Business Psychology MSc

Entry requirements
2:1 +
Full-time
Part-time
2 - 4 years
Start date
September 2019
UK / EU fee
£8,950
International fee
£18,250
Location
Loughborough

Overview

Our MSc Business Psychology programme is accredited by the Association for Business Psychology and is designed for students wishing to develop a career in personnel, human resource management or as a business consultant.

Taught by experienced researchers and practitioners, you will be given in-depth training to equip you with the ability to apply the science of psychology to a wide range of important business issues including: change management; employee selection and development; leadership; and work motivation, well-being and performance.

The strong emphasis on developing skills in critical thinking, consultancy, and working with organisational stakeholders will enable you to operate effectively at all levels within organisations. You can choose to extend and cement your practical skills by completing a research project that allows you to apply your knowledge to an organisational issue.

Alternatively, you may conduct a focused literature review that examines how psychological research and theory may be applied to a contemporary business problem.

A blended learning, block teaching approach is used to make our MSc in Business Psychology equally accessible to both full-time students and part-time students in full-time employment looking to further develop their career.

On successful completion of our Business Psychology programme, you should be able to:

  • communicate effectively to a wide range of different stakeholder groups and in a number of different formats
  • apply constructive and structured approaches to complex problem-solving and intervention evaluation even in the face of uncertainties and incomplete information
  • manage personal learning efficiently and effectively through an appreciation of the skills and capabilities needed to apply psychology effectively in work settings
  • develop and utilise the advanced research skills needed to work with complex data and research / practical agendas
  • work effectively and confidently both as an individual and as part of a small team within constrained time-frames
  • work independently in a way that stimulates continued professional development by using the available support strategically and effectively.

What makes this programme different?

  • Accredited by the Association for Business Psychology        
  • Opportunity to complete a research project
  • A blended learning, block teaching approach
  • Develop skills in critical thinking and consultancy

Who should study this programme?

Our MSc Business Psychology programmeis ideal for graduates without a BPS-accredited undergraduate degree who are looking to develop a career in personnel, human resource management or as a business consultant. It is fully accredited by the Association for Business Psychology.

Why you should choose us

What you'll study

Gathering and using Evidence in Work Psychology (15 credits)

Semester 1 and 2

Students develop an in-depth understanding of a range of both qualitative and quantitative research methods and specific techniques. The module also provides students with a strong appreciation of how these can be applied to understand and tackle important issues in organisations.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Leadership and Performance Management (15 credits)

In this module students develop an understanding of key theories of leadership, and the research evidence underpinning these theories. The module also develops an awareness of the key features of the performance management process, with a focus on the application of psychological principles to the measurement and evaluation of work performance.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Employee Engagement, Motivation and Voice (15 credits)

Students develop an understanding of how work can be shaped to be engaging and fulfilling including a consideration of employee engagement, participation and voice in motivational processes.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Wellbeing and Work (15 credits)

This module introduces students to a range of concepts related to the psychological and physical well-being of employees It develops an awareness and understanding of how employee well-being can be evaluated and managed using a variety of different intervention techniques.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Work Design, Organisation Change and Development (15 credits)

This module introduces theories and concepts that describe how the work setting activates and influences a number of important psychological processes. It examines the interactions between the wider environments within which organisations function and key issues within work psychology.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Gathering and using Evidence in Work Psychology (15 credits)

Semester 1 and 2

Students develop an in-depth understanding of a range of both qualitative and quantitative research methods and specific techniques. The module also provides students with a strong appreciation of how these can be applied to understand and tackle important issues in organisations.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Psychological Assessment in Organisations (15 credits)

This module introduces students to the application of psychological theory to the assessment of people in work settings from job analysis through to the evaluation of the effectiveness of assessment processes. Students develop an awareness and understanding of best practice in psychological assessment across a range of individual differences including knowledge, skills, abilities, attitudes and other work-related competencies.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Career Development (15 credits)

In this module students evaluate a variety of theoretical and practical approaches to understanding the forms that careers take, and the career choices that people make.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Learning, Development & Knowledge Management (15 credits)

Students examine a range of individual-, group- and organisational-level theories of learning, development and knowledge management and consider how they can be applied in practice and how such interventions can be evaluated.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

(Choose one)

Empirical Research Project in Work Psychology (60 credits)

Students undertake a piece of research, collecting and analysing data on a topic of practical significance to work organisations.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

Dissertation in Business Psychology (60 credits)

The aim of the dissertation module is to plan and conduct an original review of research and theory from psychology. This review examines how findings from psychological research can be used to better understand an important business issue or be used to develop solutions for problems found in work organisations.

