MSc Work Psychology & Business

MSc Work Psychology and Business Aston University
Unlike other universities, Aston offered my course in a business school setting. It is specifically orientated towards business, making it much more practical to apply to corporate roles.”

Hamish Ransley

Entry requirements

A good UK honours degree (2:2 minimum) or equivalent

MSc Work Psychology & Business emphasises the study of practical, real-world organisational and business issues, combined with the academic and scientific rigour of occupational psychology as an applied science. Our graduates go on to work at organisations including Jaguar Land Rover, NHS and NPower.
Apply psychological principles to organisational contexts
Gain professional BPS accreditation
Study abroad and internship opportunities
Qualify in Level A & B Psychometric Testing

MSc Work Psychology & Business is suitable if you hold a good first degree in psychology and wish to pursue a career as work or occupational psychologist. Work psychology is a topic at the core of our understanding of healthy and effective organisations and employees. It gives psychologists a unique opportunity to study business alongside specialist work psychology modules and will enable you to operate within a global workplace.

This course emphasises the study of practical, real-world organisational and business issues, combined with the academic and scientific rigour of occupational psychology as an applied science. The business school context provides an excellent perspective on the application of occupational psychology in organisations, and gives the course an applied and relevant focus.

Core Modules:

  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Learning & Talent Development 
  • Workplace Design & Health 
  • Research Methods in Human Resource Management & Business and Organisational Behaviour 
  • Employee Relations and Counselling
  • Assessment Performance and Reward
  • Strategy, Change & Leadership 

 Optional Modules (Choose one):

  • Accounting for Non-Financial Managers
  • Organisational Behaviour Theory and Practice
  • Strategic Business Sustainability
  • Strategic  & International Human Resource Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Management of Innovation
  • Economic Environment of Business

The course then concludes with a dissertation project.


You will be assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the course is then complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation.

Personal development

You will acquire skills in the following areas: giving presentations; team working; report writing; negotiation and IT skills.

This course will enable you to develop a wide range of professional skills demanded by graduate employers. These include:

  • awareness of issues affecting employee motivation, job design and employee involvement
  • developing learning capability and innovation in organisations
  • strategic HR, employee resourcing, employee development, employee relations, employee involvement and participation, work motivation
  • selection and assessment methods, job performance measurement, reward management and career management
  • basic counselling communication skills
  • psychological and physiological measurement, risk assessment/management and application of health and safety legislation
  • negotiation and influencing skills, and the role of leadership
  • organisational change, change management strategies and minimising work-related stress.

Course Director

Dr Joanne Lyubovnikova
Joanne is a Lecturer in Organisational Psychology and a Chartered Occupational Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. Her research interests are in the area of group and team effectiveness and she publishes her work in peer-reviewed journals, books, and at conferences both nationally and internationally. Joanne lectures on various modules including Organisational Behaviour, Effective Teamwork, and Workplace Design and Health, teaching across undergraduate, MSc and MBA programmes.

More than a masters

Your Professional Development Programme (PDP) is an integrated module which runs throughout your course. Focusing on professional development and employability, this module gives you the opportunity to identify, develop and apply the key skills you will gain throughout the year.

Learn more

MSc Work Psychology & Business is a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited postgraduate course in Occupational Psychology. Successful completion of the course leads to the academic basis for the BPS Chartered Occupational Psychology qualification (QOccPysch).

More information can be found on the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology website.

This course will prepare you for a career in any organisational setting: including both the public and private sectors. Recent graduate positions include:

  • Business Psychologist (Recruitment and Assessment) – Jaguar Land Rover
  • Learning and Development Specialist - Network Rail
  • Occupational Health and Wellbeing Scientific Advisor- NPower 
  • Occupational Psychologist – NHS
  • Research Scientist – BAE Systems.

In addition to our standard MSc entry requirements, you must have obtained a BSc in Psychology (UK only) or obtained a recognisable equivalent degree (overseas).

One of the following:

  • A good UK honours degree (minimum lower second class) in Psychology recognised by the British Psychological Society (GBC). You can check your qualification here

  • Equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University.

As well as:

  • Two professional references – at least one must be from an academic referee

  • An official academic transcript of your university grades to date

  • A completed application form.

For International Students:

  • An official academic transcript, with an official English translation, of your university grades to date

  • Students whose native language is not English will also need to satisfy our English language requirements Pre-sessional English language programmes are available for good applicants whose English qualification falls just short of these requirements.

Duration ofcourse: Full-time - 12 months 
Start date: September


UK/EU:          £ 10,000
International:     £15,950  

Scholarships for 2017/8 entry are now open. Find out more here.  

Interested? We'd love to hear from you.

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