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Occupational Psychology (MSc)

Course Description

This Master's degree is aimed at those who wish to develop their understanding of people and organisations. You will gain a broad knowledge base in occupational psychology and organisational behaviour.

The degree focuses on discussions of current research, with the aim of encouraging you to engage in critical thinking and reflect on theory and practice. You will also acquire basic applied research skills.

We know you may be juggling many aspects of your life and need flexibility and understanding, so this course is available in a variety of formats. You can study full-time over 1 year or part-time over 2 years, coming into Birkbeck 2 to 3 evenings a week, or you can study part-time over 2 years via network-learning, which is a form of distance learning with weekend workshops that you attend.

You can also study this course full-time over 1 year via accelerated network-learning.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

Enhance or develop your career in management, human resources, training and development or consultancy.
The Department of Organizational Psychology is renowned for its quality teaching and expertise in the delivery of part-time programmes.
Flexible study allows you to study full-time or part-time, from home, at work or abroad.
Access to an extensive range of electronic resources, including specially prepared texts for each module. Use of the online learning environment with a high level of staff support.

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

Visit the Occupational Psychology (MSc) page on the Birkbeck, University of London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Bina Vadher

4101.jpg Bina went straight from school to university for a BA in Business Studies (with marketing), but after a few years of working she had become disillusioned with her career path:
'I was getting to a point in my life where I was bored and despondent with work: I wasn't using my degree, I was doing a job for the sake of doing it.'

Matters were taken out of Bina's hands, when the company she was working offered her voluntary redundancy:

'I spent this time thinking about what I really wanted. I had always been interested in psychology, so I used my redundancy to fund a short course of study in Vancouver, and a graduate diploma in psychology, which was enough for the MSc at Birkbeck.'

Since starting the MSc, Bina has not looked back. In the first year of the course, she found a job she enjoys, in HR for Transport for London, and she has been able to afford to buy her own place.

So what advice does she have to anyone thinking of starting over?

'It is not always easy but, with a strong network of people around, you will get through. Keep your eyes on the end goal. The MSc has been such a valuable journey, both personally and socially. I have really proved something to myself.'


Postgraduate Support Scheme for final-year undergraduates (full-time) - 20+ Awards

We are pleased to announce that, for October 2015 entry, Birkbeck has a limited number of new £10,000 postgraduate scholarships. These scholarships are for students progressing from a full-time undergraduate degree to a part-time Master’s degree starting in 2015/16.

Value of Scholarship(s)



To be eligible for the scholarship you must be:Starting a 2-year part-time taught Master’s degree in 2015/16
Domiciled in the UK/EU
Progressing from an undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee (applicable since 2012–13)
Studying at postgraduate Master’s level for the first time

Application Procedure

If you want to apply for this support, you must follow these steps:Submit an application for your intended course
Submit an application for the Postgraduate Support Scheme

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A good honours degree or conversion diploma in psychology giving eligibility for graduate basis for chartered membership with the British Psychological Society . Students requiring a Tier 4 visa should apply for the full-time programme taught by face-to-face classes with attendance required up to 3 evenings per week. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course Fees

Part-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa Full-time home/EU students: £ 7950 pa

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