Occupational/Business Psychology MSc
What makes Occupational/Business Psychology at Worcester special?
Occupational Psychology MSc and Business Psychology MSc are two innovative postgraduate qualifications that apply psychology to business and organisations in general.
At Worcester taught elements of the course are delivered by a team of experts currently working in the field. As such they are grounded in contemporary research and practice in occupational and business psychology.
- Accredited by the British Psychological Society
- Guest speakers from a range of organisations, such as psychometric test publishers, occupational psychology consultancies and independent consultants
- Develop your skill and knowledge through practical consultancy-style tasks, that demonstrate the application of theory and research to practice
- Learn about the work carried out by Occupational/Business Psychologists within organisations and about different psychological approaches to workplace issues
The MSc Occupational Psychology was reaccredited by the British Psychological Society in 2016 and received seven commendations, including:
- The commitment and enthusiasm of the programme team and the way in which they are closely engaged with the student cohort.
- The student support provided by the programme team, which is highly valued by the students.
- The quality and rigour of the assessment feedback provided to students.
- The applied nature of the assessments equips students with a range of valuable core and transferable skills.
- Students are given encouragement and support to engage in presenting their research at a national level.
- The programme team strongly emphasises the importance of the application of ethical principles.
What qualifications will you need?
The Business Psychology MSc is open to students with a non-psychology related degree, although some elements of psychology or business should have been previously studied.
The Occupational Psychology MSc is only open to those students who hold a psychology degree with Graduate Basis for Registration (GBC) from the British Psychological Society (BPS).
What will you study?
Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.
Advanced Research Methods
Psychological Assessment at Work
Well-being and Work
Work Design, Organisational Change and Development
Leadership Engagement and Motivation
Learning, Training and Development
Advanced Independent Study
Teaching and Assessment
How will you be taught?
Teaching and learning approach
The programme is taught in blocks, with each module being two blocks of two days (Friday and Saturday). See the teaching dates for 2017/18.
The days are organized into sets of different learning activities, e.g. presentation/facilitation by the tutor, practical exercises (individual and/or group task), discussion and reflection. Importantly, between the blocks the students are supported with additional reading, provided in the form of primary source articles, book chapters and practitioner journal articles, exercises and assessments.
A variety of teaching and learning methods are used to create an opportunity for students to identify the relevance of learning to their own professional/personal development agenda. The teaching group sizes are small and allow for students to really engage with the teaching staff to enhance their learning.
A wide range of assessment techniques are employed in the course. Current assessment methods include essays, seminar presentations and research projects. The programme includes both formative and summative assignments designed to support your learning.
The assessments are applied in design and based on work completed by the teaching staff in organisational/consultancy settings.
The course team are enthusiastic, supportive and have a wealth of experience in undertaking contemporary research and consultancy in a wide range of areas.
Staff regularly attend academic and practitioner conferences in the UK and internationally and actively publish research in peer-reviewed journals and text books. The research active nature of the staff means that teaching is enriched and students benefit from up-to-date knowledge and contemporary perspectives.
The team work closely with the BPS to ensure the course remains up-to-date in content and structure, with staff members sitting on the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology Training committee which sets the standards for the field.
The courses can be completed full-time over a period of 1 year, or part-time over 2-4 years.
The MSc is awarded following the successful completion of nine modules. These include the six mandatory modules and the completion of an Independent Dissertation of 10,000 words (equivalent to three modules of study).
Andy Cole - Business Psychology MSc
I started my MSc in Business Psychology on a part time basis as a mature student. I had already been working in business consulting for a number of years, and had always been interested in psychology. I wanted to combine my passion with a profession.
I needed to study flexibly to suit my varied work pattern. I also wanted a direct relationship between what I studied and what I did. For me, I would be a better consultant by learning psychology, and a better psychologist by working in consultancy. I am really happy to saSteny that this was the case; each module I took had a direct relationship to my work and my tutors always encouraged me to apply my learning in a practical context.
I achieved much more support from my personal tutor than I ever expected; this was really helpful both in terms of learning how to engage academically at masters level and for giving me real direction in my career.
