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Organizational Psychology

MSc and PGDip

This Master's in Organizational Psychology focuses on the social and psychological processes operating in organisations. Drawing on current and classic theory and research, the course enables you to understand organisations and develop ways of improving them.

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The MSc is the only distance learning Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology to receive accreditation by the British Psychological Society.

By studying this course, you will:

  • Build extensive knowledge of a wide array of psychological theories that can be applied to work settings (in areas including motivation, selection and assessment, well-being, learning and development, organisational change and leadership).
  • Critically evaluate peer-reviewed research that has examined individual, group, and organisational level outcomes.
  • Acquire a thorough grounding of research methods, ethics and statistics.
  • Undertake an applied qualitative or quantitative research dissertation under the guidance of a supervisor who specialises in your chosen methodology.

Course details

  • MSc: You study 8 modules, plus a research project.
  • PGDip: You study 8 modules.

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April session

Application deadline3 March 2019
Registration deadline23 March 2019
Session starts29 April 2019
ExaminationsJuly 2019

October session

Application deadline6 September 2019
Registration deadline24 September 2019
Session starts30 September 2019
ExaminationsDecember 2019

January session

Application deadline8 November 2019
Registration deadline8 December 2019
Session starts13 January 2020
ExaminationsMarch 2020

The programme is available online and is fully supported by a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), as well as study materials and help from academic staff. It allows you to study anywhere in the world and fit your studies around your other commitments.

The degree offers the flexibility to complete in one year, or up to five years depending on your desired study pace.

Study materials

You will be able to access study materials developed by academics at Birkbeck. These include course handbooks, textbooks, and recorded lectures or dedicated audio recordings.

You will be able to discuss your work with fellow students and tutors using a conferencing system. You will discuss topics in tutor groups of 12-15 students.

All study materials (articles and/or set texts) are included in the programme fee, with the exception of materials required to carry out the Research Project.

Online support

Tutors oversee all modules; they respond to queries, monitor discussions and provide general guidance. Each module includes interactive study materials, including videos, quizzes and online discussions. Each module also includes a revision week and revision guidance.

When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and two other key resources:

  • The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) enables access to course materials, resources, and forums to discuss course material and work collaboratively with others.
  • The Online Library holds thousands of journal articles which you can access free of charge. A dedicated helpdesk is available if you have any difficulties in finding what you need.

Time commitment

You can study at your own pace (provided you complete your qualification within five years). If you wish to complete in the minimum study period, you should be prepared to study for around 20 hours per week during the academic session (September/October until July).

Assessment

All modules except 'Professional Development and Learning' and the project are examined by a two-hour unseen written paper. 'Professional Development and Learning' is assessed by coursework. The project is assessed by a 10,000 word report.

Exams are usually held in December, March and July. You can sit exams at an approved centre anywhere in the world (mainly Ministries of Education or the British Council). Each centre charges a fee for hosting exams.

More about exams.

What qualifications do you need?

You will need either a bachelor degree which is considered at least comparable to a UK second class honours degree from an institution acceptable to the University or relevant education and work experience that comprises suitable training for the programme.

If you have an unconventional career path with diverse work experience and have completed The Manager's Toolkit: A Practical Guide to Managing People at Work MOOC, we will consider your application on its own merits.

English Language requirements

If your first degree was not taught in English, you will need to provide evidence of language ability as tested by the British Council or another registered body. This is equivalent to a score of 7.0 overall in the iELTS test, or 7.0 in both reading and writing.

Computer requirements

We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly. Certain courses may have additional requirements, such as software to manage spreadsheets and run macros.

See more about computer requirements.

The fees below apply if you begin during the 2018-2019 session. They may increase by up to 5% per year.

Organizational Psychology2018-2019

Registration fee

£ 2,175

Module fee

£ 1,100

Research project (MSc only)

£ 2,200

Total MSc

£ 13,175

Total Postgraduate Diploma

£ 10,975

Total per module (on a standalone basis for CPD)

£ 1,315

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Additional Costs

You will also need to budget for exam centre fees, which are paid directly to the venues where you sit your exams.

We accept most traditional payment methods, including debit/credit card, international money order, and Western Union.

How to pay your fees.

On 1 July 2017 a Goods and Services Tax (GST) [external website] was introduced in India which applies to online services. From 1 August 2019, the University will be required to add GST at the statutory rate of 18% to its programme fees for new and continuing students resident in India.

Graduates of this course go on to become training professionals, motivators, careers advisers, managers and consultants within large multinational companies, government departments, or in any company where advanced knowledge of organisational psychology may be useful.

BPS Accreditation

The MSc in Organizational Psychology has been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). The BPS is the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK and is responsible for the promotion of excellence and ethical practice in the science, education, and practical applications of the discipline.

In addition to qualifying for Chartered Membership of the BPS, successful students of the MSc in Organizational Psychology also qualify for full membership of the Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP).

What do employers think of our graduates?

In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching institution.

Birkbeck was founded in 1823 as the London Mechanics' Institute. It is unique in its special mission to enable mature students to gain higher education qualifications via part-time study. Consequently, staff are experienced in ensuring a flexible learning environment.

Its Department of Organizational Psychology is the oldest and largest department of its kind in the UK and makes a major contribution to research in the field of behaviour at work. It is one of the principal providers of academic and professional training in occupational psychology within the UK.

Programme Director

Mr Mark Stringer has spent the last 35 years in a variety of posts within business and academia in the UK. He has worked internationally as a Director of HR and gained his MSc in Organizational Behaviour at Birkbeck. Currently completing his PhD at Birkbeck, his teaching and research covers many areas within OP and HRM, with a specific focus on areas with the use of psychoanalysis in interpreting organisational phenomena. He has had papers published at EGOS, OPUS, EURAM. He is Chartered MCIPD, an Associate Fellow of the HEA and a Member of the Association of Business Psychologists.

Programme Team

Dr Keely Jo Frasca joined the OPHRM programme in 2018 and currently convenes the Selection and Assessment, Employee Relations and Motivation, and Learning and Development modules. In addition, Keely leads the quantitative conferences of the Research Methods module.

Aikaterini Penna joined the OPHRM programme in May 2014 and has since convened several modules on both the Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management programmes of study. For the last three years, she has been responsible for the Comparative Employment Relations, International Human Resource Management and Professional Development and Learning modules. She is currently also in charge of the qualitative forums of the Research Methods module.

Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there are additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.

More on funding your study.

Jane Sendall, MSc Organizational Psychology, UK

MSC Organizational Psychology student, Jane Sendall

"This course has definitely increased and improved my critical and strategic thinking, and given me much more confidence in my work."