Assessment

Typically this module is assessed by 100% coursework, although the university reserves the right to alter this.

How you'll be assessed

The modules in the programme are assessed using a mix of different methods. The assessment of each module is either coursework only or a combination of exam and coursework. For the modules assessed by exam and coursework, the typical weight for exam is 50% or 75%.

How you'll study

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Independent study
  • Group work
  • Supervision
  • Workshops
  • Practical sessions

Your personal and professional development

Our School of Business and Economics is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

Many large organisations have their own teams of psychologists who provide specialist advice across their business functions. Graduates will be well-equipped to bring specialist expertise to leadership and management roles in both private and public sector organisations.

Roles in human resource management, selection and assessment, talent identification and development, employee counselling, the management of employee wellbeing, organisational development and business consulting are particularly well-suited to those with knowledge and skills in business psychology.

Graduate destinations

Many large organisations have their own teams of psychologists who provide specialist advice across their business functions. Graduates will be well-equipped to bring specialist expertise to leadership and management roles in both private and public sector organisations.

Roles in human resource management, selection and assessment, talent identification and development, employee counselling, the management of employee wellbeing, organisational development and business consulting are particularly well-suited to those with knowledge and skills in business psychology.

Your personal development

As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting you with your personal and professional development, all our Business and Economics postgraduate students have the opportunity to attend an impressive range of extra-curricular masterclasses and public lectures – all on campus and free of charge.

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements are listed using standard UK undergraduate degree classifications i.e. first-class honours, upper second-class honours and lower second-class honours. To learn the equivalent for your country, please choose it from the dropdown below.

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification with a substantial business, management or cognate social science component, and evidence of numerical proficiency demonstrated through the study of mathematical or statistical subjects in some part of your first degree.

Applications from those with a lower second class degree or from a different disciplinary background may be considered if the applicant has relevant work experience.

See our full list of International Qualification Equivalencies for all countries. Degrees must be obtained from a university or institution recognised by Loughborough University. Please contact us to clarify if required.

Algeria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Algeria - 15/20 12.5/20

Argentina

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Argentina 8.5 7.5 6.0

Australia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Australia First class Upper second Lower second

Azerbaijan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Azerbaijan 4.5 4.0 3.5

Bahrain

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bahrain GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Bangladesh

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bangladesh – BUET 1st (60%) 2nd (52%) 2nd (50%)
Other universities 1st (70%) 1st (60%) 2nd (53%)

Belarus

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Belarus 9 8 6.5

Belgium

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Belgium 80% (Magna Cum Laude) 70% (Laude) 60%

Brazil

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Brazil 8.5 7.5 6.0

Brunei

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Brunei First Upper second Lower second

Bulgaria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bulgaria 6 5 4

Cameroon

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Cameroon - 14/20 or Bien (GPA 3.4) 12.5/20 or Assez Bien (GPA 3.1)

Canada

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Canada GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Chile

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Chile 6.0 5.0 4.5

China

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Shanghai Rank Top 250 85% 80% 77%
Shanghai Rank Top 251 - 500 89% 83% 80%
Shanghai Rank 500+ 92% 86% 82%

Further information

Colombia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Colombia 4.5 3.5 3.0

Croatia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Croatia 4.5 3.8 3.0

Cuba

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Cuba 5 4 3

Cyprus

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Cyprus 8.5 7.0 6.5

Czech Republic

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Czech Republic 1.2 2.2 2.7

Denmark

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Denmark 12/12 10/10 7/4

Ecuador

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Ecuador 8.5 (85%) 7.5 (75%) 6 (60%)

Egypt

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Egypt 3.7 3.2 2.7

Finland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Finland 3 (out of 3) or 3.3 (out of 5) 2 (out of 3) or 2.5 (out of 5) 1 (out of 3) or 1.3 (out of 5)

France

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
France 14 12 11

Germany

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Germany 1.5 2.5 3.0

Ghana

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Ghana First Upper second Lower second

Greece

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Greece 8.5 7.0 6.5

Hong Kong

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Hong Kong GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

India

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Institutions listed on the Indian Ranking of Higher Educational Institutions Framework 65% (First) 60% (First) 55% (Upper second)
All other Indian institutions 70% (First with distinction) 65% (First) 60% (First)

Indonesia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Indonesia - 3.3 (3.7) 3 (3.3)

Iran

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Iran 18 16 14

Iraq

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Iraq 85% 80% 75%

Ireland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Republic of Ireland First Upper second Lower second

Israel

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Israel 95% 80% 75%

Italy

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Italy 109/110 104/110 100/110

