MSc Organizational Psychology 2016/17

Apply your psychological background to business and enhance your commercial awareness

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Key facts

Start date:
September 2016
12 months full time
24 months part time
Entry requirements:
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) that is BPS accredited. 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:

If you want to work as a practitioner organizational psychologist or academic researcher, this programme will provide you with the skills and commercial awareness to apply psychological principles to the challenges faced by organisations.

Taught by researchers and practitioners from one of Europe’s most influential groups of organizational psychologists, you’ll build your knowledge of the core psychological science base while gaining an appreciation of business management.

You’ll examine individual, group and organisational effectiveness by exploring issues such as selection and assessment, and consider current topics including managing innovation, change management and designing complex socio-technical systems.

The course has a practical focus and thanks to our connections with firms such as Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Marks and Spencer, you’ll test your professional skills in real business scenarios. 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.

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 Arup, Cabinet Office, the National Health Service and Network Rail.


The programme covers the full range of topics required for professional recognition by the British Psychological Society (BPS), the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK. To read more about the benefits of undertaking an accredited programme, please see the BPS website.


Graduation from this programme fulfils stage one of the requirements for Chartered Membership of BPS and full membership of the Division of Occupational Psychology. Please see the BPS website for details.

Course content

In each semester you’ll study a range of modules that develop your knowledge of key aspects of organizational psychology.

You’ll be introduced to the individual, team and organizational factors that affect workplace behaviours such as decision-making and teamwork. You’ll explore the selection and training methods use by organisations to recruit, develop and retain talent and the design of complex human-technical systems.

From there you’ll study contemporary business priorities such as organizational development and change, as well as approaches to career development and performance management. A further module will put you in real-life business situations to help you develop your commercial awareness and professional skills.

Throughout the year you’ll develop your understanding of research design and analysis in psychology and social sciences, especially behavioural research. This will develop your skills to prepare you for your dissertation – the independent research project on your choice of topic that you’ll submit by the end of the year.

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.

This programme includes nine compulsory modules.

Compulsory Modules:
- The Psychology of Effective Organisations
- Personnel Selection and Training
- Design of Complex Human-Technical Systems
- 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 Organizational Psychology MSc Full Time in programme catalogue

For more information on typical modules, read Organizational 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) that is BPS accredited. You can find out if your degree is accredited by contacting the BPS Partnership and Accreditation Team.

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

Apply (Full time)

Apply (Part time)

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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

As a graduate of this programme you will be business savvy, with a broad appreciation of the financial, strategic and operational workings of contemporary organisations. Our graduates are strongly positioned to enter careers in the public or private sectors, equally adept as dedicated consulting organizational psychologists or human resource specialists.

Recent graduates have gone on to pursue successful careers in a range of organisations and consultancies around the world, including Google, Kiddy and Partners, Capp, and Human Factors International. Roles include Consulting Psychologist, Operations Analyst, Trainee Occupational Psychologist, Management Consultant, Recruitment Consultant and Crowd Management Consultant.

Employer view

"I have been really impressed with the students on the MSc at Leeds. The students themselves are very able and motivated, and the MSc programme provides a very good balance of professional skills and academic depth.As an employer I need occupational psychologists who understand their subject and can interact professionally and effectively with clients – the Leeds programme prepares students very well for their future careers."

Ivan Robertson, Director, Robertson-Cooper

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 maximises commercial skills, with opportunities to increase employability such as grounding in research methods, the Occupational Test User course and working directly with organisations.

Katy Davies, United Kingdom
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When I decided to study a Masters, Leeds was top of my list because of its academic excellence and wealth of social opportunities. It has spectacular international resources and support.

Jennifer Galvan, United States
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I gained insight into a range of business topics and to approach them critically. I enjoyed the dissertation... thinking as consultant and researcher. I’m now a consultant and use my experiences.

Anna Magos, Hungary
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My favourite element of the course is the applied focus. All modules include an element of real-world application and consultant guest lecturers tell us about their roles and careers.

Claire Philp, United Kingdom
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Finding an area of psychology that really interests me, and that is incredibly applicable to working life, has opened so many doors... I am a lot more confident that I will get a good job.

Adam Scott, United Kingdom
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