MSc Business and Organisational Psychology (Berlin)

Business and Organisational Psychology (Berlin)



Study level
Full time
1 year
Faculty of Social Science

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Course Overview

Arden University’s accredited MSc Business and Organisational Psychology (Berlin) is designed for graduates and industry professionals seeking expertise in occupational psychology. It equips you to meet the growing demand in both public and private sectors for professionals with business psychology skills, giving you the competitive advantage needed to fill industry gaps.

What you’ll learn

This course covers core areas of business psychology, providing a strong foundation in research, theory, and practice. You will gain the highly sought-after ability to improve business operations at the individual, team, and organisational levels, and to tackle contemporary business issues such as improving employee well-being and performance and managing organisational change. You’ll graduate from the course with the key practitioner skills needed to strategically apply psychology in your current or future roles.

Graduate career avenues

Certified Business Psychologist (ABP accreditation)
This course is accredited by the Association for Business Psychology (ABP), meaning graduates will be able to leverage the ABP Certified Business Psychologist designation. This certification offers ABP members a pathway to attain 'Business Psychologist' status. More information can be found on the ABP website.

Alternative career pathways
Graduates with business psychology skills are in high demand across various organisations, with opportunities in areas such as employee well-being, leadership development, recruitment and selection, consultancy, and, with appropriate training, psychometric test administration and interpretation. Our programme equips you with a versatile skill set that opens doors to a wide range of career prospects.

Our expert team

Our School of Psychology consists of practitioners and academics with awards, publications, and industry experience spanning consultancy, coaching, well-being, knowledge transfer, neurodiversity, and assessment design and delivery. This means you’ll gain unique insights into both the academic and practitioner aspects of business psychology. We also collaborate with external practitioners, including occupational and coaching psychologists and consultants to align the programme with contemporary standards and practices. 

We also offer this course online through distance learning. More information can be found here.

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Course details and modules

Within each module, you will explore the business world to develop a critical understanding of organisational issues, ethical considerations, and future research directions. We'll delve into contemporary psychology trends in the workplace, covering assessments, development, leadership, and organisational culture. 

You'll learn essential practitioner skills, such as the consultancy cycle, report writing, and finding relevant information. We’ll highlight the importance of psychological assessments, which facilitate objective comparisons, identify training needs, and support individual and organisational growth – crucial in today's business landscape focused on talent attraction, management, and diversity.

Just some of the fascinating modules you’ll study on this course include:

Coaching & Mentoring

Examine unique coaching theories and models, including challenges and ethical considerations. Gain practical insights through optional coaching activities, providing a taste of coaching’s benefits and the opportunity to be a ‘coach for a day’ under guided supervision.

Leadership, Motivation & Engagement

Explore effective leadership and the role of business psychologists in developing strategic leaders who foster engaged and motivated teams. Topics include the impact of evolving work environments, promoting inclusive workplace cultures, and managing diverse global teams.

Health and Well-Being at Work

Consider the business case for employee well-being, addressing common workplace concerns like stress and physical inactivity. Gain current knowledge on approaches and factors related to workplace well-being and interventions targeting well-being at individual, team, leadership, and organisational levels.

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BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • Psychological Assessment at Work (20 credits)
  • Advanced Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Learning, Training & Development (20 credits)
  • Coaching & Mentoring (20 credits)
  • Leadership, Motivation & Engagement (20 credits)
  • Health and Well-being at Work (20 credits)
  • Work Design, Organisational Change and Development (20 credits)
  • Business Psychology Research Project (40 credits)

Unparalleled support for your psychology degree studies

Alongside the extensive support available to all students studying with Arden, our MSc Business and Organisational Psychology (Berlin) course features its own personalised support system to help you succeed with your studies. 

