Occupational and Organisational Psychology, M.Sc.

  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

The one-year course – or two years part-time – is highly attuned to the needs of working professionals. It will give you a competitive edge as you pursue a career as a practising occupational psychologist or go on to study for a professional doctorate.

In re-accrediting the course for a further five years in 2013, the British Psychological Society commended it for several aspects of good practice.

These included the availability of and support provided by staff, the practical nature of the course and its strong links with industry, and the balancing emphasis on critical thinking.

There is also invaluable input from past students offering insights into different applications of occupational psychology in practice.

The University of East London has deliberately steered away from more traditional assessment methods such as examinations, as these have little practical relevance to the kinds of challenges you will face as professionals.

Your future career

The practical emphasis of this course, balanced with a focus on developing critical thinking, means many of our students have progressed to highly successful careers.

Over the past five years, our students have gained employment as occupational psychologists, coaching psychologists, sports and performance psychologists, leadership development specialists, and human factors experts for a wide range of companies and organisations.

These include BlackRock, Chimp Management Team, Emirates Airlines, Koolheads, Kubiks, London Underground, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Justice, the National Autistic Society, the NHS, ORC International, Penna, Royal Bank of Scotland, the RAF and Whitbread.

The Occupational and Organisational Psychology course also enables you to continue your studies by undertaking a professional doctorate in occupational psychology.

The strong professional emphasis, combined with a comprehensive skills curriculum, will develop your transferable skills and equip you with a competitive edge for the world of work.

As our range of internships attests, we have profitable links across some of the key areas of the industry, which is good news for our graduates.

Programme Structure

What you'll learn

This course has a strong emphasis on professional practice and evidence-based management principles.

You will become equipped to operate successfully in the profession by taking a series of core modules.

These include psychological assessment in the workplace, helping organisations to change, research design and methodologies, becoming a professional psychologist and working in a global context.

In addition, you can choose to study optional modules in coaching, counselling and positive psychology alongside the more mainstream occupational psychology modules.

Instead of using exams for assessment, we have opted for a rich mix of techniques to measure your progress, including writing bids, position papers, poster presentations and live group projects.

You will also complete a major piece of original live research for your dissertation. The best of these each year will earn a £250 prize from a global people management business, which also offers one of our regular internships.

Modules

Core Modules Phase One:

  • How Organisations Work (15 Credits)
  • Helping Organisations to Change (15 Credits)
  • Psychological Assessment in the Workplace (15 Credits)
  • Research Methods & Dissertation 1 (30 Credits)

Optional Modules Phase One:

  • Facilitating Group Learning (15 Credits)
  • Core Counselling Skills & Processes (15 Credits)

Core Modules Phase Two:

  • Becoming a Professional Psychologist (15 Credits)
  • Working in a Global Context (15 Credits)
  • Research Methods & Dissertation 2 (30 Credits)

Optional Modules Phase Two:

  • Career Coaching Theory/Coaching for Career Development (15 Credits)
  • Designing & Managing Safety Critical Systems (15 Credits)
  • Multidimensional Flourishing (15 Credits)
  • The Skills of Effective Coaching (15 Credits)

Detailed Programme Facts

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Academic Requirements

  • Minimum 2.2 Honours in Psychology (BPS Accredited).
  • We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 12480 International
  • GBP 9660 EU/EEA

Part-time:

  • EU/EEA: £1,610 Per 30 credit module

Funding

Postgraduate Loans (PGL)
From the academic year 2016/17, the Government will for the first time provide a loan for postgraduate Masters study. The Postgraduate Loan (PGL) will provide non means-tested loans of up to £10,000 to taught and research masters students. It will be paid to students as a contribution towards Tuition Fees, living costs and other course costs.
Eligibility

Loans will be available to UK Nationals (and individuals with settled status in the UK) who:

  • have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for three years on the first day of the first academic year of their course;
  • are most recently resident in England;
  • have not moved to England from elsewhere in the UK and Islands solely for the purpose of attending the course

Students may be eligible if they are an EU national or they have residency status as:

  • EEA or Swiss migrant worker
  • as a family member of any of the above or;
  • the child of a Swiss national
  • the child of a Turkish worker

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