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The Professional Doctorate in Occupational Psychology provides a programme for practitioner occupational psychologists to further enhance their theoretical and applied understanding of occupational psychology.  This will be achieved by completing supervised research in an ecologically valid context, or through the critical evaluation of a portfolio of evidenced professional practice and development.  The programme will develop occupational psychologists’ ability to apply psychological theory to the real world, provide an evidence base for their practice, whilst also reflecting critically upon their own practice and application of psychology.  The doctoral research will further enable students to identify innovative solutions to existing work based problems and in turn make an original contribution to the field.
The programme will enable students to:

  • Develop a range of advanced research skills and techniques which can be applied to their own area of practice;
  • Make an original contribution to their field through developing skills to critically evaluate and translate research into practice; and
  • Conduct applied research to produce a thesis or portfolio which demonstrates contemporary thinking in occupational psychology.  This thesis or portfolio will be of a standard which can be disseminated /published in their own professional area.

It is likely that students will be in full or part time employment when embarking upon this degree.  The research component and production of a doctoral thesis or portfolio is designed to be of specific benefit to the individual, their practice and the organisation in which they work.

Course Information

Level of Study
Research

Mode of Study
3 years part time

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Fees
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Entry Requirements 2023/24

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have

A minimum of a 2.1 honours degree; or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.

Individuals wishing to embark upon DOccPsych are required to provide evidence of having achieved the following requirements:

  • British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited MSc in Occupational Psychology
  • Chartered status with the BPS and eligibility for Full Membership of the Division of Occupational Psychology obtained via the examined log book route or Stage Two Qualification in Occupational Psychology
  • Registered Practitioner/Occupational Psychologist status with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) (or eligibility for via the Stage Two Qualification in Occupational Psychology)

A 1000 word research proposal, outlining your area of research; please note that even if you are applying for a specific research vacancy with a pre-defined research proposal, you are still required to write a proposal expanding on the provided description of the project. For guidance on writing your research proposal, please see here.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with component 6.0 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2023/24 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1: £2,981

EU Fee in Year 1: £8,990

International Fee in Year 1: £8,990



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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

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Professional Practice Occupational Psychology Research (Core,30 Credits)

Through a combination of lectures and seminar discussions you will engage with academics and other practitioners to examine how professional knowledge can be constructed. These activities will help you produce a research plan that incorporates -defining a research problem, developing a rationale, formulating a research statement, and form the clear and critical research question that will guide and inform your doctoral project. You will examine the relationship between research and practice in occupational psychology and consider how to effectively develop concepts, use theoretical frameworks and apply reflective approaches. You will use these skills to support the development, undertaking, and successful completion of either supervised research in an applied workplace context, or the critical evaluation of a portfolio of evidence detailing professional practice and development. You will appraise how the development of evidence enables an analysis of current occupational psychology knowledge and practice. Throughout, you will consider how improvements in professional practice and workplace decision making can be created.

The core of the module will enable you to critically consider the theory and evidence that underpins approaches in occupational psychology and to apply this to your thesis subject. In this regard, you will cover key occupational psychology literature as well as engaging in reflexive practice to position yourself as a practitioner within the proposed research. You will learn the principles of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. You will also engage with the ethics of research, which are a fundamental value of the practising occupational psychologist.

Finally, you will learn about effective research proposal design, which is an essential aspect of the programme. This will assist you in formulating a clear and original occupational psychology-based doctoral project, which will be the basis of your research for the duration of the doctoral programme. Your doctoral research will result in an original contribution to the field that addresses real world problems and emerging challenging in the context of occupational psychology.

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

PY0797 -

Professional Practice Occupational Psychology Research (Core,30 Credits)

Through a combination of lectures and seminar discussions you will engage with academics and other practitioners to examine how professional knowledge can be constructed. These activities will help you produce a research plan that incorporates -defining a research problem, developing a rationale, formulating a research statement, and form the clear and critical research question that will guide and inform your doctoral project. You will examine the relationship between research and practice in occupational psychology and consider how to effectively develop concepts, use theoretical frameworks and apply reflective approaches. You will use these skills to support the development, undertaking, and successful completion of either supervised research in an applied workplace context, or the critical evaluation of a portfolio of evidence detailing professional practice and development. You will appraise how the development of evidence enables an analysis of current occupational psychology knowledge and practice. Throughout, you will consider how improvements in professional practice and workplace decision making can be created.

The core of the module will enable you to critically consider the theory and evidence that underpins approaches in occupational psychology and to apply this to your thesis subject. In this regard, you will cover key occupational psychology literature as well as engaging in reflexive practice to position yourself as a practitioner within the proposed research. You will learn the principles of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. You will also engage with the ethics of research, which are a fundamental value of the practising occupational psychologist.

Finally, you will learn about effective research proposal design, which is an essential aspect of the programme. This will assist you in formulating a clear and original occupational psychology-based doctoral project, which will be the basis of your research for the duration of the doctoral programme. Your doctoral research will result in an original contribution to the field that addresses real world problems and emerging challenging in the context of occupational psychology.

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