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 75% of the credits were taken in a closely psychology-related numerate discipline.

If English is not your first language, a 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any band) IELTS score 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.

Psychology is a discipline which can be applied to almost any field of work. Using scientifically tested psychological principles and processes, we can support individuals and groups, organisations, and professions in achieving their goals. From health promotion to consumer behaviour, the applications of psychology are pervasive in today’s modern society.

Why Study Applied Psychology with us?

The Master's in Applied Psychology programme is focused on the applications of psychology in the every day. The programme may be of interest to those who wish to apply their psychological knowledge to other careers or disciplines, such as but not limited to management and human resources, teaching, marketing or health. This programme can also be a useful stepping stone for those considering future professional or doctoral training in psychology or allied fields.

Our programme is designed specifically for graduates who already have a good grounding in psychology, who wish to learn how psychological knowledge can be applied to real-world issues. Much of the teaching takes an 'active learning' approach, whereby students are supported in their learning through practical exercises and experiential learning. The programme is taught by a highly qualified team, with experience of the varied ways in which psychology can be applied.

Programme structure and assessment

This programme is delivered on a trimester basis and can be completed full-time (one year) or part- time (two years). Full-time students complete three modules in each of the first two trimesters, focusing on the Research Dissertation in trimester three. Part-time students complete four taught modules in Year 1 (80 credits) followed by the dissertation and remaining taught modules in Year 2 (100 credits).

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 courses. 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; and a Master's-level research-based dissertation.

There is also some use of written and practical exams on the course.

Fees and funding

UK students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Department of Psychology