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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year; Full-time: 15 months (January start)

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


Course content

The Anglia Ruskin University Applied Positive Psychology MSc is a taught postgraduate course offering full-time and part-time study options.

Students complete a combination of core and optional modules to earn a full 180 credit Master of Science qualification. Some modules may take place in Cambridge, Paris or online.

Put yourself at the forefront of this developing discipline by joining a strand of applied psychology only offered at a few universities across the world. Discover and discuss the nature of happiness, what helps people thrive and make a difference to everyday lives.

Positive psychology is life changing. Our course helps you investigate the science behind how we can prepare for more successful lives and better well-being, through challenging existing cognitive and emotional patterns and encouraging positivity with evidence-based activities.

You’ll be introduced to research and interventions around topics like positive and negative emotions, character strengths, motivation, resilience, creativity, wisdom and other conditions shown to make a difference to the lives of individuals, groups and organisations. You'll constantly test your skills and apply them to real-life situations, coming to understand which tools and strategies to use in delivering meaningful, high-impact interventions.

You’ll use your new skills to shape businesses, education and communities. Our wide choice of modules means that, whether you work in coaching, business, education or health, you can tailor your studies to your career goals. Our course will also suit you if you have a BSc in psychology and want to further your knowledge.

Our course is taught in Cambridge and Paris. In Paris, teaching takes place at Centre d’Études Diplomatiques et Stratégiques (CEDS), right in the centre of Paris near the Eiffel Tower. In Cambridge, you’ll also have access to our advanced psychology laboratories.

You’ll complete four intensive week-long modules, followed by online research methods teaching and supervision for your major project. In-between times you’ll undertake self-directed study.

Our tutors are leaders in the field of positive psychology. They include:

‌• Dr Ilona Boniwell, CEO of Positran

‌• Dr Richard Piech, cognitive neuroscientist

‌• Dr Christian van Nieuwerburgh, Managing Director of Growth Coaching

‌• Bridget Grenville-Cleave, Director of WorkMad

‌• Alexandre Jost, head of Spinoza Factory, a happiness think-tank

‌• J‌ean-Christophe Barralis and Jean Pages, directors of the French Institute of Appreciative Inquiry.

For an informal chat about our course please contact programme leaders Richard Piech or Ilona Boniwell.

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applied-positive-psychology


You could find yourself using positive psychology within training, government, an organisation or even in life coaching. You might want to use the sustainable well-being and development skills you gain in the charity, social enterprise or heath sectors. Or you could even use the methods to transform a business or help develop and optimise the potential of a group, community or institution.

If you’re a qualified clinical psychologist, counsellor or psychotherapist, you’ll find positive psychology theory, research and applications will benefit your clinical work. Teachers, youth workers and educators also use positive psychology expertise in their work. You’re also in the perfect position to continue your academic career and move up to our Psychology PhD.

Modules & Assessment

Optional modules -

‌• Introduction to Positive Psychology (Cambridge or Paris)

‌• Neuroscience of Well-being (Cambridge)

‌• Positive Child Development (Cambridge)

‌• Positive Relationships (Cambridge)

‌• Positive Psychology for Practitioners (Cambridge)

‌• Well-being: Economic, Social and Behavioural Causes (Cambridge)

‌• Positive Performance (Paris)

‌• Positive Psychology Coaching (Paris)

‌• Positive Education (Paris)

‌• Positive Organisations and Appreciative Inquiry (Paris)

‌• Positive Society (Paris)

Core modules -

‌• Research Methods for Psychology (online)

‌• Major Project (online)


100% of your assessment will be through coursework. This could include essays, blogs, a reflective portfolio, self-reflective log, handouts, video presentation, mind maps, reports, a research proposal and a major project. You'll also get the chance to carry out an applied project in either a personal or professional setting, to give you experience of how positive psychology can be implemented in practice.

- Module notes

You’ll choose four modules from the list of 12 available across Cambridge and Paris, including one research module (quantitative or qualitative). You'll also complete a major project.

Where you'll study

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Visit your faculty - http://www.anglia.ac.uk/science-and-technology

Where can I study?

Paris - You'll study at Centre d’Études Diplomatiques et Stratégiques (CEDS), near the Eiffel Tower.


Cambridge - Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.



The following postgraduate funding may be available to study the Applied Positive Psychology MSc at Anglia Ruskin University.

UK postgraduate loans:

Erasmus funding:

Funding from FindAMasters:


Full Time (UK / EU): £10,200

Part Time (UK / EU): £4,600

Full Time (international): £12,400

Part Time (international): £6,200

Visit the Applied Positive Psychology (MSc) page on the Anglia Ruskin University website for more details!





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