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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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£9,020 (FT) £4,510 (PT)
£23,020 (FT) £11,460 (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 February 2016

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.

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.

International students

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.

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Degree Information

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).

Core Modules

  • 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.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Industrial/Organisational and Business Psychology MSc


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. 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.


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, Dunnhumbie, Sainsbury's, Quantcast and many more.

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 a learning platform where everyone is learning from each other, while experts in the area are responsible for the design and delivery of the key modules. These modules have been designed to deepen ones understanding as well as prepare students for successful careers in the area of industrial organisation and business psychology.

Finally, a number of the tutors hosting for 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 developments area, as well as network and develop projects.

Student / staff ratios › 304 staff including 129 postdocs › 741 taught students › 439 research students

Department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

Degree reviews

Student review

"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 Patterson

MSc 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. Finally, given the very applied nature of this course, we very much value students with some work experience in any relating to business psychology or HR.

Application deadlines

All applicants
29 February 2016

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.

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