Earn a graduate qualification in workplace psychology online.

Build a postgraduate certificate (PgCert) in Psychology tailored to your interests and career aspirations.

Our flexible PgCert offers you a range of online courses to choose from. Each focuses on a different aspect of occupational psychology.

Study at Masters level with a UK university and cover topics including:

  • organisational psychology
  • human factors and safety
  • organisational conflict
  • diversity and inclusion
  • social bias
  • mental health and wellbeing at work.

With the guidance of expert psychologists and researchers, you’ll learn to create safer workplaces that are inclusive and supportive of employees’ health and wellbeing.

Who can study Psychology in the Workplace?

This distance-learning PgCert is for anyone interested in workplace and occupational psychology. You do not need a background or qualification in Psychology to join us.

You can study with us anywhere in the world, with no need for a study visa. And you can spread the cost and pay per term.

What you’ll study

You can choose to study for a:

  • Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
  • or start with one of the short courses that make up this PgCert (15 credits).

How you’ll study

Online learning

This distance learning Psychology in the Workplace PgCert is delivered flexibly, 100% online.

Your teaching

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
  • video lectures to stream and download
  • reading materials
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library
  • discussion boards with colleagues and tutors.

Your tutors

You’ll learn from practising psychologists from our School of Psychology. All have extensive research and university teaching experience.

You’ll also learn from your fellow students. You’ll be studying online alongside individuals from a range of backgrounds who may be based all over the world.


This PgCert is assessed entirely online. We use several types of assessment throughout the programme, including multiple-choice tests, and your contribution to discussion boards.

Your support team

Our friendly team are here to answer any queries you have before, during and after your studies.

Where this will take you


Whatever your industry, you’ll gain career-enhancing skills and expertise with your graduate qualification in workplace psychology.

You’ll receive a PgCert in Psychology in the Workplace from the University of Aberdeen.

This qualification could help you progress within your existing role or move into a role focused on mental health, wellbeing, Human Factors or workplace safety in any sector.

Roles you’ll be able to seek out include:

  • Human Factors Consultant / Specialist
  • Safety Advisor / Scientist
  • Human Performance Advisor.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this PgCert for CPD hours. 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.

Fees and funding

The fee quoted above is based on you starting your studies with us in the 2022/23 academic year.

We have confirmed that our fees will rise by 5% for the next academic year (2023/24).

Pay as you go

Don’t worry, you do not have to pay the full PgCert fee upfront.

You can pay for your PgCert one term at a time. This gives you a flexible way to spread the cost.

Entry requirements


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

Postgraduate Certificate - 60 credits

You’ll choose and work through four courses to gain your PgCert.

Each course is worth 15 credits towards your PgCert qualification.

You can start your studies in January or September and progress at a pace that suits you.


It takes a minimum of eight months to complete the PgCert. To study part-time, we recommend you take no more than 30 credits per term. You’re welcome to take a study break between courses.

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to change. Further information about potential changes can be viewed here.

Start with a short course

Not ready for the full PgCert? You can start with a short course that’s part of the PgCert instead.

You’ll earn credits for each course you complete. You can study any course stand-alone, or build your way up to the full PgCert one short course at a time.

Find out about our short course route to entry.

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Postgraduate Certificate

60 credits


This indicative cost is based on 30 credits of study per term, starting in September 2022.

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September or January

This indicative cost is based on 30 credits of study per term, starting in September 2022.

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