Loughborough University

Loughborough University

Work Psychology

This programme is especially suitable for students with an undergraduate degree in psychology wishing to develop a career as an Occupational Psychologist. It is also suitable for those wishing to apply their knowledge of psychology in personnel functions, human resource management roles or as business consultants in areas such as selection and assessment, organisational development and change and employee development. Completion of the programme fulfils the requirements of the Stage 1 qualification for those wishing to go on to eventually become a HCPC-registered occupational psychologist. Students are given in-depth training by experienced researchers and practitioners to equip them to understand and analyse a wide range of psychological theories that can be applied in organisational settings. This is integrated with practical training on how to apply theory to influence important business decisions. There is a strong emphasis on developing critical thinking and consultancy skills as well as the ability to work effectively with a wide range of organisational stakeholders. Students extend and cement their practical skills by completing a research project that allows them to apply their knowledge to an organisational issue.

Entry requirements

Minimum of upper 2nd Class Honours degree in psychology or equivalent overseas qualification recognised by Loughborough University and by the British Psychological Society as providing Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership. Evidence of numerical proficiency demonstrated through the study of mathematical or statistical subjects in some part of your first degree. Applications from those with a lower 2nd Class degree may be considered if the applicant has considerable relevant work experience; if English is not the 1st language: IELTS overall 6.5 with a minumim score of 6.0 in each component; the School accepts lower IELTS scres if applicants undertake the University's pre-sessional English course.

Course modules

Semester 1: gathering and using evidence in work psychology (part 1); leadership and performance management; employee engagement, motivation and voice; well-being and work; work design, organisational change and development.
Semester 2: gathering and using evidence in work psychology (double module); psychological assessment at work; career development; learning, development and knowledge management.
Summer: empirical research project in work psychology.

Assessment methods

Each module is assessed by coursework. The coursework is mixture of essays, reports, group work, practical work and presentations. These assessment methods are designed to closely resemble the work carried out by psychologists in the business environment. There are no examinations.

Sponsorship information

The scholarship and bursary range is designed to include a wide range of students and consists of: Alumni scholarships (for UK/EU and international students); Outstanding academic achievement scholarships; Sports scholarships; Hardship bursaries and other funding options; International student specific scholarships, including: Loughborough University Graduate School Development Trust Africa; USA scholarships and loans; and Santander International postgraduate scholarships. Whilst some of scholarships are offered automatically based on the course application, some scholarships and bursaries do require a separate application and have limited availability and application deadlines.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2016 - 1 years
MSc Part-time block-release October 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Loughborough University Loughborough LE11 3TU East Midlands

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