MSc Work Psychology

Sheffield University Management School, Faculty of Social Sciences

Triple Crown accreditation means we meet the high standards of three of the world's most prestigious accreditation bodies: AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB. This puts us in the top one per cent of business schools worldwide.

We teach business management from a truly global perspective. Our staff and students come from all over the world. And our courses are based on pioneering research into the challenges faced by businesses everywhere.

About the course

Work psychology is vital to our wellbeing, as individuals and as a society.

The Institute of Work Psychology at Sheffield is a world leader in the field. We work with public and private sector organisations. We also advise professional bodies and policy makers.

Our hands-on course is designed to prepare you for a career that makes a positive difference to everyday lives, makes organisations more effective and contributes to economic growth.

You will pick up valuable transferable skills in information management, communication, planning and research. In practical workshops, you'll learn how to use statistical software.

This degree is not recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS) but it will help you develop the skills you need for research and practice as an occupational psychologist.

There's a programme of regular guest lectures by professionals. And the course can involve a research project in a real-world organisation, which will demand effective communication, negotiation and project management skills. IWP staff will help you identify opportunities.

Recent research projects include a performance management project for a large organisation, working with a company in the insurance sector on change management, and a review of a law firm's reward system.

Core modules

  • Personnel Selection and Development
  • Training and Wellbeing
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Work Systems and Human Factors
  • Research Methods
  • Statistics
  • Practitioner Skills and Professional Insights


  • Lectures
  • Workshops


  • Written work
  • Exams
  • Research dissertation

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Rob Globke, postgraduate in the School of Managment

Key facts

Course duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree with significant coverage of psychology, research methods and statistics topics.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

How we teach

We'll teach you how to identify opportunities, solve problems and inspire others. Many of our teaching staff are world-class researchers working in policy-relevant areas. Our courses are based on their research.

We bring in guest speakers from business, local government and industry. You can apply to carry out a project with an external organisation as part of your course. We also offer you the chance to spend the summer at another university overseas.

Your career

The course is designed to prepare you for a career in consultancy, HR management or research. Graduates work for Arup, Hay Group, the MOD, Pearn Kandola and others. Some are independent consultants.

Courses at the Institute of Work Psychology (IWP)

The IWP is an international centre for research in occupational and organisational psychology. As part of the Management School, its taught programmes are ideal for students who are considering careers in business consultancy, human resource management or organisational research. Based near campus, the centre brings together staff from various University departments, including the Management School, to work with private and public sector organisations.

Apply now

You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 (0)114 222 3376