MSc Business Psychology

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
  • This programme provides many of the professional skills and competencies needed to apply psychology in the workplace.
  • At a recent review the course was commended for the 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.
  • Students will not only have access to the knowledge and skills base from our Department of Psychology, but also gain insight and expertise from the University's Business School
  • One of the 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. See a list of our Psychology staff here.
  • Well equipped laboratories with excellent computing facilities
  • We were awarded a Teaching Quality rating of "excellent" (23 out of 24) in our subject review.
  • A vibrant research seminar series- contributed to by leading academics from across the country

View course leaflet for Business Psychology MSc

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.

Professional Accreditations

The Association of Business Psychologists

Careers

Graduates of business psychology courses enter careers in management trainee positions, consultancies or as human resource management practitioners.