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.

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

At its core, the 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 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 Chartered 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

  • Equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University. 

NB The degree must be BPS-accredited, which means recognised by the British Psychological Society as providing Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership. You can check your qualification at http://www.bps.org.uk/bpslegacy/ac.

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
Part-time - 24 months

Start date: September



£ 9,350 (2015 Full-time fee)
£9,250 (2014 Part-time fee)


£15,300 (2015 fee Full-time fee)
£15,000 (2014 Part-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 Stephen Woods 
BSc, MSc, PhD 
Steve joined the Work and Organisational Psychology Group in 2007 as Lecturer and Course Director for MSc Courses in Work/Organisational Psychology and Business, and MSc Organisational Behaviour.  Prior to joining the group, Steve was a Lecturer in Occupational Psychology at the Institute of Work, Health and Organisations at the University of Nottingham.  He is Visiting Lecturer in Occupational Psychology at the University of Nottingham (Malaysia Campus) and at City University.  Steve is well known in the UK and internationally for his work on personality trait assessment and structure, publishing his work in peer-reviewed journals, books, and at conferences.  Since 2001, Steve has also worked as an assessment consultant with private and public centre clients on selection and development projects, most recently in South East Asia.

Teaching staff

Dr Yves Guillaume
Diploma, MA, PhD
Research interests include: Work Group Diversity, Effectiveness and Learning; Multi-level Modelling; Organisational Culture Effectiveness.

Dr Michael Butler

Certificate Field Archaeology, BA, PhD
Michael has also worked as a management consultant across the private and public sectors.  Michael's teaching reflects his research interests in change management/strategy, decision-making (behavioural), discourse analysis, government and society and organisation behaviour/theory.  In particular, he is currently researching two streams of activity: downsizing in the motor industry and the neurosciences of leadership and decision-making.  A connecting theme is surfacing underlying organisational processes in order to more effectively manage organisations.

Professor Robin Martin
Research interests include: Social influence processes, especially from numerical majorities and minorities; Persuasion and attitude change; Workplace leadership; Motivation; Teamworking and Innovation.

This programme is relevant to those planning careers in all organisational settings including both the public and private sectors.

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

the british psychological society accredited

Timothy So

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.

Personal and career development

Personal and career development

Funding your study

Funding your study

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research