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Work Psychology MSc

  • Entry requirements: 2:1 (or above)
  • Year of entry: 2017
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Location: Loughborough
  • Part-time: 2-4 years
  • School: Business and Economics

Programme information

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

It is especially suited to students who wish to develop a career as an occupational psychologist. Completion of this BPSaccredited programme fulfils the requirements of the Stage 1 qualification for those wishing to go on to eventually become a HCPC- registered Occupational Psychologist.

It is also suitable for those wishing to apply their 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.

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.

Key facts

  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Consistently rated as a Top-10 UK Business School in national league tables - 7th for Business Studies (The Times and Sunday Times University League 2016)
  • Among just 1% of business schools in the world to hold AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation
  • 75% of our Business and Management research is rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF, 2014)
  • Scholarships available for the best candidates

MSc Work Psychology

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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.


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. 

Take a look at our modules to see what assessments you can expect to undertake.

Future Career Prospects

We anticipate that many graduates from this 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.

The information published here reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year.

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 1 £7,250 £16,100

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.


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

Find out more about the support available for international students and UK/EU students undertaking a research degree or a taught programme.