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

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.

Course Content

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 list of currently ABP accredited courses can be found here.


Dr Christine GrantDr 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.

Research interests

  • Work-life balance
  • E-working
  • Well-being
  • Workplace resilience
  • Impact of technology ‘always on culture’


Rachel LewisDr 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.

Research Interests

  • 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 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.

Research interests

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.


Lara ZibarrasDr 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 PheifferGary 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.

Research interests

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.


Kathryn WaddingtonDr Kathryn Waddington, University of Westminster

Course Leader MSc Business Psychology,  Reader in Work and Organizational Psychology and Visiting Senior Fellow, Darwin International Institute for the Study of Compassion


Kathryn is Course Leader for the flagship MSc Business Psychology at the University of Westminster, which was established by Professor Stephen Benton in 1988 as the first postgraduate business psychology course in Europe. She is a Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and Principal Fellow of The Higher Education Academy

She has a background in nursing and healthcare, and her doctoral research in psychology explored the role of gossip in nursing and healthcare organisations, and she has published widely in this area. Kathryn is also Visiting Senior Fellow with the Darwin International Institute for the Study of Compassion (DIISC). DIISC is named after Charles Darwin, and its core mission is to support and develop a new generation of scholars and future leaders with a deeper understanding of compassion.

Research interests

She is particularly interested in exploring how a deeper understanding of compassion can offer fresh insights into business psychology practice. Her current research and scholarship explores the use of interpretive ethnography as a means of revealing the ‘dark side’ of academic life, and the role of compassion in promoting and sustaining healthy organisational cultures and leadership practices.


JosephineDr Josephine Jim MRPharmS– The University of Hong Kong.

Senior Programme Director at the College of Business and Finance, School of Professional and Continuing Education (HKU SPACE).

Josephine is also a registered pharmacist in UK and Hong Kong, an MBA graduate from Warwick University with Doctorate in Education from the University of Hull and an accredited professional coach with the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership in Australia. She is the programme leader of MBA, MSc Business Management (Leadership and Innovation), Postgraduate Certificate in Managerial Psychology and Business Executive Training programmes at HKU SPACE.


Josephine has over 25 years of senior management experience in executive training organisations, private educational institutions, non-profit organisations and nutritional and pharmaceutical companies at local and national levels.  She has published journal articles on the link between the process of coaching and change in organisations and innovation in management learning.

Research Interests :

Management learning and development, coaching for change and performance.

Find out more

If you are a University interested in having one or more of your courses accredited by the ABP please contact 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.


Iain CoyneDr Iain Coyne – School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University.

Programme Director, Work Psychology and Business Psychology MSc programmes, Senior Lecturer in Organisational Psychology


Dr Iain Coyne is a Registered Occupational Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Currently, Dr Coyne is Chair of the Academic Advisory Team for Arctic Shores (a leading games-based assessment specialist). Previously, he was Senior Editor for the British Psychological Society (BPS) Test Reviews, a member of the BPS Committee on Test Standards (2011-2016), an elected member of the Management Committee for a European COST Action on Cyber-bullying (2008-2012) and a council member of the International Test Commission (2002-2008).

Research Interests

His current research focuses on selection and assessment, productive and counterproductive work behaviour and bullying/cyberbullying at work. This work has included producing guidelines for internet testing, considering the role of industry in cyberbullying, development of scales and validation of scales, assessing the equivalence of a voluntary workplace behaviour scale across European countries and the impact of cyberbullying on well-being.


Colleen AddicottDr Colleen Addicott – University of Hertfordshire

Chartered Occupational Psychologist, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader MSc Occupational & Business Psychology


Colleen worked in the Financial Services sector in management and project roles before returning to study for her MSc in Occupational Psychology.  She worked at SHL/CEB as a senior consultant then set up her own consultancy, Totem in 2007, which also includes research in occupational psychology.  She completed her Doctorate through the University of Hertfordshire.  She joined the University of Hertfordshire as a visiting lecturer in 2011 and became a Senior Lecturer and Leader of the course in 2017.

Research Interests

Her research interests include: People at their best; shared meaning in the workplace; women in the workplace; psychological assessment; learning and development.