The University of Wolverhampton

MScOccupational Psychology

Why choose this course?

  • This is an applied programme integrating theory, practice, skills and research.
  • The course is designed to acquaint you with psychological perspectives on workplace issues, and to develop a range of transferable skills that will be relevant to the occupational psychology practitioner.
  • You will have the opportunity to attain the British Psychological Society's (BPS) Test User: Occupational (Ability; formerly known as Level A) and Test User: Occupational (Personality; formerly known as Level B) Certificates in Occupational Testing.
  • You will be able to use some of the best-equipped psychology research facilities in UK higher education.
  • You will gain an understanding of occupational psychology within the wider business context through professional practice sessions.
  • You will gain the ability to apply psychological theory to workplace settings, and to critically analyse work situations.
  • You will develop your problem-solving abilities, your research awareness, and your critical evaluation of research findings.
  • You will have the opportunity to join the Work, Well-being and Organisation Research Group (WWORG) and will be encouraged to present your research at relevant conferences.
  • Furthermore, you will pick up new competencies in statistics and/or qualitative analyses, and be able to apply research methodologies to work-based investigations.
  • The small cohort of students ensures a sense of genuine community and collaboration.

What happens on the course?

Typical modules may include:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Counselling in Organisations
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Organisational Change, Development and Employee Relations
  • Human Factors in the Workplace
  • Professional Practice
  • Psychological Assessment and Measurement
  • Training in Organisations
  • Research dissertation

Career path

  • Occupational psychology applies psychological knowledge about people at work and the work place with the aim of improving the effectiveness of the organisation and increasing the wellbeing of employees
  • This award is designed to provide BPS Stage 1 training necessary for the BPS's Qualification in Occupational Psychology, and being eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Registered Occupational Psychologist.
  • Occupational psychologists work in private, public and not-for-profit sectors - many are attached to management consultancy firms or become self-employed as independent consultants
  • They have roles in areas of organisational development and change management, assessment, training, ergonomics, and occupational health and safety

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.
  • You should also have a good standard of written and spoken English (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent)
  • Applicants may be required to attend an interview at the University of Wolverhampton before being accepted onto this course
  • We will ask for appropriate references

Course fees and finance

2017/8 Home/EU International
Full time £6,020 £12,445
Part time - *

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2017/8. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £5,900 £12,200
Part time £2,950

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England is being introduced from September 2016. For more information and how to apply online visit:

Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number [4413]. A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites, or Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount ( If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at


* We are currently unable to confirm these fees.

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