MSc Organisational Psychology
- Full Time
- Degree of Master of Science
- Course Length
- 1 years
- Course Start Date
- September 2024
Do you want to learn how to use advanced knowledge and skills in psychology to make organisations more effective and support positive employee outcomes? This MSc Organisational Psychology course is ideal for psychology graduates who want to be at the cutting-edge of practice and psychological research into business and organisations, with a distinctive specialism in workplace wellbeing.
You will learn with a world class academic team who are members of Norwich Business School’s highly respected Employment, Systems and Institutions group (ESI).
You will graduate with a strong grasp of contemporary workplace challenges and equipped with the latest theories and techniques in psychology to develop evidence-based solutions.
The key features of our MSc Organisational Psychology degree are:
Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) – for psychology graduates who have Graduate Basis for Chartered status (GBC) the MSc confers Stage 1 of the two-stage journey to becoming a Chartered Occupational Psychologist
Workplace wellbeing at our core – besides covering the key areas of the BPS occupational psychology curriculum, all modules integrate a distinctive critical wellbeing perspective that draws on leading-edge thinking from Norwich Business School’s internationally renowned research on workplace wellbeing
A practical and research-led approach – the latest advances in theory are combined with a practical, employability skills focus and extensive research training
Guest speakers – hear from practitioners and MSc Organisational Psychology alumni about their work and their personal career journeys – be inspired to take the next steps!
Time to explore and discover – guided by expert supervisors, students can deep dive into the organisational issues they care most about in the dissertation research project
Accredited against the requirements for stage 1 of the route to Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society and full membership of the Division of Occupational Psychology.
Study and Modules
In your first semester you’ll study three compulsory modules. These modules will introduce you to the different methods used in empirical organisational psychology, focus on professional development, and guide your understanding of the key theories and ethics that underpin work psychology and employee engagement.
In your second semester you’ll add further depth and breadth to your studies. You will design innovative HRM interventions, focus on employees’ well-being and job-fit, and be coached in the statistical techniques you’ll need to conduct effective research in organisational psychology.
In your third and final semester you’ll complete your dissertation module under the guidance of your supervisor. This is a fantastic opportunity to conduct an individual piece of research, exploring a question you are passionate about. Your dissertation is also great preparation for if you wish to progress to PhD study, as well as being a valuable indication of your potential to employers.
Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, the University will endeavour to consult with students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will inform students.
Teaching and Learning
Over 12 intensive months you’ll be constantly challenged to build your knowledge and hone your skills. You’ll develop both theoretical understanding and practical skills.
You’ll learn through a combination of lectures, workshops, seminars and independent study. You’ll also learn how to examine case studies, dissect and critically assess academic papers, and how to use key software needed for statistical analysis. Over the year you will gain access to a range of empirical tools and techniques that underpin organisational psychological research to offer organisational solutions to critical people-management questions.
All our teaching is informed by the latest research and real-world business experience. You’ll be studying with lecturers with an international reputation in their field, who are recognised worldwide for the quality of their research. That means you will benefit from the latest thinking in the field of organisational work psychology. You’ll also develop the critical skills needed to examine and put to use any new theories and methods that come to the fore during your career.
We’ll use different methods of assessment to test different skills and knowledge – and they will all be based on a set of clear evaluation criteria.
You’ll find that assessment through practical case studies and coursework will help you to improve your analytical and critical thinking as well as your communication, writing and presentation skills.
- Degree Classification
- UK Bachelor degree - 2.1 or equivalent
- Degree Subject
- Psychology or related subject.
- English Foreign Language
Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):
IELTS: 6.5 overall with a minimum 6.5 in each component.
Test dates should be within 2 years of the course start date.
We also accept a number of other English language tests. Review our English Language Equivalencies for a list of qualifications that we may accept to meet this requirement.
If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:
This course is open to UK and International applicants. The annual intake for this course is in September each year.
Additional Information or Requirements
Additional Entry Requirements
INTO University of East Anglia
If you do not meet the academic requirements for this course, you may be able to study the International Pre-Masters programme offered by our partner INTO UEA. This programme guarantees progression to selected Master's degrees if students achieve the appropriate grade. For more details, please click here:
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Fees and Funding
Tuition fees for the Academic Year 2024/25 are:
UK Students: £12,900 (full time)
International Students: £22,700 (full time)
If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for Home students).
We estimate living expenses at £1,023 per month.
Further Information on tuition fees can be found here.
Scholarships and Bursaries
The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.
Course Related Costs
Please see Additional Course Fees for details of course-related costs.
How to Apply
Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.
To apply please use our online application form.
If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying, please do contact us:
Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.
After the Course
You’ll graduate ready for a successful career in organisational psychology. If you have Graduate Basis for Chartered status (GBC) the MSc confers Stage 1 of the two-stage journey to Chartered Occupational Psychologist status. (See BPS website.)
You may work as a business psychology consultant, or within HRM departments in areas such as wellbeing promotion, selection and training, leadership development, or organisational change. The international outlook of the course means you’ll be well prepared to work internationally for multinational companies.
A degree at UEA will prepare you for a wide variety of careers. We've been ranked 1st for Job Prospects by StudentCrowd in 2022.
Examples of careers that you could enter include:
Consultancy services (e.g., as a work or business psychologist)
HR specialist in training and development, selection and performance
Health and safety and wellbeing
MNCs, as an in-house organisational psychology specialist
Discover more on our Careers webpages.