Northumbria University Newcastle - Occupational and Organisational Psychology MSc

Northumbria University Newcastle

Occupational and Organisational Psychology MSc

The Occupational and Organisational Psychology MSc will open up new possibilities for graduates from a range of backgrounds. 

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as Stage 1 training, the Occupational and Organisational Psychology MSc can be a step towards becoming a Chartered Occupational Psychologist for psychology graduates who already have the BPS Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC), which can be completed prior to, or following, this degree.

The course is also suitable for graduates working in areas such as HR, consultancy or management who want to  gain a better understanding of psychology in the workplace, well being, selection, engagement, and learning and development. This employment focused course delivers a mix of theory and practice, using real-life examples to bring the subject to life and preparing you with the practical competencies for your career.

A successful and ethical business places the well being of its staff at the core of its business model, with that in mind you will study the following modules as part of your master's; 

  • employee selection and assessment.
  • workplace well being.
  • learning and development in organisations.
  • psychological research methods.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in any subject.

In order to pursue a career as a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, applicants will require a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in Psychology that provides Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (which can be completed prior to, or following, this degree).

Other subject qualifications, equivalent professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 6 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

Career Prospects

This qualification has the potential to act as a real catalyst for your future – whether you’re looking to establish a new career or take the next step in your current role in consultancy, organisational development, training, recruitment or management.

That’s because you will be equipped with advanced psychological knowledge that will allow you to conceptualise and theorise about critical issues in occupational and organisational psychology. You will also have extensive experience of psychometric testing. In addition to this, thanks to the real-world context that will be integral to your studies, you will be able to apply that knowledge immediately and with real impact, in your workplace.

The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as Stage 1 training, which when accompanied by the BPS Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) will provide a basis for professional development as a practitioner in the form of Stage 2 training, as well as further study, employment and enterprise.

Course Details

Your core modules in occupational and organisational psychology are delivered via a range of interactive lectures delivered by experts in the field.

You’ll also undertake seminar-based discussions, tutorials and interactive practical workshops aimed at offering you first-hand experience of applied practice. Our assessment strategy uses of a variety of innovative and authentic assessments tailored to effectively assess your knowledge whilst providing you with the skills you’ll need in your future career.

Year One

Academic Language Skills (ALS) for PG Psychology Students (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)
Qualitative and Quantitative Methods (20 Credits)
MSc Thesis (Core,60 Credits)
Workplace Well-being (20 Credits)
Learning and Development in Organisations (20 Credits)
The Organisation (20 Credits)
Employee Selection and Assessment (20 Credits)
Organisational Psychology Consultancy Skills (20 Credits)

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