Taught course

Organizational Psychology (network learning)

Birkbeck, University of London · Organizational Psychology

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree (2:2) or above. Work experience of any kind is desirable.

To proceed to Stage 2 of accreditation with the British Psychological Society (BPS), you need to fulfil the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered (GBC) Membership of the BPS. This requires a BPS-recognised qualification in psychology.

Management development professionals and consultants without an undergraduate degree but with suitable professional qualifications or significant work experience in a range of organisations may be considered in line with Birkbeck’s mission of widening participation.

On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve. As this course requires a commitment of approximately 18 hours (part-time) or 35 hours (full-time) of study a week, please discuss in your personal statement how this time will fit in alongside your existing work, family and personal commitments.

Months of entry


Course content

Our highly respected MSc Organizational Psychology, accredited by the British Psychological Society, will develop your understanding of people and organisations within the context of both occupational psychology and organisational behaviour.

As the world of work continues to change, we equip students to ask, and answer, fundamental questions such as:

  • What does good leadership mean?
  • How do we support wellbeing at work?
  • Why do we do what we do at work?

You will begin by examining ideas about careers as the axis of the individual-organisation relationship, important at social and economic levels and relevant to you at any stage of your life. Simultaneously, you will be learning about a range of organisational research methods in preparation for carrying out your own research project. You will go on to cover learning, motivation, organisational change, leadership, selection and assessment and wellbeing.

Teaching on the course is informed by cutting-edge research in the field, and you will be encouraged to engage in critical thinking and to reflect on theory and practice. You will also have the opportunity to learn from the professional experience of your peers and acquire applied research skills in preparation for an independent research project on a subject that interests you.

This network learning route at Birkbeck differs from traditional online learning, as it includes attendance at termly weekend workshops and tutor-facilitated computer conferencing, in addition to online materials. Our weekend workshops are an integral part of the network learning programme, introducing students to the content and structure for the upcoming term as well as providing an opportunity to network and work together.

This course is very flexible in how you can study it. Whichever route you choose you will join a friendly, welcoming community of learners who are keen to work hard, share their professional experience with classmates and network and make contacts.


  • As a network learning student, you will attend weekend workshops. These are non-residential and run from late on Friday afternoon through to lunchtime on Sunday. There are evening activities at all the workshops. Please note: you must be able to attend the first weekend workshop, normally the last weekend in September, if you wish to be accepted onto this network learning route.
  • We are a small and friendly department with a close-knit staff and student community. Come and meet us at an upcoming taster session, drop-in or public event.
  • You will be taught by leading academics and practitioners who have a wealth of experience in supporting and encouraging students who are studying in the evening or online.
  • This degree provides the materials to enhance or develop your career in organisational psychology, management, human resources, training and development or consultancy.
  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society as providing the knowledge base for progress towards professional qualification as an occupational psychologist.
  • Celebrating our 60th anniversary in 2022, Birkbeck's Department of Organizational Psychology was the first department of occupational psychology in the UK. We continue to play a distinctive role in British occupational psychology - and, increasingly, within organisational behaviour. We are also established experts in using digital technologies to create and maintain an engaged and supportive learning environment for our students.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this course is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses and foundation programmes to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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