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).

Months of entry


Course content

Positive psychology is the scientific study of optimal human functioning with an aim to understand the factors that enable individuals and communities to thrive. This rapidly developing field brings solid empirical research into areas such as well-being, flow, positive emotions, human strengths, wisdom, creativity, psychological health and characteristics of positive groups and institutions.

The MSc in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) presents an interesting opportunity to become actively involved in a new and growing area of study and shape its development.

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 provides flexibility in learning patterns to meet the varying needs of students from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.

This programme is delivered by distance using a variety of teaching and learning methods designed to enable participants to develop active learning techniques, reflect on practice and attain the learning outcomes for each module.

Teaching methods vary from module to module and include online discussions and seminars. Distance learning study guides and core text books are provided to students together with on-line materials. Students are engaged in individual reading, completion of exercises, writing reflective notes and preparation for assignments. Up to two assignments are field based and will require participants to engage with real world settings and develop appropriate solutions.

Each module consists of reading material and a series of self-check and interactive tasks in which students discuss the issues raised in each module in the light of their own teaching context and educational background. In addition to online discussions, which involve the module tutor on a weekly basis, students also have access to the module tutor directly via UEL Plus. Students will be encouraged to take an active part in Positive Psychology movements, by joining corresponding networks, participating and presenting at events. We also hope that students can take some responsibility for helping others to learn, through sharing experiences and learning with the group using and thus allowing for new and emerging knowledge to be integrated.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent)

Fees and funding

2015/16 fees to be confirmed

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36-72 months

Course contact details

Applicant Enquiries
+44 (0) 208 223 3333
+44 (0) 208 223 2978