MSc Organisational Psychology

University of Manchester
En Manchester (Inglaterra)

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Course overview Are you a psychology graduate planning to work as an occupational psychologist? Enhance your skills and knowledge on this advanced course in the science of how people and groups behave at work. This advanced course gives you a route into occupational psychology accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Available on a full-time or part-time basis.

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Requisitos: Academic entry qualification overview: We normally look for a UK undergraduate degree in Psychology with first or upper second class honours, or the overseas equivalent. To be admitted to this British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited programme, your first degree must be recognised by the BPS as providing the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS . You will need to provide evidence that you have GBC or are eligible for GBC.If you are in any doubt about your eligibility or how to prove this, please contact ...

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Course description

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Our MSc Organisational Psychology course provides you with the necessary skills and knowledge to apply psychological principles, theories and methods to work organisations. The course develops your understanding of psychology as well as equipping you with practical skills for working as a psychologist within organisations.

The course at Alliance Manchester Business School:

  • Is fully accredited by the British Psychological Society, providing the basis for achieving Chartered Psychologist status
  • Covers the seven core areas of organisational psychology, giving you a broad basis for future practice
  • Includes Test User: Occupational - Ability and Personality (Level A and B) qualifications for psychometric testing at work, enabling you to enroll on the British Psychological Society's Register of Qualifications in Test Use
  • Is delivered by research-active staff, who draw on their expertise to engage you with the most up-to-date psychological research and methods
  • Develops commercial awareness and business skills necessary in a competitive work environment

The course runs over one year (two years for part-time students) and comprises two taught semesters plus a research dissertation. The taught modules use a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, group work, case studies and practical exercises, and are assessed using a range of techniques, including examinations, essays, applied coursework and presentations.

Special features

MSc Organisational Psychology course was re-accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) for a further six years, with no conditions. We are only one of 20 schools in the UK to be accredited by the BPS to offer the Masters course that allows students to become a Chartered Occupational Psychologist. 

The BPS advises students always to choose a BPS accredited course to maximise their future options.

Additional course information

Read Sheena Davidson's article discussing older workers in the workplace.

Course units details

The course provides psychology graduates who are intending to become Chartered Occupational Psychologists with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required by the Division of Occupational Psychology of the British Psychological Society (BPS), in the following seven required areas: 

  • Psychological Assessment at Work
  • Learning, Training and Development
  • Leadership, Engagement and Motivation
  • Well-Being and Work
  • Work Design, Organisational Change and Development
  • Research Design, Advanced Data Gathering and Analytical Techniques
  • Applying Psychology to Work and Organisations

(All taught course units are 15 credits)

Semester 1

  • Selection and Assessment in Organisations
  • Research Methods 1
  • Test User: Occupational - Ability and Personality (Level A and B)*
  • Training, Support and Development

Semester 2

  • Managing People and Organisations
  • Work Design, Performance and Well-Being
  • Research Methods 2
  • Relationships at Work

* The training required to reach Test User: Occupational - Ability and Personality (Level A and Level B)  is included in the course tuition fees.

On the part-time two-year route you will 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

  • Managing People and Organisations
  • Work Design, Performance and Well-Being

Year two - Semester 2

  • Relationships at Work
  • Research Methods 2

Summer period

Dissertation (60 credits)

  • Apply what you have learned in the taught part of the course
  • Normally consists of a literature review followed by a piece of work based on qualitative or quantitative research.

Examples of recent dissertation topics:

  • 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
  • Corporate psychopathy: the truth behind the hype
  • Improving safety using a combination of transformational and transactional leadership: a longitudinal study
  • Creativity in the workplace: a self-report measure and unanticipated costs
  • Leader effectiveness and leader-member relations: the role of interpersonal emotion regulation, follower attributions and leader empathy

Listen to Dr Mark Batey talk about the Level A and Level B qualifications:

  • What are the Level A and B professional qualifications? (mp3 file)
  • Why take the Level A and B professional qualifications? (mp3 file)
  • Levels A and B - the details (mp3 file)
  • How do students receive their BPS qualifications? (mp3 file)

Coursework and assessment

Assessment across the course units varies, and includes a combination of examinations, report, course work, practical assessments and presentations. A dissertation of around 15,000 words is normally undertaken.

What our students say

Read what current student Hannah Lister says about her experience on the course so far >>

Susannah Robertson graduated from the MSc Organisational Psychology course in 2003 and works for Robertson Cooper Ltd.  Listen to the podcasts to hear why she chose the course and how it has helped her in her chosen career.

  • Why were you interested in the course?
  • What is chartership and why is it important?
  • What was the course about?
  • What is your role at Robertson Cooper Ltd?
  • Tell us about living in Manchester.
  • How can managers combat stress in the workplace?

Open days

Our last Postgraduate Open Day was held on 25 November 2015, and details of the next event will be posted as soon as the date is confirmed, and is likely to be held in November again.  The date will be published over the summer so please keep checking this page.

For an idea of what the event includes, see the  open day programme  from the last event.

Events round the world

We take part in events both at home and around the world, and we'd be delighted to meet you in your country . If you are visiting Manchester, you are also welcome to organise a personal visit .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email:

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