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The MSc in Social and Applied Psychology gives you the opportunity to sample a range of modules from our Group Processes and Developmental programmes as well as other modules related to social and applied psychology. Read more
The MSc in Social and Applied Psychology gives you the opportunity to sample a range of modules from our Group Processes and Developmental programmes as well as other modules related to social and applied psychology.

*This course will be taught at the Canterbury campus*

Key benefits

- Much of our social psychology research is co-ordinated through the Centre for the Study of Group Processes (CSGP), the largest research group in this area in Europe. The Centre attracts a stream of major international social psychology researchers, who regularly visit to work with our staff and are officially affiliated to the Centre.The Social Psychology group also includes the co-editor of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations (Abrams).

- Social psychology research at Kent is funded by a variety of British and international sources, currently and recently including ESRC, British Academy, Leverhulme, Age Concern, European Commission, European Science Foundation, Home Office, Equality and Human Rights Commission, Nuffield, and Joseph Rowntree Foundation, as well as government departments such as the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department for Work and Pensions.

- All of our taught Master’s (MSc) programmes have been recognised by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as meeting the nationally recognised criteria for preparation training for PhD research.

Visit the website: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/75/social-and-applied-psychology

Course detail

This programme considers how social psychology can be applied to a wide range of social problems and answer key questions such as: How are attitudes formed and developed, and how do they relate to behaviour? What are the key motives that affect people’s reactions to the social world? What social psychological processes are implicated in the form and content of language and communication?

Our teaching and research covers the psychology of intergroup behaviour, group decision and performance, attitudes and persuasion, organisational psychology, social cognition, children’s self-concept and social attitudes, and cross-cultural questions, relating social psychological research in these areas to social problems. Course tutors include academics and experts who work in the media, the health service and other applied settings.

Purpose

You will gain a thorough grounding in research methods, and conduct a project in an area of social/applied psychology that interests you. The programme is taught by the School’s outstanding research group in social psychology.

Course structure

The programme consists of 4 compulsory modules and 2 option modules.

Core modules include:

• Advanced Statistics and Methodology
• Current Issues in Social and Applied Psychology I: Theory
• Current Issues in Social and Applied Psychology II: Applications
• Dissertation

You also select two from a choice of the following:

• Advanced Topics in Intergroup Relations
• Advanced Topics in Cognitive Development
• Advanced Developmental Social Psychology
• Advanced Topics in Group Processes
• Developmental Psychology in Professional Practice
• The Psychology of Eyewitness Testimony
• Advanced Topics in Developmental Psychopathology

Assessment is mainly by coursework assignment (4-6,000-word essays), examination (for the Advanced Statistics and Methodology module only), plus the dissertation.

Careers

Our postgraduate students commonly go into the fields of health, teaching or further education. For instance, many of our graduates take up roles as assistant psychologists in the NHS with a view to becoming a professional clinical or forensic psychologist. Upon completing our Master’s courses, graduates have also pursued doctoral study and academic careers at higher education institutions.

How to apply: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Why study at The University of Kent?

- Shortlisted for University of the Year 2015
- Kent has been ranked fifth out of 120 UK universities in a mock Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) exercise modelled by Times Higher Education (THE).
- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Kent was ranked 17th* for research output and research intensity, in the Times Higher Education, outperforming 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities
- Over 96% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2014 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.
Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why/

Postgraduate scholarships and funding

We have a scholarship fund of over £9 million to support our taught and research students with their tuition fees and living costs. Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/

English language learning

If you need to improve your English before and during your postgraduate studies, Kent offers a range of modules and programmes in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Find out more here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international/english.html

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Developed for students who wish to develop a career in health or forensic psychology, this conversion course is open to anyone with a recognised undergraduate degree in any subject. Read more
Developed for students who wish to develop a career in health or forensic psychology, this conversion course is open to anyone with a recognised undergraduate degree in any subject.

It covers the five core areas required for accreditation by the British Psychological Society, including the psychology of everyday life and cognitive and biological psychology.

