Management Psychology PGDip


Fact file

Qualification name:Management Psychology
Duration:1 year full-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 and January
Campus:Jubilee Campus

Course Overview

The PGDip Management Psychology focuses on the contribution of applied psychology to our understanding and practice of management in organisational settings.

It builds on the division's strong reputation in professional education in occupational and organisational psychology to offer a more specialised programme relevant to those who wish to develop careers in general or human resource management either in the UK or abroad.

Programme aims

This programme aims to provide students with:

  • 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
  • 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
  • the skills to design and conduct independent research, and carry out practical work within an organisational context

Progression to MSc

Students on the PGDip who successfully complete and pass all their semester one assessments may, at the discretion of the Exam Board, be offered the opportunity to move on to the MSc Management Psychology. This would involve completion of a project in the June - September period, but no extra fees will be charged.


Key facts

  • We are 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 Organisational Psychology. It is dedicated to applying psychological principles to solve problems for the benefit of individuals, organisations and the community.   

Course Details

The PGDip Management Psychology is delivered on a full-time basis over one year.

The course comprises 120 credits of core and optional taught modules.  

Teaching methods

A variety of teaching methods are used on this course to facilitate learning. These include lectures, seminars, workshops and self-managed learning groups.

Assessment is also undertaken by a variety of means, including examinations, essays, dissertations and field-based project work. On some occasions, students 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 students to demonstrate knowledge of the topic and important transferable skills, eg presentation skills. 


You will be required to study the following core modules in semester one:

Semester two covers the core modules listed below:

In addition, you will be asked to choose one of the following optional modules:

Please note that all module details are subject to change.


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 opportunites

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 PGDip Management Psychology will be of value to those who are interested in applying the insights from psychology, particularly occupational psychology, in a practical organisational context, either as a line manager, human resource manager or consultant.

The University of Nottingham remains one of the UK's 10 universities most targeted by recruiters. Some 2,000 employers approach the University each year. Together with the University's Centre for Career Development (CCD), we will help you plan your future.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2013, 88% of postgraduates from Applied Psychology who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £22,109 with the highest being £34,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2012/13.

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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