MSc Work Psychology & Business

Key benefits

  • Deepen your understanding of the health and effectiveness of organisations and their employees
  • Develop an awareness of the ways in which psychological principles can be applied across a range of organisational contexts
  • Qualify in Level A & B Psychometric testing as defined by the British Psychological Society (additional workshop and fee applies)
  • Gain a qualification accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

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 programme 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 programme an applied and relevant focus.

In addition to your Aston degree, you will have the opportunity to participate in our international study exchange programme. Studying with one of our partner institutions, the programme will enhance your international experience and communication skills, preparing you for a career in the international business environment.

Core Modules:

 Optional Modules (Choose one):

The programme then concludes with a dissertation project

Professional Development Programme Module

Business skills for life: the essential Aston Professional Development Programme

The Aston Professional Development Programme (PDP) is an integral module that forms part of your MSc taught course from day one.This compulsory module runs throughout the academic year. We have designed it around knowledge through practice - to enhance your employability as you customise the PDP experience to suit your own learning goals and skills development needs.

We take a multidimensional, qualitative and individually tailored approach. Using reflective models, we integrate a competency-based framework into our existing academic programmes.  You will engage with different kinds of experiential learning, such as skills workshops, work-based experience, study abroad and develop your own unique skillset.  

This pathway between theory and the world of work brings together Aston’s faculty, careers practitioners and business and academic partnerships teams to help you step into your future careers as culturally aware, global professionals.

You will be assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the programme 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.

Course Director:

Dr Joanne Lyubovnikova
BSc, MSc, PhD, FHEA, C.Psychol.
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.

Teaching Staff:

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 programme 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 
  • Occupational Health and Wellbeing 
  • Occupational Psychologist – NHS
  • Research Scientist – BAe Systems.

Our international alumni ambassadors share their experiences of studying at Aston Business School with students all over the world who consider applying for a course at Aston. Feel free to contact our ambassadors if you have any questions about 'Aston Life', the Campus, the courses or living in the UK/Birmingham.

As an Aston student, you get the best of both worlds: a green, well-equipped, friendly campus in the centre of a vibrant city. Find out more about Aston campus here.

Only a 10 minute walk from campus, Birmingham is a city with many sides. Find out what living in Birmingham is like here.

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 of programme: Full-time - 12 months 

Start date: September


UK/EU:          £ 9,450  
International:     £15,650  

Scholarships for 2016/7 entry are now open. Find out more here.  

Contact details:        

Aston Business School Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 3200
Email: abspgenquiry@aston.ac.uk

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