Choose Kingston's Occupational and Business Psychology MSc

This course will help you to understand the way people behave at work, giving you a new perspective on everyday business decisions and preparing you for career advancement. Graduates leave this course with a scientific approach: they can gather evidence and critically evaluate it to make better decisions in the workplace. They stand out from competitors with human resource management qualifications.

  • The only course in the UK to hold dual institutional accreditation from the British Psychological Society and the Association for Business Psychology. Graduates have the option to become a Chartered and Registered Occupational Psychologist in the future.
  • Students can qualify for occupational testing for ability and personality at a fraction of the private market cost.
  • No exams – you will be assessed entirely on your coursework.
  • Access to a dedicated career psychologist with a strong focus on personal development, helping you to improve your employability – for example, through work shadowing, internships networking opportunities and targeted assignments.
  • Course materials grounded in research and practice, delivered by a course team currently working in the field.
  • Regular guest speakers from a range of organisations, including major test publishers and business psychology consultancies.
  • Research and consultancy internship opportunities.
  • A supportive environment and an expert academic team to help you achieve your academic goals. Kingston Business School is one of only a few of the 120 UK business schools to be awarded an 'excellent' rating for its teaching quality by the Higher Education Funding Council.
  • Attend classes in the £26 million Kingston Business School building, opened in 2012, on a leafy, peaceful hillside campus. Kingston upon the Thames has been rated London's happiest borough and has the lowest crime rate in London, as well as fast transport links to the city centre.
  • Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 percent of the world's business schools.

What will you study?

You can choose to study this course in one year, with our full-time programme, or in two years, with our part-time, executive weekend programme. Both courses cover the same core modules, and both are taught by research-active academics and experienced practitioners.

The modules for this course investigate various approaches to applying psychological principles in the workplace and how these ideas can increase organisational, team and individual performance. You will learn to critically evaluate the evidence base when making decisions.

You will apply theories and evidence to case studies, examples from the field and real-life practice - either at your own company or during a short internship. You will also learn about ethical considerations and your role as a psychologist in organisations, enhancing your professional skills. You will complement this by learning about ways of overcoming the barriers many occupational and business psychologists face when trying to implement their programmes in an organisation.

The course also considers how other disciplines such as neuroscience, ergonomics, economics, human resource management and sociology inform occupational and business psychology.

Employability focus

Your development is at the heart of this course. The programme begins with a focus on the skills you need to gain for your personal career aspirations. As well as building essential transferable skills, such as communication and interpersonal ability, it has a strong focus on teaching and refining the competencies that employers value, and which will help you succeed in higher level jobs. Students tell us they are impressed with the course and feel it's highly practical.

You will:

  • learn about the process of contracting with organisations as an occupational or business psychologist, and the consultancy cycle;
  • work with new data and updated approaches, and hone your presentation and report writing skills;
  • develop skills and techniques, such as critical incident interviewing, job analysis and career counselling;
  • learn to think creatively and work independently, developing management and leadership skills; and
  • develop an understanding of the different psychological approaches to workplace issues, and how to apply them and synthesise them in practice.

We offer you practice-based training that teaches you to use psychological tools and specialist software, including a wide range of additional short courses covering psychometric testing.


You will be assessed using a mixture of coursework assignments, group and individual exercises, skills sessions, and a data analysis assignment and dissertation.

Course structure

Other practice-based training will also be offered, including psychometric testing (offered as an additional short course).

You can substitute any core module other than Research Methods and Dissertation for a module from our Human Resources Management MA.

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.


  • Career Counselling, Training and Development
  • Leadership, Change and Consultancy
  • Performance Appraisal and Identifying Talent
  • Wellbeing and Work
  • Research Methods and Dissertation

Learn a language

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Cost & Fees

Home and European Union 2016/17

  • MSc full time £8,200
  • MSc part time £4,510

Overseas (not EU) 2016/17

  • MSc full time £12,900
  • MSc part time £7,095
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