Occupational Psychology MSc


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MSc Occupational Psychology
Full time 12 Months
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.
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.


You will develop a sound knowledge of areas including selection, training, employee wellbeing and organisational change through this accredited course.
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Key facts

Is this course for you?

This masters course is for you if you have an undergraduate degree (2:1 or above) that confers the graduate basis for chartership (GBC).(Check whether your degree confers the GBC.)

Other psychology graduates

If you have studied psychology as a major or minor subject but your degree is not accredited by the BPS, we offer a mirror course - MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology.

Non-psychology graduates

If you have an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than psychology, check out the MSc in Management Psychology.

Chartered status

The MSc is 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 course was reaccredited, without conditions, by the British Psychological Society (BPS) in 2015.

The skills, expertise and high level research output of the programme team, and how these feed in to the programme are highly commendable and seen of great value by the students on the programme. 

-BPS panel report, 2015 

Course focus

As a BPS accredited masters degree, the Occupational Psychology MSc is focussed on the BPS designated five main areas of importance:

  1. Learning, training and Development
  2. Psychological Assessment at work
  3. Leadership motivation and engagement
  4. Wellbeing and work
  5. Work design, organisational change and development

Also in accordance with the BPS regulations, the following aspects of the course feature prominently:

  • Research design, advanced data gathering and analytical techniques
  • Applying psychology to work and organisations
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. 

The course structured 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
Applied research project
Students on this course have to 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 ARP from abroad, provided contact with their supervisor can be maintained. 





Course details

Course aims

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.  


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.



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.

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 the 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.

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 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 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 quality of our graduates is widely recognised by employers and recent graduates have been recruited to a wide range of major UK organisations.Together with the University's Centre for Career Development, we will help you plan your future.

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 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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