Occupational and Organizational Psychology MSc
Why choose this course
“If you want to become a driving force behind people's effectiveness and wellbeing at work, as well as aid businesses and organisations in achieving their maximum potential, then our MSc Occupational and Organizational Psychology is for you.
Taught by academics and experts at the forefront of their field, we want everyone who studies our course to benefit and to be inspired by our research and experience. We’re proud of our excellent Department of People and Organisations at Surrey Business School.
We champion an interdisciplinary environment, consisting of dedicated organisational and occupational psychologists, human resources specialists and organisational behaviour experts.”
Rashpal K. Dhensa-Kahlon
What you will study
Studying this course will help you join the ranks of the next generation of thought-leaders and hands-on professionals in this exciting, growing field. When you graduate, you’ll be ready to use your knowledge to make a lasting impact on the changing world of work.
Conforming to the standards set by the British Psychological Society, this course also reflects the strengths and interests of our dedicated teaching team. We’ll encourage you to develop vital skills in leadership, decision-making, organisational and HR assessment and a knowledge of quality of working life.
MSc - British Psychological Society (BPS)
Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
You must be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the BPS if you wish to go on to do the Stage 2 Qualification in Occupational Psychology after completing our course.
Completing the MSc Occupational and Organizational Psychology allows you to go on to work in a variety of graduate roles and destinations. Past students have secured jobs in occupational psychology consultancies (e.g. Saville Consulting, Amberjack, ABA), and in bigger public organisations like the UK Police Federation. You’ll also acquire critical research skills, leading to a possibility for you to pursue doctoral study and academic careers.
DHENSA-KAHLON Rashpal (SBS)
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.
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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:
Year 1 (full-time)
New students will receive their personalised timetable in Welcome Week, and in subsequent semesters, two weeks prior to the start of semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
Learning and disability
We have two services, Academic Skills and Development and the Disability and Neurodiversity Service which can help develop your learning.
Academic Skills and Development
Academic Skills and Development is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.
Find out more about the study support available.
Disability and Neurodiversity Service
The University’s Disability and Neurodiversity Service supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).
If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.
We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.
English language support
Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.
A minimum of a 2:1 UK honours degree (or a recognised equivalent international qualification) in Psychology or a similar subject with psychology content, such as:
- Any major with a psychology minor
- Human resource management
- Organisational behaviour
- Business, with clear evidence of modules related to organisational behaviour and business psychology
- Sociology, with psychology modules.
Students wishing to go on to the Stage 2 Qualification in Occupational Psychology after the programme will require eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).
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English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each category.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
Following our screening process, we invite suitable applicants to an interview, either face-to-face or via Skype.
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2019-20 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
- If you are on a two-year or three-year part-time structured masters course, the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the course.