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Professional Practice in Occupational Psychology (MRes/Professional Doctorate)

Professional Practice in Occupational Psychology (MRes/Professional Doctorate)

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Part time


4 years

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Key information

Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Psychology (General) Occupational Psychology Health Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This Professional Doctorate in Occupational Psychology is an accredited University of London doctoral degree. It is accredited by the British Psychological Society as an alternative to the British Psychological Society's (BPS) Stage 2 Qualification in Occupational Psychology, meaning that successful completion of the programme confers eligibility for chartership through the BPS (subject to holding Graduate Basis for Registration).

If you hold a BPS-accredited master's degree in organisational/occupational and/or business psychology, and you are in related employment, this doctorate will let you apply your learning directly in the workplace and use your work experience to inform your research.

We have expertise in both qualitative and quantitative techniques and are well placed to supervise all research topics in occupational psychology. Our particular interests include: Coaching, careers and lifespan development; Diversity and inclusion in the workplace; Decision making, heuristics and bias Leadership and critical management studies; Organisational sociology; Professional development and training; Selection and assessment; Worklife balance, boundary management and digitisation of work Well-being and occupational health.


You will have the opportunity to work with, and be supervised by, the UK’s most renowned academics and practitioners in the field of organisational psychology, including Rachel Lewis, Joanna Yarker and Almuth McDowall.

Founded in 1962, Birkbeck's Department of Organizational Psychology was the first department of occupational psychology in the UK and it continues to play a distinctive role in British occupational psychology - and, increasingly, within organisational behaviour.

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.


This module is one of six modules within Part 1 of the Professional Doctorate in Organizational Psychology (OP), and enables you to apply your psychological knowledge in the area of learning, training and development directly to the workplace. Interactive learning with peers and tutors is combined with work-based practice, with a clear focus on experiential learning and reflection on action.

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Entry requirements

Graduate Basis for Chartership and an accredited master's degree in organisational/ occupational and/or business psychology (at Merit or above) required. You must be in relevant employment and able to apply your learning to the workplace as an integral part of the programme. You must be competent in written and spoken English and have good social and communication skills. Students who have already completed Stage Two of the BPS Chartership process (and are therefore, or are eligible to be, both Chartered and hold Registered Psychologist status with the HCPC) will be exempt from Part One (Professional Practice Portfolio) which includes six modules at Level 7. Selection to the course will be through completion of an application form, and an interview.

University information

Based in the heart of London, Birkbeck has established a reputation for providing its postgraduate students with an engaging, exciting learning experience, and positive feedback from its community of professional alumni is testimony to the university’s continued success. With a history that dates back almost 200 years, Birkbeck, University of London offers a unique learning experience which delivers a competitive program of nearly 300...more