Accreditation for University Business Psychology Courses
Accreditation by the ABP enhances a university’s reputation as a provider of quality business psychology courses for its students working as psychologists in a business or organisation. It lends both academic credibility and relevance to its programmes in an increasingly competitive business environment. Having completed one of these courses, students are able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of their role in a business environment to future employers. Whilst giving reassurance to students that the content of a course delivers the knowledge and skills of a Business Psychologist, it also allows students entry into a like-minded peer group for personal and professional development.
Students on approved courses will receive free membership to the ABP membership fees as well as discounts to the annual conference as well as other ABP events.
The process to achieve ABP accreditation has two stages:
- Stage 1 - Recognition (for new courses),
- Stage 2 - Full Accreditation (for established courses).
To achieve Stage 1, the institution must demonstrate that the course for which it is requesting Recognition meets criteria with respect to course content. At the end of the three years, if it satisfies the additional Stage 2 criteria, it may apply for Full Accreditation.
For mature courses, to achieve Stage 2 - Full Accreditation, a course is expected to have run for a minimum of three years and fulfil content criteria and have evidence of student progression and completion. Stage 2 Accreditation may then be renewed every three years.
For both Stage 1 and Stage 2, the Course must demonstrate to the ABP Assessors that it satisfactorily covers ‘The Application of Psychology in a Business Setting’. (Business is here understood in its widest sense to cover all work/ organisational settings.)
The content must include, as a minimum:
- The theory of Business Psychology as applied to individuals, groups and organisations.
- The practice of Business Psychology as applied to individuals, groups and organisations.
The content must also demonstrate alignment with the seven principles of the Association of Business Psychology that are applicable, viz. it should:
- raise awareness of Business Psychology as a discipline
- include a whole-systems, evidence-based and business-led approach
- recognise key stakeholders, entities and legislation that may affect individuals, groups and organisations in a business setting
- support the development of business psychologists
- require professional and ethical standards
- demonstrate up-to-date material (e.g. within last 3 years)
Successful courses will be deemed to be:
‘Recognised by the Association of Business Psychologists as a Provider of Postgraduate Business Psychology’ or
‘Fully Accredited by the Association of Business Psychologists as a Provider of Postgraduate Business Psychology’.
An ABP logo will appear on the relevant page of the university website for the course.
Course Directors of ABP accredited Business Psychology courses
Below are brief biographical profiles for each of the directors of ABP accredited Business Psychology Courses. These profiles give prospective students insight into the research interests and specialisms of the academics who lead the courses. More information can be obtained from the websites of the universities in question.
The ABP currently accredits courses at the University of Kingston Business School, The University of Westminster, King’s College, City University, The London Metropolitan University, Birkbeck College at the University of London, the University of Coventry and the University of Gloucestershire.
Dr Christine Grant - Coventry University
Dr Christine Grant, C.Psychol, AFBPsS, SFHEA; Principal Lecturer & Associate Head of School, Marketing & Recruitment, School of Psychological, Social & Behavioural Sciences; HCPC registered Occupational Psychologist; Course Director: MSc Business & Organisational Psychology.
Christine Grant, AFBPs, SFHEA, is a Chartered and HCPC registered Occupational Psychologist, and member of the Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement Research Group at Coventry University. Her main research focus is exploring how remote e-working using technology impacts on work-life balance, job effectiveness and wellbeing. She is a lead researcher in this area and has published articles on her work. She has also developed through her PhD work a new e-work life scale that enables individuals and organisations to measure the impact and suggest strategies to intervene and improve e-work issues.
Dr Grant also develops psychometric tests including employability and situational judgement tests and is aiming to develop a competency framework for the resilient e-worker.
- Work-life balance
- Workplace resilience
- Impact of technology ‘always on culture’
Dr Rachel Lewis – Kingston Business School, Kingston University.
Chartered Occupational Psychologist and Associate Professor in Occupational/Business Psychology, Programme Director (with Dr Joanna Yarker) of the MSc Occupational and Business Psychology and Professional Doctorate in Occupational and Business Psychology. Certified to test in occupational assessments for Level A and B and verified to assess Level A.
After graduating in psychology, Rachel worked in marketing and sales promotion for ten years before returning to study for her MSc in Occupational Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London. She worked as a senior consultant for a year before completing her PhD. She lectured at Goldsmiths and City University before joining Kingston.
Rachel is the former chair of the Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP) Conference Working Group and a member of DOP Professional and Educational Standards Strategy Group. She is also the Director of a niche Occupational Health Consultancy, Affinity Health at Work. She provides consultancy and training in management and leadership development and employee wellbeing and engagement to organisations including PriceWaterhouseCoopers, BUP and a number of NHS Trusts, Central Government Departments and County Councils.
In 2014 Rachel, (along with Emma Donaldson-Feilder, her colleague at Affinity Health at Work) won the Chartered Management Institute Article of the Year, DOP Practitioner of the Year and BPS Practitioner of the Year award for her evidence based practice.
