MSc Occupational and Organizational Psychology


Program Description

Key Information

  • Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
  • Start date: September 2020
  • Apply by: 1 August 2020 (international), 1 September 2020 (UK/EU)

If you’re interested in how people think and behave at work – and in helping them optimise their wellbeing and performance – this is the course for you. You’ll learn to play a key role in developing knowledge, and to influence best practice and policy in the workplace, both today and in the rapidly changing workplace of the future.

Taught by the School of Psychology and the University of Sussex Business School, you’ll gain valuable skills and knowledge in:

  • Psychological assessment at work;
  • Learning, training and development;
  • Leadership, engagement and motivation;
  • Wellbeing and work;
  • Organisational design, change and development.

The course will also cover issues relevant to the future of work, bringing you the latest thinking on a range of topics such as digital connectivity, relational attachment at work, class and masculinity, attitudes to diversity, consumer psychology and modern leadership.


You may have the opportunity to secure an internship through our local professional partnerships, along with applied research project offerings.

Accreditation and partnerships

This course is seeking accreditation against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS). Taking a BPS-accredited course is necessary if you wish to pursue a career as an Occupational Psychologist, and work towards chartered status. Those wishing to achieve Stage 1 accreditation must hold GBC from the BPS.

Our professional networks include Roffey Park Institute and the Institute for Employment Studies (IES). Both are involved with our students through the provision of specialist sessions, professional mentoring and other ad-hoc opportunities.

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part-time. As a part-time student, you’ll be taught mainly on one weekday across the year, with approximately two weeks of intensively taught modules across the summer term of Year 1 to fit around your work commitments.

This course is currently subject to validation, in line with our procedures for assuring the quality of our degrees. This means that some course detail may change. The validation process will be concluded before the course starts.

Fees and Scholarships

How much does it cost?


  • UK/EU students: £12,450 per year
  • The Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £12,450 per year
  • International students: £22,500 per year

Note that your fees, once they’re set, may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

If you are a self-funded international student starting a Masters course in September 2020, you are required to pay a tuition fee deposit.

Additional Costs

British Psychological Society (BPS) membership

You can choose to become a student member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). This costs around £26 (more information is available on the BPS website). You don’t need to be a member of your course.

British Psychological Society (BPS) verified training

You have the opportunity to take British Psychological Society (BPS)-verified training, for example in the use of psychometric ability and personality tests. Training is delivered by external suppliers, dependent on their availability. Each course costs around £400. You don’t need to do the training for your course.

Course trips

There may be opportunities for course trips such as visits to professional practices. These are not mandatory for the course. Costs vary but will range from £50 to £100. You’ll need to pay for your own transport and food.

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £11,222 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2020. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.


Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals. Scholarships for this course have yet to be confirmed.

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Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study.


On graduation, you’ll be well prepared for professional practice as an occupational or organisational/business psychologist in fields such as:

  • In-house in the private sector and the public sector (MI6, military, NHS, emergency services, Government and the Civil Service);
  • Test-publishing houses;
  • Research consultancies and institutes;
  • Policy think-tanks;
  • Management consultancy;
  • HR consultancy, and within HR/people/wellbeing departments in organisations;
  • Self-employment.

On the course, you’re invited to meet psychologists from different industries and to attend real-world assessment days. You’ll also cover important areas relevant to the future of work including the impact of technology, attitudes to diversity and the fourth industrial revolution.

Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

The University of Sussex is a leading research-intensive university near Brighton. They have both an international and local outlook, with staff and students from more than 100 countries and frequent ... Read More

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