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MSc Occupational and Organisational Psychology

Northumbria University, Newcastle

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    City Centre Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Course Overview

The Occupational and Organisational Psychology MSc will open up new possibilities for graduates from a range of backgrounds. Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as Stage 1 training, The Occupational and Organisational Psychology MSc can be a step towards becoming a Chartered Occupational Psychologist for psychology graduates who already have the BPS Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC), which can be completed prior to, or following, this degree.

The course is also suitable for graduates working in areas such as HR, consultancy or management who want to gain a better understanding of psychology in the workplace, well being, selection, engagement, and learning and development.

This employment focused course delivers a mix of theory and practice, using real-life examples to bring the subject to life and preparing you with the practical competencies for your career.

In order for a business to reach its full potential, it must have the support and commitment of its staff. Therefore, it is essential to consider the roles of the employer and employee, in order to evaluate the impact on an organisation.

A successful and ethical business places the well being of its staff at the core of its business model, with that in mind you will study the following modules as part of your master's;

employee selection and assessment
workplace well being
learning and development in organisations
and psychological research methods.

A unique and exciting aspect of this course is that you will gain a psychometric testing qualification, the Certificate in Occupational Testing, in addition to the core curriculum. This opens up additional opportunities for you to gain certificates in occupational testing for ability and personality.

These additional qualifications will be a real boost to your career and employment opportunities. You will graduate with a notable advantage, to help you stand out in a competitive job market.

You will also get to specialise in a particular area of interest through your thesis. This can include carrying out live projects with a range of organisations including, small medium enterprises, local authorities and NHS Trusts.

Your Career

This qualification has the potential to act as a real catalyst for your future – whether you’re looking to establish a new career or take the next step in your current role in consultancy, organisational development, training, recruitment or management.

That’s because you will be equipped with advanced psychological knowledge that will allow you to conceptualise and theorise about critical issues in occupational and organisational psychology. You will also have extensive experience of psychometric testing.

In addition to this, thanks to the real-world context that will be integral to your studies, you will be able to apply that knowledge immediately and with real impact, in your workplace.

The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as Stage 1 training, which when accompanied by the BPS Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) will provide a basis for professional development as a practitioner in the form of Stage 2 training, as well as further study, employment and enterprise.

Application deadline

30 June 2021

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 16,800per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Northumbria University, Newcastle

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  • Campus address

    Northumbria University, Northumberland Building, Northumberland Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, NE1 8ST, England

Students from around the world come to Northumbria for its reputation in design, engineering, history, law, business and architecture, amongst others.
Northumbria has an international community of students from over 140 countries, and decades of experience in welcoming students to the city of Newcastle.
Northumbria is one of the leading new universities in the UK.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    39th out of 118 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 216
    137 66%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    58.0 58%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.02 80%



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