Professional Practice in Occupational Psychology (MRes/Professional Doctorate)

    About This Professional Doctorate

    Course Description

    This Professional Doctorate in Occupational Psychology is an accredited University of London doctoral degree. It is accredited by the British Psychological Society as an alternative to the British Psychological Society's (BPS) Stage 2 Qualification in Occupational Psychology, meaning that successful completion of the programme confers eligibility for chartership through the BPS (subject to holding Graduate Basis for Registration).

    If you hold a BPS-accredited master's degree in organisational/occupational and/or business psychology, and you are in related employment, this doctorate will let you apply your learning directly in the workplace and use your work experience to inform your research. 

    The first two years will develop your professional competence and prepare you for independent research and practice through the following six professional practice portfolios:

    If you successfully complete this stage, you can either graduate with an MRes in Professional Practice in Occupational Psychology or progress to Years 3 and 4 to develop your competence in research methods and consolidate your skills as an evidence-based practitioner and researcher so that you can complete a 40,000-50,000-word doctoral thesis.

    We have expertise in both qualitative and quantitative techniques and are well placed to supervise all research topics in occupational psychology. Our particular interests include:

    • Coaching, careers and lifespan development
    • Diversity and inclusion in the workplace
    • Decision making, heuristics and bias
    • Leadership and critical management studies
    • Organisational sociology 
    • Professional development and training
    • Selection and assessment 
    • Worklife balance, boundary management and digitisation of work
    • Well-being and occupational health.


    Visit the Professional Practice in Occupational Psychology (MRes/Professional Doctorate) page on the Birkbeck, University of London website for more details!

    Entry Requirements

    Graduate Basis for Chartership and an accredited master's degree in organisational/occupational and/or business psychology (at Merit or above) required.

    You must be in relevant employment and able to apply your learning to the workplace as an integral part of the programme. You must be competent in written and spoken English and have good social and communication skills.

    Students who have already completed Stage Two of the BPS Chartership process will be exempt from Part One (Professional Practice Portfolio) which includes six modules at Level 7. Selection will be through completion of an application form, and an interview.

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