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MScPsychology with a specialisation in Business

Why this course?

The School of Psychological Sciences & Health, in collaboration with the globally renowned Strathclyde Business School is offering a unique new Masters programme. The distinctive nature of the programme lies in its flexible online mode of delivery.

We're currently in the process of applying to the British Psychological Society for accreditation. Subject to this accreditation, this course will provide students with either no background, or an unaccredited background in psychology, the route to gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society.

It also provides opportunities to develop specialist knowledge in modules provided for the programme in Psychology for Business.

The programme will aim to provide you with:

  • a broad-based conceptual knowledge of the core domains of psychology, covering both historical and contemporary issues
  • an understanding of the relevance and applications of psychology to real life, particularly business contexts
  • the opportunity to undertake a supervised empirical research project
  • various intellectual and practical skills that are attractive to graduate employers

What you’ll study

Class content and student participation in our new Masters in Psychology with a specialisation in Business will be delivered entirely online across a wide range of formats.

The course features 180 credits of study in total, available either full time over 12 months or part time over two years.

Full-time students will complete the equivalent of 60 credits taught classes in semesters 1 and 2. You'll begin working on the empirical project in semester 2, with the majority of the empirical project work being completed over the summer months.

Part-time students will complete 90 credits by the end of Year 1, and the remaining 90 credits in Year 2. The course includes 80 credits of the core domains of Psychology, 40 credits of specialist modules delivered by organisational psychologists in Strathclyde Business School, and a 60 credit empirical research project.


The University of Strathclyde is a leading international technological university. The University’s commitment to ‘useful learning’ underpins our approach to research, learning, and teaching. This will be evidenced in our approach to teaching and learning where students will be supported in their exploration of the practical and policy impacts of psychological research. The course will be delivered through our online learning system, called Myplace, as well as a suite of powerful software platforms.

As a Strathclyde student you will have access to a library providing more than 400,000 electronic books and 26,000 e-journals, that you can access 24/7 from any device. Electronic resources include e-books, e-journals, digitised collections of exam papers and other learning materials, alongside electronic databases such as Nexis® and Web of Science.

These databases provide a gateway to prime online resources for both students and researchers. In the most recent UK National Student Survey, 95% of Strathclyde final year undergraduates who completed the survey reported that they were satisfied with Strathclyde Library resources, placing it top in Scotland, and joint 5th in the UK. The same national survey also found that 95% of student respondents rated were satisfied with Strathclyde’s IT resources.


We are proud of the high level of student satisfaction we achieve at Strathclyde. In the most recent UK National Student Survey, Psychology was ranked No.1 for teaching in Scotland, with 95% of our student respondents saying they were satisfied with their course. Psychology at Strathclyde was ranked in the UK Top 20 in the latest Guardian league table, from a total of 109 Psychology Departments/Groups. Indeed, Psychology at Strathclyde is consistently praised by external reviewers for the quality of its programme.

At our last undergraduate British Psychological Society accreditation (2009), the programme was awarded seven commendations, “the largest number of commendations ever made by a BPS Accreditation Team”, at that time. Our teaching partners, psychologists in Strathclyde Business School, recently achieved a Financial Times (FT) ranking as one of the top 85 business schools in Europe, with Strathclyde Business School achieving 1st in Scotland, 8th in the UK and 31st in Europe.

Course content

Part-time curriculum

Duration of course: 24 months part-time

Year 1

Semester 1: Conceptual and Historical Issues & Individual Differences (20 credits); Specialist module 1 (10 credits)

Semester 2: Social & Developmental Psychology (20 credits)

Semesters 2 & 3: Research Design & Analyses in Psychology (20 credits)

Semester 3: Psychobiology & Cognitive Psychology (20 credits)

Year 2

Semester 1: Specialist module 2 (10 credits); Specialist module 3 (10 credits)

Semester 2: Specialist module 4 (10 credits)

Semesters 1, 2 & 3: Dissertation (60 credits)

Full-time curriculum

Duration of course: 12 months full-time

Semester 1

Compulsory classes

Social & Developmental Psychology

In the area of social psychology, students will be introduced to the study of both within and between group behaviour, with topics including attitudes, prejudice, obedience, conformity, and social identity.

The developmental strand will both describe and explain the major changes in cognitive development across the lifespan in healthy and atypical populations and describe the main theoretical and empirical work in social and moral development.

Conceptual & Historical Issues in Psychology (CHIP) and Individual Differences

The aim of CHIP is to develop students' knowledge of the history of psychology, and an understanding of some of the conceptual and contemporary issues that have been and are being debated in the discipline.

In Individual Differences students will have the opportunity to develop knowledge and a critical understanding of the study of individual differences, including personality, sex differences, genes & environment, and intelligence as a predictor of health and illness.

Specialist module 1

This will be worth 10 credits.

Semester 2

Compulsory classes

Psychobiology & Cognitive Psychology

The purpose of the psychobiology class is to provide the opportunity for students to learn the essential principles of brain function, and to encourage students to address the implications of this understanding for their own view of how behaviour is generated.

In the study of cognitive psychology students will be exposed to topics including attention, perception, language, thinking, learning and memory, by exploring both cornerstone research and the key theoretical debates within these areas.

