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Applied Psychology (MSc)

Course Description

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.

What you will study

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.

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.

How you will learn

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.

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

How to apply

All students can apply online by visiting Apply Online.

If you have any queries, please contact our Admissions Office:

Call +44 (0) 1224 262132
If you are an International Student and would like further information and application advice:

Complete our International Enquiries form
Call 0044 1224 262726


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

The MSc will help individuals to develop a range of skills including the ability to solve problems and reason scientifically, make critical judgements and evaluations; ethical awareness and sensitivity to contextual and interpersonal factors; and an understanding of human behaviour. Such skills are highly valued by employers and can be applied across a wide range of occupations that involve work with people.

Visit the Applied Psychology (MSc) page on the Robert Gordon University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have an Honours degree, with a final classification of at least 2:2 or an alternative equivalent.

Course Fees

Distance Learning Part-time £2,920 for stage 1, £2,920 for stage 2, £1,960 for stage 3 UK/EU Students Full-time- £5,500, International £11,900

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