We go above and beyond to provide you with the resources and opportunities you’ll need to study with confidence and take pride in your personal development. Take a look at the support resources you’ll have access to as an Arden psychology student:

  • Study skills workshops to support you on your academic journey and help you achieve your goals.
  • Virtual coffee mornings, online office hours, and drop-in sessions to discuss your coursework with your tutors.
  • Quarterly student-lecturer feedback events that give you the chance to co-create your learning experience.
  • Annual student conferences to showcase your work and make valuable professional connections.
  • Annual employability event held virtually so all can attend, with over 40 guest speakers from diverse branches of psychology.

Authentic assessments. No exams.

Unlike on more traditional degrees, you won’t be sitting any exams on this course. Instead, a range of authentic assessments have been designed to help you apply your learning to real-world scenarios in business psychology and the organisational challenges you might face in your future role. Our practice-driven assessments include:

- Consultancy reports
- Presentations
- Case studies
- Intervention design
- A Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Legal and Environmental (PESTLE) analysis
- Empirical research project

Business psychology research project

The course culminates in an independent research project where you’ll investigate a key business psychology issue, building skills for your future career. You’ll be guided by experienced occupational and business psychologists throughout the project.

Free German Language Courses

While studying this course you’ll have the opportunity to take part in our introductory German language courses, free of charge, totalling 140 hours and covering levels A1 and A2. Learning the German language will not only enhance your overall experience here at Arden Berlin, but also open doors to exciting prospects if you plan to stay and work in Germany after graduation.

Study options

This course is available to study full time through our blended learning study mode at our campus in Berlin, Germany.

Full time, blended learning in Berlin

How does it work?

This course is available to study full time through our blended learning study mode at our campus in Berlin, Germany. When you choose our blended learning study mode, you’ll have eight hours of timetabled classes spread over two days at our centrally located Berlin campus. This is combined with around 25 hours of independent study, which takes place through ilearn, our university campus in the cloud. ilearn contains all the resources you need to study successfully. As a blended learning student you’ll also have access to our Library Portal, an extensive digital library with thousands of journal titles, eBooks, and a range of academic and industry databases that you can use to research and gain in-depth information on your area of study. At Arden, all of your course materials are provided free of charge, removing the need for you to buy expensive textbooks to study your degree successfully.

Full time study in Berlin is the best option for students who prefer the structure of regular face to face classes with their tutor and fellow classmates, and is particularly suited to students who are attracted by the opportunity to move to Germany to study, where you can take advantage of the employment opportunities available for overseas students.

Introducing your Digital Backpack

Once you’ve enrolled on your MSc Business and Organisational Psychology (Berlin) degree with Arden you’ll get access to your Digital Backpack, a toolkit of digital resources we’ve put together to help you succeed during your time studying with us.

Here are some of the digital resources you’ll have available throughout your course:

  • Office 365 subscription
  • Integrated zoom video conferencing
  • Careers support available through Arden Futures, your careers platform, to help you throughout your career journey whether you are a Career Starter, Changer or Developer
  • Free online access to our Library Portal, which includes thousands of eBooks and journals, as well as industry databases which we’ve carefully hand-picked to support your studies – all yours for free while you study with us
  • Subscription to Togetherall for an abundance of mental health support

Entry requirements

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.

What do you need to study with us?

Our aim is to make learning as accessible as possible by ensuring that you can join us, wherever you are.

That's why we keep our requirements simple. All you need is a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection. With this one tool, you'll be able to access information, advice, support, learning materials and our online library, as well as create assignments, keep notes, and collaborate with other students effectively. 

We’ll also support you with getting access to the resources you need, wherever you study from, including assistance with obtaining any software you need to successfully complete the course.


To be eligible for our MSc Business and Organisational Psychology (Berlin), you should normally have:

  • A UK Honours Degree at a minimum of second class (2.2) or equivalent, that is related to the field of psychology, social science or business (if you want to progress to Stage 2 training in Occupational Psychology this needs to be a BPS accredited undergraduate degree in Psychology)
  • In the absence of a UK Honours Degree, professional work experience that is relevant to business psychology will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • A maths qualification or equivalent to at least Grade C at GCSE.
  • In the absence of evidence of a GCSE or equivalent in mathematics applicants will be able to complete an assessment-free module before the start of the course to substitute for this.

English proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 60-78; or equivalent.
  • Alternatively, evidence you have previously studied in English, such as a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English can be accepted.

We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide the above evidence of English proficiency. More information can be found here.

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

Course fees and funding

Funding and Scholarships

If you're an international student, you may be eligible to save money on your tuition fees with Arden Berlin's Regional Offer. Please check your eligibility and our terms and conditions here.

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When you help a friend or family member to study with Arden through our Refer a Friend programme, both you and the person you refer will receive a €500 Amazon e-voucher or €500 tuition fee credit.

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Meet the faculty

Dr. Anthony Thompson

Anthony’s areas of interest include occupational psychology, health psychology and co-creation. Anthony’s PhD explored solutions to sedentary behaviour and physical inactivity in workplace settings. Anthony also has a keen interest in personality and intelligence research, is a qualified psychometrician and has been a recipient of the Psychometrics Forum’s Excellence in Psychometrics Award. Alongside academic research, Anthony has also worked as an independent business psychology consultant helping organisations to develop evidence-based recruitment and selection practices. Passionate about making psychology more accessible, Anthony has written and contributed to books, blogs and magazines within the field of occupational psychology, with his research being featured in publications such as Forbes.

Dr. Anthony Thompson
Programme Leader – MSc Business Psychology

Career prospects

The course will help you develop your existing skills and knowledge in business psychology, alongside the latest theoretical, practical, and emerging advancements in the field. Through this, you’ll gain the expertise needed to successfully apply business psychology across a range of exciting industries.

What will the MSc Business and Organisational Psychology (Berlin) do for me?

You’ll graduate from the course with the hands-on business psychology and leadership skills required to effectively bring about positive change in the workplace across individual, team, and organisational levels. Throughout your studies you’ll be provided with the valuable opportunity to:

  • Gain in-depth knowledge of business and occupational psychology in a variety of industries.
  • Understand the important and strategic role psychology plays in the workplace.
  • Develop practical skills in applying appropriate psychological interventions at the individual, team, and organisational levels.
  • Gain transferable skills for a range of exciting roles in both the public and private sectors.

What can I do after Arden University?

Employers today recognise the strategic advantage of having employees who are versed in applying psychology in the workplace, meaning you’ll graduate from your MSc Business and Organisational Psychology (Berlin) degree ready to accelerate your career in the field. A few of the roles you might consider include:

  • Business Psychologist
  • Employee or Leader Coach/Mentor
  • Workplace Assessment/Training
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Business Consultancy
  • Business Manager
  • HR

Industry skills


This course is accredited by the the Association for Business Psychology (ABP).

The Association for Business Psychology (ABP)

The Association for Business Psychology (ABP) works to provide information, training, and support for those interested in business psychology, to promote professional excellence, and to demonstrate the effective application and impact of business psychology in the workplace.

During your studies you’ll have free student membership with the ABP, giving you access to a wealth of professional resources, networking opportunities, careers advice, professional recognition and influence, as well as keeping you up-to-date with current trends and developments.

Campaign for Social Science

Arden University is a member of the Campaign for Social Science. 

The Campaign demonstrates how social science improves public policy, society, and all our lives. It highlights the value of applied social science research and advocates for its greater use in decision-making and in government. It is supported by a coalition of universities, social science societies, and publishers.

As a member, Arden receives access to case studies, research into the value provided by social sciences, and insights into the employability of social science graduates. Through this, you will gain a better understanding of the skills you are learning and their value to employers.

LinkedIn Learning

All Arden students will have free access to LinkedIn Learning through the Library Portal. LinkedIn Learning is a video-based online learning platform offering over 16,500 expert-led courses across a wide range of subjects including business, technology, and creative skills.

With LinkedIn Learning, you can:

  • Pursue curated learning pathways aligned with our curriculum and your career goals.
  • Add value to your LinkedIn profile by showcasing your newly acquired skills.
  • Personalise content based on skills relevant to your chosen career path, interests and prior learning.