• Status: Fully Approved
  • Start date: October 2017
  • Duration:

      1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

    • Attendance:

      October to July

      Full-time evening study: attend classes up to 3 evenings a week at Birkbeck over 1 year.

      Part-time evening study: attend classes 2 evenings a week at Birkbeck over 2 years.

      Part-time study via network learning: distance-learning online, including 5 non-residential weekend workshops over 2 years.

      You can also study this course full-time via accelerated network learning.

    • Location:

      Central London

      Or network-learning, with attendance at non-residential weekend workshops at Birkbeck in central London.

    • Professional bodies that recognise this course:

      Accredited by the British Psychological Society as providing the knowledge base for progress towards the professional qualification of Chartered Occupational Psychologist.

    Programme overview

    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.

    How to apply

    You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application link below. Please note that online application will open in October 2016.

    This course is available for full-time evening study over 1 year or part-time evening study over 2 years, or part-time network-learning study over 2 years.

    You can also study this course full-time over 1 year via accelerated network-learning.

    Need help with your application? Watch videos featuring our academic experts giving advice on applying to Birkbeck and answering some of the most frequently asked questions.

    Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form, including our online personal statement tool, which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.

    Application deadlines and interviews

      As early as possible, but no later than September.

      Why study this course at Birkbeck?

      Entry requirements

      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.

      Fees (2016/7)

      Part-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa
      Full-time home/EU students: £ 7950 pa
      Part-time overseas students: £ 7225 pa
      Full-time overseas students: £ 14450 pa

      Additional costs

      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.

      Payment and Fees Discounts

      Flexible finance: pay your fees in monthly instalments at no extra cost. Enrol early to spread your costs and reduce your monthly payments.

      Fees discounts: If you are a Birkbeck alumni or a member of a union that is recognised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), you may apply for a 10% discount off your tuition fees.

      Funding and Financial Support

      The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses – and you don't have to start repaying until 2019.

      Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

      Find out more about funding and financial support at postgraduate level.

      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.

      Our research

      Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

      Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

      Read about Birkbeck research offering insights and expertise to inform business, contribute to economic success and develop ground-breaking technologies.

      Further study opportunities

      Those with medical training may be eligible to apply for the related MSc Medical Leadership.

      Interested in further research? We offer an MPhil/PhD in Organizational Psychology.