Occupational Health Psychology (MRes/Professional Doctorate)

Year of entry


Start date

October 2018


Fully Approved
Applications for this course will open in October


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 
  • Healthcare 
  • 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. 
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  • 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.
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