- Complete the first stage of training for BPS and HCPC accreditation
- Apply evidence-based theories to occupational psychology practice
- Connect with practitioner psychologists in the workplace
Occupational Psychology at Winchester provides you with the skills and knowledge requirement for Stage 1 of the British Psychological Society’s training route in Occupational Psychology, as well as supporting the transition towards Stage 2. It also incorporates the first stage of training towards Practitioner Occupational Psychologist status with the Health and Care Professions Council. There is an emphasis on reflective practice skills as well as a thorough understanding of ethical standards and practice within the discipline.
The programme introduces the context and application of psychology in various occupational and organisational settings. The emphasis is on developing your knowledge in the key areas of leadership, wellbeing at work, work design, and assessment in the workplace, as well as learning, training and development. You are 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. You benefit from practitioner advice on gaining suitable experience, and by incorporating practice-based assessments.
You 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.
We consider the scope of Occupational Psychology from the perspective of the individual, their work organisation and any work with client groups. 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. You develop your ability to appropriately design, conduct, analyse, interpret and evaluate psychological research in a chosen specialised research area within Occupational Psychology.
You complete modules including Leadership and Workplace Engagement, Wellbeing at Work, Work Design, Organisational Change and Development, and Assessment in the Workplace. There is also a module on research methods which helps you to prepare for your research project.
Graduates of the course are prepared to progress to the next stage of the BPS training and to pursue careers in occupational psychology and related fields.
British Psychological Society (BPS)
The programme provides the first step (Stage 1) towards gaining Chartered Occupational Psychologist status with the BPS.
ABOUT THIS COURSE
Suitable for applicants from:
UK, EU, World
Students may have the opportunity to volunteer in occupational practice-related placements - this is independent from the programme and non-credit bearing.
Learning and teaching
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.
King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester
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.
Our validated courses 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.
We ensure 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 on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.
We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.
For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.
2018 Entry: 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.
You will be required to attend an interview.
If English is not your first language:
IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent
Course enquiries and applications
Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)1962 827023
Applications need to be submitted by 31 May. Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year. For more information see our How to Apply section.
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Year 1: Level 7
|Empirical Research Project||20|
This module provides students with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth and independent empirical research project within a chosen topic of psychology, appropriate to the area of Masters programme specialisation (e.g. occupational psychology for MSc. Occupational Psychology). Students will demonstrate originality in the development and application of knowledge and research skills gained elsewhere in the programme. They will be required to resolve the complex conceptual, methodological and practical problems that are often encountered by psychological researchers. Completion of a dissertation will demonstrate their comprehensive understanding of all stages in the research process, an ability to deal with complex issues creatively and systematically, and to communicate information in a clear and appropriate fashion. The module will prepare students to undertake future psychological research through the practical experience that they have gained under the supervision of a member of academic staff.
The module forms part of the preparation for Stage 1 of the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) standards for professional practice in a chosen area of psychology by providing students with advanced knowledge and understanding in the competency in research design, advanced data gathering and analytical techniques.
|Research Methods in Psychology||20|
The module provides a framework for the consideration of research within psychology and spans a wide range of methods and methodologies. Issues such as validity, reliability, representativeness, sampling, reflexivity and generalisability will be addressed through a variety of different examples of research. Throughout the module students will be encouraged to contemplate the relationships between theoretical positions taken by researchers and their approach to research. This will allow them to examine the assumptions underpinning research and its interpretation. Students will be encouraged to compare research within frameworks (e.g., between correlational and ANOVA designs) and across frameworks (e.g., between experimental designs and focus group interviews), in order to explore different ways of asking questions and the fundamental processes of discovery and knowledge in human and scientific research.
|Wellbeing at Work||20|
Understanding the role of work and employment in people’s lives and improving employee well-being and work satisfaction are core knowledge areas for occupational psychologists. This module critically explores these issues from both a theoretical and practitioner perspective, covering areas related to the employment lifecycle and its management through early career stages to retirement, issues of work-life balance, equality, diversity and individual differences, stress and affective responses to work, bullying and harassment, positive psychological perspectives, and the promotion of resilience and well-being.
|Leadership, Engagement and Motivation||20|
Understanding employees’ emotional commitment at work and how that can be positively developed and harnessed to increase performance is a core topical debate in organisational theory and practice. This module aims to develop students’ critical understanding of the key concepts and competing theoretical perspectives in relation to how employees are led, engaged and motivated at work, within the wider context of the organisation as a political and social system. Interactive lectures and the workshop will provide students with theoretical and practitioner skills to carry out organisational interventions in this area.
|Organisational Development, Managing Change and Work Design||20|
This module situates occupational psychology within its commercial and operational context, providing students with an effective understanding of the nature of the modern workplace and issues faced by organisations operating in rapidly changing, globalised markets. The module will help students draw together and apply learning strands from the other modules on the MSc and shape their own desired professional identity. It covers a range of contemporary topics from a commercial, organisational and group/individual level perspective, including corporate social responsibility and ethical practice, social psychology of organisations, psychology of people and technology, workplace safety, models of change and development, and consumer psychology. Case studies and practical exercises are used throughout the module to integrate theory and practice and help students identify potential areas for professional specialisation.
|Learning, Training and Development||20|
Understanding the context, theory and current evidence within the field of learning, training and development is key to the field of occupational psychology. This module aims to develop students’ critical understanding of the key concepts and competing theoretical perspectives in learning, training and development and the module contains practical elements that provide students with professional skills to carry out organisational interventions in this area.
The module forms part of the preparation for Stage 1 of the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) standards for professional practice in Occupational Psychology by providing students with advanced knowledge and understanding in the competency areas of ‘Learning, Training and Development’ and ‘Applying Psychology to Work and Organisations’.
|Assessment in the Workplace||20|
Understanding the context, theory and current evidence within the field of psychological assessment within the workplace. This module aims to develop students’ critical understanding of the key concepts and theoretical approaches to psychometric assessment. The module also contains practical elements that provide students with professional skills to carry out practice work in this area.
The module forms part of the preparation for Stage 1 of the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) standards for professional practice in Occupational Psychology by providing students with advanced knowledge and understanding in the competency areas of ‘Psychological Assessment in the workplace’ and ‘Applying Psychology to Work and Organisations’.
Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.
Course Tuition Fees
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man
Full-time entry | £7,200
Part-time entry | £3,600 p/a
Total Cost | £7,200
Full-time entry | £12,950
Part-time entry | £6,475
Total Cost | £12,950
As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.
There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:
- 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.
SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS
We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.
Key course details
- Full-time: 1 year Part-time: 2 years
- Typical offer
- A first or second-class Honours degree
- King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester