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The Psychology MSc programme is for students with a first degree in another subject area who want to learn about Psychology, and for those who want to then train to become a professional psychologist. Read more
The Psychology MSc programme is for students with a first degree in another subject area who want to learn about Psychology, and for those who want to then train to become a professional psychologist. Many students go on to other postgraduate courses in Psychology, such as a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. It is also an excellent course for those who want to become a researcher, or to simply use the knowledge and skills gained in another career.

Our MSc Psychology programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartership. The programme can be completed either full-time or part-time. The subjects taught are Social Psychology, Research Methods, Cognitive Psychology, Psychobiology, Developmental Psychology, and Personality/Individual Differences. Students will be required to undertake an independent research project - under supervision of an academic member of staff.

Psychology at UEL is one of the largest psychology departments in the country, with a more than 50 year long tradition of teaching. According to the research Assessment Exercise 2008 (RAE), the School ranks at the top for research of the modern Universities in London.

Key Facts:

UEL is recognised as one of the UK’s leading modern universities and is among the top ten post-1992 universities in the UK for research. The university was also ranked Number 1 for all UK universities for the amount spent on facilities per student by The Times University Guide in 2007.
The School of Psychology at UEL has a long tradition of excellent teaching and research. Six broad research groups exist: Applied & Professional Psychology Research Group; Brain, Cognition & Behaviour Research Group; Critical Psychology Research Group; Developmental Research Group; Health & Social Psychology Research Group; and Psychology Learning & Teaching Research Group.
Our School of Psychology offers postgraduate programmes in all main areas of professional applied psychology (it was the first department of psychology in the UK to develop a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a Doctorate in Educational Psychology) and therefore benefits from extensive expertise across a range of related areas.
Students have an opportunity to participate in innovative research with specialists in their fields as part of their research dissertation.
Its London location and the flexibility of both modes of study (full-time or part-time) and points of entry (either Semester A in September or Semester B in February) meets the differing needs of the diverse types of students applying for postgraduate education.
Lectures are Wednesday afternoons (for full-time students) and Wednesday evenings (for full-time and part-time students) making it easy to fit into your life

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The University of East London was one of the very first in the world to launch MSc courses in coaching Psychology and Applied Positive Psychology, both of which have been running with huge success for eight years. Read more
The University of East London was one of the very first in the world to launch MSc courses in coaching Psychology and Applied Positive Psychology, both of which have been running with huge success for eight years.


Now we are breaking new ground by creating a unique synthesis of the two elements in what is the first MSc course of its kind in the world.

It fully integrates positive psychology and coaching psychology to create an innovative training programme for those promoting wellbeing.

There is a growing recognition within the world’s coaching and positive psychology community that such integration is an important step forward, providing clients with a more open-minded approach to their mental health.

From the point of view of positive psychology, the course will have a strong foundation in cutting-edge theory and research relating to wellbeing.

The coaching element will feature advanced training in working with clients and groups in professional capacities.

Our aim is to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be able to help people and organisations to flourish.

It combines the study of cutting-edge empirical research and theory on wellbeing with the practical skills and competencies you need to apply this expertise in the real world. The result is a course designed to empower students to truly make a positive difference in the world.

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The programme aims to equip students to work as educational psychologists in LEA Educational Psychology Services and other settings. Read more
The programme aims to equip students to work as educational psychologists in LEA Educational Psychology Services and other settings. It is a British Psychological Society recognised qualification to practise as an educational psychologist. At the end of the programme successful graduates can apply for Chartered Educational Psychologist status conferred by the British Psychological Society. The programme aims to prepare students to become committed and creative educational psychologists, applying psychology in educational and other settings, to make a positive difference for children.

Students will study child development, methods of assessment and intervention, special educational needs, inclusion, professional practice issues, research methodology and develop their personal and professional problem-solving skills. Students will explore issues relating to individual children, groups, families, schools and work with other professionals. In addition to developing skills of individual child assessment and intervention, students will develop skills of working with families, teachers, carrying out training and presentation, and organisational change.

The key themes throughout the programme are:

* The Profession of Educational Psychology
* Psychology of the Individual Child
* The Child in the Family and Social Context
* The Psychology of Groups and Organisational Change
* Psychology and Education
* Consultation and Assessment
* Intervention and Therapeutic Skills
* Interpersonal Effectiveness
* Research, Enquiry and Critical Evaluation
* Personal Learning Module

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The post-graduate awards in Criminal and Investigative Psychology (CIP) offer students the opportunity to learn about the new theoretical research and policy intervention for CIP. Read more
The post-graduate awards in Criminal and Investigative Psychology (CIP) offer students the opportunity to learn about the new theoretical research and policy intervention for CIP. It allows students to engage directly with the research and with professionals in the area whilst giving a firm understanding and basis for analysis of CIP.