Specialist modules

Choice of three.

Organisational Psychology

This class will introduce the modern Organisation Behaviour Modification Programmes. The class will introduce work attitudes like job satisfaction, organisational commitment, as well as introduce the psychological contract and models of the psychological contract which integrate work attitudes and behaviour.

Leadership in Organisations

This class will consider why leadership is important, and will review the development of leadership theory from the Trait approach, Behavioural / Style approach, Contingency / Situational approach through to New Leadership theories. Group dynamics and issues around group decision-making will be covered, as will issues around team development and the role of leadership in teams.

Foundations of Risk

This class is concerned with holistic and multi-disciplinary approaches to the study of risk. Risk analysis is dominated by technical methods for providing decision support, but other perspectives are provided within the fields of psychology and sociology, often highlighting shortcomings in the technical solutions. This class will introduce students to these different approaches.

Psychometrics in Organisations

This class will provide a short history of psychological measurement / psychometrics in organisations, introducing ability testing, the theory of True Scores, and characteristics of testing. It will consider issues in intelligence testing, ability tests in occupational settings, personality testing, the use of personality tests in occupational settings and issues around questionnaire construction.

Semester 1 & 2

Compulsory class

Research Design & Analyses in Psychology

This class will develop students‘ understanding of research methods and data analyses in psychology. Students will develop an awareness of the ethical issues in research in humans, and the strengths, limitations, and applications of various research designs. Students will have the opportunity to study a range of quantitative and qualitative approaches.

Semester 2 & 3


A cornerstone of BPS recognition of a psychology degree is the successful completion of a research dissertation. During your Masters degree you'll be required to work closely with an academic member of staff on an empirical research project. The dissertation topic will be negotiated between supervisor and student. Students will receive individual online supervision for this project.

Learning & teaching

The course will be delivered both by internationally recognised Psychology researchers from the School of Psychological Sciences & Health and staff from the Strathclyde Business School who are themselves organisational psychologists and chartered members of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Approaching an entirely new subject should be stimulating, not daunting. At every step of the way we have designed our Masters course with the student new to the topic in mind. Carefully scripted and prepared learning tasks and objectives will incrementally build your knowledge, structure your learning, and build your confidence in each topic we cover, empowering you to achieve in a supportive environment.

Each module in the Masters in Psychology with a specialisation in Business is centred round a suite of studio-based lectures, which are studied online. Whilst module subjects will be supplemented by further assigned individual reading and reflection, opportunities for student engagement will be frequent, varied, stimulating and challenging.

Student centred activities may feature individual or group based online activities, quizzes, discussion boards, wiki creation verbal reports and podcasts. You'll have the opportunity participate in online and webcam based tutorial meetings throughout the course, interacting with their fellow students and lecturers.


Our approach to assessment in the course is varied, with different approaches being adopted both within and across modules.

Assessment will be through a mixture of course work, for example individual essays or reports, or perhaps a collaborative writing task with other students, or in some cases an online quiz or a verbal presentation. Additionally some modules will feature class exams. 

At every step of the way we have designed our Masters course to support student learning, and you'll be carefully guided through each assessment activity, with continuous feedback on your progress.

Entry requirements

  • An undergraduate degree in law, social sciences or cognate disciplines, at first or upper second-class level, or international equivalent, or a Master’s degree, in some cases a qualification deemed to be equivalent may be considered.
  • Psychology Honours Graduate (without Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS) with Lower Second Class Degree (or international equivalent)

English language 

For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (no individual test score below 6.0) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.


  • 2017/18 - £8,750

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 - £9,000


  • 2017/18 - £13,500

How can I fund my course?

To recognise academic achievement, the Dean's Excellence Award offers international students a merit based scholarship of up to £3,000 for entry onto a full time Masters programme in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Scottish students

Students living in Scotland can find out more about funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland.

English students

Students ordinarily resident in England may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover their tuition fees and living costs.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.


Our graduate employment record is strong. In Psychology 80% of our BA graduates find work or further study within six months of graduating. 

A degree in psychology, accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), is the first step towards the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS, and is a prerequisite for entry onto professional postgraduate psychology training programmes (eg MSc Organisational Psychology, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, MSc Educational Psychology). A number of graduates will use their accredited degree to pursue future professional training, following gaining relevant experience.  An accredited Masters in Psychology is a mark of quality, meaning the course and institution has achieved the high standards of quality in its provision that the British Psychological Society demands. Psychology graduates have a lot of options open to them. Many go on to further study or to careers in teaching, human resource management, social work, as well as many other areas.

The knowledge, understanding, and skills acquired by psychology graduates are highly valued by employers in the graduate job market. The psychology degree is unique amongst social science disciplines in the extent to which it fosters both a scientific approach to enquiry (including the ability to employ evidence-based reasoning, and the ability to collect and interpret both quantitative and qualitative data) and the writing and research skills most prevalent in humanities and/or other social science disciplines. It is anticipated that a proportion of graduates of this programme will enter the graduate job market, in private, public, or third sectors.

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Psychology with a specialisation in Business

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: distance learning, full-time

Psychology with a specialisation in Business

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: distance learning, part-time

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