Management Psychology PGDip


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PGDip Management Psychology
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.
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September and January
Jubilee Campus
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


This course will enable you to design or improve the way an organisation selects, develops and manages people. 
Read full 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.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



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 2017 entry scholarships will open in late 2016. 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 2015, 93% of postgraduates from the Faculty of Medicine & Health Services who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,925 with the highest being £70,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research

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