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Occupational Psychology - Prof Doc

Why study this course?

This research degree is aimed at experienced, practising psychologists with extensive knowledge in the field of occupational psychology and related areas. Your doctoral research can be based on current or past professional work and is expected to contribute both to the theoretical body of knowledge and to professional practice.

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You are helped to plan and conduct conceptually sound and ethically acceptable research within the scientist-practitioner framework. You will have access to the University's facilities including the library, computers and video suites, although it is expected most research will be conducted in your own organisation or work setting.

The professional doctorate will provide a higher qualification at doctorate level for established practitioners in occupational psychology based on your current or past professional work.


The award of Professional Doctorate in Occupational Psychology is conferred after formal submission of the complete doctoral thesis and its successful defence at the viva voce examination. The examination of the thesis is conducted by examiners that are independent of the supervisory team.

You will be required to have:

  • a membership with the Chartered Occupational Psychologists or be in the final stages of achieving Chartered status or its EU equivalent
  • experience as a professional who might be able to meet the requirements of the doctorate based on work already completed
  • evidence of an ability to conduct organisationally relevant and ethically sound research

Selection will take into account the applicant's overall performance at bachelor's and/or master's level and in specific respect to attainments in research methods courses. Applicants will be required to submit a suitable research/work proposal and evidence of a suitable organisational setting.

Availability of suitable supervisory staff will also be a factor in selection.

Please note that this course is not eligible for Tier 4 student sponsorship.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. 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:

Year 2 modules include:

Whilst individuals may be directed, where appropriate, to take selected modules from the School’s relevant Masters Courses, the programme itself consists of work towards the doctoral thesis only. This is structured according to set criteria for specified thesis components, which include a case study and an intervention process analysis that are typically examples from the candidate’s own professional practice. Furthermore, the thesis consists of a substantial empirical study and a critical literature review. A Prologue and Epilogue tie the thesis components together, highlighting both the overarching theme of the thesis and the reflective process of professional development that has been undertaken by the practitioner researcher. The expected word count for each of the thesis components is as follows:

  • Prologue - 1,000 to 1,500 words
  • Case Study - 6,000 words (if two linked cases then 3,000 words each)
  • Intervention Process Analysis - 5,000 words
  • Critical Literature Review - 5,000 words
  • Empirical Research Project - 25,000 words
  • Epilogue - 1,000 to 1,500 words

Applicants who seek to fulfil the requirements of the doctorate based on work already completed can do so in respect of all components except the critical literature review.

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

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Applicants are advised to read the Occupational Psychology - Professional Doctorate guidance for applicants.

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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