MSc Business Psychology
This course is open for applications
Page last updated 21 December 2022
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.
This course is accredited by the Association for Business Psychology (ABP).
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. You'll be trained as a qualified business psychologist, ready to practice in a range of organisational settings.
The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change. The optional modules we deliver are based on student preferences across the whole course, so we may not be able to deliver all student choices.
You will study:
- Business Basics for Psychologists
- Business Psychology Essentials
- Organisational Investigation
- Researching Organisations.
Plus two optional modules from:
- Coaching and Mentoring (Business Psychology)
- Learning, Training and Development
- Talent Management.
Plus two optional modules from:
- Leadership and Change Management
- Personal Mastery in Leadership
- Wellbeing at Work.
This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different.
The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.
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.
To participate in the programme, students should expect to:
- Actively participate in group discussions, both online and face-to-face.
- Deliver presentations on their work and learning to their peers.
- Read and critically evaluate scientific and practitioner literature.
- Generate original ideas to translate theory into practice.
- Build evidence-based arguments.
- Engage with the learner and practitioner community.
- Produce evidence-based, critical written reports.
See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
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.
See our full glossary of assessment terms.
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.
Gaining accreditation from a professional body would ensure the course develops practitioners who meet recognised criteria for professional practice in the field. 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.
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.
We are looking for applicants who are committed to the practice of Business Psychology and are interested in interdisciplinary approaches to working in this field.
As part of your application, we ask for a personal statement (approximately 600/700 words) with detailed responses to the following questions:
- What made you decide to study for the MSc Business Psychology, accredited by the Association for Business Psychology (ABP)?
- Please give us an example from your work or studies when psychology has informed your understanding of the situation.
- What knowledge, skills and experience would you bring to the study of Business Psychology?
- What do you see as your own personal challenges in studying Business Psychology and how would you overcome them?
- What are your career aspirations? How would the MSc Business Psychology help you realise these?
The personal statement forms part of your application, and will be used in the decision making for whether to offer you a place on the course. Failing to provide and/or failing to address the specific questions posed will lead to delays in your application being considered.
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.
How to apply
Read more about postgraduate applications.