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MSc Occupational and Organizational Psychology

Course Description

Enabling you to develop as an evidence-based practitioner to make tangible contributions to the world of work.


At Surrey, you will learn from world-leading faculty, reflecting the strong research and practice experience of the People and Organizations Department in Surrey Business School. You will experience a unique programme, drawing on our core strengths in the areas of Leadership and Decision Making, Organizational and HR Assessment, and Quality of Working Life. Everything we teach is rooted soundly in evidence, and we will provide you with the building blocks for applying knowledge in practice.

Visit the website http://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/occupational-and-organizational-psychology


The MSc in Occupational and Organizational Psychology is designed to develop the next generation of evidence-based leaders and practitioners in the field of work and organisational psychology.

Hosted in Surrey Business School's People and Organizations Department, the programme is delivered by a strong team of world-leading, research-active academic faculty, who are passionate about your learning experience and the impact that you can make as practitioners on the world of business.

The programme covers the standards of the BPS for Occupational Psychology, but importantly reflects the core strengths and interests of the course team:

- Leadership and Decision Making
- Organisational and HR Assessment
- Quality of Working Life

You will be learning in an interdisciplinary environment, from faculty who are Work, Organisational and Occupational Psychologists, Human Resource Specialists, and world-leading experts in Organisational Behaviour. We will facilitate your learning and development through innovative, high-quality teaching incorporating (for example) case studies, team-working, skills development, guest speakers, and an applied research project, alongside class lectures and academic assignments and assessment.

Module Overview

- Psychological Assessment in the Workplace
- Performance, Engagement and Well-being
- Organizational Behaviour
- Research Methods
- The Psychology of Leadership and Decision-making
- Human Resource Development
- Applying Psychology to Work
- Advanced Research Methods for Applied Psychology

Teaching and Assessment

The programme is modular and full-time. One module (33 contact hours) provides 15 credits. You will complete eight compulsory modules. You will also be required to present a dissertation comprising an original piece of empirical research within an area of work and organisational psychology. This will be approved and supervised by a member of faculty.

- Teaching Hours
Lectures: 12–14 hours per week in term time

Supervision: 10-12 hours during Semester 2


This revised and relaunched programme is to be submitted for accreditation by the British Psychological Society (BPS). It will (on attaining the accreditation) provide the academic component (Stage 1) on the route towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist, for eligible students.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/apply/postgraduate

Visit the MSc Occupational and Organizational Psychology page on the University of Surrey website for more details!

Student Profiles

Discounts for Surrey graduates - No. of awards TBC

If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you could be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees. This scheme is for applicable to Postgraduate Taught entry students only and is reviewed annually.Students who graduated in 2013 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII-DUFE are eligible for this scheme.Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% tuition fee discount


If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford

Application Procedure

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Student Fees and Funding Office on [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A first or 2.1 honours degree (or recognised equivalent qualification) in psychology, paired with an interest, understanding and / or experience of work, organizational, and business issues as evident from the application form. Following this screening process, we invite suitable applicants to an interview, either face-to-face or via Skype. Students wishing to go on to the Stage 2 Qualification in Occupational Psychology after the programme will require eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

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