Taught course

Applied Positive Psychology

ARU (Anglia Ruskin University) · Faculty of Science and Engineering

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Entry requirements

  • A undergraduate degree, with honours, at a minimum final classification of Higher Second (2:1) in any discipline or equivalent.
  • Those who do not possess an honours degree with 2:1, but have a degree or degree equivalent qualification and/or appropriate work experience at a suitable level within an organisation for an appropriate length of time, will be considered; applicants may be interviewed. Qualifications from an approved professional body will also be taken into account.
  • A supporting statement outlining your academic and professional background, career objectives, and the reasons for choosing this course. This statement should not be more than 2, 000 words.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Join us at ARU Cambridge and 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 by studying MSc Applied Positive Psychology at ARU.

Positive psychology is life changing. Our degree 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.

By studying Applied Positive Psychology at ARU, 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 be able to 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 Applied Positive Psychology degree course is taught via blended learning, a mixture of both distance learning and face-to-face delivery in Cambridge and France. In France, teaching takes place approximately 40 minutes from the centre of Paris by train, giving you the advantage of cheaper accommodation as well as the chance to make a quick visit to the capital. In Cambridge, teaching takes place at our East Road campus, where you’ll also have access to the psychology laboratories in our Science Centre.

You’ll complete four intensive week-long modules, followed by online research methods teaching and supervision for your major project. In-between modules 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
  • Sarah Lewis, Managing Director at Appreciating Change
  • Bridget Grenville-Cleave, Director of WorkMad
  • Dr Dora Gudmundsdottir, President, European Network of Positive Psychology
  • Jean-Christophe Barralis and Jean Pages, Directors of the French Institute of Appreciative Inquiry
  • Dr Evie Rosset, Director of MAAC Lab

For an informal chat about our course please contact programme leaders Nicola Gibson or Ilona Boniwell.

Successful applicants wishing to take up a place on the course should register no later than the Friday before the Introduction Module. This is to ensure you're ready to attend the first week of teaching. If you are unable to register by this date, you may not be able to study the course until the following intake.

Please see our frequently asked questions for more information on the course and its structure.

Please note that this course is not suitable for international students who require a Tier 4 visa as some teaching is delivered face-to-face and the remaining via distance learning. We welcome applications for other available courses.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

For more details about fees, fundings and scholarships please visit the university website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    33 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

ARU Applicant Enquiries Team