1 year full-time or 2 years part-time, October to July
3 evenings a week full-time or 2 evening a week part-time
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.
Why study this course at Birkbeck?
- Enhance or develop your career in management, human resources, training and development or consultancy.
- Access to an extensive range of electronic resources, including specially prepared texts for each module. Use of the online learning environment with a high level of staff support.
- This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society as providing the knowledge base for progress towards the professional qualification of Chartered Occupational Psychologist.
You complete 8 taught modules.
You will also complete a supervised independent applied research project.
- Employee Relations and Motivation
- Leadership and Performance Management (RCP)
- Learning and Development
- Life Career Development
- Research Methods
- Selection and Assessment
- Understanding Organizations and Change
- Work and Well Being
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
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 and finance
We are committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies.
FeesPart-time home/EU students: £ 4475 pa
Full-time home/EU students: £ 8950 pa
Part-time overseas students: £ 7225 pa
Full-time overseas students: £ 14450 pa
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.
Teaching and assessment
Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.
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.
Careers and employability
To help you get ahead in your career, we offer free advice and training and our recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, can connect you with employers.
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 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.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck.
How to apply
You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application link below.
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.
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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.
Life at Birkbeck
Birkbeck offers a unique combination of evening study and a matchless central London location, right in the geographic and academic centre of the city, giving you exceptional opportunities.
Most of our students live in private accommodation, but we also offer student accommodation and access to the professional services of the University of London Housing Services.
The Birkbeck experience
Birkbeck is different: our classes are held in the evening, so your days are free - to study, work, volunteer or just do your own thing.
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