Taught course

Applied Psychology

Heriot-Watt University · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

For MSc entry, students will typically have a First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in Psychology or a related discipline from a BPS-accredited programme.

If the first language is not English, or a previous degree was not taught in English, evidence of English language ability will be required.
The minimum English language requirement for entry to this programme is IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) with no component lower than 6.0.
If you do not have IELTS 6.5, we offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement for this programme prior to commencing your studies:
  • 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills)
  • 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)
  • 6 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum 5.5 in all skills)

Months of entry


Course content

MSc Applied Psychology at Heriot-Watt University is led by research-active academics from the university’s Centre for Applied Behavioural Sciences.
This degree is suitable for graduates of Psychology or related fields aspiring towards a career in academic or applied areas of Psychology.
As a postgraduate degree, MSc Applied Psychology follows on from our established, BPS Accredited undergraduate degree in BSc Psychology. It will allow you to explore key topics related to Heriot-Watt’s three important psychological research
  • Cognition, Brain and Behaviour
  • Lifespan Health and Wellbeing
  • Work, Society and Environment.

Your learning will also be complemented by the Department of Psychology’s existing postgraduate teaching and research strengths in the fields of Business Psychology and Sport Psychology.

Research in Psychology can lead to understanding and solving many global challenges. From exploring the ways that coaching, training and engagement can enhance performance, productivity and wellbeing; to improving diagnosis and support for people with mental health conditions.
This degree will deepen your knowledge of contemporary research in Psychology and consider its translation and application to such real-world problems.
You will also benefit from access to research facilities such as eye trackers, driving simulators, and consistent environment labs, to support your independent research projects.

Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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