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MSc Occupational Psychology

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Full time | City Campus | 12 months | 19-SEP-22

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Full time


12 months

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Occupational Psychology Psychology (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Why choose this course?

Occupational psychology at Wolverhampton is an applied programme. This means that at Wolverhampton we use scientific methods and results to solve practical problems of human behaviour in the workplace. We integrate theory and research, skill development and practice by developing the necessary subject matter expertise in our students so that they tactically improve organisational performance, and increase the effectiveness, satisfaction and wellbeing of teams and individuals at work.

Our students become immersed in contemporary topics in work psychology: leadership, engagement and motivation; wellbeing and work; work design; organisational change and development; psychological assessment at work; and learning, training and development. These topics provide students with the knowledge base required for stage one of the British Psychological Society Professional Training in Occupational Psychology.

The course is designed to not only develop a specialist psychological knowledge base but also practitioner skills in the field of Occupational Psychology including consulting, project management, business acumen and leadership skills.

What happens on the course?

During the programme you will be welcomed into our postgraduate community , working closely your fellow students and our team of Occupational and Organizational psychologists.

You will study a BPS accredited programme of modules, providing stage 1 training in occupational psychology. The modules you will study cover the main areas of Occupational Psychology knowledge required for a career in the field. Teaching takes place on City Campus, with occasional visits to our local partners off campus. Our structured timetable is designed to allow students to study alongside their other commitments.

In small groups you will participate in interactive sessions designed not only to allow you to gain the knowledge required for a career in Occupational Psychology, but to practice skills you will need, and experience selected Occupational Psychology interventions.


This module will give students an introduction to Strategic Human Resource Management. The content of the module focuses on the use of psychological assessment in the workplace ? particularly in the context of job selection ? and training of personnel within the workforce. Through this module, students will be introduced to contemporary approaches to robust assessment and employee development. Students will be introduced to a variety of methods and approaches to recruitment and selection. This will also include an introduction to job analysis and competency modelling techniques as well as their various applications in recruitment and identifying training needs and training content. The module will go on to introduce students to training in organisations, individual needs and styles of learners, design and approaches to training, and evaluation of training. This module covers aspects from two of the five knowledge areas identified by the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology: Psychological Assessment at Work, and Learning, Training and Development.

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Entry requirements

You should have a good Honours degree in Psychology (lower second class or above). Eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society is desirable, though not essential.

University information

The University of Wolverhampton prides itself on being a career-focused university, with extensive business links across a wide range of industries. It has a 98% employability rating for its postgraduate students and offers over 150 postgraduate qualifications. Located in the heart of England, Wolverhampton is within easy reach of the rest of the UK, less than 20 minutes to Birmingham with London, Manchester and Liverpool in easy reach on the...more

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