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 MSc will prepare students for academic research and professional practice in this field.
Modes and duration
Part-time students usually attend three days a week. We ask that part-time students complete at least three core modules and one optional module in each year.
Tuition fees (2021/22)
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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
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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 psychology, consumer behaviour 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).
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Industrial/Organisational and Business Psychology.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
- Consulting Psychology
- Talent Management
- Consumer Behaviour
- Business Psychology Seminars
- Influence and Negotiation
- Introduction to Statistics for Psychology
In addition, students register for two optional modules (each worth 15 credits) in consultation with the programme director, subject to availability and space. The range of optional modules available can vary from year to year. As a guide to the optional modules available, the range of optional modules offered to students in the previous academic year is shown below.
- Applied Decision Making
- Judgment and Decision Making
- Social Cognition
- Current Issues in Attitude Research
- Understanding Individuals and Groups
- Social Psychology
- Strategic Project Management
- Mastering Entrepreneurship
- Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice
The range of optional modules available can vary from year to year. As a guide to the optional modules available, the optional modules offered to students in the previous academic year is shown above. We cannot guarantee that each of these modules will be offered in the coming academic year. If you are interested in a particular module, please contact the programme administrator who should be able to advise you on its availability.
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 more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
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 various industries. In the past we have had speakers from Google, RBS, Havas Worldwide, Dunnhumby, Sainsbury's and Quantcast.
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 come 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
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.
This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
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 programme, we very much welcome applications from students with experience of working in business psychology or HR.
- All applicants
- 1 February 2021
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.
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