University of West England (UWE)

MSc in Occupational Psychology

The course is supported by an experienced, research-active psychology teaching team.  The programme is led by two Chartered Psychologists.  The department has been running Work Psychology modules for over 10 years and has strong links with the Bristol Business School.  The course has a reputation for good quality teaching and is supported by well-developed learning resources in conjunction with the University Innovation Centre.  The emphasis of the course is on evidence based application, encouraging reflexivity and continuing professional development.  There is also a strong emphasis on the acquisition and practice of skills including interpersonal, research, communication, presentation and consultancy.


Paul RedfordDr Paul Redford – Senior Lecturer
University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol

Chartered Psychologist, Principal Practitioner Business Psychology, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Psychology and Co-Director MSc Occupational Psychology.


I completed my doctorate at the University of Sussex, investigating the emotional experience of anger across cultures. I then worked at the University of Winchester as head of the psychology department before joining the psychology group at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol.  My teaching focuses on social and individual differences, work psychology and quantitative research methodologies. I have worked on a number of projects advising on psychometric and survey methodology as well working in industry as a Consultant for a number of public and private sector organisations.

Research Interests

My research mainly focuses on positive psychological capital in organisations at individual, team and organisational levels. Specifically, I am interested in examining the role of self-efficacy in motivation and performance. I am also interested in motivation and creativity within organisational settings. I also research learning and teaching focusing on individual and social factors that promote learning success at university.


Gemma PhillipsGemma Phillips-Pike
University of West England (UWE), Bristol

Chartered & Registered Occupational Psychologist, Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Co-Director of MSc Occupational Psychology.


I joined UWE in February 2014, having been a Visiting Lecturer since 2009. I am an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Registered Supervisor for the Qualification in Occupational Psychology.

Prior to working as a Senior Lecturer at UWE, I was an Occupational Psychology Consultant, working with both public and private sector clients. I still continue consultancy work alongside working at UWE on a part-time basis. I am keen to further the reach of occupational and business psychology and have been on various committees helping to drive the profession forward and I continue this work in the South West region.

Currently, I teach occupational/business psychology to Psychology undergraduates. I am also Co-Director of the MSc in Occupational Psychology, which is accredited by the British Psychological Society and the Association for Business Psychology. We are very proud of the MSc at UWE, which has been specifically designed around a modern and applied curriculum. I currently lead modules on: well-being and work; learning, training and development; as well as, applying psychology to work and organisations.

Research Interests

My research interests centre around proactive work behaviours, how careers are formed and how people identify with work.