This course will equip you to work in a diverse range of settings. Occupational and business psychologists often work in management training centres, assessment centres, organisational development departments and for private companies. Public sector organisations, such as the civil service, the health sector and the Ministry of Defence, also employ occupational and business psychologists. This programme equips you for careers such as:
Whatever career path graduates choose, the organisations they join value their ability to study and analyse staff to identify talent, then coach, develop and enhance people's motivation and performance at work.
Mature students who study on this course so that they can change careers often choose to set up their own businesses. Graduates can also choose to continue working towards a professional qualification in psychology, possibly becoming Chartered and Registered Occupational Psychologists following further training. Please see the recognition and accreditation information for more details.
Check out what our graduates have gone on to do and how studying at Kingston helped them achieve their goals.
Course: Occupational Psychology MSc
Current position: Manager, Voice – a children's rights charity
"I have been working as a manager in the voluntary sector for the last ten years and have been considering my career options for at least the last two! When my daughter started full-time school in September 2010, I felt that I had more scope to pursue an MSc, something I'd always wanted to do.
I explored various options but settled on this particular MSc because I felt the content was reflective of where my personal and professional interests lie and had the best fit with my immediate and long term career plans. I also had some quite pragmatic reasons for choosing to study at Kingston; of course the University's reputation was important but I also needed to juggle part-time work with looking after my daughter and the fact that it was possible to take classes at the weekend, fitting in well with my existing schedule, was important to me.
In terms of teaching staff, we have a very helpful and available course director who has experience in academia and business, which I think is helpful given the nature of this course. We also have an interesting and diverse group of academic staff who deliver informative, knowledgeable and, sometimes, surprising lectures! I think the facilities and resources at Kingston Hill are excellent and, even for an established technophobe, I have found the information technology (IT) systems and resources extremely straightforward to use. A real bonus has been that I have met such an interesting and supportive group in my fellow part-time students.
Most of all I am really enjoying the opportunity to have the space to think, talk and write about subjects I am interested in and although juggling study with work and childcare is difficult, the fact that the course is so interesting and that I can see the relevance of it to my work and future goals keeps me motivated."
Course: Occupational Psychology MSc
Current position: Human resource systems assistant, Regent's College, London
"I chose to study at Kingston University for a number of reasons. Location was important to me, and upon visiting Kingston I found it had more of a community feel than other city-based universities. The Business School campus being located up on the hill makes you feel miles away from anywhere, and the leafy environment is very appealing. The clincher for me choosing Kingston University however, was not the location, but the staff. From the outset of application, I felt there was a more personal interest from the course director, she emailed me directly, and made me feel as if she really cared about me, and the course she was running. It was this personal factor which set Kingston apart from other universities. And I was right: throughout my year at Kingston, it was evident how much the teaching staff cared about the course, constantly asking us for our opinions and asking how we were going. The course content also had more of a practical approach to it than other programmes, as informed by friends completing their Occupational Psychology MSc at other universities.
I had a fantastic year at Kingston. With a large proportion of international students (myself included), I now have friends from all over the world who I remain in constant contact with. Having a smaller class size allowed great relationships to be created among peers, as well as with teachers. As a result, I had the best year in my educational career, from both a social and a learning perspective.
Since graduating from Kingston, I am back at another Higher Education institution, but this time as an employee. I am an HR Systems Assistant at Regent's College, London, which I am thoroughly enjoying. There are many opportunities in my work in which I find myself reflecting on what I have learned at Kingston, and being able to put this information into practice."
Course: Business/Occupational Psychology MSc
Current position: Freelance in training and development
"Completing my Business/Occupational Psychology MSc at Kingston Business School was a truly transformative experience. The quality of teaching was uniformly excellent and the support I received as a mature returning student – it had been more than 25 years since I had last been in university – was second to none. My fellow students were a wonderful mix of ages and cultures which only added to the experience. More importantly, they made it fun!
As a result of my time at Kingston Business School, I have been able to combine my previous work in acting and the arts with a degree which was both academic and practical. This combination is now allowing me to pursue more enriching freelance work in training and development. I would not hesitate to recommend the course to anyone who was contemplating pursuing a career in business or occupational psychology."
Kingston University supports our graduates with the new Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa. This allows non-EEA graduates who have an outstanding business idea to put into practice in the UK, and who do not have a job offer, the opportunity to stay in the UK for up to 12 months (which might be extended for an additional 12 months).
Kingston Business School joins an elite group of the top 5 per cent of institutions worldwide awarded the prestigious AACSB accreditation.