Research course

Occupational and Business Psychology Professional Doctorate

Kingston University · Kingston Business School

Entry requirements

Accredited MSc in Occupational/Business Psychology at Merit or above.

For those who have completed an initial accredited undergraduate degree in psychology and hold GBC (graduate basis for Chartership), the doctoral degree will be mapped onto British Psychological Society (BPS) Stage 2 qualification and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) requirements. Assessments will be designed to meet the requirements of dual accreditation.

Students who have achieved chartered status (CPsychol) as recognised by both the BPS and HCPC are exempt from the Professional Practice Portfolio.

All students must be within relevant employment at the time of enrolment.

Months of entry


Course content

This course represents a unique opportunity to further develop your skills, knowledge and practice in occupational and business psychology and to achieve a doctoral qualification.

Taught at weekends (five days across the year) with flexible outputs, the course is aimed at practitioners working within related fields. Including a range of taught expert sessions on key topics in the area, research methods and evidence-based practice sessions, extensive group supervision and action learning sets with a like-minded group of individuals, this course represents the ideal opportunity for you to achieve professional status in your industry of choice.

The course has been created and will be run by multi-award winning evidence-based practitioner occupational psychologists and academics, Joanna Yarker and Rachel Lewis, meaning you will receive consistently exemplary quality learning and networking experiences.

As a student on this course, you can benefit from attending the range of courses, modules and additional sessions offered on the Occupational and Business Psychology MSc. You can also attend our quarterly 'Engaging the Profession' evenings.

In 2018, pending accreditation, it is expected the course will meet the standards for the British Psychological Society (BPS) Stage 2 training in occupational psychology and training of the Health and Care Professions Council. This will enable practitioners to achieve chartered status (CPsychol) and registered psychologist status at the same time as achieving a doctorate.

What will you study

The course content will follow the BPS five core areas:

  1. Leadership, engagement and motivation
  2. Learning, training and development
  3. Psychological assessment at work
  4. Wellbeing and work
  5. Work design, organisational change and development

Each of these areas will be addressed in one of five expert briefing weekend sessions delivered across each year. In addition, these sessions will include teaching in research methods and evidence-based practice, action learning sets to develop reflective practice and group supervision.

Information for international students

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 6.0. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Fees and funding

Occupational and Business Psychology Professional Doctorate: Fees and bursaries

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    24-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions team
+44 (0)20 8417 5815