Management Psychology MSc


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Qualification name:Management Psychology
Duration:1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
Entry requirements:2.1 or above in their Batchelors Degree
Other requirements:You need to have a good first degree but the specific discipline is less important. The main requirement is to demonstrate an interest in improving individual, team and organisational effectiveness, whether as a manager, HR specialist or consultant. Previous successful students have had degrees in Psychology, Business Studies, Law, English etc. You will, however, need to value an evidence-based approach and be reasonably adept or willing to learn about research methods, including some statistics.
IELTS:6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
Start date:September
Campus:Jubilee Campus

Course Overview

An organisation is only as good as its people. And how good its people are depends on how well they are managed and led.

On the MSc Management Psychology you will:

  • learn how to design or improve the way an organisation selects, develops and manages people 
  • be taught by world-class academics in a world-leading institute 
  • develop leadership, consultancy and research skills 
  • make international contacts and networks 
  • design and conduct a research project in your area of interest, anywhere in the world 

About the course

This specific course focuses on the contribution of applied psychology to our understanding and practice of management within organisations.

Programme aims

The programme aims to provide you with:

  • an understanding of how psychology as a science can be used to solve business problems and make organisations more effective 
  • an understanding of how core business concerns impact on the management of human resources in organisations 
  • a knowledge of how business priorities impact, shape and challenge the use of psychology by organisations 
  • a broad knowledge of applied work psychology as a professional discipline alongside, and integrated with, knowledge of core topics from management science and practice 
  • the skills to evaluate and critically appraise theories and practice within applied work psychology and management science 
  • the skills to design and conduct independent research, and carry out practical work within organisational settings

Who is this course for?

It is ideal for:

  • experienced managers interested in the people side of business, looking to be better managers, usually in a HR or organisational development role and
  • graduates who, through their first degree, have developed an interest in psychology and are looking to join organisations as HR specialists. 

Underpinning the desire to undertake this course will be an interest in the human side of business, how people can best be managed and how fair systems can be developed within an organisation.


What is the difference between this course and a masters in HR Management?

A general masters in HR Management will not equip you with the analytical tools that this course will. These skills can help you design systems and evaluate practices taking place within an organisation.


At the end of the course...

By the time you graduate from the course, you will have:

  • learnt how to evaluate and design processes for improving selection, retention, training, development, engagement and performance management 
  • built your own network of contacts including fellow experienced students, staff, guest speakers, and the organisation you base your final organisational case study on
  • made friends with people from around the world who will be good contacts for business and travel

Key course facts

  • The division is committed to promoting the contribution of applied psychology to occupational and public health and safety and to the development of successful and healthy organisations and communities
  • The Organisational and Social Psychology (OSP) cluster manages the research and teaching associated with our MSc courses in Occupational, Management and Work and Organizational Psychology. It is dedicated to applying psychological principles to solve problems for the benefit of individuals, organisations, and the community
  • The MSc Management Psychology shares modules with the MSc Occupational Psychology and the MSc Work and Organisational Psychology but places a stronger emphasis on management issues. It has an international perspective and is also offered through the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) 
What our students say

Course Details

The MSc Management Psychology is delivered full-time in one year or part-time over two years.

The course comprises 180 credits, split across 120 credits’ worth of core and optional taught modules. The remaining 60 credits are shared between the Organisational Case Study and Extended Essay.  

Research project

Over the summer period towards the end of the course, you will undertake an applied research project (Organisational Case Study) and extended essay, which will give you the opportunity to cover and apply theories addressed on the course in more depth.

Teaching methods

A variety of teaching methods are used on this course including lectures, seminars, workshops and self-managed learning groups. Assessment is carried out through exams, essays, dissertations and field-based project work. On some occasions you might be asked to make individual or group-based presentations in seminars and workshops. Although not formally assessed, these presentations are an essential opportunity for you to demonstrate knowledge of the topic and important transferable skills. 

Part-time students are taught alongside full-time students and the choice of modules (and therefore the timetable) is flexible and a matter for agreement between you and the course director. In all cases, part-time students can access a wide range of teaching and learning facilities remotely via the student portal. 


We also offer a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Psychology, which mirrors the taught component of the MSc but does not include the organisational case study.


Postgraduate Taught Funding

Financial support and highly competitive scholarships are available, and we encourage potential applicants to explore all funding possibilities. Please check the Graduate School for opportunities you may be eligible for in addition to those outlined here.

The University's Careers and Employability Service also provides a useful information service about further studies and sources of funding for graduates.

NB: Please note that scholarship applications cannot be considered until an offer has been made.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2016 entry scholarships will open in late 2015. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.

Additional Funding Opportunities

Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) funding

Applicants who will be employed by the NHS in the East Midlands while they are undertaking their studies may be eligible to apply for Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) funding through the East Midlands Healthcare Workforce Deanery. Funding will be available for both full programmes and individual modules.

See also: Fees


The MSc in Management Psychology will be of value to those interested in applying psychology, particularly occupational psychology, in a practical organisational context, as a line manager, HR manager or consultant. 

Find out some of the careers that our recent graduates have gone onto...

  • Clare Chaplin - Associate, Lloyds Banking Group 
  • Wei Fang - Interactive Production Manager, P&G 
  • Lee Guanling - Senior HR Manager, Global Energy Marketing, Hess Corporation 
  • Tina Harkin - Assistant Director OD, United Lincolnshire Hospitals
  • Daniel Jany - Associate Manager, European Business Development, Strategic Business Insights (consulting and research company) 
  • Mausam Jhaveri - Human Resource Department Manager, Future Group (retail company), India 
  • Bina Kotecha - Senior Training and Development Manager, UHL NHS Trust 
  • Amit Mistry - Administrative Team Supervisor, Giving World Online 
  • Raita Sasaki - Chief (Overseas Division), Japan Bio Science Laboratory 
  • William Teo - Owner, William Teo & Associates 
  • Julie Wright - Partner, PRW LLP (independent HR consultant)

Many graduates of the course also go on to do further research and PhDs, for example: 

  • Yin Yin Zang - now a PhD student at Nottingham exploring Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Chinese earthquake survivors
Student feedback


Why Nottingham?

The University of Nottingham is one of the UK's top 10 universities most targeted by recruiters. Some 2,000 employers approach the University each year to recruit our students. 

Programme directors will be happy to provide general information about career prospects in relation to their courses and to advise you on the most appropriate course depending upon the career path you have in mind. Together with the University's Centre for Career Development (CCD), we will help you plan your future.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2014, 98% of postgraduates in the School of Medicine who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £31,261 with the highest being £75,000.* 

*Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14. 

Career prospects and employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from  careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers  and  Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.  

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Dr Fiona Gavin
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School of Medicine
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Nottingham, NG8 1BB
t:   +44 (0)115 846 6483
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