Postgraduate study
This course will enable you to design or improve the way an organisation selects, develops and manages people. 
MSc Management Psychology
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
Entry requirements
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 may be available
Start date
UK/EU fees
£8,235 - Terms apply
International fees
£21,375 - Terms apply
Jubilee Campus



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

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

Key facts

Is this course for you?

This course 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
  • Non-psychology graduates who, through their first degree, have developed an interest in the field 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.

Psychology degree holders

What you will learn
  • Learn how to design or improve the way an organisation selects, develops and manages people 
  • Be taught by leading academics in a world-leading institution 
  • 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 
Qualification in Psychological Testing

Students have the an opportunity to obtain an additional, separate qualification in Psychological Testing (Level A and Level B) which is a BPS (British Psychological Society) qualification. 

Applied research project

Every student will undertake an applied research project, which is a piece of real-world research that can be carried out in any part of the world. This might be of particular interest to students from outside the UK, who may welcome an opportunity to collect data from their home community and may even conduct their research project from abroad, provided contact with their supervisor can be maintained.


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.


Management focus

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).


The course structure is designed to facilitate the planning of both course-related and non-course related activities:

  • Students receive a timetable and year planner at the outset of the academic year detailing dates of all attendance requirements and all assessments for the year
  • Attendance requirements are primarily timetabled from Tuesday to Thursday
What our students say
Studying an MSc in Management Psychology has been a fantastic experience. The course adopts an interdisciplinary approach. This allows us to learn about psychology in the workplace from different perspectives, and this provides an enriching academic experience. 

-Louise, UK 

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Full course details

Course director

Dr Fiona Gavin, Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology, School of Medicine


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 formed of the Applied Research Project.  

The structure is designed to facilitate the planning of both course-related and non-course related activities:

  • Students receive a timetable and Year planner at the outset of the academic year detailing dates of all attendance requirements and all assessments for the year
  • Attendance requirements are primarily timetabled from Tuesday to Thursday

Research project

Over the summer period towards the end of the course, you will undertake an applied research project, 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.



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

C84ERM - Employee Relations & Motivation

This module introduces the important issue of motivation and employee relations at work, and considers the contribution that psychological theory makes to our understanding of these areas. 

The module also considers the role of the psychological contract as a concept for understanding management/employee relations, explores the issue of conflict and bullying in organisations and discusses issues around diversity.

C84SMH - Strategic and Human Resource Management

What is Strategy: Basic concepts and a short case study

Strategy as positioning: Environmental analysis, industry analysis and generic strategies. (Case Study)

The resource based view of the firm. Resources and capabilities; core competencies, strategic intent and corporate imagination. (Case Study).

Strategic human resource management: open and closed models. HRM practices. (Case Study), International strategic human resource management.

C84IMP - Introduction to Management Psychology

The MSc in Management Psychology is designed to provide a theoretical and practical understanding of the contribution that psychology makes to improving the effectiveness and well-being of organisations. It is intended for 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.

This module has four main aims:

  • To provide an introduction to the nature and contribution of applied psychology
  • To focus on the core topics of organisation, leadership and employee engagement
  • To help participants develop the critical skills required for postgraduate study and to undertake their research project
  • To promote mutual understanding and cooperation between the management psychology cohort

C84WCC - Workplace Counselling and Career Development

This module concerns workplace counselling and career development. The module provides a general introduction to the nature and psychological background of career development, and students are given the opportunity to explore the practical implications by planning their own career development. Students also study the main approaches, application and effectiveness of workplace counselling.

C84IRM - Introduction to Research Methods

This module considers: 

  • Research paradigms and related epistemologies and ontologies
  • Critical appraisal 
  • Introduction to research ethics
  • The scientific method (an overview to be applicable to both quantitative and qualitative) and self-identity as a scientist and research leader. 
  • Certainty and uncertainty in health research and the importance of leadership 
  • Understanding risk in relation to research design and implementation
  • Quantitative study design 
  • Quantitative data analysis 
  • Qualitative study design 

Semester two covers the core modules listed below:

C84CSW - Consultancy Skills

The module covers the core consultancy skills required by those studying occupational, work and organisational, occupational health and health psychology. It also considers ethical issues and the Code of Conduct of the British Psychological Society.

