Postgraduate study
This course will enable you to design or improve the way an organisation selects, develops and manages people. 
PGDip Management Psychology
1 year full-time
Start date
September and January
Jubilee Campus



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.   

Full 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 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

The Government offers postgraduate student loans 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 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 Health Education England East Midlands. Funding will be available for both full programmes and individual modules.



Careers and professional development

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 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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