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Why does accreditation matter?

The Association for Business Psychology (ABP) was set up with the sole purpose of championing business psychology by creating an inclusive environment and a home for those with an interest in business psychology. The organisation works to provide accessible, user-friendly information, training and support, and, by raising awareness of the benefits of business psychology to individuals, teams and organisations. By building capacity through the development of knowledge and skills in business psychology and sharing examples of business psychology’s effective application and impact in the workplace. As part of these objectives we provide a robust accreditation and revalidation process for educational programmes that train and develop students and lifelong learners in the field.

The variety of backgrounds of Business Psychology practitioners has historically been both a strength and a perennial problem for the discipline. Our practitioners may not have the traditional qualifications and certifications acquired through alternative routes such as the British Psychological Society route to Chartership in Occupational Psychology. They may, nonetheless, be exceptional in their capacity to provide unbiased, scientifically credible knowledge and interventions which support healthy, productive and mutually beneficial relationships between people and organisations. As such, The ABP welcomes all who actively embrace psychology through their practice by supporting organisations to deliver programmes of study, education and training of the highest possible standards.

Learners at all levels make a significant personal and financial investment in their education and accreditation offers reassurance because it signifies the highest levels of quality control, that programmes satisfy certain standards. Accreditation ensures that the organisation has adequate resources and expertise to support student learning, and reassures employers that candidates have obtained the requisite skills, underpinning subject knowledge and abilities to be able to perform in the workplace.

Scope of accreditation:

The ABP supports organisations to deliver programmes of study, education and training of the highest possible standards. We work collaboratively with providers who are committed to developing new business psychologists through degree and postgraduate level programmes and with organisations who provide training and development that is aimed at meeting the professional development needs of our business psychology community.

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Accredited courses

In addition to those listed below, the ABP is currently underway with the review and accreditation of several other university courses. Please check back soon for further listings.



Aston University, Business & Organisational Psychology MSc

This fascinating course focuses on applying psychological principles to the workplace. You’ll learn how to get the best from people in a commercial environment, develop a range of practical skills. It provides the opportunity for students with an interest in psychology to study it further at a postgraduate level in a highly acclaimed Business School.


Birkbeck University of London, Business Psychology BSc

Birkbeck, University of London was established in 1823 and is a research university ranked top 25 in the UK for research excellence. Birkbeck’s motto is “in nocte consilium” (study by night) with BSc Business Psychology taught from 6-9pm by one of the oldest organizational psychology departments in the world. We have a rich history of helping students combining day jobs with a quality part-time or full-time evening education complemented by fantastic extra-curricular activities to help career growth and networking.


City University, Organisational Psychology MSc

City’s long-standing MSc in Organisational Psychology provides knowledge, skill and understanding in the core areas of organisational/occupational psychology to enhance understanding of human workplace behaviour.


Coventry University, Business Psychology MSc

The Coventry University MSc Business & Organisational Psychology provides graduates with a thorough grounding in Business Psychology research and application.


University of Kent, The BSc Business Psychology, The BSc Business Psychology with a Placement Year & The MSc Organisational and Business Psychology

The Business Psychology Bachelor degrees apply psychological theories, methods and processes to the study of individual and group behaviour in the workplace. Modules in business psychology studied from first year onwards.

The Organisational and Business Psychology MSc develops your theoretical and research-based knowledge of social and business psychology to enhance your understanding of workplace behaviour. It offers you a pathway to a career as a practitioner or academic researcher in the field of organisational psychology.


King’s College London, Organisational Psychiatry & Psychology MSc

This programme is one of the first of its kind in the UK and Europe and is designed for people wishing to gain up-to-date knowledge and understanding of psychology and psychiatry as applied to the workplace. Essentially the course covers the spectrum of mental health at work, from serious health concerns right across the board to management that encourages motivation and mental wellness.


Hong Kong University, Certificate in Managerial Psychology PG

The HKUSPACE PgCert in MPsy programme aims to provide students with comprehensive behavioral science theories, methods and tools which they can apply to resolve behavioral problems they encounter in their work and career.


Loughborough University, Business Psychology MSc

The MSc Business Psychology programme is especially suitable for those students wishing to develop a career in personnel functions, human resource management roles or as business consultants in areas such as selection and assessment, organisational development and change and employee development.


Manchester Metropolitan University, BA (Hons) Business Psychology

Our BA Business Psychology programme offers internationally relevant techniques to influence employee well-being, staff recruitment and retention, and workers’ behaviour. Our students gain expertise and learn how to consult organisations to foster employee engagement and retention by understanding that staff satisfaction is just as important to a business as profits.

Our programme is supported by interactive, collaborative and research-active academics who deliver through a combination of lectures, classroom sessions, workshops and seminars, facilitating debate and interaction.


University of Hertfordshire, Business & Occupational Psychology MSc

The Industrial and Work Psychology Programme includes two courses with overlapping modules, the MSc Business Psychology and the MSc Occupational Psychology. There are core courses for both in Research and Professional Skills, Psychological Assessment at Work, Learning, Training and Development and Leadership, Engagement and Motivation.

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