Your studies will also involve the development of essential research skills, which ends with a piece of independent original research conducted under supervision.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/applied-psychology-conversion#about

Course detail

• Learn on a unique conversion course that places particular emphasis on the specialist areas of health and forensic psychology, and will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to develop a successful career
• Study the essential core topics of individual differences, developmental, social, cognitive and biological psychology
• Develop a deep understanding of how learning and memory can be applicable to our everyday lives
• Gain the skills and expertise necessary to use the qualitative and quantitative methodologies commonly used by professional psychologists
• Explore intellectual functions, the biological basis of behaviour and the effects of impairments on the mind
• Challenge yourself by studying how core knowledge in psychology can be applied in daily life to the specific areas of health, wellbeing and criminal behaviour
• Benefit from access to a wide range of departmental facilities, including expert advice and specialist software including SPSS, ATLAS, EEG and driver simulators.

Modules

• Advanced Research Methods (Applied Psychology) (PSY060-6) Compulsory
• Applied Psychology (PSY063-6) Compulsory
• Applied Psychology Dissertation Project (PSY064-6) Compulsory
• Biological And Neuropsychological Perspectives Of Behaviour (PSY061-6) Compulsory
• Cognition And Performance (PSY057-6) Compulsory
• Developmental Psychology (PSY058-6) Compulsory
• Personality, Intelligence And Assessments (PSY059-6) Compulsory
• Research Methods - Quantitative And Qualitative (PSY056-6) Compulsory
• Social Psychology (PSY062-6) Compulsory

Assessment

The assessment strategy reflects the academic rigor expected of a BPS accredited MSc degree.

The assessments are designed to test your academic knowledge, oral and written skills, use of literature using primary and secondary sources, critical analysis of ideas, connections made between theory, practice, real life situations and the understanding and application of professional values, including ethical issues as detailed by the BPS.

The ability to engage in research at a high level and to analyse data using advanced statistical techniques are assessed as these are important skills for psychologists and others in many employment settings. Communication skills are assessed through videotaped presentation of research proposals as these are very important in any career. The ability to analyse and understand issues and apply theory to practice are assessed through a number of units where student are required to produce academic reports, essays and reflective reports with a specific application of knowledge in mind.

Finally the important career skill of project management is assessed mainly through the research dissertation involving self-directed problem-based enquiry, managing time and reviewing.

Careers

Psychology is applicable in a range of everyday settings from shopping to work, but also in the NHS, the prison and probation service and more. Studying Applied Psychology will also develop a broad range of skills which you will find helpful in any work environment. You will:

• Be given an opportunity in the Applied Psychology unit to experience studying different subject areas within professional pathways of psychology such as clinical, counselling, education, health and forensic psychology.
• Develop skills for report writing specific to empirical research in psychology using both qualitative and quantitative methods
• Work individually or in groups to meet deadlines.
• Develop communication skills that enable you to summarise and present complex information, including the results of statistical analysis, to others.
• Develop skills on complex problem solving.

In order to achieve all of the above the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences and the wider University will support you with a range of subject specific talks given by professionals working in areas of psychology that require BPS chartered membership. These talks will provide you with information about how to achieve a career within these chartered membership pathways. For example, Health and Forensic Psychology. These career talks are an integrated part of your studies and are partly embedded in your curriculum.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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The course is designed to provide students with a thorough appreciation of issues in applied psychology, knowledge of the skills required to apply psychology effectively, and a detailed understanding of their chosen focus of application. Read more

Introduction:

The course is designed to provide students with a thorough appreciation of issues in applied psychology, knowledge of the skills required to apply psychology effectively, and a detailed understanding of their chosen focus of application. The themes of analysis, intervention and evaluation are central to the structure and philosophy of the course, which establishes a firm basis for students to further professional training and development in psychology. The core modules provide training in research methods and professional issues. Optional modules enable further development of these competencies and knowledge while enabling students to consider their application in specified content areas.

Course Content:

The following two core modules are compulsory and will be offered every year:
Philosophical and professional issues in applied psychology
Research Methodology and Statistics

In general, optional modules will be offered every year (subject to staff availability, timetabling constraints and demand). The following is an example of the range of modules that have been offered:
Theory of Psychotherapy
Introduction to psychometrics
Applied behaviour analysis
Applied psychology
Health psychology
Issues in child and adolescent clinical psychology
Issues in adult clinical psychology
Issues in clinical psychology and intellectual disability

In addition, all students will be required to submit a dissertation based on an empirical investigation of a topic in applied psychology.

