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
  • Excellent employment opportunities, Aston Business School is ranked in the top 10 in world for careers (FT Masters in Management 2013)

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.

  • A good UK honours degree (minimum lower second class) in Psychology recognised by the British Psychological Society (GBC). You can check your qualification at http://www.bps.org.uk/bpslegacy/ac.

  • 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) 

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The twelve 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:

Dr Matthew Carter
BSc, MSc, PhD
Matthew is a Senior Research Fellow with a background in Work & Organisational Psychology and extensive experience in quantitative methodology gained from coordinating the NHS National Staff Survey, in conjunction with the organisational sponsor the Care Quality Commission, between 2003 and 2011.

Dr Ann Davis
BSc, PhD, C.Psychol.
Ann is a Senior Lecturer and Group Head of the Work & Organisational Psychology Group at Aston Business School.  Her background is in both Work Psychology and HRM, and she is a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and of the British Psychological Society. She has taught introductory and advanced courses in the field of people and work for over 20 years. She has published in a variety of peer reviewed journals in HRM and psychology, her work focussing on the construction and enactment of the employment relationship, primarily from the employee perspective.

Dr Alison Glaister
Alison is a Lecturer in Strategic Human Resource Management and lectures on various topics including learning and talent development, workplace training, organisational behaviour and strategic and contemporary issues in human resource management. Prior to her academic career, Alison worked in industry for over ten years in a variety of management roles in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Her research interests include international strategic human resource management, HR transformation, business process outsourcing and talent management. Her work has been disseminated through various academic peer reviewed journals, practitioner publications and conferences. Alison is also active in the broader academic community and is Co-chair of the HRM Special Interest Group for the British Academy of Management.

Dr Yves Guillaume
Diploma, MA, PhD, C.Psychol.
Yves is a Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behavior and the Research Convenor of the Work and Organisational Psychology Group at Aston Business School. Following completion of his first degree, Yves worked as project manager for a public organisation and the Bosch Group in the area of organisational change and development. He teaches leadership, organisational behavior, and research methods at undergraduate, postgraduate, and PhD level.  His research revolves around innovation, effectiveness, and well-being in interdisciplinary and culturally diverse teams and organisations, as well as leadership and corporate social responsibility, which has been published in outlets including Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Human Relations, and Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology.  In addition to his academic work, he consults organisations in leadership and creating fair and inclusive work environments that facilitate innovation, effectiveness, well-being, and social responsibility.

Dr Claudia Sacramento
BA, MSc, PhD
Claudia Sacramento is a Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behavior in the Work and Organisational Psychology Group at Aston Business School. She is also Course Director for the MSc Programme in Organisational Behaviour. She received her PhD from Aston University. Her areas of research interests include individual and organisational creativity, group processes, team effectiveness, leadership and motivation. She has published her work in outlets such as Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology and Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.

Dr Judy Scully
Judy Scully is a Senior Lecturer in Work and Organisational Psychology. She teaches research methods and has a PhD. from the University of Warwick and First Class BA Honors degree. Her areas of research expertise include:  Emergency Preparedness and Evacuation, Health Service Management and User Engagement, SHRM and Innovation in the Public Sector.  Large scale Economic and Social Research Council funded research grants that she has been a research investigator and published on include:  The NHS National Staff Survey, believed to be the third largest staff survey in the World: EREBUS (Engaging Research for Business Transformation) and INDEX ( Innovation Delivers Expansion). In 2005 Judy was awarded the Chancellors Medal and in 2014 she was awarded an Astonishing Academic Award.

Dr Nicholas Theodorakopoulos
Nick is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Strategic Entrepreneurship Development at Aston Business School, Birmingham, UK.  He is Co-Director of the Centre for People and Organisations and Director of the MSc Human Resource Management & Business PT and Deputy Director of the Goldman Sachs ’10,000 Small Businesses Programme’. His specialist areas of research, academic publications and teaching include strategic entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial learning and development, innovation, and diverse entrepreneurship. Apart from contributing to a number of books and special issues as a guest editor, his papers have been published in reputable academic journals, including British Journal of Management, Work, Employment and Society, Technovation, International Small Business Journal, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Journal of Management Development, Public Administration, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Management and Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management.


 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:

  • A purpose-built suite which is accessible exclusively to Masters students 

  • 24 hours access

  • 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.

Contact details:        

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

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Timothy So

Aston is the only place that offers BPS accredited programmes under the Business School instead of a Psychology department, which is appealing to me as I could gain more practical/commercial sense and knowledge.

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