C84ODC - Organisational Development & Change

This module provides an introduction to various approaches to understanding organisations and the environments in which they operate. Areas covered include:

  • Perspectives on organisational development and change 
  • Evaluation of change 
  • Organisational development interventions
  • Organisations & organisational culture 
  • Teamworking Leadership and change

C84TRN - Training in Organisations

The module is in two parts. The first part focuses on theories of learning and the application of these to training development and design in organisations. Issues relating to training needs analysis, training transfer and evaluation of training are also considered. The second part of the module focuses on the design and operation of performance appraisals in organisations, with particular emphasis on fairness in appraisals and a critical evaluation of the use of 360 degree feedback. Using case studies and organisational scenarios students will consider the practical aspects of developing and delivering training programmes and appraisals in organisations. This module will be assessed by an examination which is in two parts, reflecting each part of the module.

C84OSA - Occupational Selection & Assessment

This module covers contemporary issues in selection and assessment both from a psychological perspective and as an important personnel system for organisations. It provides discussion of: the nature of the selection system, organisational and job analysis, recruitment, selection interviewing and psychometric testing, selection validation, the nature and use of assessment centres, and the adverse impact of selection methods. The emphasis throughout the module is on selection as a process comprising an identification stage, a design and delivery stage, and an evaluation stage, with multiple feedback loops between stages.

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

C84QRM - Qualitative Research Methods

This module considers a range of qualitative approaches suitable for psychologists. Students will be introduced to the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings and practical application of a number of qualitative research methods. The teaching will combine lectures, workshops, student-led seminars and self-directed study. Specific topics included will be: - developing qualitative research questions -consideration of philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of qualitative methods - choosing an appropriate qualitative method - the methods available - ethical issues in qualitative research - evaluation and critical appraisal of qualitative research evidence

C84IQW - Introduction to Quantitative Workplace Data

  • Research goals (description, explanation, prediction, control)
  • Variables (IV, DV, confounding)
  • Research questions and hypotheses
  • Quantitative data collection (approaches to and issues in quantitative measurement)
  • Research design (cross-sectional, prospective, longitudinal, intervention)
  • Measures of central tendency
  • Measures of dispersion
  • Levels of measurement
  • Statistical significance
  • Introduction to SPSS
  • Tests of association (correlation, linear regression, logistic regression) 

C84ARP - Applied Research Project

Empirical research project in applied psychology.

The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.


Fees and funding

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.

Government loans for masters courses

Masters student loans of up to £10,906 are available for taught and research masters courses. Applicants must ordinarily live in the UK or EU.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure you apply for your course with enough time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.

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 Health Education England East Midlands. Funding will be available for both full programmes and individual modules.



Careers and professional development

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...

  • Associate, Lloyds Banking Group 
  • Interactive Production Manager, P&G 
  • Senior HR Manager, Global Energy Marketing, Hess Corporation 
  • Assistant Director OD, United Lincolnshire Hospitals
  • Associate Manager, European Business Development, Strategic Business Insights (consulting and research company) 
  • Human Resource Department Manager, Future Group (retail company), India 
  • Senior Training and Development Manager, UHL NHS Trust 
  • Administrative Team Supervisor, Giving World Online 
  • Chief (Overseas Division), Japan Bio Science Laboratory 
  • Owner, William Teo & Associates 
  • Partner, PRW LLP (independent HR consultant)

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

  • Exploring Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Chinese earthquake survivors

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 2017, 95.7% of postgraduates from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The median starting salary was £28,625 with the highest being £76,001.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates, 2016/17. 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 2013–2019, High Fliers Research



This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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