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Occupational and Business Psychology Professional Doctorate

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Part time 2–5 years for both professional practice and research components, open to those applicants who are not already Registered Occupational Psychologists Five weekend masterclasses throughout the year September 2018

Choose Kingston's Occupational and Business Psychology Professional Doctorate

This course represents a unique opportunity to further develop your skills, knowledge and practice in occupational and business psychology and to achieve a doctoral qualification.

Taught at weekends (five days across the year) with flexible outputs, the course is aimed at practitioners working within related fields. Including a range of taught expert sessions on key topics in the area, research methods and evidence-based practice sessions, extensive group supervision and action learning sets with a like-minded group of individuals, this course represents the ideal opportunity for you to achieve professional status in your industry of choice. 

The course has been created and will be run by multi-award winning evidence-based practitioner occupational psychologists and academics, Joanna Yarker and Rachel Lewis, meaning you will receive consistently exemplary quality learning and networking experiences.

As a student on this course, you can benefit from attending the range of courses, modules and additional sessions offered on the Occupational and Business Psychology MSc. You can also attend our quarterly 'Engaging the Profession' evenings.

In 2018, pending accreditation, it is expected the course will meet the standards for the British Psychological Society (BPS) Stage 2 training in occupational psychology and training of the Health and Care Professions Council. This will enable practitioners to achieve chartered status (CPsychol) and registered psychologist status at the same time as achieving a doctorate.

What will you study?

The course content will follow the BPS five core areas:

  1. Leadership, engagement and motivation
  2. Learning, training and development
  3. Psychological assessment at work
  4. Wellbeing and work
  5. Work design, organisational change and development

Each of these areas will be addressed in one of five expert briefing weekend sessions delivered across each year. In addition, these sessions will include teaching in research methods and evidence-based practice, action learning sets to develop reflective practice and group supervision.


There are two elements of assessment:

  • Professional Practice Portfolio (25,000 words) consisting of five professional practice review reports, each linked to the five core areas of occupational and business psychology. If you already hold chartered status (CPsychol) you are exempt from this element.
  • Research Thesis (25,000 words) consisting of a research proposal, systematic review, reflective practice record and two studies presented as papers.

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

A copy of the regulations governing this course is available here

Details of term dates for this course can be found here

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