Occupational Psychology (Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma / MSc)

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Full-Time or Part-Time


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Build the analytical and practical skills to thrive in contemporary business environments on this BPS accredited course

On this British Psychology Society (BPS) accredited programme we consider you an Occupational Psychologist in training. As such, we will support you in building a competency portfolio as preparation for work in many types of modern organisation.

The course focuses on preparing you for a career in occupational psychology, including the development of consultancy skills. We use case studies and practical exercises rooted in commercial realism to expose you to issues facing businesses, including talent acquisition, leadership development and employee wellbeing. We invite experienced business leaders to present a practical problem, challenging you to conduct a quick-time assessment and pitch a solution. To maximise your value to employers, while you follow the BPS curriculum on talent acquisition, you will also undertake the qualifications Test User Ability (TUA) and Test User Personality (TUP)*.

The course benefits from an outstanding programme of guest speakers, who apply occupational psychology in all kinds of contexts. You will explore real-world challenges, such as the impact of artificial intelligence on work, and the impact of toxic leaders on an organisation’s reputation. We have excellent links with employers of occupational psychologists, and course participants can focus their dissertations on topics relevant to their chosen career paths.


  • Occupational Psychology in the Contemporary Business Environment
  • Talent Acquisition
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Development and Coaching
  • Global Leadership
  • Wellbeing in the Workplace 

Study style

Typically this course is taught over two days for full-time and one day for part-time. Assessment is by coursework and includes briefing reports, case studies, skills portfolios and a dissertation.

Entry requirements

  • At least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in psychology
  • You should be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered membership of the BPS
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in writing and in any other band) or equivalent.


Fees - 2018/19 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £6600
Postgraduate Diploma £4400
Postgraduate Certificate £2200
International Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £13840
Postgraduate Diploma £9250
Postgraduate Certificate £4600

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full-time or part-time study. Please refer to the Tuition Fee and Bursary Policy for payment methods and timescales.


The course equips students with skills to thrive in all types of organisations, from the civil service to business consultancies. Career paths include occupational psychologist, management consultant, assessment and recruitment consultant, training consultant and human factors specialist.

Associated professional accreditations

British Psychological Society

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British Psychological Society (BPS) Accredited

Accredited by the British Psychological Society, you will cover the core areas demanded of Stage 1 registration.

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Gain professional qualifications

As part of your course you will complete training in Test User Ability (TUA) and Test User Personality (TUP), gaining familiarity with methods employed by organisations to acquire new talent.

Guest speakers

Business connections to develop commercial awareness

The programme is enriched by contributions from speakers coming from one of the Big Four professional services consultancy firms, occupational psychology consultancy JCA, public sector organisations and local commercial businesses. Moreover, hands-on activities give you practical experience and build commercial awareness.

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