MSc Work Psychology and Business

This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) in the Division of Occupational Psychology. It is ideal for students with a good first degree in Psychology who wish to progress into a career as a work or organisational psychologist, or want to gain a solid understanding of business principles and awareness.

Why choose this course?

  • Study practical, real world organisational and business issues
  • Business context provides an excellent perspective of the application of occupational psychology in organisations
  • Deepen your understanding of the health and effectiveness of organisations and their employees

Work Psychology is a topic that is at the core of our understanding of healthy and effective organisations and employees.

At its core, the MSc Work Psychology and Business 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 at Aston provides an excellent perspective of the application of occupational psychology in organisations, and gives the programme an applied and relevant focus. We believe that the balance of occupational psychology and core business understanding helps to make our graduates uniquely equipped as the next generation of Occupational Psychologists.

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.

The taught modules are assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. The taught element of the programme is complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation.

Personal development

Students 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 Work Psychology and a Chartered Occupational Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.  She is Course Director for the MSc Work Psychology & Business Programme, and lectures on various topics including organisational behaviour, effective teamwork, and workplace design and health. Her research interests are in the area of group and team effectiveness and she publishes in peer-reviewed journals, books, and at conferences both nationally and internationally. Joanne is also Co-Chair of the Organisational Psychology special interest group for the British Academy of Management.

Teaching Staff:

The MSc in Work Psychology and Business is a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited postgraduate programme in Occupational Psychology (Stage 1).

For students with BPS Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), successful completion of the MSc Work Psychology and Business provides the academic basis for pursuing Stage 2 of the Qualification in Occupational Psychology (QOccPysch). If you are an international student, and/or your undergraduate psychology degree is not accredited by the BPS, you will need to apply to the BPS directly to determine your eligibility for GBC, and may need to complete a conversion course should you subsequently wish to commence QOccPysch Stage 2 training.

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

This programme is relevant to those planning careers in all organisational settings including both the public and private sectors and recent graduates have secured positions with Jaguar Land Rover, The Ministry of Defence, Compuserve, BAE Systems and the BBC, for example.

Aston Business School's outstanding student facilities include:

  • Free Wi-Fi connection

  • Modern lecture/tutorial rooms

  • Computer labs

  • Lounge area

  • IT equipment and packages and use of Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Aston Business School has a network of ‘Career Champions’ - MSc alumni who are working in a range of sectors globally or running their own business. To find out more about Career Champions click here.

  • 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.

If your Psychology Degree is not accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as above, you can apply to the BPS directly here to get your degree accredited. If accreditation is granted you will need to submit evidence of such within your application.

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:          £ 9,350 (2015 Full-time fee) 
International:     £15,300 (2015 fee Full-time fee) 

Scholarships for 2015/6 entry are now closed.  

Contact details:        

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

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