This Master's degree is aimed at those who wish to develop their understanding of people and organisations. You will gain a broad knowledge base in occupational psychology and organisational behaviour.
The degree focuses on discussions of current research, with the aim of encouraging you to engage in critical thinking and reflect on theory and practice. You will also acquire basic applied research skills.
We know you may be juggling many aspects of your life and need flexibility and understanding, so this course is available in a variety of formats. You can study full-time over 1 year or part-time over 2 years, coming into Birkbeck 2 to 3 evenings a week, or you can study part-time over 2 years via network-learning, which is a form of distance-learning with weekend workshops that you attend.
You can also study this course full-time over 1 year via accelerated network-learning.
You complete 8 taught modules.
You will also complete a supervised independent applied research project.
A good honours degree or conversion diploma in psychology giving eligibility for graduate basis for chartered membership with the British Psychological Society.
International entry requirements
International applicants for the 1-year network learning programme will not qualify for a Tier 4 student visa. Students requiring a Tier 4 visa should apply for the full-time programme taught by face-to-face classes with attendance required up to 3 evenings per week.
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.
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As well as fees, you should expect to pay other study-related expenses, for travel to and from College, books, stationery, etc. Birkbeck provides advice and financial support for students who experience hardship in meeting the travel costs of essential fieldwork or study visits.
On this programme, you will also have to pay for the following additional costs:
The 5 weekend workshops are a compulsory element of this programme for all students (network-learning and evening study). The cost of travel to, and accommodation for, the 5 weekend workshops will depend on individual circumstances and choice.
You may also have to pay registration costs to join the professional bodies that have accredited this course. The costs will vary according to the professional bodies.
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Careers and employability
Graduates go in to careers in psychology, human resources, and management. Possible professions include occupational psychologist, human resources officer, or probation officer. This degree may also be useful within management roles, including management consultant, retail manager, or logistics and distribution manager.
Find out more about these professions.
Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.
We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.
Teaching and assessment
Evening classes (6pm-9pm) usually take place on 2 evenings a week part-time and up to 3 evenings a week for full-time students. They involve both lectures and group work. Teaching takes place over 3 terms.
Network learning combines online distance-learning with face-to-face weekend workshops. You will contribute to online, tutor-supported discussion groups and attend weekend workshops, involving both lectures and group exercises.
Essays or reports; written examinations each year; and an independent applied research project (10,000 words), normally submitted at the end of the final year. Full-time students complete the same number of assessments in 1 year.