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Postgraduate Diploma in Organisational Psychology

Kaplan - University of Essex Online, United Kingdom


Next enrollment cycle

October 2023

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Total Course Fee

USD 10,722

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  • 16 Months
  • Online
  • Postgraduate
  • Diploma
  • Up to 10% scholarship
Organisational psychologists are in great demand as businesses are increasingly turning to psychology to motivate employees, recruit staff, understand markets and change institutional behaviour.
  • So there has never been a better time than now to explore your interest in business psychology and pursue a career in this field.
  • This 100% online and part-time PG Dip Organisational Psychology* is an employability focused programme that includes varied and applied assessment activities to help you build real-world workplace skills. You will learn the principles and practices of organisational psychologists and gain transferrable skills that are valued by a wide range of professions.

Your course will cover interdisciplinary topics within the fields of business and psychology including:

  • The concept of psychological assessment at work and how to conduct this process as a practising organisational psychologist
  • The significance of human resource development within a global context
  • The nature, meaning and process of developing people in the organisation to the fullest of their capabilities
  • The main qualitative and quantitative research methods used for data collection and analysis
  • On successful completion of this course, you will have the opportunity to advance onto the MSc Organisational Psychology.

*The start date and details of this course are still subject to University approval. In the event that approval is not granted by your course start date, an alternative date will be offered or a full refund given. If we need to make changes to this programme as part of the University of Essex validation process, we will communicate these to you at the earliest possible date.

Enrollment Cycles

  • October 2023
  • We know that many people from non-traditional backgrounds would succeed on our courses! That’s why we offer two different entry routes, taking into account your prior work experience and relevant qualifications. You will also need to meet our English language requirements.
  • Additionally, you will need to pass your first assignment set within your two-week induction period of the course in order to continue with your studies.

Academic entry route
In order to satisfy the academic entry route requirements for our PG Dip Organisational Psychology, you must have the following qualifications as a minimum:

  • An undergraduate degree from an approved institution, equivalent to a UK Honours degree, or a relevant professional qualification

Work experience entry route
In order to satisfy the work experience entry route requirements for our PG Dip Organisational Psychology, you must meet the following criteria:

  • At least 3 years’ experience (voluntary or paid) within a relevant field, supported by 2 appropriate references. A relevant field may include one in marketing and sales, human resources, employee training, and management.

English language requirements

  • As our courses are delivered in English, a high proficiency with English is required. If English is not your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5. Don’t worry if you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification – we offer a free online English test to assess your proficiency.
  • You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree
  • The PG Dip Organisational Psychology is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 120 credits at Level 7.

Level 7 modules:

  • Core Principles of Psychological Enquiry (10 credits)
  • Strategic Human Resource Development (20 credits)
  • Research Methods (10 credits)
  • Psychological Assessment at Work (20 credits)
  • Mentoring and Coaching for Organisational Effectiveness (20 credits)

One optional module:

  • Global Environment and People Management (20 credits)
  • Diversity Management in a Global Economy (20 credits)
  • Leadership and Management Development (20 credits)
  • Applied Research Methods (20 credits)

* These modules are core and must be passed in order to achieve the award.

2021-22 Full course fee**: £7,714 

Full payment discount

  • When paying for your undergraduate or postgraduate course up-front, we’ll offer you a discount of 10% for students starting their course in the 2020-21 academic year, and 5% for students starting their course in the 2021-22 academic year.

Alumni discount

  • If you are a previous graduate with the University of Essex or University of Essex Online, we’ll award you a 10% alumni discount on your postgraduate tuition fees when you continue your studies to Masters level. This is only applicable to students studying online and does not apply to students studying on campus.
  • The Alumni discount cannot be used in combination with the International scholarship. 


  • International scholarship (all courses) International students residing in specific regions outside of the UK may be eligible for a partial scholarship for our undergraduate and postgraduate online courses.

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