MSc Business Psychology 2016

Apply psychological principles, methods and skills to tackle business problems

Student and academic in the Leeds Univeristy Business School foyer

Key facts

Start date:
September 2016
12 months full time
24 months part time
Entry requirements:
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject Full entry requirements.
Language requirements:
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component Full language requirements.
UK/EU fees:
International fees:

This programme gives you a solid grounding in the business psychology science relevant to consulting and management.

You’ll apply modern psychological principles to contemporary organisations and organisational problems, working alongside psychologists to develop your skills in research, problem-solving and consultancy.

From change management to designing green workplaces, you’ll develop the skill set to tackle key growth areas. Case studies, workshops and real-world projects will help you build commercial awareness and professional skills. During the course you’ll have the opportunity to gain certification in Occupational Test User: Ability and Personality, which is a valuable tool for selection and development.

Taught by leading researchers and experienced practitioners among one of Europe’s most influential groups of organizational psychologists, you’ll gain a broad understanding of contemporary organisations to prepare for a career applying business psychology in the public or private sector.

Academic excellence

Leeds University Business School is home to one of Europe’s most influential groups of Organizational Psychologists. Teaching on the MSc Business Psychology is informed by the Socio-Technical Centre (STC), which undertakes research at the cutting edge of Organizational Psychology. The Centre combines expertise in Psychology, Management, Engineering, Environmental Science and Geography to form a thriving research community.

The STC works closely with leading private and public sector organisations to put people at the heart of design. They have strong links with Rolls-Royce, Arup, Cabinet Office, the National Health Service and Network Rail.

This programme is also available to study part-time over 24 months.

Course content

This programme provides you with an important grounding in systems thinking, its theoretical basis and practical use in workspace design, IT systems and more. You’ll build critical understanding of research design in psychology and social science.

You’ll consider the factors that affect employee behaviour and how psychological insights can help to design effective organisations. You’ll also explore the personnel selection and training process from interviews and psychometric testing to training evaluation.

The programme will expand your understanding of behavioural research and the development not just of employees and their performance, but also of organisations themselves. The course also places a strong emphasis on applying your knowledge in practical business scenarios, and you’ll undertake fieldwork to develop professional skills in a variety of real-life situations.

The research skills you’ve developed throughout this degree will prepare you to complete your final project, which can be either an independent research project on a topic of your choice, or a practical consultancy project with a business.

If you choose to study part-time, you’ll study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

There are nine compulsory modules on this programme

Compulsory modules:
- The Psychology of Effective Organisations
- Personnel Selection and Training
- Systems Thinking and Consulting Practice
- Organisational Development and Change
- Managing Performance and Developing Careers
- Research Design and Analysis
- Advanced Behavioural Research Design and Analysis
- Commercial and Professional Skills
- Dissertation

For more information on typical modules, read Business Psychology MSc Full Time in programme catalogue

For more information on typical modules, read Business Psychology MSc Part Time in programme catalogue

Learning and teaching

You’ll attend the University for two days per week during the year, or one day a week over two years if you study part-time. We use a variety of different teaching methods such as lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals, fieldwork and workshops.

Independent study is also vital to this programme, allowing you to develop your skills and prepare for taught sessions and assessments


You’ll also be assessed using a range of techniques including exams, group projects, written assignments and essays, in-course assessment, group and individual presentations and reports.

Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject such as business or a social science subject.

Applicants who can demonstrate significant relevant business or psychology coverage as part of a degree in an alternative subject will be considered on an individual basis. Work experience can be an advantage, but is not essential.

Candidates should demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills, answering the following two questions in your personal statement:

1. What interests you about the MSc Business Psychology at Leeds?

2. What skills / experience do you think you would bring to the course?

International qualifications

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component . For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:

  • don't meet the English language requirements for your course
  • want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.

Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Business Management and Enterprise (6 weeks) and Language for Business: Business Management and Enterprise (10 weeks).

How to apply

Application deadlines

UK/EU: 31 August 2016

International: Closed for 2016 entry

Apply (Full time)

Apply (Part time)

This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Documents and information you’ll need

  • A copy of your degree certificate and transcript, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying
  • Two academic references
  • A personal statement
  • An up-to-date CV
  • Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English is not your first language
  • A letter of sponsorship, if you need one.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Leeds University Business School 2016 Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: £9,500

International: £18,500

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students read Masters fees.

Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Scholarships and financial support

We award a range of scholarships to UK/EU and international students. There are several scholarships available for this programme that you may be eligible to apply for.

Scholarships are available to candidates who can demonstrate an excellent academic record and show excellent professional and personal skills.

Find out more about scholarships.

Career opportunities

Business savvy, with a broad appreciation of the workings of contemporary organisations, our graduates will be strongly positioned for a career applying business psychology in the public or private sectors, equally adept as consulting business psychologists, skilled managers or human resource specialists.

Graduates may look to develop a career applying specialist psychological expertise within management consultancy, working on practical problems across many organisations. Skills from this course are also valued within an HR function, or to improve your own effectiveness as a future manager.

Links with industry

The Leaders in Residence programme gives management students the opportunity to explore and develop leadership skills, by engaging with senior figures from the world of business.
You’ll have the opportunity to connect with leaders from major manufacturers and retailers, charity chief executives, entrepreneurs and directors of companies large and small, through structured meetings and events.

This is a rare opportunity, where successful and established business people will help you connect the theory of your course to real world practice, and offer their advice for career success.

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Careers support

Our dedicated Professional Development Tutor provides tailored academic and careers support to every student. This means you will develop the academic skills to successfully progress through the course, and also the professional skills you will need to secure employment and start a successful career.

You can expect support and guidance on career choices, help in identifying and applying for jobs, as well as one-to-one coaching on interpersonal and communication skills.

Read more about our careers support.

The course exceeded my expectations. It combines sound theory with industry experience. You are always encouraged to apply your theoretical knowledge to real-world problems.

Saloni Dikshit, India
MSc Business Psychology
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