This is for you if... you want a sound knowledge and understanding of how psychology can be applied in an occupational context.
This BPS-accredited postgraduate distance learning degree will equip you with an excellent level of knowledge and understanding of a broad range of topics in Occupational Psychology, including an appreciation of theory, an awareness of the strengths and limitations of research evidence, and how research can be used to help organisations and its employees. It also provides stage one towards the BPS Qualification in Occupational Psychology.
You will learn how to apply occupational psychology methodologies to solve real-life problems in organisations. Core psychological theories will be illustrated with the latest research and examples of practice. You will develop a range of applied skills including interviewing, evaluation and questionnaire design.
The course uses an online teaching and learning system to create an interactive learning environment. Your learning materials are accessed completely online at any time of the day. Distance learning with the School of Psychology means studying in your own time on a part-time basis, so you can combine achieving a qualification with work or family commitments. You will benefit from our professionally created course syllabus that meets the needs of professionals working in the field. The course team consists of both academics and practitioners with a wide range of expertise across all areas of the subject.
An optional two-day residential Course Conference is held annually at the University, consisting of workshops and study skills sessions. The Conference provides support for your studies and the opportunity to hear esteemed speakers, both academic and practitioner, on areas of occupational psychology. It is also an excellent opportunity to meet staff and fellow students.
This MSc is fully accredited by the British Psychological Society. This means you can go on to stage 2 to become a Chartered Occupational Psychologist.
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'Aptitude or personality: student pilot performance in a cross-cultural setting'
'A cross-cultural review of employee resistance to organisational change within the PCB industry'
'The relationship between the physical work environment, job satisfaction and organisational commitment'
'Occupational stress: a comparison between full-time and part-time working mothers'
'The impact of Psychological Capital on the relationship between exposure to bullying behaviours and both psychological health and self-perceptions of being bullied'
'Examination of perceptions of employee engagement'
Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.
A distance learning course from the University of Leicester lets you study at home – from anywhere in the UK or from anywhere in the world - in a way that enables you to fit your learning around your personal and professional life.
At the end of the course you will have a fully recognised degree, just the same as those awarded to students on campus full-time.
Support for your studies is provided by members of our psychology team, some of whom are professional psychologists working in a range on industries.
Teaching and learning
On a distance learning course, you will study in your own time on a part-time basis, so you can combine achieving a qualification with work or family commitments.
Teaching is through specially prepared course materials and other directed reading. Each module is made up of one to three written assignments. There are discussion boards on our virtual learning environment (Blackboard) which let you engage with tutors and other students; these also contribute to your assessment.
A range of assessments are used across the course including case studies, presentations (via Skype) and research reports.
There is also an annual course conference at Leicester.
Duration2 years by distance learning
Start DatesOctober each year
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