The programme brings together theory, research and practice to equip students with a background across the main criminal investigative approaches and across a wide range of areas of practice. The programme is delivered by experienced forensic academic psychologists with visiting speakers from investigative centres and the civil service.

This programme applies psychological theories about criminal behaviour to investigative issues. The topics included in the programme are for the most part dictated by what issues investigators contend with, and how they function on a daily basis. Therefore, students will be introduced to the underlying skills that investigating psychologists use in making decisions, interviewing and case formulation, together with related theories and research evidence.

The proposed programme will offer students interested in criminal and investigative psychology an opportunity to explore the issues associated with defining and blending between the core activities of psychology and investigations. It will provide students the opportunity to clarify the necessary ethical and boundary considerations.

The programme offers students eight modules including Applied Criminological and Investigative Psychology, Criminal Psychology, Critical Perspectives on Terrorism; Critical Perspectives on Counter-terrorism; and, Transnational Organised Crime, Cyber Criminology and two research methods modules.

The programme has a strong practical focus with assessment based on the application of criminal theory through discussion, presentations and written assignments.

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The programmes provide high quality and up-to-date training in theory, practice and research in clinical and community psychology. Read more
The programmes provide high quality and up-to-date training in theory, practice and research in clinical and community psychology. All teaching is informed by the distinct UEL DClinPsy perspective: where psychological processes are understood in direct relation to social and cultural contexts, diversity and inequalities. The programmes provide training with the same strong emphasis on the historical and current social, political and cultural issues that affect clinical and community psychology provision.

The programmes are situated in our School of Psychology, a large and well-established scholarly community, with a strong record for delivering high-quality undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, research and consultancy. Students will benefit from excellent teaching and research facilities located in a purpose-built block (a major refurbishment of which was completed in 2008) with new experimental facilities, dedicated research laboratories (virtual reality technology, eye-tracking equipment and EEG suite) new teaching accommodation, and a well-stocked library of test equipment.

Programme structure:
We aim to provide flexibility in learning patterns to meet the varying needs of students from a variety of backgrounds and current employment statuses. There are 10 modules available, 6 taught and research modules and 4 placement modules.

Students may tailor their training choices to fit with their interests, current employment roles and future career ambitions. The level of qualification sought can be matched accordingly. The programme is highly flexible, and may be taken in part-time or full-time modes. Student may enrol in Semester A (September) or Semester B (February).

Students must obtain 180 credits, including credits obtained via core modules (Clinical & Community Psychology Theory & Practice and the Research Methods & Dissertation) to be eligible for the MSc.

Students obtaining 120 credits (by passing 4 taught or placement modules, which need not include the core/research modules) are eligible for the PG Diploma. Students obtaining 60 credits (by passing 2 taught or placement modules, which need not include the core/research modules) are eligible for the PG Certificate.

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The programme was established in 1975 and is housed within the School of Psychology of the University of East London. The programme is characterised by a distinctive approach to its subject matter. Read more
The programme was established in 1975 and is housed within the School of Psychology of the University of East London. The programme is characterised by a distinctive approach to its subject matter. As well as providing teaching on the major approaches to clinical psychology theory and practice, it examines the assumptions which inform scientific activity, the problems in applying philosophies and methods from the natural sciences to human behaviour and the relationship between the philosophy of science and research activity; the programme also encourages the formulation of psychological problems within their social context.

Training at UEL is seen as a collaborative venture between the university and clinical psychologists in the North Thames region, who, in addition to supervising trainees’ clinical practice, are also closely involved in selection procedures and management of the programme. The long history of the Programme, together with a good retention rate of trainees within the region, has helped create effective working relationships with local NHS psychologists. The programme enjoys an extensive range of placement resources, particularly in specialist areas. There is an emphasis on reflexive practice and a serious commitment to equal opportunities, both in practice and in the curriculum. Trainees are actively involved in all aspects of programme organisation.

About the programme
In addition to providing teaching on the major approaches to clinical psychology theory and practice, this programme examines the assumptions which inform scientific activity, the problems in applying philosophies and methods from the natural sciences to human behaviour, and the relationship between the philosophy of science and research activity. The doctorate also encourages the formulation of psychological problems within their social context.


Programme structure
Professional doctorate programmes can be either ‘taught’ or ‘research’ in their emphasis (that is, when measured by student effort). Both have equal status and share the same learning outcomes. You should check with the relevant school to find out where the emphasis is for this particular programme.

The Programme is 3 years, full time. Approximately 50% of Programme time is spent in clinical placements; 20% on academic teaching; 20% on research and 10% on self-directed study. Placements and academic teaching run in parallel throughout the three years, following a four week induction in year 1.

