Management Psychology MSc


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MSc Management Psychology
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
Entry requirements
2:1 (or international equivalent)
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
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. 
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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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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:

Semester two covers the core modules listed below:

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

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.

Government loans for masters courses

The Government offers postgraduate student loans of up to £10,609 for students studying a taught or research masters course. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or the EU. Student loans are also available for students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

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 your course application is submitted in good 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 East Midlands Healthcare Workforce Deanery. Funding will be available for both full programmes and individual modules.

See also: Fees



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...

  • Clare Chaplin - Associate, Lloyds Banking Group 
  • Wei Fang - Interactive Production Manager, P&G 
  • Lee Guanling - Senior HR Manager, Global Energy Marketing, Hess Corporation 
  • Tina Harkin - Assistant Director OD, United Lincolnshire Hospitals
  • Daniel Jany - Associate Manager, European Business Development, Strategic Business Insights (consulting and research company) 
  • Mausam Jhaveri - Human Resource Department Manager, Future Group (retail company), India 
  • Bina Kotecha - Senior Training and Development Manager, UHL NHS Trust 
  • Amit Mistry - Administrative Team Supervisor, Giving World Online 
  • Raita Sasaki - Chief (Overseas Division), Japan Bio Science Laboratory 
  • William Teo - Owner, William Teo & Associates 
  • Julie Wright - Partner, PRW LLP (independent HR consultant)

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

  • Yin Yin Zang - now a PhD student at Nottingham exploring Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Chinese earthquake survivors


Why Nottingham?

The University of Nottingham is one of the UK's top 10 universities most targeted by recruiters. Some 2,000 employers approach the University each year to recruit our students. 

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 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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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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