Postgraduate study2016

MSc

Business Psychology

School of Business and Economics

Year of entry: 2016

1 year full-time 2-4 years part-time (block teaching)

This programme is especially suitable for students wishing to develop a career 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.

MSc

Business Psychology

School of Business and Economics

Year of entry: 2016

1 year full-time 2-4 years part-time (block teaching)

This programme is especially suitable for students wishing to develop a career 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.

Programme information

Taught by experienced researchers and practitioners, students are given in-depth training to equip them to apply psychological theories and research to influence and inform a range of important business decisions and to operate effectively at all levels within organisations.

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.

Students can choose to extend and cement their practical skills by completing a research project that allows them to apply their knowledge to an organisational issue. Alternatively they may conduct a focused literature review that examines how psychological research and theory may be applied to a contemporary business problem.

Assessment

Each module is assessed by coursework. The coursework will be a mixture of essays, reports, group work, practical work and presentations. These assessment methods are designed to closely resemble the work carried out by psychologists in the business environment. There are no examinations.

Entry qualification

Minimum upper second class (2:1) honours degree or equivalent overseas qualification. Numerical proficiency and prior study of human behaviour in work settings is required. Those with a 2:2 (or equivalent) and considerable 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.

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 may be considered if the applicant has considerable relevant work experience. 

English language requirement for international students

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. 

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Careers and further study

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 well-being, organisational development and business consulting are particularly well-suited to those with knowledge and skills in business psychology.

Programme modules

Semester 1
  • Gathering and Using Evidence in Work Psychology (Part I)
  • Leadership and Performance Management
  • Employee Engagement, Motivation and Voice
  • Well-being and Work
  • Work Design, Organisational Change and Development 
Semester 2
  • Gathering and Using Evidence in Work Psychology (Part II)
  • Psychological Assessment in Organisations
  • Career Development
  • Learning, Development and Knowledge Management
Optional Modules

In each of Semesters 1 and 2 it may be possible to study one module from the School’s existing portfolio of Masters modules.

Summer

Empirical Research Project in Work Psychology or Dissertation in Business Psychology.

Apply now

The best way to apply for admission to a taught or research programme is online. This helps us to process your application quickly.

Your application must be supported by documentary evidence of entry qualifications, including English language, academic transcripts and references.

You are strongly advised to send your documents, including transcripts and references, as soon as you make your online application – they can be submitted online.

A decision about your application cannot be made until we receive your supporting documents.

For more information on the application process, take a look at our how to apply section.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. The standard tuition fees for this course are:

Taught ProgrammesUK/EUInternational
PGT Band 2 (Mid-Range) £9,000 £17,000

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.

Funding

A number of scholarships and bursaries are available (dependent on eligibility):

  • Student loans for master's degrees
  • Department-specific bursaries
  • Scholarships
  • Professional and Career Development Loans
  • External charities and trusts
  • Studentships
  • Research Council funding

Find out more about the support available for UK/EU students and international students.