Entry requirements

We normally look for a First or Upper Second class honours (2:1) degree from a UK university or the overseas equivalent, in psychology or a background in social sciences, human resources or business and management. Experience or knowledge of statistics is desired.

Months of entry


Course content

For students without a BPS-accredited degree, this course offers an opportunity to study alongside students of MSc Organisational Psychology, and gain a look at the science of how people and groups behave at work. It is offered on a full and part-time basis.
A deeper understanding of organisational psychology is an asset to anyone currently working in the field of social sciences or human resource management. This course gives people with an appropriate background the theoretical knowledge and research skills used in organisational psychology to help them develop or change careers.
You learn about training, organisational development, employee relations and motivation, design of environments/health and safety, human/machine interaction, counselling and personal development, performance appraisal and career development, and selection in organisations.
You do not need to be registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS).
We include BPS Occupational Test User (Level A and B) training in the tuition fees.
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Career opportunities
Recent recruiters include: Aldi, CRS Ltd, Lloyds TSB, McLaren Solutions, Occupational Psychology Group, ORC International, Wickland Westcott, Work Life Balance Co

Course structure (All taught units are 15 credits)
Semester 1
  • Research Methods 1
  • Selection and Assessment in Organisations
  • Test User: Occupational - Ability and Personality (Level A and B)
  • Training, Support and Development
Semester 2
  • Organisational Effectiveness
  • Relationships at Work
  • Research Methods 2
  • The Individual and the Work Environment
Students on the part-time two-year option study the units as follows:
Year one - Semester 1
  • Research Methods 1
  • Selection and Assessment in Organisations
Year two - Semester 1
  • Test User: Occupational - Ability and Personality (Level A and B)
  • Training, Support and Development
Year one - Semester 2
  • Organisational Effectiveness
  • The Individual and the Work Environment
Year two - Semester 2
  • Relationships at Work
  • Research Methods 2
Summer research period
Research dissertation [60 credits]
The dissertation gives you the opportunity to apply what you have learned in the taught part of the course. It normally consists of a literature review followed by a piece of empirical work, involving either qualitative or quantitative research.
Examples of recent dissertation topics include:
  • 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

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 100 internet-based. English language test results submitted must be less than two years old. See the website for more information: Language requirements

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Alliance MBS Scholarships are also available - contact the Admissions Office for details and visit the Alliance MBS website for further details: Scholarships

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Masters Admissions
+ 44 (0)161 306 1339