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:
In addition, it includes 2 further modules to develop students awareness of professional issues and research skills:
This MSc differs from others in the following ways:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Offers significant training and experience towards chartership.
Practising occupational psychologists, HR, teaching, independent consultancy, entry criterion for Doctorate in Occupational Psychology.
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.
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.
No work experience is required.
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