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Occupational and Business Psychology - MSc

Why study this course?

This cutting edge, skills-based postgraduate degree, accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Association for Business Psychology (ABP), enables you to select a pathway of occupational, business or consumer psychology and integrates multiple threads into one course to widen the scope for practical application and employment.

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From learning how to select the best employees to developing advanced research skills, this postgraduate degree will prepare you for professional practice in a wide spectrum of careers.

Examining work and wellbeing, and motivation and engagement, alongside current research on leadership and consumer psychology, our experienced staff and guest lecturers share up-to-the minute practitioner insight.

You will study of occupational, business and consumer psychology in an industry context. Areas of analysis include recruitment and selection, training and development, stress management, work and wellbeing, motivation, engagement and leadership, organisational change, coaching and performance management. The course also examines the psychology of branding and consumer behaviour.

We have extensive professional networks and the University has a long-established reputation, successfully running psychology courses for over 20 years. You will enjoy an ongoing series of research seminars and links with European universities.

The degree also offers the BPS test user qualification as part of the course. Designed for professionals who use psychological or psychometric tests as part of their role, this nationally and internationally recognised qualification in test use also gives you free access to restricted psychometric and psychological tests, discounted rates on five Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) training courses and many more benefits besides.

Our lecturers are leaders in their field and are often called upon by the media to provide their expertise. Read ITV’s report by Course Leader Gary Pheiffer writing on the consumer psychology of retail sales.


Assessment is through academic essays, examinations, logbooks of professional practice, group work, client reports, oral presentations, formal research proposals and a dissertation.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Association for Business Psychology.

If you choose to take the occupational psychology route, this is also accredited by the British Psychological Society.

If taking the occupational psychology route, you will be required to have:

  • Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from the British Psychological Society or an equivalent psychology degree (minimum 2:2)
  • This route is accredited by the British Psychological Society. On completion of the MSc this allows you to undertake the British Psychological Society stage 2 qualification and qualify for professional practice as an occupational psychologist.

If taking the consumer psychology route, you will be required to have:

  • a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent with at least 50% comprising psychology in areas such as social psychology, personality and research methods

For the business and consumer psychology routes we also welcome applications from those with a business, consumer psychology, marketing or advertising background.

These routes are accredited by the Association of British Psychology.

Professional qualifications or workplace experience will be considered on an individual basis.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning
    • all year (January start) - Wednesday morning

    This module provides the opportunity for students to engage in a significant piece of empirical research within the field of occupational, business, consumer, and organisational psychology (work psychology) and/or undertake supervised professional practice that is relevant to their course of study. Additionally, the module offers opportunities for professional development through interaction with a wider community of applied work psychologists in a series of professional seminars. There are two entry points a September intake which sees full time students handing the dissertation the following September, and a February intake which submit the dissertation in the following May.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

    The module deals with the areas of Organisational Change, Culture Change with emphasis on achieving organisational success, innovation and creativity. The module examines organisations using a variety of psychological methods including OD, mapping, metaphors, questionnaires, and visual analyses. The module explores how the different elements of an organisation contribute to the climate or culture and the achievement of the organisations brand strategy. These may be at a physical or psychological level. The module addresses the need to align the organisations external brand with the internal band (culture) and the skills of consultancy to achieve this.

    This module covers the BPS areas of Work Design, Organisational Change and aspects of Development and Applying Psychology to Work and Organisations

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning

    PY7164 Advanced Research Design and Analysis for Psychology is an autumn semester module that introduces a range of advanced quantitative and qualitative methods employed in psychological research. The module is designed for inclusion in postgraduate psychology courses which have the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS) as an entry requirement There are two equally-weighted items of coursework one based on quantitative approaches and methodology and the other based on qualitative approaches and methodology. The tasks given to students will be set in the context of the particular course they are taking, e.g. Forensic, Health, Counselling Psychology.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning

    PY7163 Research Design and Analysis for Psychology introduces a range of advanced quantitative and qualitative methods employed in psychological research. The module is designed for inclusion in postgraduate psychology courses where students entering the course have some experience of psychology and research methods, but less than would normally be expected from a British Psychological Society accredited degree in psychology. There are two equally-weighted items of coursework one based on quantitative approaches and methodology and the other based on qualitative approaches and methodology. The tasks given to students will be set in the context of the particular course they are taking, e.g. Business, or Health Psychology.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon

    Students should demonstrate a critical understanding of the ways in which individuals learn and develop in the context of work and organisations. The models explores the theories of behaviour change which includes how individual and groups may change behaviour in areas such as such as consumer behaviour, self-development, training and in groups. The module will cover cognitive theories of learning and skill development inform understanding of how individuals learn, and theories of occupational choice frame what individuals choose to do long term in their employment. Different applications of learning theory are contrasted including coaching and training, with particular reference to their psychological underpinnings. The module explores the evaluation of the learning or change in behaviour. As part of the module students will undertake students will have an opportunity to either develop knowledge and skills in coaching psychology, or to undertake or undertake a related work placement.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday afternoon

