MSc Business Psychology *

Entry year
Course code
Health and Social Sciences
One year full-time; two years part-time
Full-time; Part-time
Programme leader
To be confirmed

* subject to final UWE Bristol approval

This course is open for applications

Page last updated 16 October 2020


Study a cross-subject degree that applies psychology to real-world business problems within organisations. Solve challenges in psychology and business, such as communication, employee motivation and talent recruitment. Our blocked teaching delivery enables you to study flexibly alongside your work.

An organisation is only as good as the people working within it. Business psychology is crucial in understanding how teams work and what motivates employees. Many organisations hire business psychologists to solve challenges in psychology and business, from communication to talent recruitment.

Not only does applying psychology to the workplace produce better leaders and teams, it improves business decisions too. Business psychology is a growing market, addressing a business need for more effective workplace cultures.

Skills-based, solution-focused

MSc Business Psychology uses a skills-based, solution-focused approach that applies evidence to practice. To date, we're one of the only universities in the region to deliver a master's degree in business psychology.

Find solutions to the biggest issues facing organisations today. You'll apply psychology to real-world business problems, such as employee motivation, performance and wellbeing. So you'll gain tangible skills relevant to your workplace.

Blend psychology and business

Study a cross-subject course that draws on experts in the fields of psychology and business. You'll gain a broad range of expertise that blends these two worlds, from human resource management to occupational and organisational psychology.

Benefit from our strong local and national industry links within the business hub of Bristol and beyond. You'll also be able to connect with our community of academics through our Bristol Leadership and Change Centre.

Advance your career

Whether you're a professional or recent graduate, the course offers a unique opportunity to advance your career. If you're already employed, you'll be able to study flexibly alongside your work, thanks to our blocked teaching delivery.

Apply your experience to your organisation while achieving a professionally recognised qualification. You'll be trained as a qualified business psychologist, ready to practice in a range of organisational settings, with ABP professional accreditation.


Learning and Teaching

The course is delivered through flexible distributed learning, enabling you to work alongside your master's degree. Throughout your studies, you'll be taught via a blend of face-to-face and online lectures. Most of the course content is taught online, ensuring your learning is technology-enabled and future-focused.

All face-to-face teaching is delivered in blocks, comprising of two day workshops per 15 credit module. If you're employed during your studies, you'll benefit from being able to book off blocks of time from work.

Develop integrated expertise across business and psychology. You'll gain broad knowledge in a range of subject areas, integrating organisational and occupational psychology with organisational studies, human resource management, coaching and leadership.

You'll also have the opportunity to study select modules as standalone CPD short courses, some of which are accredited by professional bodies. Where subject areas overlap with existing modules, learning resources will be shared with other courses.


Throughout the course, you'll develop the key competencies needed to practice as a professional business psychologist. Your assessments will test these competencies, as well as your ability to use your skills in an applied, practice-oriented way.

Due to the evidence-based nature of the course, assessments have been designed to ensure you'll get confident applying evidence to practice. In each assessment, you'll learn to use psychological theory to solve real-world business problems, whether in case studies or reflective practice.

You'll be assessed using a range of methods, including consultancy pitches, workplace evaluations, wellbeing assessments and coaching skills. So you'll apply your expertise to practical tools used by experienced business psychologists working within organisations.


Careers / Further study

MSc Business Psychology will equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to apply psychology to any organisation. You'll gain a good understanding of the applications of psychology in the workplace, solving organisational issues such as poor internal communication.

Get prepared for a people-oriented career in business psychology. By the end of the course, you'll graduate as a business psychologist, professionally accredited by the ABP. So you'll be qualified to use psychological theory to solve business challenges in a range of organisational settings.

You'll develop a skill toolkit that you'll be able to contribute to your workplace, including leadership, management and enterprise. These skills will give you the best chance of success as a business psychology practitioner.

The course has been designed to offer you a flexible and open career route. Our graduates go on to work in many business areas, from human resource management and recruitment, to leadership development and coaching.

If you have experience working in an organisation, you'll have the flexibility to work alongside your studies, strengthening your employability. Whether you've worked in consultancies as an entrepreneur or in public sector charities, you'll learn to adapt interventions to your own organisation's culture. For those who manage teams in a senior position, the course provides a unique opportunity to advance your career as a business leader.

Whatever your career aspirations are, you'll benefit from our local and national industry links. Strengthen your professional network by connecting with academic communities like the Bristol Leadership and Change Centre.

Graduates from this course will go on to employment in the business sectors, teaching and academia, with many going on to take PhDs in business-related subjects.

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for available internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity, plus support for entrepreneurial activity and where possible, access to employer events.


Entry requirements

You should have a good honours degree (2:2) or equivalent, in a relevant subject (e.g. Psychology, Business, Social Science or Science).

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.

Please note, this course is not available to students who require a Student Visa.


English Language Requirement

International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English language requirements.

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