This unique MSc programme is aimed at developing an in-depth knowledge of applied psychology, including the moral, ethical and professional challenges seen when applying psychology to a range of local, national and global societal issues.
Specialist modules in the areas of health and social psychology will explore how we can understand real-world issues such as health promotion, environmental behaviour and prejudice & discrimination.
The applied focus will encourage students to critically consider how we can intervene to improve individual, organisational and societal health and social functioning.
The programme is focused on developing a range of research and professional skills which can be applied to a broad range of specialisms within and beyond Psychology. It will also develop your ability to critically reflect on your own professional challenges and development needs for working in the field of applied psychology.
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Why choose this course
- Taught by research-active staff with expertise in applied psychology
- Unique groupwork-based module enables development and reflection on core employability skills
- Strong Personal Development Planning and mentoring throughout the degree
- Opportunity to tailor assessments and research dissertation to your own specific interests
- Small cohorts ensure a personalised learning experience
What you will learn
This course explores how psychology can be applied to a range of exciting and topical real-world issues. Part One of the MSc consists of taught modules, leading then to the Part Two independent research project for the Applied Psychology Dissertation, where students will engage in an in-depth research project with supervision from an academic staff member with expertise in that area.
Taught by research-active staff with expertise in applied psychology, specialist modules in areas relating to health and social psychology explore how we can understand cutting edge issues such as health promotion, environmental behaviour and prejudice & discrimination. The applied focus will encourage you to critically consider how we can intervene to improve individual, organisational and societal health and social functioning.
The programme is focused on developing a range of research and professional skills which can be applied to a broad range of specialisms within and beyond Psychology. You will be challenged to become critical thinkers, developing the skillset and knowledge to be able to understand how to influence policy, work with community groups, and engage with individuals. A strong focus is on the development of a range of interpersonal and communication skills to enable you to confidently engage with professionals, colleagues and the general population in areas relating to the application of psychology to everyday life. You will be supported through the programme by a structured Personal Development Planning and mentoring process.
Part One Modules include:
Applied Research Design & Analysis: This module develops your understanding of applied research design and associated analytical techniques (both qualitative and quantitative).
Professional Research Skills: This innovative module will develop your team working and practical research skills by providing the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in planning and delivering a topical research project.
Behaviour change in context: This module will provide you with an in-depth critical understanding of the individual, societal, and global factors that influence a range of human behaviours and inform behaviour change interventions.
Ethical and professional challenges in Psychology: This module will challenge you to develop a critical understanding of a range of ethical debates and controversies when applying psychology in real-world settings.
Full-time students study 60-credits worth of modules per term during afternoon/evening classes across two evenings a week with modules running in parallel with each other.
Part-time students study 60-credits worth of modules per year during afternoon/evening classes one night per week with modules running sequentially.
The assessments within this programme have been specifically designed to enable you to demonstrate a range of skills and knowledge directly relevant to a broad range of psychological professions and beyond. These include:
- Professional presentations
- Portfolio of research competencies
- Systematic literature reviews
- Practical skills assessments
- Reflective reports
- Research proposals
- Research papers (Part II dissertation)
This programme is open to individuals with a background in Psychology. Entry criteria is a 2.1 honours degree, or a good 2.2 honours degree (including research dissertation). Whilst we may consider applications from those with a background in a closely related area, due to the nature of this programme this would depend upon an assessment of academic writing and psychological research skills.
Graduates from this programme have gone on to work in the NHS, gain PhD funding, and to work in a range of academic settings. This programme does not lead to a BPS stage I qualification for those seeking chartered status but is an excellent platform for those considering this as a future option.
You may be offered the opportunity to attend a relevant conference or external event and if so you may be expected to contribute to the costs involved.
Tilly Jo Robinson, MSc Distinction, 2017
“I expected the course to be interesting, but it was more than that. I enjoyed the variety amongst the modules and how each lecture engaged you, and allowed for exploration into various psychological aspects relevant to today’s society. The skillset this MSc has provided with me is, I believe, more than another MSc course could offer. It didn’t just give me the ability to deepen my general psychological knowledge and skills, but provided me with a professional skillset and the confidence to pursue any career I wish.”
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