Taught course

Applied Psychology

University of Chester · Department of Psychology

Entry requirements

To apply for this course, you need an honours degree in psychology (minimum 2:2).

Non-psychology degrees will only be considered if the applicant can show that they have successfully completed training in research methods equivalent to the core research methods training included in a standard UK psychology undergraduate course. If English is not your first language, a 7.0 IELTS score, with no less than 6.0 in any band, or equivalent is needed.

Months of entry


Course content

Course overview

Learn about the science and practice of applying evidence-based psychological interventions to improve the wellbeing of individuals and help solve organisational and societal problems.

Our MSc course offers an excellent opportunity to explore the application of psychology, and learn fundamental principles of assessment and intervention development. The course emphasises the need for underpinning scientific principles and for sound evidence to support professional practice. Examples are drawn from many areas of applied psychology.

Why Study Applied Psychology with us?

Applied psychology is a broad field, comprising not only the work of practitioner psychologists (Health Psychologists, Clinical Psychologists, Sport and Exercise Psychologists etc.) but also that of non-psychologists who apply psychological knowledge, such as coaches, counsellors, teachers and managers.

Our course emphasises evidence-based practice, providing an opportunity to learn about intervention design and how those interventions can be assessed using rigorous scientific standards. The course adopts an 'active learning' approach, giving you the chance to try your hand at assessing and intervening in the classroom setting so you can gain confidence in applying what you learn as you go. Our teaching team includes psychologists with practitioner experience in a range of applied settings.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught in small-to-medium groups, with a focus on learning through problem-solving, group discussions, and practical tasks. There is less lecture-based delivery than other similar programmes. Scheduled sessions are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is mainly through coursework, usually including:

  • reports
  • essays
  • role-play videos
  • portfolios (which may include structured worksheets)
  • presentations
  • a Master's-level research-based dissertation.

There is some use of written and practical exams on the programme, too.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Department of Psychology