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Core modules that run throughout the year will develop your knowledge of music psychology, as well as your understanding of research methods. Read more

Core modules that run throughout the year will develop your knowledge of music psychology, as well as your understanding of research methods. You’ll focus on case studies in different areas of the subject, gaining a sense of the key issues, debates and theories and becoming confident evaluating and using quantitative and qualitative techniques to collect data.

At the same time, you’ll select from optional modules that allow you to pursue your interests in different areas of music such as aesthetics, musicology, audience engagement, composition, performance, editing and archival studies, electronic and computer music or musicology. For some of these modules, we may need to see evidence of your ability before you begin – see ‘How to apply’ for more information.

By the end of the programme, you’ll be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you’ve gained when you submit your dissertation – an independent piece of research, with an empirical component, on a topic of your choice within music psychology.

If you choose to study part-time, you’ll study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

  • Professional Studies 30 credits
  • Dissertation 60 credits
  • Case Studies in the Applied Psychology of Music 30 credits
  • Research Techniques in the Applied Psychology of Music 30 credits

Optional modules

You’ll then choose one from the optional modules below.

  • Individual Project 30 credits
  • Short Dissertation 30 credits
  • International Research Project 30 credits
  • Composition Studies 30 credits
  • Instrumental or Vocal Recital 30 credits
  • Concerto/Song-Cycle/Extended Work 30 credits
  • Applied Performance Studies 30 credits
  • Editing and Archival Studies 30 credits
  • Issues in Critical Musicology 30 credits
  • Aesthetic Theory 30 credits
  • Computer Music Practice 30 credits
  • Computer Music Contexts 30 credits
  • Audience Engagement and Impact 30 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Applied Psychology of Music MA Full Time in the course catalogue

For more information on typical modules, read Applied Psychology of Music MA Part Time in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

You’ll benefit from a range of teaching and learning methods. These will include seminars, tutorials and lectures in some modules, as well as instrumental or vocal lessons with our expert tutors if you select performance modules. However, independent study is crucial to this degree, allowing you to develop your skills and pursue your interests at your own pace.

Assessment

You’ll also be assessed using a range of methods, including presentations, bibliographic exercises, essays and group project work. Specialised music modules will also use relevant methods of assessment, such as compositions, recitals, critical editions and commentaries on musical sources.

Career opportunities

This programme will allow you to gain a range of transferable skills in research, analysis, interpretation and oral and written communication. All of these can be applied in musical as well as non-musical contexts.

Recent graduates have gone on to launch careers within the fields of music education, music advertising, business development, marketing and administration, and artist management. Others have also continued with their research at PhD level.

We also offer additional support as you develop your career plans: the School of Music boasts a unique Alumni Mentoring Network, where students can be supported by past students as they start to plan their next steps.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.



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IN BRIEF. Follow a route to a professional doctorate and research career paths in psychology. Understand psychological theories that have a central role to play in modern healthcare provision. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • Follow a route to a professional doctorate and research career paths in psychology
  • Understand psychological theories that have a central role to play in modern healthcare provision
  • Receive support from a highly qualified team of psychology staff
  • Part-time study option

COURSE SUMMARY

This course will equip you with a valuable professional insight into topics including the causes of addiction and how Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and other evidence based psychotherapies can be used to help address stress, depression,chronic pain and other related disorders.

You'll find the course particularly relevant if you are working in the NHS or healthcare independent sector, including addiction clinics, and want to develop your knowledge and understanding of psychological therapy beyond the basic level offered in some professional qualification courses.

For further information, take a look at our Psychology blog.

The aim of this course is to enable you to develop a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of applied psychology in the context of psychological intervention and therapeutic modalities including cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT).

The full-time route is structured over 12 months and comprises of three 10 week semesters. In semester 1 and 2 you will complete two taught modules in each semester. In semester 3 you will complete your dissertation under the supervision of one of the course tutors. If you choose to follow the part-time route you will complete the course over three years, completing two taught modules in each of the first two years and the dissertation in your third year.

The dissertation module on this course will also give you the opportunity to pursue an area of applied psychology and psychological therapies directly related to your own work or interest.

