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MSc Work Psychology & Business

Course Description

Work Psychology is a topic that is at the core of our understanding of healthy and effective organisations and employees.

At its core, the MSc Work Psychology and Business programme emphasises the study of practical, real world organisational and business issues, combined with the academic and scientific rigour of occupational psychology as an applied science. The Business School context at Aston provides an excellent perspective of the application of occupational psychology in organisations, and gives the programme an applied and relevant focus. We believe that the balance of occupational psychology and core business understanding helps to make our graduates uniquely equipped as the next generation of Occupational Psychologists.

Professional Acceditation

The MSc in Work Psychology and Business is a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited postgraduate programme in Occupational Psychology (Stage 1).

For students with BPS Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), successful completion of the MSc Work Psychology and Business provides the academic basis for pursuing Stage 2 of the Qualification in Occupational Psychology (QOccPysch). If you are an international student, and/or your undergraduate psychology degree is not accredited by the BPS, you will need to apply to the BPS directly to determine your eligibility for GBC, and may need to complete a conversion course should you subsequently wish to commence QOccPysch Stage 2 training.

Core Modules

Organisational Behaviour
Learning & Talent Development
Workplace Design & Health
Research Methods in Human Resource Management & Business and Organisational Behaviour
Employee Relations and Counselling
Assessment Performance and Reward
Strategy, Change & Leadership

Optional Modules

(Choose one):

Accounting for Non-Financial Managers
Organisational Behaviour Theory and Practice
Strategic Business Sustainability
Strategic & International Human Resource Management
Marketing Management
Operations Management
Strategic Management
Management of Innovation
Economic Environment of Business

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project.

Course Director

Dr Joanne Lyubovnikova, BSc, MSc, PhD, FHEA, C.Psychol.
Joanne is a Lecturer in Work Psychology and a Chartered Occupational Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. She is Course Director for the MSc Work Psychology & Business Programme, and lectures on various topics including organisational behaviour, effective teamwork, and workplace design and health. Her research interests are in the area of group and team effectiveness and she publishes in peer-reviewed journals, books, and at conferences both nationally and internationally. Joanne is also Co-Chair of the Organisational Psychology special interest group for the British Academy of Management.

Career Opportunities

This programme is relevant to those planning careers in all organisational settings including both the public and private sectors and recent graduates have secured positions with Jaguar Land Rover, The Ministry of Defence, Compuserve, BAE Systems and the BBC, for example.

Visit the MSc Work Psychology & Business page on the Aston University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Amman Kaur Atwal

2519.jpg "I applied to Aston Business School not only because of its world class reputation, excellence in research and academic merit, but also because of the vibrant community of students and alumni that it provides access to."


Aston Excellence Scholarships (All MSc Programmes) - No. of awards TBC

Our MSc scholarships are designed to support talented applicants wishing to develop their skills and knowledge with one of our MSc programmes. For 2015/16 we have a variety of scholarship awards available.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000 - £1,500


Applicants wishing to apply for one of the Aston MSc scholarships must meet the following criteria:Have been offered a place on one of our MSc courses
Be a self-funded student

Application Procedure

Applicants must download and complete the scholarship application form which can be found on the website. The completed form must then be emailed to . Please note that all forms must be completed in full those recived with missing information will not be assessed.

Applicants make only one general scholarship application for all of the above scholarships and are not required to specify which scholarship they wish to be considered for. This decision will be made by the scholarship panel.

Please note that all scholarships are specific to the degree programme and point of entry indicated in any scholarship offer confirmation and are not transferable.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

One of the following: a good UK honours degree (minimum lower second class), equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University. As well as: two professional references, at least one must be from an academic referee, an official academic transcript of your university grades to date, a completed application form. For International Students: an official academic transcript, with an official English translation, of your university grades to date, students whose native language is not English will also need to satisfy our English language requirements. Pre-sessional English language programmes are available for good applicants whose English qualification falls short of these requirements.

Course Fees

UK/EU: £ 9,350 (2015 Full-time fee) International: £15,300 (2015 fee Full-time fee)

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