M.Sc. Occupational and Organisational Psychology

University of East London

Tuition fee:
  • € 8,550 / Year (EEA)
  • € 13,650 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015, February  2016
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The MSc is designed to provide the foundation for students wishing to become practising chartered occupational psychologists. The programme covers the 8 areas of knowledge and professional practice required for chartership by the BPS, organised into 4 modules:

* human-machine interaction/design of the environment and of work
* selection and assessment/training and development
* performance appraisal and career development/counselling and individual development
* employee relations and motivation/organisational behaviour and organisational development

In addition, it includes 2 further modules to develop students awareness of professional issues and research skills:

* research methods and statistics/dissertation part one
* professional practice/dissertation part two

Occupational and Organisational Psychology at UEL
This MSc differs from others in the following ways:

* additional modules in research methods and professional practice
* taught by full-time staff who are all chartered occupational psychologists
* taught by consultancy and research active staff
* significant contribution from practising occupational psychologists
* emphasis on underpinning theory as a means to develop practical skills of occupational psychology
* real world teaching and assessment
* live organisational consultancy assignments to carry out


The full-time route is of one year's duration, taught over one day each week, with six additional specialist workshops throughout the year. The part-time route takes two years and is taught over one afternoon each week, with six additional specialist workshops across the two years. Entry points are in September & February each year.

Learning environment
Mix of lectures, seminars, workshops, guest speakers, organisational visits

Modules 1, 2, 3 & 4 (which cover the BPS 8 areas of knowledge) consist of two individual examinations and one piece of coursework, which is a combination of a group report and an individual reflective account. Module 5 comprises an individual examination and the successful completion of the introduction section of the dissertation. Module 6 comprises the preparation of a journal ready article and press release, together with a reflection on handling an interview with a journalist, and the successful completion of the methodology, results and discussion sections of the dissertation. All modules must be passed to attain the MSc Occupational & Organisational Psychology. Passing all modules but failing the dissertation leads to award of Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational & Organisational Psychology.

Relevance to work/profession
All teaching and assessment reflects the work of the professional occupational psychologist. Dissertations must be work-based. The Professional Practice module requires students to write a press release and journal-ready article, and handle an interview with a journalist.

Thesis/Dissertation/project work
Dissertations are devised by the student, negotiated with the tutor, and carried out within the students own organisation. Occasionally students are unable to use their own organisations (too small, subject too sensitive etc): in these cases we use our network of contacts outside.

Added value
Offers significant training and experience towards chartership.

Your future career
Practising occupational psychologists, HR, teaching, independent consultancy, entry criterion for Doctorate in Occupational Psychology.

How we support you
Contact with all tutors at any time Monday to Friday office hours. Module Tutors, Programme Leader and Dissertation Supervisors each have specific responsibilities. A genuine open door policy.

Bonus factors
Level A and Level B Certificates in Occupational Testing are offered to course members . The costs of additional delivery needed will be dispersed to those course members who elect to undertake this extra training.


Minimum 2:2 Honours in Psychology Degree conferring GBC (formerly known as GBR) status. Work experience is an advantage but not essential.

In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required. International qualifications will be checked for appropriate matriculation to UK Higher Education postgraduate programmes.

Students that apply to enter stages of the programme may be admitted through normal Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) processes, or through an approved articulation agreement. Therefore such applicants must be able to demonstrate and evidence that they have the required learning outcomes as listed in the modules for which they are seeking exemption.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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