TEACHING

This course is taught using a mixture of approaches including the following:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Discussion/debates
  • Video presentation
  • Research seminars and workshops
  • Guest speaker presentations
  • Virtual learning environment, online resources and web based learning / CD-Rom training packages
  • Student presentations
  • Directed study

ASSESSMENT

You will be assessed in a variety of ways including:

  • Theorectical essays
  • Reflective essays
  • Research proposal
  • Dissertation

EMPLOYABILITY

This course has helped students to progress to leadership positions within the field of psychological therapies and to advance to more senior practitioner and research roles. Some of our graduates have received bursaries toward PhD study.

CAREER PROSPECTS

This course is an excellent springboard in applied psychology that you can use to become a leader in your profession. It could open doors to more senior roles (including Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner) in CBT and therapeutic intervention – two areas that government views as key to effective modern healthcare provision.



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The first MSc in the world that applies psychology within fashion to improve understanding of human behaviour by using predominantly quantitative methods. Read more

Introduction

The first MSc in the world that applies psychology within fashion to improve understanding of human behaviour by using predominantly quantitative methods.

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Accreditation is a high quality benchmarking process that promotes psychology as a science and offers the opportunity for graduates to gain Graduate and/or Chartered membership of the Society.

Content

The MSc Applied Psychology in Fashion is situated in the Graduate School and has been developed to address the need of the fashion industry for psychologically literate graduates who possess relevant skills in research, analysis, information synthesis, communication, IT and data handling, who can solve problems and work effectively in teams or independently. This Masters programme is the first MSc in the world (with the MA Psychology for Fashion Professionals) to apply the scientific study of psychology to fashion. The course has been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). BPS accreditation is a high-quality benchmarking process that prospective students and employers understand and value. It offers graduates the opportunity to apply for Graduate membership of the Society. With further study, Graduates of this course could apply to become Chartered Psychologists. Accreditation is evidence that the course meets BPS requirements in covering and assessing learning on core areas of psychology through promoting psychology as a science.

The MSc course emphasises quantitative methods and statistical analysis that enable generalisation of results. In addition, to complement the units studied on the MSc, students are encouraged to attend the MA units Design Matters and Qualitative Research Methods and Data Analysis, but are not assessed on these. The MSc Applied Psychology in Fashion is designed to appeal to applicants from a broad range of backgrounds including psychology and other sciences, business, humanities and fashion.

By applying the scientific study of human behaviour in the context of fashion, students on the MSc Applied Psychology in Fashion develop the ability to identify current issues in the broad context of fashion that are worthy of investigation, conduct rigorous studies to address these issues, and analyse and interpret resultant data using an evidence-based approach. The aims of the course are to apply psychological science in the context of fashion to make a positive difference through increasing knowledge, improving performance and enhancing well-being. Therefore, Graduates from this course will be able to investigate, analyse, interpret and predict human behaviour in a broad range of fashion contexts. The focus on the course will be on enabling students to develop strong research skills to enhance employability in many different roles within the fashion industries and beyond.

Structure

12 months 3 terms level 7 120 credits

September - February

Research Methods in Psychology (20 credits)
Cognition and Creativity (20 credits)
Personality and Individual Differences (20 credits)

February - June

Quantitative Research Methods and Data Analysis (20 credits)
Collaborative Unit: Psychology (20 credits)
Social Cognition and Lifespan Development (20 credits)

June-September

Masters Project: Psychology (60 credits)

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In recent years, there has been a surge of interest in applied psychology. This field examines how people approach and react to various situations in life, from visual perception to complex social interactions. Read more
In recent years, there has been a surge of interest in applied psychology. This field examines how people approach and react to various situations in life, from visual perception to complex social interactions. Just some of the many areas that have been positively affected by the application of psychological research include business, education, mental health and sport. Completion of this course will prepare students to work as registered psychologists in a chosen professional field.


Why study MSc Applied Psychology at Middlesex?

Designed with an emphasis on qualitative and quantitative research, this course equips you with a sound understanding of the theoretical and practical issues in applied psychology. Based at our Hendon Campus in London, you will benefit from the experience of our dedicated and enthusiastic staff. You will gain access to some of the pioneering psychology facilities for teaching and research in the UK.

