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 Institute of Work Psychology (IWP) – home to one of the largest groups of organisational psychology experts in Europe – students on this 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.

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.

TATA visit 2013The Course

Our MSc in Occupational Psychology boasts an international reputation. It is taught full-time from September to spring followed by a dissertation where students conduct a research project within an organisation over the summer. Students are assessed through individual assignments, group projects, examinations and an organisational project. Find out more about the modules and assessment here.

• Do a research project with an organisation
• Experience regular guest lecturers from leading figures
• Be supported by an enthusiastic community of experts

Project opportunities can be generated by students or through IWP’s business network and the 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 course, 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.

    The Candidate

    “I have really enjoyed the broad range of modules within my course, enabling me to gain an insight into the different areas of Occupational Psychology and experience its diverse and applicable nature. The interactive and practical element of the lectures have been stimulating and inspiring, and helped develop my communication and critical thinking skills whilst increasing my knowledge and understanding of the field.”

    Read more from Jessica Pickard, as well as more testimonials, 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 6.5 (with no less than 6 in each part). For detailed information on our English language requirements, click here.

    What you will study

    Core Modules

    • Work Design, Organisational Change and Development
    • Leadership, Engagement and Motivation
    • Selection and Psychological Testing in Organisations
    • Learning, Training and Development
    • Well-being and Work
    • Applying Psychology to Work and Organisations
    • Statistical Methods for Occupational Psychologists
    • Research Methods for Occupational Psychologists
    • Organisational research project

    Additional Features

    • 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 3349
    Email: pmgt_help@sheffield.ac.uk


    Tuition fees for 2016-17 are:

    • GBP 10,250 for EU Students
    • GBP 19,500 non-EU Students

    This programme includes compulsory field visits. Costs of travel and accommodation, and lunch where appropriate, are covered by the Management School. Students are required to pay for any other food and drink.

    You may incur fees for late registration, re-examination and re-submission. Click here to find out more.


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    Sheffield University Management School Scholarships
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    For more information about fees and funding your studies, click here.


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    The MSc in Occupational Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)

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