Developing skills for a career in enhancing organisational and personal effectiveness, our renowned MSc in Occupational Psychology not only equips you with the practical skills necessary for becoming an occupational psychologist; it is also accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is the first step towards pursuing registration with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Taught by academics at the world-leading Institute of Work Psychology (IWP) – home to one of the largest groups of organisational psychology experts in Europe – students on this 12 month MSc discover a programme that is both participative and interactive. We have a commitment to increasing understanding of occupational wellbeing and effectiveness and identifying factors leading to their enhancement.
The IWP works with a range of public and private sector organisations and acts as an advisory body to practitioners, professional bodies and policy-makers. You benefit from being part of its dynamic research culture which is embedded in the teaching, complemented by established links with organisations and a supportive community of passionate, committed staff.
Our MSc in Occupational Psychology has been running since 1975 and boasts an international reputation. It is taught full-time from autumn to spring, through a combination of lectures, seminars, case studies, group work for collaborative learning and web-based discussion groups. This taught period is followed by a dissertation where students conduct a research project within an organisation over the summer, providing real world experience within a company. Students are assessed through individual assignments, group projects, examinations and an organisational project.
Project opportunities can be generated by students or through IWP’s business network and Sheffield University Management School’s Employability Hub. These provide you with the chance to apply your knowledge to real-world issues and develop organisational skills. Throughout the programme, practical workshops focus on developing skills in presentations, SPSS statistical software, group work and information management. There is also training to acquire the BPS Assistant Test User and Tester User Qualifications (Occupational, Ability and Personality) in Psychometric Testing.
Teaching is structured around case study and workshop activities in order to ensure that learning is both active and relevant to modern organisations. Our programme will ensure that you are equipped with practical skills for the workplace, have developed a strong understanding of occupational psychology, a critical appreciation of current theory and practice and have acquired the skills and knowledge necessary for future employment as an occupational psychologist. The MSc Occupational Psychology covers all the knowledge areas required for Stage 1 of professional development to be a practicing psychologist. In workshops, guidance is also provided on working towards Stage 2 (Supervised Practice).
The course lasts 12 months and begins in September.
Rosie Tate, MSc Occupational Psychology graduate 2012, said:
“I chose to study for my Masters here because of its indisputable reputation as a centre of excellence in the field of occupational psychology. The IWP is unique in that it offers small interactive class sizes whilst maintaining a high quality of teaching from lead researchers and practitioners.”
For more testimonials from our MSc Occupational Psychology, click here.
This programme will appeal to graduates with a strong academic background in psychology who want to become an Occupational Psychologist, as well as those with an interest in business consultancy, human resource management or organisational research.
You will have a 2:1 honours degree in psychology, or an approved professional qualification in psychology, with significant coverage of research methods and statistics topics. You must be eligible for the BPS’s Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). If you have not graduated from a BPS accredited degree programme, you can apply for our MSc Work Psychology.
For overseas students, Sheffield University Management School’s standard English requirement is IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6 in each part). For detailed information on our English language requirements, visit www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/info/englang.
The IWP evolved from the Social and Applied Psychology Unit, established by the Medical Research Council in 1968. It is a centre of excellence, boasting a strong reputation for world-class research and application of research to practice, and forms part of the Sheffield University Management School.
Sheffield University Management School is proud to be in the top one per cent of business schools in the world, thanks to a prestigious Triple Crown accreditation (AMBA, EQUIS, AACSB). The School’s architect-designed building is situated in leafy Broomhill, just 15 minutes’ walk from the city centre and 15 minutes’ drive from the Peak District, providing a very high quality of life for you.
We are research-led, dynamic and progressive. The School endeavours for every graduate to be work-ready in both theory and practice. Our world-class academics work very hard to ensure this.
A dedicated careers service is also on hand to support students and put you in touch with organisations. The Employability Hub acts as a key interface between management students and the external world. Its services help you to access employability support, skills development and opportunities in the following areas; postgraduate projects, internships, postgraduate international summer schools, professional body associations and jobs. This MSc also offers specialist employment advice, a tailored programme of work and access to key organisations which will benefit you following graduation.
- Personnel Selection and Development
- Training and Wellbeing
- Organisational Behaviour
- Work Systems and Human Factors
- Research Methods
- Practitioner Skills and Professional Insights
- Organisational research project
- Programme of external speakers from different organisations
- Career workshops and Test User Qualifications
- ITC suite, Psychometrics library, and access to key books and journals
- Opportunities to engage with IWP’s research activities and professional networks
- Course numbers are small – typically between 15 to 30 people
Contact for enquiries: Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0)114 222 3376
Fees and Scholarships:
Course Fees for 2014-15 are:
- GBP 9,000 for EU Students
- GBP 17,130 non-EU Students
There are a number of scholarships which students may be eligible for, including the 2014 MSc Occupational Psychology scholarship - five bursaries of 50 per cent of the total programme fee are being offered to all University of Sheffield psychology graduates wishing to study Sheffield University Management School's MSc Occupational Psychology.
Visit the following links for more information:
Sheffield University Management School Scholarships
University of Sheffield Scholarships
International Student Scholarships
For more information about fees and funding your studies, click here.
The MSc in Occupational Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)