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Occupational and Organizational Psychology MSc

Occupational and Organizational Psychology MSc

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Full time | University of Sussex | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Organisational Psychology Psychology (General) Management Studies / Science

Course type


Course Summary

If you are interested in how people think and behave at work - and in helping them optimise their wellbeing and performance - this is the course for you. You will learn to play a key role in developing knowledge, and to influence best practice and policy in the workplace, both today and in the rapidly changing workplace of the future.

Taught by the School of Psychology and the University of Sussex Business School, you will gain valuable skills and knowledge in:

  • psychological assessment at work
  • learning, training, and development
  • leadership, engagement, and motivation
  • wellbeing and work
  • organisational design, change and development.

The course will also cover issues relevant to the future of work, bringing you the latest thinking on a range of topics such as digital connectivity and agile working practices, emotions, and wellbeing at work, managing work conflict, employing vulnerable groups such as refugees, relational attachment at work, attitudes to diversity, and modern leadership.


You may have the opportunity to secure an internship through our local professional partnerships and professional psychologist mentors, along with applied research project offerings.


On graduation, you will be well prepared for professional practice as an occupational or organisational/business psychologist in fields such as:

  • in-house in the private sector and the public sector (MI6, military, NHS, emergency services, Government, and the Civil Service)
  • test-publishing houses
  • research consultancies and institutes
  • policy think-tanks
  • management consultancy
  • HR consultancy, and within HR/people/wellbeing departments in organisations
  • self-employment.

On the course, you are invited to meet psychologists from different industries and to attend real-world assessment days. You will also cover important areas relevant to the future of work including the impact of technology, attitudes to diversity and the fourth industrial revolution.

Completion of this course gives you the basis for:

  • entry to further professional training towards eligibility to practise as an occupational psychologist
  • chartered membership of the Society (CPsychol)
  • registration as an occupational psychologist with the health and care professions council (HCPC).


The aim of this module is to build on undergraduate knowledge and skills of research design and methods and data analysis. By the end of the taught portion of this module, you should have the appropriate skills and capabilities to collect and analyse relevant data using qualitative and quantitative methods. You will also learn about research paradigms appropriate to Occupational and Organizational Psychology, and ethical issues associated with engaging in research with participants (including familiarity with the BPS code of conduct).

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Entry requirements

Degree requirements: You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above. Applicants with a lower second class (2.2) degree with at least 57%, or work experience, will also be considered on an individual basis. Subject-specific requirements: Your qualification should be in psychology or a relevant subject (e.g., business and management, sociology, health care), and demonstrate a high level of research methodology.