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Occupational Psychology MSc

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught / Professional
  • Start Date(s): September 2021
  • Duration: One year full-time / two years part-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

The MSc Occupational Psychology is targeted at high calibre graduates of psychology who are intending to pursue a career in occupational psychology in its various guises and other associated careers.

Our aim is to support each student (under appropriate supervision) to be well prepared to become a practitioner-in-training, prepared to manage the unique challenges and opportunities presented by applying the principles and practice of occupational psychology in work-place settings by:

  • Applying the science of psychology to people at work, using an evidence base for workplace interventions
  • Using a range of tools and techniques to develop organisational effectiveness and job satisfaction for individuals
  • Developing their own reflective practice, using an awareness their own experiences to inform and develop their professional and practice knowledge and skills
  • Preparing for the demands of further training in OP via the BPS Level 2 Qualification ultimately leading to Chartership - we are currently seeking accreditation from the British Psychological Society (BPS).

What you’ll study

This course will provide you with the foundations for the next stage of your academic and professional development, and a solid framework for a professional career in Occupational Psychology or allied professions.

You will develop your knowledge of Occupational Psychology theory and practice, and explore ethical, cultural and practical issues associated with psychology in the workplace. As part of the course, you will complete (under supervision) an independent work-related research project.

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How you’re taught

The MSc Occupational Psychology course starts in late September/early October. A dedicated induction day is provided for all students which introduces you to your course, to your teaching teams and to the university facilities. The day ends with an informal social event.

The course is completed in one year of full-time study (your final piece of coursework is submitted in late August) or two years part-time. The teaching terms run from late September to Christmas and then from January to Easter. Part-time students attend weekly for two of the three days only.

The course will be delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops, seminars, laboratory or field work, and independent study. You’ll also take part in group tutorials based on experiential learning strategies, where you’ll be asked to think about your developing professional identity, course material and independent study, your personal experiences of the course, and ethical issues. You'll also make full use of the facilities provided by the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

The blend of research and practical learning is reflected in the course team, which is drawn from professionals working in occupational and work-based settings and award-winning academics.

Study and support

You'll be assigned a personal tutor who will provide pastoral and academic support throughout your studies. A tutorial group will be held on a bi-weekly basis, where you'll be given the opportunity to reflect on practice and experiences on the course, and to provide a place for interaction and exchange with your fellow students.

Assessment methods

During the course, you'll be assessed in a variety of ways including practical and research reports, assessed essays, portfolios, presentations, and a research project.

An active research environment

Throughout the course you'll benefit from research-informed teaching. Among the Course team’s current research interests are:

  • Determinants of workplace health and wellbeing
  • Process evaluation of work-based interventions
  • The work environment and organisational culture
  • Job design and organisational climate
  • Presenteeism
  • Addiction to work

The course team

As part of  large and diverse Psychology department at NTU, the MSc Occupational Psychology Course team is made up of award-wining academic and practice experts and as such, can draw on the unusual combination of outstanding research and theoretical expertise and considerable practical and applied experience, including areas as diverse as occupational health psychology, work and well-being, ergonomics, process evaluation, consultancy and business psychology.

Careers and employability

Your future career

Occupational Psychologists aim to increase the effectiveness of organisations and improve the job satisfaction of individuals. By  completing the Course you will have completed the Stage 1 training required by the British Psychological Society to enable you to move on as a Practitioner-in-Training and Stage 2 of the Society’s Qualification in Occupational Psychology.

Throughout the course, you’ll be supported in your development by professional specialists as well as the University’s Employability Teams.

As a graduate of MSc Occupational Psychology you will be well equipped to apply your knowledge and skills to a range of career options. Occupational Psychology is broader in scope and less formalised than many areas of psychology and touches of diverse fields including ergonomics, HR management and consultancy. The knowledge you gain and the skills you learn will enable you to critically appraise organisational practice at all levels and your practical experience will be the foundation for development of core analytical and employability skills such as team-working and effective communication.

Employability team

Our expert Employability team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice. You can benefit from this service at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course. Find out more about the service.

Entry requirements

    Applying with prior qualifications

    In accordance with BPS Programme standards, students joining the course will normally need to possess an Honours degree in psychology, gained at a pass mark of 2:1 or higher (or its equivalent) and holding GBC* accreditation, or a psychology conversion course which confers GBC.

    Students holding a 2.2 in Psychology but with a clear rationale for taking the course together with demonstrable experience may apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Course Team.