Career opportunities
This doctorate will enable you to work as a qualified clinical psychologist in clinical psychology services or other settings. You could also progress to senior management in NHS services and a range of other clinical settings, or take up specialist positions in projects dealing with, for example, trauma and homelessness.

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Our professional doctorate is an applied research degree, based on a similar model to that of the PhD. It is based on a ‘workplace challenge’ framework in which the challenges embedded within your professional practice and day-to-day work form an essential component of the learning, development and research process. Read more
Our professional doctorate is an applied research degree, based on a similar model to that of the PhD. It is based on a ‘workplace challenge’ framework in which the challenges embedded within your professional practice and day-to-day work form an essential component of the learning, development and research process. As well as allowing you to use current work as a substrate for a research-based doctoral qualification, the programme also fulfils the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements of the British Psychological Society.

Key Facts

The Professional Doctorate in Occupational Psychology at UEL

Is specially designed for working practitioners
Has a professional practice focus both in the research and Continued Professional Development (CPD) components
Attracts individuals from a wide range of organisational backgrounds – previous and continuing students work for organisations such as Ford Europe, UBS, The London Fire Brigade, or are independent practitioners
Includes monthly seminars and study days for CPD
Encourages the dissemination and publication of practitioner research.

Why Choose Us?

The Occupational Psychology programme has a number of unique features:

It is presently the only programme in the UK that is directed at ‘practitioners in training’
The programme promotes the development of evidence-based practice to ensure the value of the work of the OP. High-quality teaching and problem-based learning ensure students are able to apply psychological theory to real and complex problems that are faced by individuals, groups and organisations
It is specially designed to incorporate flexible placement opportunities
The programme encourages the dissemination and publication of student research.

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This programme addresses organisational functioning from individual and group perspectives. It examines internal factors such as organisational communication and organisational culture as well as external factors such as the impact of technological change on the wellbeing, motivation and performance of workers. Read more
This programme addresses organisational functioning from individual and group perspectives. It examines internal factors such as organisational communication and organisational culture as well as external factors such as the impact of technological change on the wellbeing, motivation and performance of workers. It considers many different types of organisation, asking how the input of all stakeholders can be maximised for both quality of life and productivity.

This programme provides professional training for those wishing to become chartered occupational psychologists, whilst retaining the academic rigours of a master’s degree. Delivered through lectures, visits, guest speakers, experiential learning and individual and group work, the programme offers a strong emphasis both on the development of skills that can be transferred into real-world settings and upon reflective experiential learning.

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The MSc is designed to provide the foundation for students wishing to become practising business psychologists. The programme covers the following areas of knowledge, organised into 4 modules. Read more
The MSc is designed to provide the foundation for students wishing to become practising business psychologists. The programme covers the following areas of knowledge, organised into 4 modules:

* human-machine interaction/design of the environment and of work
* selection and assessment/training and development
* performance appraisal and career development/counselling and individual development
* employee relations and motivation/organisational behaviour and organisational development

In addition, it includes 2 further modules to develop students' awareness of professional issues and research skills:

* research methods and statistics/dissertation part one
* professional practice/dissertation part two

The full-time route is of one year's duration, taught over one day each week, with six additional specialist workshops throughout the year. The part-time route takes two years and is taught over one afternoon each week, with six additional workshops across the two years. Entry points are in September & February each year.

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With the increasing demand for high quality career coaching services, and consequently career coaching courses in the UK, UEL is launching a new course, the Postgraduate Diploma in Career Coaching. Read more
With the increasing demand for high quality career coaching services, and consequently career coaching courses in the UK, UEL is launching a new course, the Postgraduate Diploma in Career Coaching. This career coaching course, the only one of its kind in the UK, will offer students the chance to develop practical skills supported by a strong theoretical basis that will equip them with the skills to provide an effective and credible career coaching service to clients.

The course has been developed with the employability of graduates at the forefront following the government’s announcement of an all-age guidance service to be implemented in April 2012.This course will give students the skills to competitively seek employment in their desired industry.

The Career Coaching course is offered with flexible study options, much of the teaching will be accessible online, with the distance learning elements supplemented by intensive “skills schools” aiming to give students first class practical skills and a strong network of peers. Teaching will be delivered by renowned academics from both coaching and career disciplines, and supported by practitioners with recent experience of career coaching themselves.

The course will allow students to develop:
Practical skills in career coaching interviews; a theoretical understanding of the prevalent coaching and career theories such as motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioural therapy; a great network of colleagues from all backgrounds; and a comprehensive career-specific resource pack.

For further details of the Career Coaching Diploma and how to apply please contact Julia Yates (email: ).

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