Occupational Psychology MSc


Fact file

Qualification name:Occupational Psychology
Duration:1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
Entry requirements:2.1 or above in their Bachelors Degree
Other requirements:Proof of holding GBC must be stated as a condition of any offer (e.g. a formal letter from a University stating that their Bachelor programme in Psychology is accredited by the BPS and provides the basis for GBC). Vocational experience can be taken into account.
IELTS:6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
Start date:September
Campus:Jubilee Campus

Course Overview

One of the most respected courses in occupational psychology in Britain, this course is approved by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as a basis for professional training and students applying must be eligible for BPS Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership.

The course has been designed to provide you with knowledge of the main areas of occupational psychology, to provide you with good research skills, to cover the relevant social psychological and organisational issues and to introduce the skills required in practice.

The MSc Occupational Psychology uses a range of teaching methods (including seminars, tutorials, workshops, self-managed working groups).

Chartered status

The MSc has been approved by the Training Committee of the Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP) of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is equivalent to their Qualification in Occupational Psychology (Stage 1), (Q Occ Psych, Stage 1). The objectives of the MSc are to provide:

  • sound knowledge and understanding of core areas of occupational psychology
  • practical application skills relevant to the above areas
  • competence to practise independently in occupational psychology

Through our comprehensive programme, which includes workshops on Consultancy Skills and opportunities for Test-User Training, you will have the facility to develop practical skills fundamental to your future career development. 


Key facts

  • The MSc Occupational Psychology is approved by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • We provide a stimulating environment for professional education in applied psychology and related areas at diploma, masters and doctoral levels.



Course Details

The MSc Occupational Psychology is delivered on a full-time basis over one year or part-time over two years. It commences in late September each year.

The course comprises 180 credits, split across 120 credits’ worth of core and optional taught modules and 60 credits for the applied research project.  

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:

You will be required to study the following full year core modules:

Over the summer period, you will complete an Applied Research Project (ARP). This final module is taught in both semesters and gives you the opportunity to consolidate your skills and experience, and to explore a topic covered during the course in greater depth. To all intents and purposes, the ARP offers students an important opportunity to deliver a piece of professional applied research.

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 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 Occupational Psychology meets the first set of requirements for professional practice as an occupational psychologist and provides some experience toward the second set of requirements through workshops and practical exercises, thus providing accelerated progression for your career path.

Career prospects for occupational psychologists exist in a wide variety of settings. Past Nottingham graduates have obtained employment in industry, consultancy firms, research and teaching, the MOD, Civil Service, Prison Service and the NHS.

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, we will help you plan your future.

The quality of our graduates is widely recognised by employers and recent graduates have been recruited to a wide range of major UK organisations.

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.

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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