    The module introduces students to those scholarly and applied aspects of consumer psychology that are important in the context of marketing and market research. The changing nature of the market and the consumer are examined and suggestions for new marketing paradigms based on Consumer Psychology critically analysed. Determinants of consumption patterns such as the psychological bases for brand loyalty and market dynamics are evaluated.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning

    The topics in this module are all strongly inter-related. Drawing from research in general psychology, this domain examines theories of work motivation, and their relationship with approaches to performance appraisal and performance management. Students should be able to evaluate concepts of leadership, power and influence and their impact on employee engagement, commitment and perceptions of fairness. They should have an understanding of both positive (e.g. organisational citizenship) and negative (e.g. derailment) responses to work. While this domain focuses on the individual level in some instances, in others it concentrates on group and teamwork perspectives.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday afternoon

    This module will address technical and practical aspects of recruitment, selection and assessment, development, performance appraisals, performance management and talent management that relate to performance standards and help bring about change and maintain continuous learning and development of skills and performance. The module covers the theory and principles relating to selecting and assessing people, and the management of talent.

    A critical examination of theory and practice of assessment and management techniques,t this module includes techniques for job analysis, interview and assessment centre designs, psychometric measuress and utility analysis. This module also includes introduction to concepts within the BPS Certificate of Competence in Occupational Testing. Performance management practices are provided including both evaluative and developmental philosophies towards appraisal and competency approaches.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday afternoon

    This module aims at developing a critical awareness and understanding of external stimuli in the consumer environment. In addition, the syllabus is examining the consumer psychology factors that impact the consumer environment via the analysis of current theories and methodologies that may inform this process. Taking Marr's computational model of perception as a basis for consumer 'experience', the way in which x-modal information is synthesised is examined. How the consumer environment delivers information into the sensory channels is analysed. This covers a range of environmental stimuli, from retail interiors, to packaging design, and includes an analysis of advertising effectiveness.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday afternoon

    A critical examination of the theory and practice associated with worker well being including the relationship of wellbeing being models to health outcomes in the workplace. A critical examination of the theory and practice of well being initiatives including work-life balance, stress reduction programmes, and initiatives to address bullying, harrassment and conflict. The module turns to interventions used in the workplace to promote psychological well-being

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Year 1 modules include:

  • Dissertation and Professional Development (core, 60 credits)
  • Managing Organisational Culture and Change (core, 20 credits)
  • Advanced Research Design and Analysis for Psychology (alternative core, 20 credits)
  • Research Design and Analysis for Psychology (alternative core, 20 credits)
  • Behaviour Change and Learning (option, 20 credits)
  • Consumer Psychology for Marketing (option, 20 credits)
  • Leadership, Engagement and Motivation (option, 20 credits)
  • Psychological Assessment at Work (option, 20 credits)
  • The Consumer Environment (option, 20 credits)
  • Well-Being and Work (option, 20 credits)

“Armed with a great qualification from London Met, I would recommend this fast-paced and challenging industry to anyone.”
National Student Survey (NSS)

“The staff at London Met are extremely helpful and knowledgeable. They not only teach but incorporate their expertise into giving you the best experience and facilitate you in growing through the course. At master's level you are treated as a practitioner and not as a student which enhances the overall experience of the course.”

“As a mature student I was concerned that I would feel a bit out of place. However, from the very first day I was made very welcome by both the teaching staff and my fellow students. This course has been a great experience for me and has delivered more than I expected. The material has proven to be interesting and relevant. I have also learnt a great deal from my peers. The wide range of age, experience and cultural background creates a diverse and energising learning environment. The investment of time and money is paying back with concepts learnt on the course already used in practice. I now plan to continue to follow my academic interests with a PhD that will complement my business development plans.”

Former students have taken up roles ranging from freelance employment advisors to senior change management consultants, and we are proud of our post MSc careers advice, and the support we give for progression to our doctorate programme.

Our graduates have gone on to work in occupational psychology, management, marketing, advertising, recruitment, research, performance consultancy, business, training, human resources and organisational change.

Previous students have gone on to Accenture, Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Rio Tinto, and in the public sector and government departments such as the Department for Work and Pensions.

Our student profiles provide more insight about our graduates. Rebecca Griffiths went on to deliver consultancy to large brands, and combine her people development and writing skills in a role as an employee engagement advisor. Change Management Consultant Ray Millican chose to study at London Met because the staff members were "approachable, realistic and very experienced in ‘real-world’ issues".

For those wishing to do the BPS Occupational Psychology chartership, post-MSc support is provided.

To become an occupational psychologist, a title protected by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), you must have Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society and be registered with the HCPC. For those wanting to achieve this, support and guidance is available through the University.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

Use the apply online button to begin your application.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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