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Occupational Psychology MSc

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught / Professional
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • 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:

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), our MSc Occupational Psychology course is targeted at high calibre psychology graduates 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

Course accreditation

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

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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.

In term one you’ll be studying three 20 credit modules:

Understanding Organisations: Work Design, Organisational Change and Development

This module forms a background for many of the other modules in that it considers the organisation in its widest context including internationalisation and globalisation. Topics covered on the module include:

  • Organisational structures and systems design, culture and climate, including globalisation and international perspectives
  • Models and methods of organisational and individual change and development
  • Work environments and job design
  • The psychology of people and technology human factors and ergonomics
  • Workplace safety, risk management and error
  • Organisational effectiveness, productivity, performance and communications: the wider context for occupational psychology
  • Research in Organisations

    As an evidence-based discipline rooted in scientific research and methodology, the module considers a range of methodologies used to collect, analyse and report data. You will build on your learning at undergraduate level to be able to use a range of techniques and research methods to address practical problems in organisations. Relevant topics include:

  • Project management and the consultancy cycle
  • Advanced quantitative design and methods including experiment approaches and correlational designs
  • Selection and design of appropriate measures (including observational / interview methodologies)
  • Understanding the potential use of “big data” sets
  • Evaluating strategies and applying an evidence-based approach to understanding and solving practical problems in organisations
  • Organisational Practice: Leadership, Engagement & Motivation

    This module examines theories of work motivation, and their relationship with approaches to performance appraisal and performance management and will look at the merits of different concepts of leadership, power and influence and their impact on employee engagement, commitment and perceptions of fairness. Relevant topics include:

    • Motivation, goal setting and cognition: theory and application
    • Leadership: Theories, style, influence and measurement
    • Engagement, commitment, values and organisational citizenship
    • The Psychological contract and perceptions of justice
    • Power, influence and negotiation in organisations
    • Psychological climate and the psychology of groups, teams and teamwork, intra and inter group processes

    In Term Two, you will study three more (20 credit) modules and begin work on your own independent research project. The three modules are:

    Psychological Assessment at Work

    You will be taking a critical look at the processes involved in getting the right people in the right job at the right time, what to do with them when you’ve got them there and how these processes interact with organisational effectiveness. You’ll be looking at different selection and assessment tools and models and the importance of fair selection in promoting diversity and equality in the workplace. Topics covered include:

    • Methods of job analysis: capability and competency profiling
    • Theories and models of assessment and selection, including issues of reliability, validity, performance criteria and utility
    • Linking assessment from pre-selection stage though to subsequent activities in training, appraisal, promotion and organisational change and development

    Learning, Training & Development

    You’ll be working to develop a critical understanding of the ways in which individuals, groups and organisations learn, and how learning and development is a complex and dynamic process. You will study a range of perspectives and relevant topics covered which include:

    • Learning theories, skill acquisition and self-development
    • Overview of the training cycle – to include needs analysis, design, implementation and delivery, transfer of learning and evaluation
    • Organisational, cultural and social factors in training and development
    • Psychological theories of occupational choice and career development
    • Individual and team coaching, counselling and mentoring

    Work and Wellbeing

    In this module you’ll be considering the role of work and employment on individual and organisational wellbeing. You’ll be looking at the part played by emotion and mental and physical health along with individual differences and diversity in establishing and maintaining organisational effectiveness and critically evaluate the psychological evidence base for relevant interventions and how these might be implemented and evaluated in practice. Relevant topics include:

    • The employment lifecycle and its management, including unemployment, outplacement, retirement and post-paid work
    • Traditional and new work patterns – including work-life balance
    • Stress in the workplace causes and symptoms, assessment, prevention and management
    • Bullying, harassment and conflict management in the workplace
    • Promoting resilience and wellbeing
    • Emotion in the workplace: recognising the importance and impact of affective responses

    Term Three is given over entirely to your own independent research project where you’ll be supported by your research supervisor in demonstrating your knowledge and skill of the applied research process by developing your own research project to apply to a real-world work-related problem or issue.

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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

      • You will need an undergraduate degree (minimum 2.2) in Psychology or an allied discipline such as social science, nursing, health related practice or another recognised equivalent qualification.
      • Applying with non-standard entry qualifications/experience

      • Applicants without such qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but will be required to demonstrate how their experiences (for example working as a Nurse or Counsellor), their professional qualifications (such as RMN, RN) and / or knowledge would enable them to study this course at Masters-level in their Personal Statement.
      • Other requirements

        Your application form requires a written statement in which you should outline the reasons for wishing to undertake the MSc Psychological Wellbeing and Mental Health course. 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.

    • You will need an undergraduate degree (minimum 2.2) in Psychology or an allied discipline such as social science, nursing, health related practice or another recognised equivalent qualification.
    • Applicants without such qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but will be required to demonstrate how their experiences (for example working as a Nurse or Counsellor), their professional qualifications (such as RMN, RN) and / or knowledge would enable them to study this course at Masters-level in their Personal Statement.

    Other requirements

    Your application form requires a written statement in which you should outline the reasons for wishing to undertake the MSc Psychological Wellbeing and Mental Health course. 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.

    International qualifications

    We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

    Postgraduate preparation courses (Pre-Masters)

    If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Pre-Masters courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

    English language entry requirements

    You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

    Would you like some advice on your study plans?

    Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

    Fees and funding

    Study route Home (UK students)
    Full-time £9,250
    Part-time (cost per year of study) £4,625 (for Year One*)

    Fees for 2022 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 £18,000
    Part-time (cost per year of study) £9,000 (for Year One*)

    Fees for 2022 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.

    Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your postgraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.

    Scholarships

    We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

    Living costs

    Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

    Paying fees

    Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

    Would you like some advice on your study plans?

    Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

    How to apply

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

    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. The course starts in September 2023 so in order to receive enrolment materials in good time, we advise that applications are submitted before the end of July 2023.

    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!

    Apply online through our NTU applicant portal.

    Application advice

    Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  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.

    Writing your personal statement

    Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

    Would you like some advice on your study plans?

    Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

    The University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

    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.