    *GBC - Graduate Basis for Chartership. This is a standard of accreditation undertaken by the British Psychological Society at course level in the UK (and for a small number of overseas degrees).

    Other requirements

    We will be looking to ensure that you have a sound rationale for joining the course based on a realistic appreciation of the materials to be studied and the related practice areas.

    If you are unsure of your status and / or would like an informal discussion with the course leader, please contact us.

    NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

    All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

    Getting in touch

    If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

We accept qualifications from universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Applying with prior qualifications

    In accordance with BPS Programme standards, students joining the course will normally need to possess an Honours degree in psychology, gained at a pass mark of 2:1 or higher (or its equivalent) and holding GBC* accreditation, or a psychology conversion course which confers GBC.

    Students holding a 2.2 in Psychology but with a clear rationale for taking the course together with demonstrable experience may apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Course Team.

    *GBC - Graduate Basis for Chartership. This is a standard of accreditation undertaken by the British Psychological Society at course level in the UK (and for a small number of overseas degrees).

Other requirements

We will be looking to ensure that you have a sound rationale for joining the course based on a realistic appreciation of the materials to be studied and the related practice areas.

If you are unsure of your status and / or would like an informal discussion with the course leader, please contact us.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

International students in psychology can also access additional language and study skills support, as well as help in acclimatising, via our own International Student Support Officer.

Fees and funding

Study route Home (UK students)
Full-time £8,500
Part-time (cost per year of study) £4250 (for Year One*)

Fees for 2021 entry.

* Please note that if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for Year One of study. The course fee for Year Two is subject to annual review.

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

There are numerous sources of funding available for postgraduate students, both from external sources such as the Government and funding bodies, and from the University.

There are two main costs involved with postgraduate study: the cost of your tuition fees which is paid directly to the University, and living expenses such as accommodation, travel and food.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies, We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our postgraduate fees and funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Study routeInternational / EU students
Full-time £15,500
Part-time (cost per year of study) £7,750 (for Year One*)

Fees for 2021 entry.

* Please note that if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for Year One of study. The course fee for Year Two is subject to annual review.

Funding your studies

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

For more information on these and other opportunities for funding please visit our international scholarships page.

For information on how to pay your fees to the University please visit our international fee payment page.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

How to apply

All applications to this course can be made through our NTU Applicant Portal.

You can contact our course leader, Mark Harris, to discuss this course in more detail.

You can apply for this course throughout the year. Most of our postgraduate courses are popular and fill up quickly though, so apply as soon as you can. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

As places are limited, you are encouraged to submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) formally known as a Criminal Record Bureau check

Many students choose to collect research data in the UK as part of their projects. You may be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check depending on your project topic.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Open days

The School of Social Sciences holds open events throughout the year. Come along and learn more about our courses, speak to programme leaders and find out about studying with the School.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or support, you can call our Admissions Team on +44 (0)115 848 4200, or contact us at Ask NTU.

Good luck with your application!

All applications to this course can be made through our NTU Applicant Portal.

You can contact our course leader, Mark Harris, to discuss this course in more detail.

You can apply for this course throughout the year. Most of our postgraduate courses are popular and fill up quickly though, so apply as soon as you can. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Apply for your course as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.Please allow additional processing time for international applications from countries that require a visa.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) formally known as a Criminal Record Bureau check

Many students from overseas choose to collect research data in the UK as part of their projects. DBS checks only cover students from the UK, so unless you have been resident in the UK for five years or more, we will need a criminal record check from your home country if you plan to work with vulnerable populations. Checks from overseas can sometimes be referred to by a variety of names such as a Police Check or a Good Behaviour Record. To find out what it is called in your home country and how to apply for one, please visit the government website.

If you are an overseas student and are planning to collect data for your research project from vulnerable populations in your home country, you are advised to apply for a home police check to support your research. You will need to demonstrate in your ethics form that you have met all the requirements of your home country to work with vulnerable populations.

If you are unable to obtain a home Police Check and still wish to work with vulnerable populations in your home country, discuss this with your Course Leader in the first instance. It will need to be made clear in your written correspondence with any participants / organisations that the University has been unable to engage with any disclosure and barring service checks prior to you undertaking your research.

Once you have obtained your police check, a copy of the documentation (in English) should be passed to the relevant course administrator in the School of Social Sciences Office.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or support, you can call our Admissions Team on +44 (0)115 848 4200, or contact us at Ask NTU.

Good luck with your application!

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