MSc Organisational Psychology

Full Time
Degree of Master of Science


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Key facts

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This 12-month full-time course is targeted at people who have a first degree in Psychology – a BSc in Psychology (UK only) or equivalent degree (overseas) – and who want to specialise in the field of organisational and work psychology. This new course takes advantage of the growing demand by MNCs and UK companies for psychologists who can apply the latest psychological thinking and is accredited by the British Psychological Society.


This British Psychological Society MSc accredited course is a pathway into the profession of occupational psychology. The MSc is ideal for people who want to be at the cutting-edge of practice and psychological research into workplaces. Students will work with a world class team who are members of Norwich Business School's highly-respected Employment, Systems and Institutions group (ESI). As well as a large programme of activity around wellbeing, staff who teach on the course also conduct research on ethics, leadership, creativity and climate change. Their research is used to inform policy and guidance issued by government departments as well as to inform practice across commercial organisations, the public sector and professional institutions, providing real-life examples of applied research in action. This ensures you graduate with a solid grasp of contemporary challenges to workplace and the latest theories and techniques in organisational psychology and the main challenges surrounding them. You will become expert in the latest techniques and knowledge that inform in-depth understanding of organisational psychology. 

Course Structure

In your first semester you’ll study three compulsory modules:

Organisational Research Methods will introduce you to the different methods used in empirical organisational psychology. Managing Careers to Success focuses on professional development. And Developing Effective Organisations will guide your understanding of the key theories and ethics that underpin work psychology and employee engagement.

In your second semester you’ll add further depth and breadth to your studies. In Driving High Performance and Wellbeing you will design innovative HRM interventions. Work Design and Well-being focuses on employees’ well-being and job-fit. Finally, Statistical Skills will coach you in the statistical techniques you’ll need to conduct effective research in organisational psychology

In your third and final semester you’ll complete your dissertation module under the guidance of your academic advisor. This is a fantastic opportunity to conduct an individual piece of research, exploring a question you are passionate about. Your dissertation is also great preparation for PhD study, as well as being a valuable indication of your potential to employers.

Teaching and Learning

Over 12 intensive months you’ll be constantly challenged to build your knowledge and hone your skills. You’ll develop both theoretical understanding and practical skills. You’ll learn through a combination of lectures, workshops, seminars and independent study. You’ll also learn how to examine case studies, dissect and critically assess academic papers, and how to use key software needed for statistical analysis. Over the year you will gain access to a range of empirical tools and techniques that underpin organisational psychological research to offer organisational solutions to critical people-management questions. All our teaching is informed by the latest research and real-world business experience. You’ll be studying with lecturers with an international reputation in their field, who are recognised worldwide for the quality of their research. That means you will benefit from the latest thinking in the field of organisational work psychology. You’ll also develop the critical skills needed to examine and put to use any new theories and methods that come to the fore during your career.


We’ll use different methods of assessment to test different skills and knowledge – and they will all be based on a set of clear evaluation criteria. You’ll find that assessment through practical case studies and coursework will help you to improve your analytical and critical thinking as well as your communication, writing and presentation skills.

After the course

You’ll graduate ready to begin a successful career in organisational psychology. You may work as a business consultant or within human resource management departments in areas such as promoting health and safety at work, selection and training, or organisational change and development. Alternatively you might choose to continue your studies with a PhD. The international outlook of the course means you’ll be well prepared to work internationally for multinational companies, who increasingly are searching for assistance to better manage people at work using organisational psychological thinking around performance and well-being. Throughout the course there is a strong focus on preparing you for your future career. You’ll learn theories and practices which are in demand by the most prestigious employers. You’ll also discover essential skills such as CV writing and solo and group interview techniques. And you’ll be able to take part in our annual Employability Week to help refine your future career direction.

Career destinations

  • Consultancy services (eg as a work or business psychologist)
  • HR specialist in training and development, selection and performance
  • Health and safety
  • MNCs, as an in-house organisational psychology specialist

Course Modules 2020/1


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Further Reading

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Psychology or relative subject.
  • Degree Classification 2:1 or above or the international equivalent

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 58 (minimum 42 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not meet the academic requirements for this course, you may be able to study one of the International Graduate Diploma programmes offered by our partner INTO UEA. These programmes guarantee progression to selected master's degrees if students achieve the appropriate grade. For more details please click here:

International Graduate Diploma in Business

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering Pre-sessional courses online from June to September 2020. Further details can be found on the INTO UEA Online Pre-Sessional English webpage.

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for the academic year 2020/21 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £10,500 (full time)
  • International Students: £18,500 (full time)


Living Expenses

We estimate living expenses at £1,015 per month.


Scholarships and Funding

A variety of Scholarships may be offered to UK/EU and International students. Scholarships are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study.

Funding for postgraduate study is also available both from the university and from a number of external schemes.

Find out more about scholarships, funding and bursaries.


How to Apply

Please note that this course is no longer accepting applications for September 2020 entry. We are welcoming applications for September 2021 entry. 

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University. 

To apply please use our online application form.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

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