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How can we use the tools of psychology to improve the working lives of employees?

Discover the role of Occupational Psychology in dealing with the challenges organisations face today. Find out how psychological principles and theories are applied in the workplace, and can help you to:

  • manage organisational change
  • create a talent pipeline
  • create and motivate high-performing teams.

Join our practising occupational psychologists for a flexible online course that fits around full-time work.

You can use the credits you earn on this short course towards our MSc in Psychological Studies.

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone interested in organisational psychology and improving organisational life. It may be of particular interest if you work in industry, change management or training and development.

What will I study?

You’ll cover the core theories and latest research in occupational psychology.

You’ll learn how to use this theory and research to deliver tailored and effective workplace interventions. Exploring case studies, you’ll see how the theories and research of occupational psychology are used in practice today.

You’ll gain the knowledge and critical-thinking skills to source, understand and apply research to make a difference in any organisation.

On this workplace psychology course, you’ll study topics including:

  • Psychometric assessment
  • Learning, training and development
  • Leadership, engagement and motivation
  • Wellbeing and work
  • Work design, organisational change and development.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to…

  • Explain occupational psychology, the role of the practitioner and the impact that psychology-based interventions can have on workplace performance.
  • Evaluate different types of psychological assessment in the workplace and the relationship between test scores and job performance.
  • Relate concepts and principles from the psychology of training and development to real occupational issues.
  • Describe the rationale for designing useful training interventions and evaluation.
  • Discuss and reflect on leadership theories and their relevance to organisations.
  • Explain theories of motivation and their application in the workplace.
  • Discuss how the concept of work-life balance is linked to other organisation concerns, wellbeing, job satisfaction and engagement.
  • Describe the role of applied psychology to the study of organisations undergoing organisational change and development programmes.

How will I study?

Our Organisational Psychology course is delivered part-time, 100% online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

  • videos
  • reading materials
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library
  • discussion boards with colleagues and tutors.

Your tutors

The course is taught at Masters level by practising occupational psychologists with extensive experience of occupational psychology in practice.


This Organisational Psychology course is assessed entirely online via weekly multiple-choice tests. These will test your knowledge on each of the main topics covered by the course.

Your teaching team

Where will this take me?

Towards a Masters

You’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. You can use these credits towards our:

Both of these Masters degrees are:

  • accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • designed to introduce graduates from other disciplines to the study of psychology, as your first step to pursuing a career in this area.

Build your learning

We have a growing range of online Psychology short courses you can use to build your skills. They’re all flexible and part-time.

Many carry credits you can build up into postgraduate qualifications, including Masters degrees:


Whatever your industry, you’ll gain career-enhancing skills and expertise on this course.

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free careers advice

We’ll help you explore your career potential and connect with job opportunities around the world.

You can access our free careers service while you study.

From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

Am I ready?

This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.

The course is delivered at Masters level. At this level, you’d usually have at least:

  • a 2:2 (second-class) undergraduate degree
  • or relevant experience that supports this level of study.

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Start date
28 September 2020