This programme is ideally suited to those who may wish to extend their research interests to doctoral level or who work in local and central government agencies around the world. It can also be a stepping-stone for developing interest in professional practice following further related studies. The course has a step-off point at Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate and covers Neuropsychology, Health, Business and Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Course highlights:

- We have excellent employment results: over 90% of our psychology graduates are employed within six months of completing their degree.
- Our psychology teaching and research facilities are unrivalled. They include fully equipped lecture theatres and tutorial spaces; a pychophysiology laboratory; social observation laboratories; a video editing suite; a virtual reality laboratory; auditory cognition laboratory; and testing cubicles.
- You will benefit from the expertise of our teaching staff who are leading researchers in health psychology, forensic psychology and qualitative research.

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This MSc in Applied Psychology offers a broad curriculum in psychology as is designed for non-psychology graduates and graduates with non-accredited psychology degrees who wish to qualify for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). Read more
This MSc in Applied Psychology offers a broad curriculum in psychology as is designed for non-psychology graduates and graduates with non-accredited psychology degrees who wish to qualify for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

More about this course

Take the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist with this accredited postgraduate degree in applied psychology. It's been specifically designed for non-psychology graduates and graduates with non-accredited psychology degrees.

It's for graduates who have completed our University Certificate in Psychology for Graduates (By Distance Learning) course or who have obtained 60 credits in any combination of biological, cognitive, developmental, personality and social psychology and research methods (including statistics) with another institution.

It covers the British Psychological Society's GBC (Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership) curriculum and offers option modules in applied psychology.

Assessments are made through essays, practical reports, a dissertation and end-of-module examinations.

Professional accreditation

Successful completion of this British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited degree will make you eligible for Graduate Membership and Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:
-Cognitive and Developmental Psychology (core, 30 credits)
-Dissertation (core, 60 credits)
-Further Research Methods (core, 10 credits)
-Individual Differences and Social Psychology (core, 30 credits)
-Research Methods and Biological Psychology (core, 30 credits)
-Forensic Psychology (option, 10 credits)
-Psychopathology (option, 10 credits)
-Work and Business Psychology (option, 10 credits)

After the course

This course is designed specifically for non-psychology graduates who have already obtained 60 credits in core areas of psychology and who wish to acquire Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS before progressing to other postgraduate programmes in professional areas of psychology.

Timetable information

Full-time study requires two full days attendance per week in autumn and two-and-a-half days attendance per week in spring and submission of an MSc dissertation at the end of the academic year. Part-time study (over two years) requires one full day of attendance per week in the first part-time year and in autumn of the second part-time year and one-and-a-half days attendance per week in spring of the second part-time year and submission of an MSc dissertation at the end of the second part-time year.

Moving to one campus

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

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Programme description. This programme, developed in partnership with the NHS, combines academic teaching with clinical practice training in applied psychology for children and young people. Read more

Programme description

This programme, developed in partnership with the NHS, combines academic teaching with clinical practice training in applied psychology for children and young people.

It offers an opportunity to develop knowledge and competence in the delivery of evidence-based psychological interventions, for this specific group.

This programme aims to train psychology graduates in the range of skills and competencies essential for the delivery of tier two psychological assessments and interventions in a range of services for children, young people and their families.

You will be employed in a one-year clinical placement in the Scottish NHS Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service, gaining valuable experience applying psychological theory to practice, under the supervision of a qualified clinical psychologist.

Alongside essential elements for applied psychologists in health (e.g. assessment and formulation, and evaluation) and child and adolescent mental health professionals (e.g. safeguarding children, child and adolescent development and health promotion), there is a particular focus on the early years and early intervention. There is also a strong emphasis on parenting and supporting parents through evidence-based models of parent-focused intervention.

The clinical experience gained on placement facilitates linking theory to practice and fosters the development of professional skills necessary for post-qualification practice.

Programme structure

The programme is a one year, full-time course with teaching delivered at both the University of Edinburgh and NHS partnership sites in Glasgow.

Clinical placements will be with one of the NHS Health Boards within Scotland.

Courses include:

  • Assessment and Formulation
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Early Years and Early Intervention
  • Evaluation and Research
  • Professional Context and Clinical Management
  • Promotion of Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing
  • Psychological Intervention and Structured Treatment Approaches

Career opportunities

This programme will qualify you to apply for Clinical Associate in Applied Psychology (Children and Young People) posts, or equivalent, in a number of settings, both within the NHS and in other organisations, such as the voluntary sector.

You will also gain highly transferable skills, such as communication and project management.



