Occupational Psychology MSc
COURSE INFORMATION (2013 ENTRY)
2 years by part-time study, one day per weekHealth and Life Sciences
Northumberland Building, Newcastle City Campus
Occupational Psychology is an important and valued profession aimed at understanding how individuals perform and behave within the workplace. The MSc in Occupational Psychology at Northumbria University provides the first stage of practitioner training for Chartered Occupational Psychologists and is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). The course provides a comprehensive introduction to all the major aspects of the discipline, skills in critical analysis and enquiry, and an opportunity to develop practical applied skills, providing a qualification which can lead to careers in management, consultancy, training, teaching, research and more.
Occupational Psychology staff in the Department of Psychology are experienced Practitioner Psychologists who have worked with a variety of public and private sector organisations to design and deliver workplace interventions. Their experience in the application of psychology helps to bring the subject area to life, offering an insight into what organisations need from occupational psychologists. Furthermore the University offers a Professional Doctorate in Occupational Psychology for practitioner psychologists to further enhance their professional skills once they have achieved chartered status.
Occupational Psychologists understand the link between how people operate at work and the overall performance of an organisation. Many Occupational Psychologists work in-house for large organisations such as British Telecom or the National Health Service, advising on issues such as personnel selection and assessment, management development, organisational change and human-computer interaction. Others work for specialist Occupational Psychology organisations, such as Saville and Holdsworth Ltd and Pearn Kandola where they provide occupational training, advice and consultancy for their clients.. Students on this programme are introduced to practitioners in the field which can lead to work experience placements and other opportunities. The Occupational Psychology team are also founding members of the Newcastle Centre for Positive Living and the consultancy ‘Vital Work’, which links to their passion for enhanced Health and Well-being in the workplace.
The course incorporates an optional Level A training programme and assessment which is essential for all occupational psychologists wishing to make use of standardised psychometric ability and aptitude tests in the workplace. On successful completion of the Level A training, students will be awarded the Level A Certificate of Competence in Occupational Testing recognised by the BPS. Furthermore, students are invited to attend an externally run Level B training programme.
LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS
The MSc has a range of assessment methods including practical assignments, case studies and examinations all designed to mirror the real world applications of psychology whilst also giving students a solid grounding in academic research.
The MSc thesis provides students with an opportunity to carry out an extensive empirical investigation related to a topic of their own choice in occupational psychology (which may involve placement work within an organisational context). For part-time students the thesis is completed between June and December of the second year.
This programme is fully accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and provides students with professional training in the field of occupational psychology which is necessary for students to make progress towards becoming a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and Registered Practitioner with the Health Professions Council (HPC).
The degree effectively prepares students for a career in Occupational Psychology in a variety of areas including private consultancy, the public sector, research and technical specialisms.
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