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).
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for advice.
If you are an international student who does not have the relevant entry requirements for direct entry onto this course, our pathway courses at University of Worcester International College could be the right option for you and enable you to still graduate with this degree. To find out more visit the Business Postgraduate page.
What will you study?
Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative.
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
The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.
You are taught through a combination of on-campus lectures and self-directed study tasks. All lectures are held on a Friday and Saturday, the date depends on your module choice. The days involve engaging with different learning activities, such as lectures, practical tasks (individual and/or group), discussion and reflection.
In addition, meetings with your allocated personal academic tutor and your research supervisor are scheduled when required and in line with the module handbook.
In a typical week you will have around 15 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend on the modules selected and whether you have opted for full time or part-time tuition. Friday lectures are schedule from 09:30 – 16:30 and Saturday lectures are schedules for 10:00 – 16:00
Typically class contact time will be structured around:
- Lecturers on a Friday and Saturday. Each module has four lectures and self-directed study tasks that link with the assignments for each module. The module specification for each module outlines the taught and self-directed elements of each and is available for students on Blackboard.
In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake personal self-study. Typically, this will involve further reading on each module and additional reading and research to complete each module’s assessments. Assessments may consist of written essays, individual presentations, poster presentation and case study work.
Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources. There is also additional reading and resources on the module’s Blackboard site, which will be available once you register for the module.
You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes Occupational Psychologists, Researchers, Academics, Counselling Staff and Consultants/Practioners.
Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and all of our lecturers are practitioners with significant training and skills in their area of expertise.
The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments. Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments, which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.
Assessment methods include essays, case studies, practical skills work, data analysis research reports, seminar papers and presentations. An 8,000-10,000 word Independent Research Project is required for the MSc award.
This programme has an 80% attendance requirement in order to be completed successfully.
You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.
We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.
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 £10,609 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.
How do you apply?
Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact our admissions office or the course leader using the details below.
Apply now for a September start.