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Whether your first degree is in psychology, social science, science or the humanities, this one-year MSc course is designed to help you enter the world of career opportunities open to successful, highly motivated psychology graduates. Read more
Whether your first degree is in psychology, social science, science or the humanities, this one-year MSc course is designed to help you enter the world of career opportunities open to successful, highly motivated psychology graduates.

The course focuses entirely on applied psychology, reflecting the research expertise of the staff who teach it. Psychology at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh has a strong and distinctive practical emphasis, and trains students to apply knowledge of psychological theory and evidence to solve real-world problems.

If your first degree was in psychology, but with only limited coverage of applied topics, this course will enable you to build on and extend your existing knowledge and skills. If it was in another subject, but you studied some introductory psychology, the course will give you a direct route to applications of the subject in business and society. Either way, it will equip you with vital new employment-related and industry relevant skills.

Course Aims and Content:

A qualification in psychology provides skills and knowledge that are extremely valuable in many professional careers, whether in business or public services. Psychology graduates are in demand for their ability to use varied approaches to solving problems, for their analytic skills and for their knowledge of the influences of organisations and society on human behaviour. They enjoy a wide range of careers across the globe.

In the public sector for example, graduates are employed as practitioners, managers or administrators in education, the criminal justice system, the health service, and social services. In the private sector, they are found in management and human relations roles in businesses of all kinds, and in other roles such as marketing and IT.

Core Modules:

Semester 1

Psychology of Coaching
Introduction to Human Factors
People and the Physical Work Environment
Social and Organisational Change

Semester 2

Psychological Assessment
Current Directions in Psychology
Professional Practice and Research Skills
Research Methods

Semester 3

Research Project

Course Structure and duration:

The course requires full-time attendance at the beautiful Edinburgh campus of Heriot-Watt University, and consists of eight taught modules and a research project. .

Teaching is through a variety of methods; material is introduced in lectures and then developed through independent reading, tutorial support, group discussion and seminar presentation. Each module is assessed through a combination of an exam and written coursework.

The project is carried out between May and August, and leads to a report that is an original contribution to our understanding of applied psychology. Students may either use the research literature in psychology to develop a set of policies and guidelines that address an issue of importance in business or society, or they may carry out an empirical study that gathers data to test a research hypothesis.

Successful completion of eight taught modules (without the research project) leads to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma; successful completion of four modules to a Postgraduate Certificate.

Entry requirements:

A good honours degree in a psychology related course (2.2 level or above, or the equivalent standard if your degree is from outside the UK). Applicants with a degree in a subject other than psychology should have studied the subject at introductory level (please contact us for further advice about this requirement).

Applications from outside the UK are welcomed. Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.5.

Additional course features:

• Excellent library and e-library facilities.

• All students are assigned a mentor

• An experienced programme team of academics

• Competitive programme fees

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Are you looking to develop a career in psychology or further your understanding of psychology; the scientific study of people, the mind and behavior?. Read more
Are you looking to develop a career in psychology or further your understanding of psychology; the scientific study of people, the mind and behavior?

This MSc conversion course in Applied Psychology, delivered via distance learning, is designed to allow students who do not hold a psychology undergraduate degree to develop the wide range of subject-specific and generic skills required to pursue a career as a professional psychologist in practice or academia.

Visit the website: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/social-work-and-social-sciences/study-options/distance-and-flexible-learning/applied-psychology-course

Course detail

Masters degrees prepare you for entering a professional area, whether this is as a chartered psychologist, academic research (e.g. PhD study) or elsewhere. The MSc will train you to apply your thinking to examine the theories and practices that make up the professional knowledge in Psychology.

You will build on these practices to become, not only an independent researcher. Rather than just working within the key issues or debates in Psychology, you will be expected to examine the edges and boundaries of Psychology and understand how knowledge is constructed.

Modules

You will study core modules in:

• Biological Psychology
• Cognitive Psychology
• Developmental Psychology
• Individual Differences
• Social Psychology
• Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology
• Research Methods

The flexible nature of the course also allows you to study an elective module in an applied area of your choice. Whilst the final research project, written up as a dissertation, enables you to explore psychological questions in a real-world context that are relevant to your interests, experiences and future career ambitions. All classes and activities will be done online and in your own time with the exception of a two hour weekly online workshop. The precise timing of the workshop will be negotiated with the student co-hort upon course commencement.

