MSc Occupational Psychology

Occupational Psychology at Winchester provides the academic component (Stage 1) of the route to becoming a Chartered Occupational Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS's) Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP) and the first stage of training towards Practitioner Occupational Psychologist status with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

MSc Occupational Psychology at University of Winchester


Entry requirements

A first or second-class Honours degree (or recognised equivalent qualification) in Psychology and Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). Students who do not fulfil this GBC entry requirement are considered on an individual basis by the programme team.

If English is not your first language:

IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing​

Degree duration

Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years

Start dates: September

Teaching takes place: Daytime

Application process: The closing date for receipt of applications is 31 March, with interviews taking place on 19, 20 and 21 April. 

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

September 2017  Entry Full-time | £7,200
September 2017  Entry Part-time | £3,600 p/a

Total Cost | £7,200

International Students

September 2017  Entry Full-time | £12,750
September 2017  Entry Part-time | £6,375 p/a

Total Cost | £12,750

Additional costs:


  • British Psychological Society (BPS) course: Students may have the option to undertake a British Psychological Society (BPS) course to gain qualifications in test administration during their degree. This is not a requirement of the programme, therefore any costs incurred will have to be covered by the student. Estimated costs are: £400 for personality test use and £400 for ability test use, total cost of £800 for both.

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Accreditation: British Psychological Society (BPS) 

Work Placements: Students may have the opportunity to volunteer in occupational practice-related placements - this is independent from the programme and non-credit bearing.

Terms and Conditions

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.  

The programme introduces the context and application of psychology in various occupational/organisational settings. The emphasis is on knowledge in key areas of leadership, wellbeing at work, work design, assessment in the workplace, as well as learning training and development. Underpinning the whole programme is an ethos of evidence-based practice and development of practical skills in occupational practice, consultancy and research.

The programme is underpinned by the teaching of a solid theoretical foundation using evidence-based theories in core areas of occupational psychology. This is coupled with the development of practice-based skills (for example interviewing, development of needs analysis, use of surveys and introduction to coaching skills) and research methods (both qualitative and quantitative).

There is consideration of the scope of Occupational Psychology from the perspective of the individual, their work organisation and any work with client groups. Students develop the ability to appropriately design, conduct, analyse, interpret and evaluate psychological research in a chosen specialised research area within Occupational Psychology.

An important feature of the programme is to provide students with the skills and knowledge requirement for Stage 1 of the BPS training route in Occupational Psychology, as well as supporting the transition towards Stage 2. There is an emphasis on reflective practice skills as well as a thorough understanding of ethical standards and practice within the discipline. Students are also taught by a range of professional occupational psychologists offering experience in a range of specialisms including coaching, use of psychometrics, human factors
and leadership development.

  • Assessment in the workplace
  • Organisational Development, Managing Change and Work Design
  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Wellbeing at Work 
  • Leadership, Engagement and Motivation
  • Learning, Training and Development
  • Empirical Research Project

A diverse range of teaching methods are employed including laboratory classes, lectures, seminars, tutorials and individual project supervision. Students have access to excellent
facilities including numerous research cubicles and laboratories equipped for conducting interviews, observational research, eye tracking, EEG and psychophysiological measures.

There are several staff members in the department with strong research and practice experience in the fields relevant to Occupational Psychology. The teaching team includes HCPC-registered Occupational Psychologists.

Programme Leader

A variety of assessment methods are employed including academic essays, research reports and presentations. In addition, the programme includes problem-based exercises that may include elements such as mock consultancy reports, psychometric test use experience and development of training based on given scenarios.


At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

The programme provides the first step (Stage 1) towards gaining Chartered Occupational Psychologist status with the BPS.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
UK and EU Students: Send us a message

Applications need to be submitted before the 25 March 2017, with interviews starting the week commencing the 10 April 2017. Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, for more information click here.

International Students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to or call +44 (0)1962 827023

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