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Organisational Psychology (MSc)

Course Description

Accreditation & GBC:
The MSc in Organisational Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Graduates who are eligible for this status can use the MSc as the first step toward becoming a Chartered Occupational Psychologist. City's MSc programme has been explicitly design to cover the new five knowledge areas as defined by the BPS division of occupational psychology.

About the course

City's long-standing MSc in Organisational Psychology provides knowledge, skill, and understanding in the core areas of the field of organisational/occupational psychology. The discipline seeks to enhance our understanding of human behaviour within the workplace, covering topics such as:

‌•Recruitment and selection
‌•Stress management
‌•Optimal work designs
‌•Diversity in the workplace
‌•Occupational health
‌•Work motivation
‌•Facilitating organisational change
‌•Workplace coaching and therapy
‌•Design of effective appraisal processes.

In the programme you will be offered the opportunity to develop in-depth theoretical and research knowledge. The programme also offers insights into a range of essential organisational consulting skills, such as negotiating access into organisations, facilitating employee focus groups, delivering psychological skills training, and providing effective feedback. The aim is that you will graduate with practical and highly marketable skills, as well as an extensive theoretical and research-based knowledge.

Our students consistently win prizes for research excellence, including the Division of Occupational Psychology's first and second prize for student research in 2012. (See 'Student prizes for research excellence' listed, to the right of this page.)

We accept students without a psychology background

We also welcome applicants who do not have a first degree in psychology, as well as those who studied psychology outside of the UK. We accept students without a psychology background who are interested in completing our MSc in order to enhance their career prospects, and for the opportunity to step into the world of evidence-based organisational consulting.

See the website http://www.city.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/organisational-psychology

Course Content

The MSc equips you with a sound understanding of theory and research across the sub-disciplines of organisational psychology. You will also be introduced to the range of practical skills required of occupational psychologists and organisational behaviour consultants. Our teaching approach emphasises how theory is applied in practice, so that many of our lectures include a practical component to highlight how occupational psychology research influences the workplace.

Course Structure

The MSc Organisational Psychology consists of eight taught modules, plus an applied research dissertation (see http://www.city.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/organisational-psychology#course-detail=1). Full-time students complete all eight modules and the dissertation in one calendar year (September to September). Part-time students complete the course over two years.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching -

You will learn through lectures, seminars, group work, role-play, workshops, class discussions, and supervision.

Assessment -

You will be assessed on academic essays, examinations, log books of professional practice, qualitative text analysis, interpretation of statistical analyses, oral presentations, formal research proposals and dissertations. In addition, you are also directed to independent study and receive detailed feedback on your coursework as an aid to further learning.

Dissertation -

You are required to successfully complete a research project of approximately 10,000-13,000 words.

Who will teach you? -

We are a group of Chartered Occupational Psychologists, who encourage a scientist-practitioner approach to all we do. We are not only active researchers, but also practitioners who regularly consult for a range of public and private sector organisations, including the National Health Service; Camden Council; HSBC and BT Openreach among others. Our teaching approach emphasises how theory is applied in practice, so that all our lectures include a practical component to highlight how occupational psychology research influences the workplace.

Our research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, books, and practice documents, and we have presented our research at a wide range of national and international conferences.


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance - http://www.city.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/funding-and-financial-support


Graduate Loyalty Discount: The School of Arts & Social Sciences offer a 10% discount on tuition fees for all City graduates - http://www.city.ac.uk/alumni/recent-graduates/graduate-loyalty-discount


This MSc does not offer formal placements. However, the course generates a lot of interest from employers seeking talented students and graduates for voluntary work placements, internships, and short term periods of work experience.

While on the course, previous students have secured excellent internships with London-based consultancies. There are also usually opportunities to get involved in the work being conducted by members of staff.

Career Prospects

86 per cent of 2011 graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduation, with an average starting salary of £29,500.

Previous graduates have been employed as: recruitment consultants, associate occupational psychologists, researchers, management consultants, performance consultants, business psychologists, training consultants, HR practitioners, organisational change practitioners, and career consultants.

Organisations employing recent graduates:

‌•Armstrong International
‌•Assessment and Development Consultants
‌•Civil Aviation Authority
‌•Deloitte & Touche
‌•Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
‌•Department for Work and Pensions
‌•Diabetes UK
‌•Ernst & Young
‌•Hay Group
‌•Home office
‌•Human Assets
‌•J‌P Morgan
‌•L‌ondon Metropolitan Police
‌•Ministry of Defence
‌•National Policing Improvement Agency
‌•Prison Service
‌•Saville consulting
‌•T‌he Mind Gym
‌•The Psychology Group
‌•Towers Perrin ISR
‌•Work Psychology Group

Several recent graduates have also gone on to complete PhDs.

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

Student Profiles

School of Arts & Social Sciences Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme - No. of awards TBC

The School of Arts and Social Sciences is delighted to offer a number of scholarships for postgraduate students. The scholarships are worth £2,000 towards tuition fees awarded on the basis of academic merit and applicants' personal statements.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Worth up to £2,000


In order to be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must:
- be a self-funded student and not in receipt of any other scholarships;
- be a full or part-time student;

Application Procedure

Applicants who meet our entry requirements will be automatically considered for a non-means tested scholarship as part of the application process.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

All applicants should have an upper second class honours degree (or an equivalent grade from an overseas institution). It is also helpful for your application if you are able to demonstrate some work experience. Work experience in a psychological or human resource setting is highly desirable, but not essential.Applicants who are interested in becoming a chartered psychologist within the British system should hold the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). This membership is usually granted automatically to individuals who completed an undergraduate degree in psychology that is recognised by the BPS.

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