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' wellbeing and performance. This brand new MSc will prepare students for academic research and professional practice in this field.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2017/18)
- £10,430 (FT) £TBC (PT)
- £25,130 (FT) £TBC (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.
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.
We value applications from individuals who have relevant work experience, and/or have engaged with psychological interventions in a number of commercial and or voluntary organisational settings.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
Select your country:
About this degree
Our students will be exposed to the latest psychological tools and interventions currently used in business and other applied fields. Some of the key areas that we will be covering are: talent management, consultancy skills, and business seminars. In the latter students will follow a series of talks from professionals in the area, which provide a great opportunity to explore the latest techniques as well as network with like-minded professionals in the area.
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).
- Consulting Psychology
- Talent Management
- Consumer Behaviour
- Business Psychology Seminars
- Influence and Negotiation
- Organisational Psychology
Students choose two of the following:
- Applied Decision Making
- Judgment and Decision Making
- Social Cognition
- Current Issues in Attitude Research
- Understanding Individuals and Groups
- Social Psychology
- Principles of Cognition
- Project Management
- Mastering Entrepreneurship
- Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice
- Creativity and Innovation in Organisation
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.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
After the successful completion of the programme our students are eligible to apply for a number of consultancy roles. One of the most popular routes has been management consulting, where graduates are currently enjoying successful careers. In addition, a number of our applicants have found positions as HR professionals within established as well as boutique firms in the UK and internationally. Finally, given the diverse and well-rounded training, some graduates have entered the word of marketing and communications where they apply the theories they have learnt to communicate with other companies and consumers more effectively.
Top career destinations for this degree
- Business Development Manager, James-Lee Consultancy
- Research Psychologist, VisualDNA
- Human Resources (HR) Service Delivery Specialist, Unilever
- Director of Marketing and Business Development, MirrorBell Consulting Services
- Quantitative Research Consultant, Decipher
UCL's Industrial Organisational and Business Psychology group includes luminaries from the talent management and consumer psychology industries, as well as illustrious academics. In addition, our programme features speakers from Google, RBS, Havas Worldwide, Dunnhumby, Sainsbury's, Quantcast and many more.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
Why study this degree at UCL?
One of the key principles that govern this programme is our focus on preparing practitioners utilising the latest theories in the area of organisational and business psychology. This unique focus drives our teaching methodology (applied workshops and training courses) and pedagogical focus (experiential learning).
Our cohort of students comes from a very diverse background and we make sure that we create an environment in which everyone can learn from one another. The modules, created by experts in their fields, have been designed to deepen students' understanding as well as prepare them for successful careers in the area of industrial organisation and business psychology.
A number of the tutors hosting our business seminars are among the leading professionals in the area of business psychology. This is an excellent opportunity for our students to be exposed to the latest thinking, and to network and develop projects.
Department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences
Student / staff numbers
› 185 staff
including 129 postdocs
› 635 taught students
› 477 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences
83% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
What our students and staff say
"The IOBP MSc is certainly living up to my high expectations. If you're fascinated by the psychology of people at work and keen to equip yourself with a highly marketable qualification, from a world-leading university, then I would not hesitate to encourage you to apply. The course combines well-established business psychology principles with cutting edge research in a way that is instantly transferable to the commercial world. The lecture content and delivery are first class - and the topics delivered in a highly engaging and enjoyable way."
Andrew PattersonMSc Industrial/Organisational and BusinessPsychology (2014)
Application and next steps
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.
Who can apply?
Students most likely to benefit from this programme will have had some training in psychology during their first degree. However, we are more than happy to receive applications from students from other social science backgrounds or fields such as human resources management, marketing/business, management, economics and communications. Given the nature of this course, we very much welcome application from students with experience of working in business psychology or HR.
- All applicants
- 31 January 2017
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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.