For students without a BPS accredited degree, MSc Business Psychology offers you the opportunity to study alongside the students of MSc Organisational Psychology and gain a fascinating look at the science of how people and groups behave at work.

A deeper understanding of organisational psychology is an asset to anyone currently working in the field of social sciences or human resource management, or thinking of studying to become an occupational psychologist.

This course gives people with an appropriate background the theoretical knowledge and practical skills used in organisational psychology to help them develop or change careers.

You learn about Psychological Assessment at Work, Learning, Training and Development, Leadership, Engagement and Motivation, Well-Being and Work, Work Design, Organisational Change and Development, Research Design, Advanced Data Gathering and Analytical Techniques and Applying Psychology to Work and Organisations.

You study with students on the MSc Organisational Psychology course, which will enhance your experience, but you do not need to register with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Special features

Students taking the MSc Business Psychology course will sit with students from MSc Organisational Psychology and study the same course modules.

Course units details

Semester 1

  • Selection and Assessment in Organisations
  • Research Methods 1
  • Test User: Occupational - Ability and Personality (Level A and B)
  • Training, Support and Development

Semester 2

  • Work Design, Performance and Well-Being
  • Managing People and Organisations
  • Research Methods 2
  • Relationships at Work

Note: The training required to reach Test User: Occupational - Ability and Personality (Level A and Level B) is also included in the course tuition fees.

Summer period

Apply what you have learned in the taught part of the course. Normally consists of a literature review followed by a piece of work based on qualitative or quantitative research.

Examples of recent dissertation topics:

  • What factors determine successful mentoring relationships? A study of a formal graduate mentoring scheme
  • The role of individuals' personality and perceived values in adoption of mobile data services
  • An exploration of the job satisfaction and career progression of visible minority women in Canada
  • Understanding financial responsibility: an exploratory analysis of the main characteristics that influence spending and saving behaviours
  • A study of occupational stress in the Indian information technology industry
  • A Gravesian values-system perspective on the design of consultative interventions in organisations
  • Why organisational change programmes fail

Coursework and assessment

Assessment across the course units varies and includes a combination of examinations, report, coursework, practical assessment and presentations. A dissertation of around 15,000 words is normally undertaken.

Entry requirements:

We normally look for a UK bachelor degree with first or upper second class honours or the overseas equivalent in psychology without GBC (Graduate Basis for Chartership), or in related disciplines such as social sciences, human resources or business and management. Knowledge or experience in statistics is desired.

Relevant work experience is desirable and examples of types of areas of work include HRM, counselling, training, career advice.

When assessing your academic record, we take into account your grade average, position in class, references and the standing of the institution where you studied your qualification.

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Last updated February 13, 2019
This course is Campus based
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12 months
10,000 GBP
UK/EU students. International students: £18,500.
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MSc Business Psychology experience: Henrik Persicke, Germany