Qualification name:Work and Organisational Psychology
Duration:1 year full-time
Entry requirements:2.1(Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent)
Including:Degree in a relevant scientific discipline, e.g. psychology, behavioural science, ergonomics, human factors, business and management, other subjects allied to social sciences
Other requirements:Mature applicants without standard entry requirements but with substantial and relevant experience may be considered.
IELTS:6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
The PGDip Work and Organisational Psychology will be of interest to those in the UK and abroad who wish to develop a career in organisational psychology or related areas such as human-resource management.
This course provides an excellent opportunity for postgraduate education for students from a variety of backgrounds interested in this area who do not have the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and who may not have a psychology background.
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 PGDip Work and Organisational Psychology uses a range of teaching methods (including seminars, tutorials, workshops and self-managed working groups). Through our comprehensive programme, which includes workshops on consultancy skills and opportunities for occupational testing BPS Test User Ability and Test User Personality, you will have the facility to develop practical skills fundamental to your future career development.
This programme aims to provide you with:
- a broad knowledge of work and organisational psychology as a professional discipline; the key theoretical and research models used within work and organisational psychology; and the role of the work and organisational psychologist as educator, researcher and practitioner
- the skills to evaluate critically and appraise theories and research within work and organisational psychology
- the knowledge of the main areas of work and organisational psychology
- a grounding in research skills appropriate to future work in an organisational setting
- a grounding in the social, organisational and consulting skills required in practice
- a grounding in the application skills required for both research and professional practice in the core areas of work and organisational psychology
- the skills to design and conduct independent research within organisational context
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 in Work and Organisational Psychology. This would involve completion of a project in the June-September period, but no extra fees shall be charged.
- 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.
- While it shares modules with the MSc Occupational Psychology and MSc Management Psychology, the PGDip Work and Organisational Psychology emphasises the organisational aspects of the discipline and students have more choice over modules.
- Our teaching is informed by current research. We believe that research and teaching should be developed and delivered to help students and staff make a difference in the real world.
The PGDip in Work and Organisation 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 120 credits, split across core and optional taught modules.
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 student and course director. In all cases, part-time students can access a wide range of teaching and learning facilities remotely via the student portal.
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:
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 PGDip in Work and Organisational Psychology will be of value to those who wish to develop a career in organisational psychology or related areas, such as human resource management. They may also progress onto the MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology.
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.