Work and Organisational Psychology MSc


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MSc Work and Organisational Psychology
1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
Entry requirements
2.1 (Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent)
Other requirements
Your first degree should be in psychology or include psychology modules or you should have studied psychology as a minor subject.
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.


During this course, you will learn how to apply psychology to the workplace to improve the performance of organisations and individuals.
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Key facts

Is this course for you?

This course may be for you if:

  • You have studied psychology as a major or minor subject but your degree is not accredited by the BPS

  • You wish to develop a career in organisational psychology or related areas such as human-resource management

Holders of BPS-accredited psychology degrees

If you have an undergraduate degree (2:1 or above) that confers the graduate basis for chartership (GBC), please see the MSc in Occupational Psychology instead.

(Check whether your degree confers the GBC.)

Non-psychology graduates

If you have an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than psychology, the MSc in Management Psychology may be more suitable.

What you will gain

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 settings
  • 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
Qualification in Psychological Testing

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

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.

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 past students say
The MSc in Work and Organizational Psychology at The University of Nottingham offered me the perfect blend of research and academic modules, with relevance to contemporary workplace scenarios


Interacting with faculty members, academic staff, guest lecturers and practitioners who are all passionate about research and applying the best practices towards fostering and maintaining a healthy and motivated workforce made me excited to make my own distinct contribution to research.


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Course details

Course director

Dr Angeli Santos, Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology, School of Medicine

Course structure

The MSc Work and Organisational 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.

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

In addition to the modules, over the summer period you will complete an Applied Research Project. The project will give you the opportunity to consolidate your skills and experience, and to explore a topic covered during the course in greater depth. 

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.

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.


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.

Part-time students

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. 


We also offer a Postgraduate Diploma in Work and Organisational Psychology, which mirrors the taught component of the MSc but does not include the applied research project.



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.  


While this course shares modules with the MSc Occupational Psychology and MSc in Management Psychology, the MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology emphasises the organisational aspects of the discipline and students have more choice over modules.

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.

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



This course offers a potential platform for careers in occupational psychology, management, consulting, HR, research and academia.

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.

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

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.

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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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