Loughborough University

Loughborough University

Business Psychology

This programme is especially suitable for students wishing to develop a career 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. Taught by experienced researchers and practitioners, students are given in-depth training to equip them to apply psychological theories and research to influence and inform a range of important business decisions and to operate effectively at all levels within organisations. 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 can choose to extend and cement their practical skills by completing a research project that allows them to apply their knowledge to an organisational issue. Alternatively they may conduct a focused literature review that examines how psychological research and theory may be applied to a contemporary business problem.

Entry requirements

Minimum upper 2nd Class Honours degree from a UK university or equivalent overseas qualification recognised by Loughborough University. Applications from those with a lower 2nd Class degree may be considered if the applicant has relevant work experience. Applicants should show that their degree included modules that provided them with an awareness of human behaviour in work settings. If this is not the case, applicants should have at least 1 year of work experience and evidence of numerical proficiency demonstrated through the study of mathematical or statistical subjects in some part of their 1st degree.

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 (part 2); psychological assessment in organisations; career development; learning, development and knowledge management.
Summer: empirical research project in work psychology or dissertation in business 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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