Work Psychology MSc

Entry requirements:
2:1 +
Full-time:
1 year
Part-time:
2-4 years
Start date:
October 2018
UK/EU fees:
£7,750
International fees:
£17,100
Location:
Loughborough

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of our Business and Management research is rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'

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Overview

Our MSc Work Psychology programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is designed for those who hold a BPS-accredited undergraduate degree in Psychology.

Our MSc Work Psychology programme is especially suited to you if you wish to develop a career as an occupational psychologist. It is also suitable for you, if you want to apply your knowledge of psychology in personnel functions, human resource management roles or as business consultants in areas such as selection and assessment, organisational development and change and employee development.

Completion of this BPS-accredited programme fulfils the requirements of the Stage 1 qualification for those wishing to go on to eventually become a HCPC-registered Occupational Psychologist.

You will receive in-depth training by experienced researchers and practitioners to equip you to understand and evaluate a wide range of psychological theories that can be applied in organisational settings. This is integrated with practical training on how to apply relevant theory to influence important business decisions.

There is a strong emphasis on developing critical thinking and consultancy skills as well as the ability to work effectively with a wide range of organisational stakeholders. You will extend and cement your practical skills by completing a research project that allows you to apply your knowledge to an organisational issue.

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

Who should study this programme?

Our MSc Work Psychology programmeis ideal for graduates looking to study a BPS-accredited MSc to prepare them for a career in develop a career as an Occupational Psychologist, or a related career in human resource management, personnel or business consultancy. It is specifically designed for those with a BPS-accredited undergraduate degree in Psychology.

Entry requirements

A British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited honours degree (2:1 or above) in Psychology or equivalent overseas qualification, and evidence of numerical proficiency demonstrated through some part of your first degree. Those with a 2:2 (or equivalent) and relevant work experience may be considered.

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.

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.

What makes this programme different?

  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • In-depth training by experienced researchers and practioners
  • A blended learning, block teaching approach
  • Scholarships available for the best candidates

What you'll study

Our MSc Work Psychology has a core philosophy of developing your knowledge base of theories, principles and practices within work psychology domains. Teaching is designed to develop your ability to synthesise and apply this knowledge to complex, multifaceted or ill-defined problems and to develop your ability to communicate with multiple stakeholder groups.

Modules

Work Psychology covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

Semester 1

Gathering and using Evidence in Work Psychology (two-semester module) – 15 credits

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, Organisational 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.

Semester 2

Gathering and using Evidence in Work Psychology (Semester 1 and 2) – 15 credits

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.

Summer period

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.

How you will be assessed

All modules are assessed by coursework. A mix of group and individual assignments is used. All assignments require students to examine the links between theory and practice. Skills relevant to applied practice in organisations are developed through the assessed work.

How you'll study

Seminars
Lectures
Tutorials
Independent study
Group work
Supervision

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

We anticipate that many graduates from our Work Psychology programme will seek to develop their careers as occupational psychologists. Graduates will also be in high demand for roles in personnel, human resource management, or may choose to use their expertise in business consultancy roles in areas such as selection and assessment, organisational development and change and employee development.

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.

On successful completion of this programme, you should be able to:

  • 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
  • Use IT effectively as a learning and communication tool
  • 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

Fees and funding

UK/EU:
£7,750
International:
£17,100

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.

Part-time students pay for the modules they study each year, on a cost per credit basis, over the duration of their course. MSc study involves 180 credits of study and for 2018/19 the cost of each credit is set at £52.77 (UK/EU fee) £116.66 (International fee). For example a 15-credit module in 2018-19 will cost £791.55 and the for the 60 credit research dissertation will cost £3,166.20, for a UK/EU student.

Please note, tuition fees are subject to inflation and therefore, tuition fees can increase year-on-year which will alter the total cost of the MSc.

Our students and academics

Jonathan Monk

Work Psychology MSc

I chose Loughborough over other accredited courses because of the world-class sports facilities and coaching which has aided my athletic development.

Dr Ray Randall

Senior Lecturer

Chartered (HPC Registered) Occupational Psychologist and a Full Member of the Division of Occupational Psychology of the British Psychological Society