Entry requirements

A First or an Upper-Second Class Honours degree, or the overseas. We normally look for a First or Upper Second class honours (2:1) degree from a UK university or the overseas equivalent, in Psychology.

To be admitted to this British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited course, your first degree must provide the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS and you need to submit evidence of your eligibility for GBC with your application: www.bps.org.uk. Students not eligible for GBR should see MSc Business Psychology. See Alliance MBS website for further details of entry requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Are you a psychology graduate planning to work as an occupational psychologist? This advanced course gives you a route into occupational psychology accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). It is offered on a full and part-time basis.
The MSc Organisational Psychology takes the psychological principles and theories you learned in your first degree and helps you apply them to the world of work.
As well as increasing your knowledge, the course arms you with the theoretical understanding and research skills required by the Division of Occupational Psychology of the BPS in the following eight areas: 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.
We include BPS Occupational Test User (Level A and B) training in the tuition fees.
The majority of graduates subsequently undertake the practical experience required to become Chartered Occupational Psychologists. This is usually carried out within consultancy firms or within specialist sections of large organisations.
Graduates are employed as internal consultants in large commercial and industrial organisations, in HR departments, in the Police, the NHS and as management consultants.
Visit www.mbs.ac.uk/masters/courses for more details.
Course recognition
The course is accredited by The British Psychological Society (BPS).
Career opportunities
Recent recruiters include: Aldi, CAPP, Bentley Motors Ltd, Ministry of Defence, Nestlé, Occupational Psychology Group, ORC International, Robertson Cooper Ltd, Saville Consulting, Stonewall, Work Psychology Group
Course structure (All taught units are 15 credits)
In order to satisfy BPS requirements you must take the following compulsory units:
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 2 - 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.
  • Customers pay our wages: a diary study examining how to optimise customer interaction and employee wellbeing in the service sector
  • Client verbal aggression: an examination of emotional labour and associated outcomes for employees in the legal sector
  • Effects of job stressors, organisational commitment and individual attributes on Malaysian Chinese primary school teachers’ burnout
  • What small firm owner-managers feel they should provide within the employment relationship
  • An exploratory investigation into farm stress: stressors and coping behaviours
  • Creativity in the workplace: a self-report measure and unanticipated costs

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.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Masters Admissions
+ 44 (0)161 306 1339