Rachel has co-written and edited three books on stress in organisations and stress management, leadership and change, and integrating theory and practice in work and occupational psychology.
- Leadership and Management, particularly the link between management and well-being
- Management Development
- Sustainability of learning
- Employee stress and wellbeing
- Employee engagement and resilience
More about Rachel’s publications, teaching and research can be found here.
Dr Joanna Yarker – Kingston Business School, Kingston University.
Chartered Occupational Psychologist and Senior Lecturer in Occupational Psychology, Course Director MSc Occupational and Business Psychology Management,.
Joanna started her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers before moving to academia, first at the University of Nottingham and then Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research is focused on the management of health and wellbeing at work, specifically on cancer and chronic conditions and the role of managers and leaders in supporting health at work interventions. She has also worked in selection and assessment for over 15 years.
She has led research in stress management interventions, work design and work related ill health. Her work has been funded by corporate sponsors, HSE, CIPD, IIP and the British Occupational Health Research Foundation. Her work is published in academic and practitioner journals. She has also written a book with Emma Donaldson-Feilder and Rachel Lewis called ‘Preventing Stress in Organizations: How to develop positive managers,’ published by Wiley Blackwell in 2011, which won BPS Practitioner Book of the Year Award in 2013.
Dr Lara Zibarras – City University, London.
Lecturer and Deputy Programme Director of City’s MSc in Organisational Psychology.
Prior to doing her PhD at City in 2005 she held diverse roles in training and development and was an IT manager and independent consultant with a range of public and private sector organisations.
Dr Zibarras is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, a member of the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology, the Society of Industrial and Organisational Psychology and Going Green in the Workplace working group.
Since 2004 she has been involved in a number of consultancy projects which have included; Developing risk questionnaires (2009-2012)
- Evaluation of selection processes and methods from an applicants perspective (2007-2009)
- Gender perceptions in occupations (2007)
- Development of appraisal tools for a market research company (2006-2007)
- The design and validation of selection tools for a recruitment consultanc004-2005y (2006)
- The design and validation of selection tools for a large, multinational organisation (2005)
- Design, development and evaluation of a database training course for a medium size organisation (2004-2005)
- Development of database and website interfaces for a property company, using user-centred and usability design techniques (2004-2005)
Dr Zibarras’s research interests lie broadly within selection, innovation and sustainability in the workplace. Her PhD research focused on selection from the applicant’s perspective and examined the determinants of perceptions of fairness in high-stakes selection settings. She has recently been awarded funding for research on high-stakes selection and assessment (2011-2012).
She is currently conducting research funded by the Richard Benjamin Trust, examining the role of psychological theories in explaining why people engage or do not engage in pro-environmental workplace behaviours (2011-2012).
Gary Pheiffer – London Metropolitan University
CPsychol, AFBPsS; CSci, HCPC Registered Occupational Psychologist; Fellow of the HE Academy (FHEA); Chartered MCIPD
School of Psychology, Faculty of Life Sciences and Computing.
Head of Work and Business Psychology, Principal Lecturer in Occupational Psychology, Course leader for MSc Organisational and Consumer Psychology (Occupational Psychology/Business Psychology/Consumer Psychology) and Prof Doc Occupational Psychology, and teaches on BSc (Hons) Psychology and MSc Applied Psychology.
Gary Pheiffer is a chartered occupational psychologist and chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD). Gary has worked in industry, academia and consulting in the area of people management and development.
His specialist subject areas are business and consumer psychology, adult attachment styles, personality, psychometrics, learning, child and adult development, teams, HR development and culture change.
These include; the role of attachment styles in adult relationships and specifically in the workplace, cosmopolitan learning styles and student engagement, student employability, flow and creativity in organisations.
Professor Stephen Benton – University of Westminster
Professor of Business Psychology and founding director of the Business Psychology Centre (2001 -).
Professor Benton graduated from Brunel University and joined the Acoustics Research Group at Chelsea College, University of London on a SERC scholarship to conduct PhD research into low frequency noise effects with Professor Geoff Leventhall. He then went to UCL as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychology. He has spent many years researching and lecturing in cognitive psychology and various aspects of human factors and the application of psychological knowledge to improve individuals’ quality of life and performance. He has recently combined these elements to develop psychological analyses of behavioural issues in domestic and international organisations. This work led to the creation of the first Business Psychology Postgraduate program in 1997. He was visiting Professor to the University of Indonesia (1994-5), researching Indonesian negotiation and decision making practices which led to a 3 year British Council funded study and development program. His work has expanded to include cross cultural organisational research and the development of a Business Psychology program at the University of Indonesia.
Professor Benton currently holds research contracts funded by the MRC, ESRC, KTP and the EU. His research interests include psycho-acoustics and cognitive ergonomics.
Find out more
If you are a University interested in having one or more of your courses accredited by the ABP please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to discuss enrolling in the scheme.
If you are a student interested in finding out which courses have already been accredited by the ABP, please visit the Accredited Universities page. This section is updated frequently, so please check back for updates.