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Applied Psychology

Course Description

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

Visit the Applied Psychology page on the Heriot-Watt University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2:2 or equivalent in a psychology related course

Course Fees

£4,980 for Home/EU students, £5,880 for England, Wales & N Ireland; and £13,420 for overseas students. Please note fees may be subject to change.

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