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Birkbeck, University of London: Organizational Psychology

Institution Birkbeck, University of London
Department Organizational Psychology
Telephone 0203 907 0700
Study type Taught


Our highly respected MSc Organizational Psychology, accredited by the British Psychological Society, will develop your understanding of people and organisations within the context of both occupational psychology and organisational behaviour.

As the world of work continues to change, we equip students to ask, and answer, fundamental questions such as:

  • What does good leadership mean?

  • How do we support wellbeing at work?

  • Why do we do what we do at work?

You will begin by examining ideas about careers as the axis of the individual-organisation relationship, important at social and economic levels and relevant to you at any stage of your life. Simultaneously, you will be learning about a range of organisational research methods in preparation for carrying out your own research project. You will go on to cover learning, motivation, organisational change, leadership, selection and assessment and wellbeing.

Teaching on the course is informed by cutting-edge research in the field, and you will be encouraged to engage in critical thinking and to reflect on theory and practice. You will also have the opportunity to learn from the professional experience of your peers and acquire applied research skills in preparation for an independent research project on a subject that interests you.

This course is very flexible in how you can study it. Whichever route you choose you will join a friendly, welcoming community of learners who are keen to work hard, share their professional experience with classmates and network and make contacts.

This course is part of our new Birkbeck Flexible Master’s UK, which gives you the choice of how you want to study - on campus, online or via flexible learning, which combines both. For this on-campus route, you engage with high quality lecture recordings and visit campus for in-person seminars and other activities on weekday evenings.


  • This degree provides the materials to enhance or develop your career in organisational psychology, management, human resources, training and development or consultancy.

  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society as providing the knowledge base for progress towards professional qualification as an occupational psychologist.

  • You will have access to an extensive range of electronic resources for each module.

  • Celebrating our 60th anniversary in 2022, Birkbeck's Department of Organizational Psychology was the first department of occupational psychology in the UK. We continue to play a distinctive role in British occupational psychology - and, increasingly, within organisational behaviour. We have been delivering courses by network learning for nearly 30 years and we are established experts in using digital technologies to create and maintain an engaged and supportive learning environment for our students.

  • Network learning students attend five weekend workshops. These are non-residential and run from late on Friday afternoon through to lunchtime on Sunday. There are evening activities at all the workshops. (Please note: you must be able to attend the first weekend workshop, normally the last weekend in September, if you wish to be accepted onto the course.)


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