Entry requirements

Students on this course typically have achieved a 2:1 degree or have the equivalent professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience.

We encourage anyone interested in the course to come to our Postgraduate Open Day to meet with our specialist course team.

If you’re unable to make it to our High Wycombe Campus, we offer an online session as part of these days. Please contact us and we can arrange for you to have an informal discussion about the course with one of the course leaders.

We are currently accepting applications for September 2021 entry; however spaces are filling up fast and we may need to move to a waiting list once the course reaches capacity, so early application is encouraged. Contact us on 0330 123 2023 or email us to find out more.

Students who have completed the ‘Postgraduate Diploma in Positive Psychology’ from the University of Iceland will automatically qualify to enter with advanced standing and must complete the following modules: (PS738) Applied Research Skills,(PS739) Data Analysis and Interpretation, and (PS740) Postgraduate Dissertation.

Not sure if Positive Psychology is for you?

If you are interested in studying Positive Psychology at Bucks New University, but haven't quite made up your mind, or want to know more about the subject first, then you may be interested in a short online course, Introduction to Positive Psychology endorsed by Bucks New University and delivered via the website Positive Psychology Online Courses

The Introduction to Positive Psychology online course presents an overview of the main subjects covered on the MSc Applied Positive Psychology programme. Topics include a definition of positive psychology, happiness, emotions, gratitude, flourishing, strengths, resilience, growth mindset and hope theory.

The course is presented by Lesley Lyle (MAPP), who was on the first cohort of the MAPP course at Bucks, and Dr Piers Worth, the creator and leader of the MAPP course, now retired. They will be able to give you an insight into how the MAPP course is run and Lesley will be able to answer any questions you may have regarding work/life balance as a part-time student.

On completion of the Introduction to Positive Psychology short course, applicants for the Bucks MAPP course will qualify for a 10% discount on their university course tuition fees. The course must be completed prior to enrolment on the Bucks MAPP course.

Are you looking for a shorter course that can teach you to apply principles of positive psychology to coaching practice?

If so, you might want to consider another short course offered by the university: Positive Psychology in Coaching.

Please visit our Centre of Positive Psychology webpage for more information.

Months of entry


Course content

Positive psychology takes a step away from the traditional aspects you’d expect from studying human behaviour and seeks to explore what it is that makes humans flourish, rather than languish.

If you’re fascinated by human behaviour and want to explore exactly what it takes to fulfil our greatest potential in all areas of life, then our Applied Positive Psychology masters is for you. Not only will this course have an incredible impact on your career, you’ll experience a personal life-changing journey for yourself.

Information for international students

For further support and advice please visit our International Students section on our website.

Fees and funding

Please see the fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
+44(0) 1494 605060