Occupational and Organisational Psychology MSc

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months  
  • Programme start: September 2020
  • Entry requirements: Minimum of 2:1 in a BPS accredited Psychology bachelor degree providing Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).

Module details

This 12 month programme comprises of eight 15-credit compulsory modules taught over two semesters, followed by a 60-credit research project over the summer.


Required Modules

ULMS822 Well-being and Work -

This module provides insight into the discipline of occupational health psychology and how the effective application of occupational health psychology can enhance the experience of well-being in the workplace. Key areas that the module will critically explore include; the changing nature of work and the implications this is having on work life balance, job attitudes and organisational outcomes; the employment lifecycle including the topics of vocational choice, redundancy, unemployment and retirement; the causes, management and prevention of stress at work; the role of mood and emotion in the workplace; positive psychological perspectives in organisational psychology; and the promotion of well-being in organisations.


ULMS700 Business Leadership -

This module looks critically at the current interest in leadership and the emphasis on leadership in public and private organisations. Specifically the aims of this module are to examine the context of leadership, central to which is the relationship between the individual and the group; examine the contemporary definitions of leadership; explore selected historical and contemporary models of leadership and how individual styles compare to such models; understand the responsibilities and privileges of leadership, including moral and ethical decisions and the use of authority and power; apply the theoretical foundational area of leadership to practical and real-life situations.


ULMS794 Diversity Management -

The module will engage you with contemporary debates in organisational psychology and human recourse management such as engagement, commitment and capability. In undertaking this module you will be able to demonstrate critical and ethical awareness of the strategic, psychological, and operational implications for diversity management systems within organisations, describe how diversity management systems can be integrated into existing management systems and work, explain the roles and responsibilities for organisational psychologists in diverse environments, discuss and critique the implications of contemporary practices and legal constraints, and explain the potential contribution of diversity management for conducting business globally.


ULMS880 Advanced Research Methods in Occupational Psychology -

The aim of this module is to equip students with the key skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to conduct a piece of independent empirical research in the field of organisational psychology. Students will be introduced to the philosophical principles of social science research and the major research paradigms that underpin organisational psychology. Building upon their existing skills and knowledge, students will be guided through the process of conducting research to an advanced level, from the identification of a research problem and development of research questions, through to the design and execution of both qualitative and quantitative research, including the management and analysis of data, ethical considerations, presentation of findings and the dissemination of research. Given the applied nature of occupational psychology, students will also critically explore the potential role that their research has for impacting organisational practice.

ULMS785 Conflict Management -

This module will explore the role of conflict in the context of the employment relationship. You will acquire knowledge and understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of conflict management in relation to interpersonal skill development, practical negotiation training, understanding organisational politics, industrial relations in a global environment, and the changing relationship between employer and employee. As well as looking at cross cultural differences, you will learn about different tactics to handle conflict in different situations with an emphasis on first understanding the nature of the conflict and the related dynamics of power and resistance.

ULMS522 Strategic Learning, Training and Development -

This module will provide an understanding of the strategic role that learning, training and development plays in achieving desirable organisational, group and individual outcomes. The module draws upon the latest evidencebased knowledge and practice to equip you with the ability to critically understand, evaluate and apply theories, concepts and tools relating to organisational, group and individual learning, talent development, training, succession planning and organisational development. You will also recognise the importance of ethical and professional behaviour, continuous personal and professional development, as well as a commitment to equality of opportunity and diversity in the workplace.

ULMS881 Work Design, Organisational Change and Development -

The purpose of this module is to provide you with a critical insight into the concepts of organisational design, structure, culture and change, how these are shaped by the wider business environment and factors such as globalisation. The module will provide an overview of the design of jobs and work environments, considering how best to select and recruit job holders, as well as how to design a motivating job. The module will also provide you with knowledge about workplace safety, risk management, and the psychology of human error.


ULMS884 Psychological Assessment at Work -

This module will equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding needed by practitioner Occupational Psychologists working in the field of psychological assessment. The module explores the strategic role that assessment plays in managing selection and recruitment in the workplace, as well as for on-going appraisal and performance management. You will develop practical skills in conducting job analysis, as well as critical awareness of a range of selection methods available to organisations and how these differ in terms of reliability, validity and practical utility. The module will also cover psychometric theory and test construction, exploring how individuals differ in personality and cognitive ability, and the implications this has for selection and performance. As part of this module, you will also have the opportunity to complete BPS-accredited Certificates in Occupational Test User Ability and Personality.


ULMS883 Research Project -

This is an applied student-led module which provides you with an opportunity to identify and investigate a real-life, current and strategically-relevant organisational issue from the perspective of occupational psychology.  Under the guidance of a project supervisor, and drawing upon knowledge and skills acquired from the 'Advanced Research Methods in Occupational Psychology module', you will develop an appropriate research design, strategy and set of methods for investigating and critically evaluating a specific organisational problem of your choosing. You will collect primary/secondary data from relevant sources using approved tools and techniques, before analysing the data to formulate a set of conclusions and recommendations for organisational practice.