Year of entry2018
Start dateOctober 2018
Up to four years full-time or seven years part-time
Regular meetings with your supervisor(s)
Birkbeck's MRes/Professional Doctorate in Occupational Health Psychology is the only one of its kind offered in the UK.
This research degree, run by Birkbeck's Centre for Sustainable Working Life, combines advanced education in applied research and professional development with the opportunity to conduct real-world research under the guidance of world-leading academics. Assessment is 100% coursework in Year 1 and research in Years 2 and 3, culminating in a doctoral thesis.
This programme will appeal to those in the UK and abroad who are looking to develop, advance or change careers in occupational health psychology and management or in an associated area.
Indicative areas of research conducted under the auspices of the Centre for Sustainable Working Life include:
- Assessment and coaching
- Chronic illness - including cancer and PTSD - and working life
- Health and safety management
- Occupational and social psychology
- Occupational epidemiology
- Organisational communication and relationships
- Organisational risk management
- Psychosocial approaches to occupational health
- Stress in the workplace and work-life balance
- Sustainable health and wellbeing in the workplace.
- 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.
- This the only such programme currently offered in the UK and can be tailored to students’ interests and, if appropriate, to those of their employing or professional organisations.
- Teaching staff and supervisors will be acknowledged occupational health psychologists or experts in health and safety management and/or actively involved in occupational health.
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
Good first degree or Master's qualification in a relevant subject area.
Applicants who do not hold a Master's degree in a relevant subject may be required to take some MSc modules.
International entry requirements
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.
We are committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies.
To be confirmed.
Fees and finance
From 2018-19, PhD students resident in England can apply for government loans of up to £25,000 to cover the cost of tuition fees, maintenance and other study-related costs.
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 member of a union that is recognised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), you may apply for a 10% discount off your tuition fees.
Our Research Culture
Birkbeck is a world-leading research university with a vibrant, interdisciplinary research culture and a welcoming, supportive community of researchers.
Our Research Culture
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.
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 and submitting a research proposal.
You must register initially on the MRes, and then formally upgrade to the Professional Doctorate.
To discuss your research proposal and your application for the Professional Doctorate, please contact Professor Tom Cox.
Application deadlines and interviews
You can apply at any time during the year. Entry for the programme is April of each year.
If you wish to apply for funding, you will need to apply by certain deadlines. Consult the websites of relevant bodies for details.
Finding a supervisor
Finding the right supervisor for your research is important: we offer supervision in over 40 subject areas and in interdisciplinary combinations.
Finding a supervisor
A critical factor when applying for postgraduate study in occupational health psychology is the correlation between the applicant’s intellectual and research interests and those of one or more potential supervisors within the Department.
Find out more about the research interests of our Centre for Sustainable Working Life staff.
Fees and payment
With government loans for undergraduate and postgraduate study, fantastic financial support packages and flexible payment options, there’s never been a better time to study at Birkbeck.
Evening study explained
Birkbeck is London’s only specialist provider of evening higher education. With classes held 6pm-9pm, your days are free to study, work, volunteer, or just do your own thing.
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Financial support and PhD loans
Birkbeck is committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies. Find out about what is available, how to apply and the advice and support we provide.
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.
Careers and employability
Our free Careers and Employability Service provides comprehensive careers advice, events and information services for current students, both in person and online, and for recent Birkbeck graduates.
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.
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