Applied Positive Psychology focuses on questions that enable you, and the people around you, to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives. From discovering strengths and the importance of positive emotion to ways of fostering hope and building resilience, the course offers the chance to develop knowledge and skills for professional and personal development.
How does science define happiness? What does it mean to flourish? Would you be able to name your 'strengths' or those of others? These are all questions you will explore and answer while studying Applied Positive Psychology. Whatever work you do, whether you're a teacher, counsellor, coach, or team leader, Applied Positive Psychology can help you find ways to improve your own wellbeing and performance, as well as that of others.
The course encourages you to build on your existing skills and experience while exploring how you can use Positive Psychology in your day-to- day life.
We don't assume our students have a background in Psychology. We'll give you the grounding and skills you need to apply your knowledge in a critically reflective way.
Year One • Introduction to Positive Psychology: Happiness, Well-being and Flourishing • Strengths-based Development and Engagement • Positive Subjective Emotion and Experience • The Psychology of Hope and Resilience
Year Two • The Journey of Change • Positive Psychology in Practice • Applied Research Skills • Data Analysis and Interpretation • Postgraduate Dissertation
The full MSc Applied Psychology takes two years to complete on a part-time basis, however you can choose to study over three years and dedicate the last year to your dissertation. There is also the choice of completing the Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma that does not involve completing a dissertation project.
What are my career prospects?
Applied Positive Psychology can be used in a wide variety of job roles. Many of our students take advantage of flexible learning and stay in their current role. You'll immediately be able to apply what you learn. You'll see how Positive Psychology can make a huge difference, whether you need to boost morale in your workplace or improve productivity.
Some of our graduates choose to continue their education by completing a PhD. Continuing your education gives you the opportunity to develop your skills further and research your area of interest.
Other graduates have used their new skills to set a business. Positive Psychology Learning (PPL) was set up by two graduates and offers positive psychology courses, consultancy and coaching.
How will you help me prepare for my future career?
Positive Psychology will change the way you look at the world. From a personal perspective you'll understand your happiness and strengths in a different way.
This Applied Positive Psychology course will provide you with a confident skill set that will support you in any career. You'll immediately be able to apply your knowledge to day- to-day life.
As well as learning theory and application, you will also learn to analyse and interpret a range of types of data and develop a critically reflective approach to your learning.