The modules will focus on Applied Psychology; using knowledge of psychology to understand real-world problems and create changes in areas such as education, the workplace, mental health and psychological well-being, counselling, physical health and illness, behaviour change, forensic and legal settings, sport and exercise, and social problems such as prejudice and discrimination.

Format

You will experience a supportive and structured learning experience, with access to a comprehensive online library of psychology resources delivered via the University's virtual learning environment CampusMoodle and plenty of opportunity to interact with tutors and other students. All classes and activities will be done online and in your own time with the exception of fortnightly online workshops.

Learning will involve online lectures, interactive discussion forums and virtual classroom sessions.

You will also receive one-to-one support from a specialist supervisor when you begin your empirical research project.

Assessment

Assessment methods include written coursework in the form of essays and reports, empirical research projects and a range of online activities.

Placements and accreditation

This course is accredited by The British Psychological Society.

Careers

Successful completion of the MSc will enable students to pursue further training as a HCPC-registered and/or Chartered Psychologist in a range of areas such as:

• Clinical Psychology
• Counselling Psychology
• Educational Psychology
• Forensic Psychology
• Occupational Psychology
• Health Psychology
• Sport and Exercise Psychology
• Teaching and Research in Psychology

On graduation students will be equipped with a broad range of soft skills including the ability to: solve problems and reason scientifically; make critical judgements and evaluations; demonstrate ethical awareness and sensitivity to contextual and interpersonal factors; communicate and collaborate successfully. Given the distance learning nature of the course, students will also be adaptive and responsible in order to be effective independent learners. Such soft skills are highly valued by employers for jobs across a wide range of occupations that involve work with people, and will prove invaluable for those applying for further training as a HPC-registered and/or Chartered Psychologist.

How to apply

To find out how to apply, use the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

Funding

For information on funding, including loans, scholarships and Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) please click the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/future-students/finance-and-scholarships/financial-support/uk-students/postgraduate-students/postgraduate-students/

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IN BRIEF. You will gain knowledge and understanding of drug use and addiction relevant to a range of roles and environments. The course emphasis is on application of theory and skills and transfer of this learning to the workplace. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • You will gain knowledge and understanding of drug use and addiction relevant to a range of roles and environments
  • The course emphasis is on application of theory and skills and transfer of this learning to the workplace
  • You have the ability to focus on your own interests for the dissertation
  • Part-time study option

COURSE SUMMARY

This course will equip you with valuable insights into topics including the psycho-pharmacology of addiction, the recent interest in addictive behaviours and the wide ranging implications of addiction for society.

You'll find the course particularly relevant if you are working in the NHS or healthcare independent sector, including addiction clinics, and want to develop your knowledge and understanding of substance misuse and dependence, and other addictive behaviours.

To find out more about our courses, please visit our Psychology blog.

COURSE DETAILS

The aim of this course is to enable you to develop a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of applied psychology in the context of addiction and addictive behaviours. You will consider psycho-pharmacological and biological mechanisms underpinning drug action and dependence, the more recent conceptualisation of behavioural addictions, and the broader social context of addiction.

The full-time route is structured over 12 months and comprises  three 10 week semesters. In semester 1 and 2 you will complete two taught modules in each semester. In semester 3 you will complete your dissertation under the supervision of one of the course tutors. If you choose to follow the part-time route you will complete the course over three years, completing two taught modules in each of the first two years and the dissertation in your third year.

The dissertation module on this course will also give you the opportunity to pursue an area of applied psychology and psychological therapies directly related to your own work or interest.

TEACHING

This course is taught using a mixture of approaches including the following:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Discussion/debates
  • Video presentation
  • Research seminars and workshops
  • Guest speaker presentations
  • Virtual learning environment, online resources and web based learning / CD-Rom training packages
  • Student presentations
  • Directed study

ASSESSMENT

You will be assessed in a variety of ways including:

  • Theoretical essays
  • Presentation
  • Research proposal
  • Dissertation

CAREER PROSPECTS

This course will help students to progress to leadership positions within the field of addictions and to advance to research roles.

FURTHER STUDY

The course provides a sound basis for postgraduate research study at MPhil/PhD level.



