Taught course

Applied Positive Psychology

University of East London · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

An undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) in psychology, sociology, health and social welfare, counselling, education studies, human resources, business or social enterprise studies or other related disciplines with a minimum 2.2 classification (or equivalent). A written application outlining academic and professional background, career objectives and reasons for choosing the MAPP Programme at UEL. Students whose academic background is outside of the above mentioned disciplines should explain how their professional or life experience has prepared them for studying positive psychology. The application should not be more than 2, 000 words. Two supporting references, one of which is preferably academic.

Months of entry


Course content

Positive psychology is the scientific study of optimal human functioning and flourishing. Instead of drawing on a "disease model", it focuses on factors that enable individuals and communities to thrive. Areas of research and application include wellbeing and its determinants: positive emotions; resilience; creativity; optimism; character strengths; and positive institutions. Taught by the pioneers of positive psychology in Europe, the programme particularly emphasises skills development, including facilitation, intervention and research skills.

UEL is the first University in the UK to offer a postgraduate programme in Applied Positive Psychology.
The programme is led and taught by pioneers in the field of positive psychology in Europe, who are consultancy and research active.
Students have an opportunity to participate in innovative research, and develop and test new positive psychology interventions.
The programme has significant elements of skills training, including facilitation, intervention and research skills that can be applied across work and leisure domains.
Our School of Psychology offers postgraduate programmes in all main areas of professional applied psychology and therefore benefits from extensive expertise across a range of related areas.

The programme offers both full-time and part-time modes of study. Following the September start, the programme is offered over Semesters A, B and Summer. It follows an executive education model, in which teaching takes place through intensive learning days approximately once a month. In the first year in Semester A, Semester B and Summer part-time students take the following modules: Foundations of Positive Psychology (double) and Research Methods & Dissertation 1. During this year students are expected to attend 18 learning days, six per each module, delivered over weekends (various combination of Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays). A double Advanced Positive Psychology: Theory and Practice module and Research Methods & Dissertation 2 take place in the second year. In this year students will be expected to attend face-to-face teaching over 14 learning days and spend the summer or their last semester working on the dissertation.

It should be noted that these learning days include the dissertation support seminars held during the last semester of the two-year period to ensure that students are appropriately supported, in addition to individual supervisions and peer study groups.

If students decide to follow a full-time mode of study, during Semester A students take the following two modules: Foundations of Positive Psychology (part 1) and Advanced Positive Psychology: Theory and Practice (part 1). During Semester B students take Foundations of Positive Psychology (part 2) and Advanced Positive Psychology: Theory and Practice (part 2). Research Methods & Dissertation 1 and 2 are completed during the summer.

The programme offers two intermediate awards. A Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology is awarded following successful completion of 60 credits (Foundations of Positive Psychology). A Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology is awarded for achieving 120 credits for the following two double modules: Foundations of Positive Psychology and Advanced Positive Psychology: Theory and Practice.

Information for international students

In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required. International qualifications will be checked for appropriate matriculation to UK Higher Education postgraduate programmes.

Fees and funding

2015/16 fees to be confirmed

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
8 months
part time
16 months


full time
4 months
part time
8 months

Course contact details

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