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Course overview

Take the next step in your career by applying psychology to the world of work. This course will help you to manage people, even if you've never studied psychology before. You'll learn how to effectively motivate employees, how to train them, how to recruit them, how to design job specifications, how to assess performance, how to manage well-being and how to lead along with learning how to manage organisational change and diversity in the workplace. At Nottingham, we make sure the course has a practical focus and aim to improve your skills as a practitioner. You'll learn about consultancy as part of your studies and gain a good grasp on research methods applicable to the workplace, something that is particularly valuable to future employers. You'll be taught by research-active experts in the field, some of whom completed their own MSc’s at Nottingham Malaysia. By the end of the course, you should be ready to apply what you've learned to the real world of work.


Why choose this course?

Among the most popular fields of applied psychology are those concerned with work and health. Degree programmes offered at DOAP are founded strongly on these themes. Management psychology, for example, is concerned with solving real life problems of business, organizations and management. Occupational health psychology, on the other hand, is focused on the psychology of organisations and its employees in the promotion of occupational health and safety at work.

The MSc in Management Psychology and MSc/PGDip in Occupational Health and Safety Leadership are offered on a full time and part time basis. The division has adopted a blended learning approach. Our taught postgraduate programmes are built around three learning modes:

  1. local face-to-face teaching and tutorials,
  2. workshop based teaching with ‘fly-in’ experts from Nottingham UK, supported by
  3. an e-learning environment allowing you to access your studies anywhere in the world.

Management Psychology is concerned with the use of psychological principles and theory to solve practical problems of business, organizations and management.

This course is open to all graduates even those who have never studied psychology before. Students will learn to apply newly discovered skills to practical work through modules such as consultancy skills in key areas such as learning, training, and motivation; wellbeing and work, leadership, engagement and motivation; work design, organizational change and development; psychological assessment at work, and research design using advanced data gathering and analytical techniques for applying psychology to work and organisations. Students will also get the competitive advantage of being trained by our expert teaching teams and invited guest speakers in Malaysia and the UK.

Course content

You will complete 120 credits of taught modules plus an empirical research project worth 60 credits on topics relevant to your specialist area of interest.

The programme is organised in workshop-based modules. Modules vary from 10 and 20 credits. Twenty credit modules are organised over two weeks with face-to-face teaching taking place during two consecutive weekends and three weekday evenings. Ten credit modules require face-to-face teaching over one weekend and three weekday evenings. The schedule for the different modules will be published in advance so that you can plan your time accordingly.

The timetable for taught modules for the year ahead will be published each August. Your empirical project will be planned in the final semester of study.

Our assessment strategy reflects our focus in applied skills and academic applied psychology. Typically, each module is assessed by a combination of coursework, exam, practical activities and a short reflection on the learning process. The assessment requirements and percentages carried by each activity/task per module are outlined in the tables below: 

Module no. Module name Credits Methods of assessment
PGSA4018 Introduction to Management Psychology and Quantitative Workplace Data 20 1 x 2-hr exam (50%)
1 x 30-min Group Presentation (50%)
PGSA4021 Introduction to Research Methods 10 1 x 3,000 word review paper (100%)
PGSA4011 Strategic Human Resources Management and Managing Diversity 20 1 x 3,000 word essay
1 Group presentation (30%) and pdf poster (20%)
PGSA4016 Learning, Training and Development 20 1 x 2-hr exam (50%)
1 x 2,500 word essay (50%)
PGSA4022 Qualitative Research Methods 10 1 x 3,000 word report (100%)
PGSA4019 Leadership. Engagement and Motivation 10 1 x 2-hr exam (100%)
PGSA4023 Organisational Change and Development 10 1 x 2-hr exam (50%)
1 x 1,500 word case study report (50%)
PGSA4015 Psychological Assessment at Work 10 1 x 1.5-hr exam (70%)
1 x 20-min Group presentation (30%)
PGSA4020 Consultancy Skills 10 1 x 3,000 word coursework (100%)
PGSA4009 Applied Research Project 60 Project portfolio: 10,000 words in total (project proposal and ethics submission; project management report; research paper; executive summary; disc containing reports and data)

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2023 entry.

An upper second class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant field. Non-UK qualifications will be assessed against this standard. Applicants will be considered if they have a first degree in a relevant subject such as management, psychology or other related disciplines.

If deemed necessary, applicants may also be required to attend an interview.

Applicants must have graduated from an approved university. Other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Entry requirements in the prospectus and website may not always apply and individual offers may vary.

IELTS (Academic):

6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each element)


87 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other elements)

PTE (Academic):

71 (with no less than 65 in each element)

MUET: Band 4.5

IELTS, TOEFL and PTE (Academic) test results must be less than two years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test. MUET results are valid for five years from the date of the release of results.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Practical classes
  • Supervision

In addition to lectures, some modules have lab sessions, some have workshops and some drop in sessions. Each module is run with the aim of providing best learning experience for students and module objectives are achieved by devising the most appropriate delivery and assessment methods.

How you will be assessed

  • Coursework
  • Group coursework
  • Examinations
  • Dissertation
  • Presentation
  • Essays
  • Group presentation

Modules are assessed by a combination of exams and coursework at the end of the relevant semester.


Malaysian studentsRM51,600 per programme
International students RM57,000 per programme


Find out about scholarships, financial assistance and specific research funding available to all malaysian and international students.

Scholarship funding

Where you will learn

Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre

The Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre (KLTC) under the University of Nottingham Malaysia (UNM) is a UNM facility located in the heart of the Kuala Lumpur city centre. Select postgraduate courses from business, applied psychology, politics, and international relations programmes are delivered here to support the flexibility required by part-time postgraduate candidates.

The centre also serves as a supplementary venue for the university’s external events, seminars, and conferences. It also houses the UNM student recruitment team and the University of Nottingham South East Asia Office.

KLTC is located on the second floor of Chulan Tower, near the Petronas Twin Towers and the Bukit Bintang business district. It is easily accessible via the city's monorail and light rail trains.


Management psychologists are well paid and in high demand as they make a positive difference to organisational culture, productivity and performance. Most work within a variety of large public or private organisations, often specialising in specific areas of work psychology. Some choose to work for psychology and management consultancies or other management level posts.

The University’s Career Advisory Services (CAS) support students with the necessary skills and career opportunities using its strong relationship with various employers and industries. The CAS will provide students with essential resources and guidance for career choices offering many opportunities to develop the skills needed to plan and manage your future. Our Careers Advisory Service will work with you to improve and maximise your employability skills as well as providing essential resources and guidance that will assist you with job/course applications. They will facilitate searches for appropriate work experience placements and connect you to a wide range of prospective employers and training opportunities.


Our programme director is also heavily involved with providing students with the necessary career advice.

Executive Training and Coaching Professional, Business Development Consultant, Internal and External Management, Consulting Team Development Manager, Change Management Professional, Strategy Development Professional, Staffing and Recruiting Manager, Policy Officer, Corporate Consultant, Employee Retention Consultant, Professional Development Coach, Customer Service Manager, Change Management Specialist.

This content was last updated on 06 January 2023. Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate, but changes are likely to occur between the date of publishing and course start date. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply.