Taught course

Occupational Psychology

University of Sheffield · Management School

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in psychology or another subject with significant coverage of psychology plus research methods.

Applicants must hold BPS Graduate Basis for Membership to apply for this programme. Those that do not hold this membership can apply for the MSc Work Psychology.

Months of entry


Course content

Learn how to improve organisational performance and productivity by applying psychological theories and principles to the work environment. Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Course description

On our Occupational Psychology MSc you’ll learn how to apply psychological theories and principles to the work environment to improve employee satisfaction and wellbeing, as well as performance and productivity. You can apply these skills as a consultant to businesses or members of staff.

The course can involve a dissertation based on your own interests in a real-world organisation, which will demand effective communication, negotiation and project-management skills. Alternatively, around half to two thirds of students take a project sourced through the Institute of Work Psychology's business network or the Management School’s Employability Hub, solving real-world organisational issues. The dissertation project provides you with the chance to apply your knowledge to practical issues and develop organisational skills.

Throughout the course, hands-on workshops focus on developing psychology skills such as coaching, providing feedback, delivering presentations, using statistical software, group work and information management. Included in the course, at no charge, is additional training which allows you to work as a psychometric assessor for both ability and personality psychometric tests.

Recent dissertations included evaluating the effectiveness of the selection processes used by a large organisation; exploring the effects of home working on efficiency and wellbeing and; analysing the effects of workplace training interventions.

The MSc Occupational Psychology degree is recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS). This means that it fulfils the stage one requirements for Chartered Psychologist status.


The Management School is Triple Crown accredited by AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB.

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)

Please see our University website for the most up-to-date course information: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/courses

Information for international students

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

For more information about entry requirements for international students, please visit https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/international/applying/postgraduate-taught

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 114 222 3349