Occupational and Organizational Psychology MSc - 2020/1

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MSc Occupational and Organizational Psychology

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip Organizational Psychology
PGCert Organizational Behaviour

Professional recognition

British Psychological Society (BPS)
Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time PLD61020 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Other internal and / or external reference points


Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Surrey Business School

Programme Leader


Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

  • The MSc in Occupational and Organizational Psychology is designed to develop the next generation of evidence-based leaders and practitioners in the field of work and organisational psychology. Students learn about the foundation knowledge, research and theory in the field, alongside practical, technical and professional content designed to permit development as future practitioners.
  • The programme covers the standards of the BPS for Occupational Psychology, but importantly reflects the core strengths and interests of the course team: Leadership and Decision Making; Performance and HR Assessment; Quality of Working Life
  • The programme is intentionally delivered in an interdisciplinary environment, from faculty who are Work, Organisational and Occupational Psychologists, Human Resource Specialists, and world-leading experts in Organisational Behaviour. Learning and development is facilitated through innovative, high-quality teaching incorporating (for example) case studies, team-working, skills development, guest speakers, and an applied research project, alongside class lectures and academic assignments and assessment.

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Develop a systematic and integrated understanding of applied practice in occupational and organizational psychology, incorporating research evidence, practical contextual issues, professional and ethical issues. C PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Ability to independently critically evaluate a range of evidence sources relevant to the field. C PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Ability to demonstrate high-level learning and problem solving in the modules studied C PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Advanced skills in research methodology, consultancy skills (including problem-solving, the consultancy cycle). P PGDip, MSc
Ability to independently critically evaluate information about organizations, context, and research findings relevant to practice of occupational and organizational psychology P PGCert, PGDip, MSc
A range of generic skills relevant to practice of occupational and organizational psychology. These include effective oral and written communication, team working, planning and organizing, problem-solving, critical reasoning, data gathering and analysis (qualitative and quantitative), and use of specialist IT (e.g. SPSS). T PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Psychological assessment in the workplace K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Learning, training and development K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Leadership, engagement and motivation K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Well-being and work K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Work design, organizational change and development K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Research design and advanced research methods K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Applying psychology to work K PGCert, PGDip, MSc

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


This Master's Degree programme is studied full-time over one academic year, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics Y
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
Study exchange (Level 5) N
Dual degree N

Quality assurance

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.