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This programme is for students who have previously studied psychology and want to further their knowledge and understanding of an applied area of psychology. Read more
This programme is for students who have previously studied psychology and want to further their knowledge and understanding of an applied area of psychology.

Students will study general psychology at an advanced level and specialise in their choice of, educational and child psychology, counselling and clinical psychology or health psychology.

The MSc Applied Psychology with Professional Experience is an extended full-time Masters programme with a substantive professional experience component. Within the professional experience modules, students have the option of undertaking an internship with a host organisation or, alternatively, campus-based professional experience.

Internships are subject to a competitive application and selection process and the host organisation may include the University.Internships may be paid or unpaid, and this will depend on what is being offered and agreed with the host organisation. Students who do not wish to undertake an internship or are not successful in securing an internship will undertake campus-based professional experience, which will deliver similar learning outcomes through supervised projects and activities designed to offer students the opportunity to integrate theory with an understanding of professional practice.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Indicative Course Content
-Research methods in psychology
-Ethics in psychology
-Contemporary issues in psychology
-Issues in professional practice

Students will also take specialist modules in one of the following areas:
-Educational and child psychology
-Clinical and counselling psychology
-Health psychology

You will also conduct an extensive piece of independent research on a topic of your choice.

Additionally, the understanding gained from these modules will be demonstrated and applied in either the University-based project (12 months full-time or 24 months part-time, on course HLST093), or the professional experience modules giving students the option of undertaking an internship with a host organisation or, alternatively, campus-based professional experience.

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

On successful completion of this programme, you will be equipped with skills and knowledge relating to how psychology can be applied in practice. Such a qualification will be of benefit to those wishing to work in applied or research settings in psychology-related disciplines.

Please note, this course is not accredited by the British Psychological Society. Successful graduates cannot immediately on graduation use this qualification to enter into stage 2 of the British Psychological Society route towards Chartered Psychologist Status. However, previous graduates have found the course to be benficial in developing their skills, enhancing applications and securing places on accredited training courses including Clinical, Counselling and Educational Psychology, in successfully applying for Assistant Psychologist posts and in pursuing careers such as nursing and teaching.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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The Diploma/Masters in Applied Psychology (Clinical specialism) is a training programme for assistant/ associate psychologists (or equivalent) to become a more effective and strategic part of the clinical psychology workforce and deliver stepped care psychological interventions. Read more
The Diploma/Masters in Applied Psychology (Clinical specialism) is a training programme for assistant/ associate psychologists (or equivalent) to become a more effective and strategic part of the clinical psychology workforce and deliver stepped care psychological interventions. The diploma will provide students with the psychological knowledge base and core skills in psychological assessment and circumscribed interventions as applied to at least one commonly presenting clinical population. Those who progress to the MSc will also attain knowledge and skills related to conducting and disseminating health service research.

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This specialist programme of the MAppPsy(Org) enables students to develop their knowledge and competencies in the following areas. Read more

MASTER OF APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY (ORGANISATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY) OVERVIEW

This specialist programme of the MAppPsy(Org) enables students to develop their knowledge and competencies in the following areas:

- A sound understanding of organisational and personnel psychology

- Skills in conducting applied organisational research, such as job/competency analyses, surveys, and rigorous evaluations of organisational and human resource interventions

- Familiarity with how organisational psychology initiatives relate to the wider goals of organisations
Analytic and library research skills, as well as skills in presenting proposals and reports in both written and oral format

DEGREE STRUCTURE

Students in the MAppPsy(Org) must pass the equiivalent of 240 points, including a 90-point thesis in their second year.
The remaining points come from the compulsory taught papers in Organisational Psychology and from other elective papers chosen in consultation with the Convenor of the Organisational Psychology programme.
Up to 120 points of the MAppPsy(Org) may be waived for students who have already completed four-year degrees (for example, an honours degree or other four-year undergraduate degree) provided that:
- No required papers are waived, unless the student has already taken these papers (or equivalent papers) in their fourth year of study, and
- At least 195 of the 240 points must have been in psychology papers.

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

Students will undertake 'projects' in different organisations which provide them with some practical experience. They can also network with professionals via a network site called IO-net.

Students will learn from experts in the field of organisational psychology - Professor Michael O'Driscoll, Dr Maree Roche and Dr Donald Cable.

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