Japan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Japan 85% 80% 70%

Jordan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Jordan GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Kazakhstan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Kazakhstan 4.5 4.0 3.5

Kenya

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Kenya First / 70% / A Upper second / 65% / B Lower second / 55% / B-C

Kosovo

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Kosovo 10 9 8

Kuwait

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Kuwait GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Lebanon

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Lebanon American 90% 80% 70%
Lebanon French 18 15 12

Libya

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
BSc Engineering, Architecture, Medicine 85 80 75
Other Bachelor degree from a University - 85% 80%

Lithuania

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Lithuania 9 8 7

Macau

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Macau - 2:1 / B / 3.0 2:2 / C / 2.5

Macedonia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Macedonia 7.5 6.7 6

Malawi

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
MSc Degree 75% 70% 65%
BSc Degree - 80% 80%

Malaysia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Malaysia GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Mexico

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Mexico 9 8 7

Morocco

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Morocco - 15 13

Namibia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Namibia 80% 70% 60%

Netherlands

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Netherlands 8 7 6

New Zealand

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
New Zealand First (A/A+) Upper second (B+/A-) Lower second (B-/B)

Nigeria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Nigeria 7 point Scale 6 5 4
Nigeria 5 point scale 4.5 3.8 3.5
Nigeria 4 point scale 3.5 3 2.5

Norway

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Norway A (1.5) B (2.5) C (3.2)

Oman

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Oman GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Pakistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Pakistan Public Universities (Tech or Eng) 4 Year degree only First with distinction (75%) / 4.0 First (65%) / 3.2 Second (59%) / 2.6
Pakistan Private Universities (Tech or Eng) 4 Year degree only First with Distinction (85%) First (75%) First (65%)
Pakistan Masters (2 or 3 year Bachelor plus Masters) First Second (55%) Second

Palestine

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Palestine - B+ / 85% / 3.3 B / 80% / 3.0

Peru

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Peru 16 14 12

Philippines

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Philippines Summa Cum Laude 4.0 / 96% Magna cum Laude 3.5 / 92% Cum Laude 3.0 / 87%

Poland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Poland 5 (Very good) 4 (Good) 3.5

Portugal

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Portugal 18 16 14

Qatar

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Qatar GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Romania

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Romania 8.5 7.5 6.5

Russia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Russia 4.5 4.0 3.5

Rwanda

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Rwanda - 2:1, 16/20, 70% 2:2, 14/20, 60%

Saudi Arabia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Saudi Arabia GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Singapore

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Singapore First Upper second Lower second

Slovenia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Slovenia 9.5 8.5 7

South Africa

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
South Africa 1st / 75% - 100% 2.1 / 70% - 74% 2.2 / 60% - 69%

South Korea

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
South Korea 4.0 / A 3.0 / B 2.5 / C+

Spain

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Spain 9.0 7.5 6.5

Sri Lanka

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Sri Lanka 70% 60% 55%

Sudan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Sudan (North and South) 70% 66% 60%

Switzerland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Switzerland 6 5 4

Syria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Syria 85% 75% 65%

Taiwan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Taiwan Prestigious National Universities 80% 75% 73%
Taiwan Excellent Universities 83% 78% 75%
Taiwan Good Universities 88% 83% 80%

Tanzania

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Tanzania 1st 2:1 2:2

Thailand

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Thailand GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Tunisia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Tunisia 15 13 11

Turkey

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Turkey 3.5 2.8 2.2

Turkmenistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Turkmenistan - 4.5 4

Uganda

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Uganda First Upper second Lower second

Ukraine

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Ukraine 5 4.5 4

United Arab Emirates

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
United Arab Emirates GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

United States of America

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
United States of America GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.2 2.8

Uzbekistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Uzbekistan 90% / 85% 80% / 75% 75% / 65%

Venezuela

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Venezuela - 16/20 or 7.0/9 14/20 or 6.5/9

Vietnam

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Vietnam 8.0 7.0 6.0

English language requirements

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not.

IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component. The School will accept lower IELTS scores if you undertake the University's pre-sessional English course. TOEFL with an overall score of 92, and no sub-test score below 22.

See full list of English language qualifications we accept, with full details on each.

Fees and funding

UK / EU fee

Full-time degree per annum
£8,950

International fee

Full-time degree per annum
£18,250

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Student loans Scholarships Career Development Loans External charities and loans Alumni bursary

Our students and academics

Ravi Gill

MSc Business Psychology

What I enjoy the most about my programme is studying human behaviour in relation to the workplace.

Myra Bonello

MSc Business Psychology

I fell in love with the course, the campus and the sports facilities. I wanted to experience it all!