Occupational and Business Psychology

Postgraduate Faculty of Business and Law

With this MSc course you'll learn the theory and skills of applying psychology to organisations. It's a step to becoming either a chartered occupational or business psychologist.

Occupational and Business Psychology
Duration

January start: 16 months, January 2024 - April 2025 (full-time only) 
September start: 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time)

Number of Credits

180 credits at Level 7

Start date

September 2024

January 2025

Degree Type

MSc

Modules

Extended masters for international students

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Skills

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Take your place as a practitioner of consultant.

Our postgraduate MSc Occupational and Business Psychology 'hybrid' programme is the most appropriate professional training to apply the science of psychology to business and occupational settings, while retaining the academic rigours of a masters-level programme. 

You'll train to become a qualified British Psycholoy Society (BPS) test user, where you'll assess ability and personality in occupational settings.

 

Professional Development Programme

Through this mandatory, co-curricular module, you’ll practice and enhance your core skills in the following areas:

  • Presenting
  • Critical writing
  • Research

You’ll also work on negotiation techniques, developing the credibility of your arguments to give you the competitive edge.

Professional placement

If you want to dip your toes into the working world before you graduate, you can take an optional placement in Year 2. Where possible, this will be tailored to your interests and career aspirations. And wherever your placement takes you, it will enable you to:

  • Develop practical problem-solving skills in a professional context
  • Apply learned concepts, and
  • Gain a better understanding of your own employability

Professional accreditation

This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Association for Business Psychology (ABP), this programme can be a step towards becoming either a Chartered Occupational Psychologist or Business Psychologist. 

 

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How you'll learn

Our MSc Occupational and Business Psychology degree will help you understand how psychology can be applied to work and business, such as management consultants, executive coaches, HR practitioners, career advisors, business executives and proprietors.

You'll cover the theoretical areas specified by the Division of Occupational Psychology of the BSP as a necessary basis for occupational psychology Chartership.

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You'll be introduced to practical and professional issues in occupational and business psychology throughout the programme, with ‘organisational visits’ and a specific assessed component ’evidence informed practice’. 

You’ll complete a consultancy project in a particular field of interest, such as:

  • Global financial management
  • Marketing
  • Human resources

This enables you to consolidate your knowledge and skills through the in-depth, independent study of a specific organisational issue, with or without an associated internship.

You could also complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice at the end of your course.

Global leadership

To boost your employability, you can choose to follow our Global Leadership Programme alongside your MSc studies. Unique to Roehampton, this will equip you with the practical and professional skills to standout in today’s rapidly changing marketplace.

A personal approach

The Roehampton Business School is a progressive and inclusive community, putting you at the centre of your learning journey. Recognising that our students have different personal circumstances, we limit on-campus teaching for this course to a maximum of two days per week, enabling you to balance your studies with work, family, and other external commitments.

Career options

You'll be practitioner-ready.

With an MSc Occupational and Business Psychology degree from Roehampton, you'll have a range of skills to apply psychology to business and occupational settings.

You could work within the context of human resources as a:

  • Career/Executive Coach
  • Qualified BPS test user (ability and personality)
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Whatever your aims or aspirations, our dedicated careers support team will be on hand to support you from day one, with personal coaching, CV and application writing, presentation practice, mock interviews, and networking opportunities.

And our optional professional placement in Year 2 is the perfect platform to make career-defining connections before you graduate.

Application Info

How to apply

Postgraduate programmes

If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.

International students
Please note that most international applicants have to pay a deposit before securing their place.

  • See our Finance pages for more details

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Tuition fees and funding

September 2024 entry tuition fees

UK EU and International
£11,025 £17,325

Specific Entry Requirements

Minimum 2.2 honours degree in Psychology, Business Management or Human Resource Management.

Please note: those entering with a psychology degree recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC), will be able to use credits obtained from this programme to apply to do the Stage 2 Qualification in Occupational Psychology and apply for Chartership status with the BPS after completing the course.

Validation and curriculum review

What is validation?
Validation is a formal process through which the University approves a programme (content, teaching, learning and assessment) as being of appropriate standard and quality. This is a normal process used throughout the university sector.

The University expects to publish details of the validated programme in the academic year prior to the start date of the programme. You are advised to check the University website at that time to ensure that you have up-to-date information. In the meantime, if you require information you should contact 0208 392 3232.

What is curriculum review?
Curriculum review is the regular and systematic monitoring and reviewing of programmes. It is a normal process in the sector and it is the way by which the university ensures that your course remains up-to-date and relevant. The process may result in changes to the content, structure and/or assessment of the programme.

The University expects to publish details of the re-validated programme by 31 March in the academic year prior to the start date of the programme. You are advised to check the University website at that time to ensure that you have up-to-date information. In the meantime, if you require information you should contact 0208 392 3232.

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Course Facilities

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 In the new Bloomberg Trading Room students have the opportunity to work with one of the most widely-used financial services system software.

Bloomberg Trading Room

In the new Bloomberg Trading Room students have the opportunity to work with one of the most widely-used financial services system software.

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 “Where innovation and entrepreneurship meets”, the Business Laboratory is open for use to Business School students, alumni, and the Roehampton Business Society.

Business Laboratory

“Where innovation and entrepreneurship meets”, the Business Laboratory is open for use to Business School students, alumni, and the Roehampton Business Society.

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 The Business School is located in the Southlands College part of campus, near to the main University entrance. We have our own building, Queen’s Building.

Queen's Building

The Business School is located in the Southlands College part of campus, near to the main University entrance. We have our own building, Queen’s Building.

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 The Roehampton Esports Arena is also based in the Queen's Building in the Business School for those who are into competitive gaming or just want to relax after lectures.

Esports Arena

The Roehampton Esports Arena is also based in the Queen's Building in the Business School for those who are into competitive gaming or just want to relax after lectures.

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