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Miss Hannah Spikesley

Email: h.spikesley@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 8798

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£21,000 (FT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

Interdisciplinary: not an assessed unit
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Industrial/Organisational and Business Psychology MSc

Industrial/Organisational and Business Psychology deals with human capital issues and is instrumental in helping businesses become more effective and profitable, as well as improving employees' well-being and performance. This brand new MSc will prepare students for academic research and professional practice in this field.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students will develop a detailed understanding of the importance of psychological theories and methods for enhancing organisational effectiveness in the world of business. They will examine well-established processes involved in the identification, development and retention of talent in organisations, such as staffing and human resources, training and development, employee engagement surveys and performance management.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The Division of Psychology & Language Sciences undertakes world-leading research and teaching in mind, behaviour, and language.

Our work attracts staff and students from around the world. Together they create an outstanding and vibrant environment, taking advantage of cutting-edge resources such as extensive laboratories for research in speech and language, perception, and cognition.

Students on this programme will receive the most advanced methodological training and conduct state-of-the-art research in areas relevant to business/organisational psychology, and will benefit from the commercial experience of senior faculty members within the department.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Consulting Psychology
  • Talent Management
  • Research Methods
  • Business Psychology Seminars
  • Influence and Negotiation
  • Organisational Psychology


  • Applied Decision Making
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Social Cognition
  • Current Issues in Attitude Research
  • Psychology of Health
  • Understanding Individuals and Groups
  • Social Psychology
  • Principles of Cognition
  • Project Management
  • Mastering Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice
  • Graphical Models


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a substantial dissertation.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, presentations, case studies, practical experiments and statistical and computational work. Assessment is through examinations, essays, group projects, dissertation and oral examination.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in Psychology or related subject, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

Applications are accepted throughout the year until early August, however students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines. Deadline application is 3 August. Please note that applications can take up to thre weeks before they are received by the Course Administrator so please allow sufficient time for your application to be received by the Course Administrator before the deadline.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for students with a first degree in psychology or related subject who wish to develop the skills necessary for both academic research and professional practice in the field of industrial/organisational and business psychology.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Industrial/Organisational and Business Psychology at graduate level
  • why you want to study Industrial/Organisational and Business Psychology at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this rigorous programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


We anticipate that graduates of this new programme will develop their skills as professional psychologists within large government or commercial organisations, for example as HR executives, recruitment consultants, executive coaches, leadership and management consultants, and will gain the tools necessary for further research in this field.

The first cohort of students on this new programme are due to graduate in 2013, therefore no information about career destinations is currently available.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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