MSc Business Psychology

Why choose Herts?

  • Industry Accreditation: Accredited by the Association of Business Psychologists.
  • Teaching Excellence: You will be taught by industrial-experienced experts. Our tutors were awarded a Teaching Quality rating of ‘Excellent’ in our subject review.
  • Industry Connections: Benefit from our strong connections with the National Health Service and enjoy networking opportunities.

Professional Accreditations

The Association of Business Psychologists

About the course

The programme is designed for students who wish to acquire the skills and knowledge that will enable them to apply psychological principles within the business world. The course will appeal equally to those with a business or psychology background. Graduates are equipped for a variety of careers including human resource practitioners or careers in consultancy and business psychology.

The course includes the following modules:

  • Psychological Assessment at Work
  • Learning, Training and Development
  • Research and Professional Skills
  • Well-being at work
  • Human Resource Management for psychologists
  • Strategic Management for psychologists
  • Marketing for psychologists
  • Consulting Skills

And an option from:

  • Work Design, Organisational Change and Development
  • Leadership, Engagement and Motivation

You will also carry out a project which is a substantial piece of investigative work, normally carried out in an external organisation.  Host organisations for MSc projects have included large commercial concerns in both manufacturing and service sectors, a range of consultancies, charities, and in local government and government departments.

Projects are sometimes conducted abroad; past locations include Germany, Greece, Turkey, Malaysia, Kenya, Indonesia, China, India and Taiwan.

Staff who teach on the course include permanent academic staff who have industrial experience and who undertake regular consultancy work, and external psychologists from consultancies, large organisations and other universities. Teaching and learning methods include lectures, workshops, seminars, tutorials and practical sessions. There is an emphasis on putting theory into practice.

Why choose this course?

  • Accredited by the Association of Business Psychologists
  • Psychology ranked joint first nationally for research impact, obtaining 100% outstanding rating (Research Excellence Framework, 2021)
  • This programme will provides you with many of the professional skills and competencies needed to apply psychology in the workplace.
  • You'll benefit from helpful and supportive staff; the applied nature of many of the assessment tasks most notably the project and delivery by staff who are involved in cutting edge research and the ‘contemporary practice’ of Industrial and Work Psychology. Find out more about psychology research at the University of Hertfordshire.
  • You'll have access to the knowledge and skills base from our Department of Psychology, Sport and Geography also gain insight and expertise from the Hertfordshire Business School
  • You'll be a part of one of largest psychology departments in the country.
  • Our staff are actively engaged in significant research which is reflected by our excellent, Grade 4 rating in the Higher Education Funding Council's last Research Assessment Exercise.
  • Throughout your studies, you'll have accesss to well-equipped laboratories with excellent computing facilities
  • We were awarded a Teaching Quality rating of "excellent" (23 out of 24) in our subject review.
  • You'll experiene a vibrant research seminar series which sees contributions from leading academics from across the country.
  • View course leaflet for MSc Business Psychology.

What will I study?

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, workshops, seminars and tutorials. There is an emphasis on the development of practical skills.

Staff who teach on the course include permanent academic staff who have industrial experience and who undertake regular consultancy work, and external psychologists both from consultancies and from large organisations.

  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Learning, Training and Development 15 Credits Compulsory
    Psychological Assessment at Work 15 Credits Compulsory
    HRM for Psychologists 15 Credits Compulsory
    The Workplace and Psychology 15 Credits Compulsory
    Culture, Change and Leadership 15 Credits Compulsory
    Mixed Methods Research Principles 15 Credits Compulsory
    Mixed Methods Research Skills 15 Credits Compulsory
    Wellbeing, Engagement and Motivation 15 Credits Compulsory
    Consulting and Professional Skills 15 Credits Compulsory
    Applied Psychology Project 30 Credits Compulsory
    Individual Differences and Conceptual/Historical Issues in Psychology 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Key staff

    Dr Colleen Addicott
    Programme Leader
    Find out more about Dr Colleen Addicott

    Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    MSc Business Psychology Download
    MSc Business Psychology Download
    Programme specifications
    MSc Business Psychology Download
    MSc Business Psychology Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year


    Applications open to international and EU students


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