behavioural science, ergonomics, human factors or social science. Mature applicants without standard entry requirements but with substantial and relevant experience may be considered for the PGDip. English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Last Updated

11 November 2016

Course Fees

Please see the University website for details

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