Since graduating, I have been able to work across a broader field of psychology than before and have accessed more specialist work. My tutor also encouraged me to submit my dissertation research to conferences. I ended up as a finalist in the Association of Business Psychology’s 2016 Conference Workplace Awards and have also submitted papers to academic journals for publication.
I think I am a better social scientist and do a better job for my clients than ever before. Thank you Worcester!
Victoria Stephens - Occupational Psychology MSc
Current occupation: Business Change Officer Police Service
Having thoroughly enjoyed my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Worcester, I knew how knowledgeable and friendly the lecturers were. It was an obvious decision for me to choose Worcester University for my Occupational MSc due to the friendly nature of the course and Campus.
For a student with no industry experience, the lecturers and fellow students would touch on practical examples and work to bring the course to life. This helped reduce the discrepancy in the big step of going out into the world of work having been a student for so long. Being based at the Psychology Unit also gave a professional feel to the course whilst also remaining personal unlike larger institutes.
The Occupational Psychology course provided me with a real breadth of skills that has been attractive to many career paths. Within 5 years of graduating from my MSc I have gained experience in working with: recruitment for Jaguar Land Rover, Training and Development for the Military, Knowledge Management for Nuclear Energy and Business Change for the Police.
There is no doubt without my skills from the MSc course I would not have been successful in these roles. My skills were often very unique compared to the rest of the team, which gives organisations the competitive edge. Unlike many other courses and Universities I have been able to find plenty of relevant work which would help me to build a portfolio to become a Registered Occupational Psychologist.
Not only have I gained relevant employable skills; I also have a passion for what I do which no doubt has come from the lecturer’s enthusiasm and knowledge of Occupational Psychology. I would not hesitate to recommend this course for anyone looking to pursue a career in Occupational or Business Psychology.
Hannah Ryder - Occupational Psychology MSc
My experience of the MSc Occupational Psychology course is one that I will never forget, and which has taught me so much educationally and personally. The wide variety of modules taught on the course are well structured with diverse types of assessment which have given me the opportunity to challenge myself but also play to my strengths and to excel in an area that I love.
The block teaching of the course was a great selling point for me and has been a fantastic way to learn and experience different methods of teaching, whilst also allowing me to work part-time.
Being part of a smaller group of students is a stark contrast to my undergraduate degree but one which has boosted my confidence no end. I attribute this to feeling that I can make contributions which are valued by other students on the course and, very importantly, by the teaching staff. The support I have received throughout the course has been one of the best things about this experience; the module team have made me feel respected and appreciated throughout my time on the course, and through sharing their academic and life experiences have encouraged me to see that I am capable of anything I wish to achieve going forward.
At the University of Worcester you will meet friends for life and will meet such inspirational people. I cannot recommend the MSc Occupational Psychology course and staff highly enough, and having the opportunity to study in such a beautiful city is an added bonus – I only wish that I could do it all over again!
Where could it take you?
Our courses will equip you for employment within a diverse range of organisations. Occupational and Business Psychologists work in training, environments, recruitment, coaching, organisational change, management, consultancy and in academic research and teaching.
Many Occupational/Business Psychologists are employed within the public sector, such as the Police, Civil Service Commission, Department for Work and Pensions, Ministry of Defence, HM Prison Service and the NHS.
Students who have completed our programmes have gone on to work in the following areas:
- PhD study
- Psychometric testing
- Psychology, management or recruitment consultancy
- Human resources
- Health and wellbeing within the NHS
- Management within organisations
The structure and content of the programme allows students to gain skills that are valued by employers and help them to find their chosen career.
Many of our students use the Dissertation as a springboard into their chosen research area, with a large number of our students continuing their studies at PhD. All students are encouraged and supported to submit their work to national conferences. The course is always well represented at the Division of Occupational Psychology Conference by both staff and students. See recent examples of student publications.
How much will it cost?
For up-to-date course fee information visit the postgraduate section of our course fees page.
The Government will provide a loan of up to £10,000 per student for postgraduate Masters study. It will be at your own discretion whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs.
For full details visit our postgraduate loans page.