Online Course


Take the next step towards a career as a Chartered Occupational Psychologist with Northumbria University.

Exploring everything from wellbeing to learning and development, employee selection to organisational change, our distance learning British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited Occupational and Organisational Psychology MSc will help you gain the skills building a rewarding career in this growing sector. You’ll grow an understanding of how evidence-based psychological approaches can be used to create teams of engaged, committed and inspired staff, and the impact this can have on commercial success.

The course has been designed in partnership with online learning experts to ensure you get the most engaging experience possible. You’ll learn from research-active academics, with extensive industry experience, in online webinars, discussion boards and beyond.

Plus, our Masters is flexible. Complete it in around two years part time, or longer if you need, and study from anywhere in the world, at any time – no need for a career break.


  • Type
    Distance learning Masters
  • Start Dates
    October 2023
  • Length (min)
    2 years
  • Cost*
  • Typical Entry Requirements
    2:2 honours degree or equivalent. Those looking to follow the Chartered training route should also possess a background in Psychology and GBC (though this is not essential for entry onto the course).


*Please note, fees may be subject to change. After the point of enquiry, you will be notified of any changes by our Enrolment Team.

Young businessman smiling in office environment

Drive Your Career Forward

This course will open doors to a profession that is in demand, both as a consultant or in-house. If you already have a Psychology degree that makes you eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) to the BPS, it’s accredited as the specialist Stage 1 training you need to follow the Chartered Occupational Psychologist training route. After graduation, you’ll be ready for your Stage 2 minimum two-year training as a practitioner – the final step you must complete to become a Chartered Occupational Psychologist in the UK.

Alternatively, you could move onto a course of further study, a research position or a non-psychology specific career.

However, we do welcome students from a range of backgrounds. So, if you do not have a background in Psychology (or a non-BPS accredited Psychology degree) but want to gain a better understanding of the human mind within a business context, you will also be eligible for the course.

With an emphasis on employability, our course will also equip you with transferable skills, such as statistical analysis, critical evaluation and communication, to help you stand out in the wider job market.

Study With the University Confronting the Challenges of Tomorrow

You’ll join our Psychology department, a thriving research community that is dedicated to making a difference. The course is taught by academics who have years of experience working in the sector, and a passion for helping students apply cutting-edge theory and research into practice.

Northumbria University’s Department of Psychology is rated in the top 20 in the UK for the outstanding reach and significance of its psychology research impact (REF 2014).

What You’ll Study

You’ll build on your core knowledge of psychology as you focus on occupational and organisational theory and practice. You’ll develop Masters-level research and quantitative analytics capabilities, graduating with greater self-awareness, curiosity and creativity.

Modules have been designed to cover the new knowledge areas defined as necessary by the BPS division of Occupational Psychology.


  • The Organisation (20 credits)
  • Organisational Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Employee Selection (20 credits)
  • Organisational Psychology Consultancy Skills (20 credits)
  • Learning and Development in Organisations (20 credits)
  • Workplace Wellbeing (20 credits)
  • MSc Thesis (60 credits)


The form of your assessments will vary between modules but all of them will be submitted online. There will be no need to come to campus.

Course Fees

£9,960* for UK, EU and international students.

You will be able to spread the cost of your fees over the duration of the course, paying in module-by-module instalments.

*Please note, fees and modules are reviewed regularly and may be subject to change. After the point of enquiry, you will be notified of any changes by our Enrolment Team.

Distance Learning at Northumbria

As a distance learning student, you’ll benefit from having:

  • The chance to study flexibly – fit your learning in around your life and work schedule
  • Access to your own Student Success Team, who will be on hand to support you from day one through to graduation
  • 24/7 access to interactive learning materials – ranging from readings to audio and video – through our eLearning portal, Blackboard Ultra
  • Direct contact with your academics and other students living and working around the world during virtual webinar sessions and through discussion boards

Entry Requirements

We welcome graduates with a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in any subject.

International applicants may be required to show an English language qualification, such as IELTS or Pearson PTE Academic.

If you are looking to become a Chartered Occupational Psychologist in the UK, you should hold a degree that provides eligiblity for GBC status with the BPS, either at undergraduate or postgraduate level. However, this can be achieved after graduating from this course.


Please note, in order to ensure BPS standards are met, and the quality of this course is upheld, places on this course are limited. To avoid disappointment, we encourage you to enquire as early as possible if you wish to join our next intake in October 2023. Get in touch today to learn more. 

Distance Learning at Northumbria

Request More Information

Fill in your details below and a member of the team will be in touch.
(All fields marked with * are required)

Calls may be recorded for quality and training purposes.

You do not need to have a Psychology degree to do this course. However, your answer will help us to make sure you receive the most relevant information for you.

Online chat