In recent years, there has been a surge of interest in applied psychology. This field examines how people approach and react to various situations in life, from visual perception to complex social interactions. Just some of the many areas that have been positively affected by the application of psychological research include business, education, mental health and sport. Completion of this course will prepare students to work as registered psychologists in a chosen professional field.
Designed with an emphasis on qualitative and quantitative research, this course equips you with a sound understanding of the theoretical and practical issues in applied psychology. Based at our Hendon Campus in London, you will benefit from the experience of our dedicated and enthusiastic staff. You will gain access to some of the pioneering psychology facilities for teaching and research in the UK.
This programme is ideally suited to those who may wish to extend their research interests to doctoral level or who work in local and central government agencies around the world. It can also be a stepping-stone for developing interest in professional practice following further related studies. The course has a step-off point at Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate and covers Neuropsychology, Health, Business and Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Applied Business Psychology (30 Credits) - Compulsory
This module introduces students to the ways in which different psychological theories and methods contribute to our understanding of the world of work, management and organisations. The module provides students with an understanding of psychologists different roles in the world of work and organisations and the different ways in which they can apply their skills. The module takes an applied and critical approach to the study of work, management and organizations and professional psychological practices therein.
Applied Neuropsychology in Education (15 Credits) - Compulsory
The aim of this module is to provide postgraduate students with the opportunity for academic training in up to date research and advances in educational and clinical settings in Applied Psychology as relevant to the course syllabus.
Counselling and Psychotherapy in Applied Psychology (30 Credits) - Compulsory
The aim of this module is to provide students with an introduction to the main schools of psychological therapy, their theoretical origins and how the theory is applied in practice. The module will also introduce students to the basic principles of communication skills that form the foundation of all counselling and therapy. Finally, the module will familiarise students with the role of counselling and therapy within all areas of applied psychology.
Research Methods in Applied Psychology (30 Credits) - Compulsory
The aim of this module is to provide postgraduate students with research skills and expertise from theory to implementation required by areas in Applied Psychology. The module is designed to fulfil training requirements identified in the National Occupational Standards for Applied Psychologists Key roles 2 3 by offering a comprehensive in-depth and systematic account of a range of skills in quantitative and qualitative research strategies, and the use of SPSS software in statistical analysis as applicable to the course syllabus. A variety of teaching methods and assessment will be employed with the aim of inspiring and challenging each student, whilst promoting independent learning and a critical appreciation of the research process. Students will engage in laboratory classes, workshops, lectures/seminars, tutorials, group work, and practical sessions on SPSS and qualitative data analysis. Ultimately the aim is to train students to develop, implement and maintain personal and professional standards and ethical research practice in Applied Psychology.
Contemporary Research and Issues in Applied Psychology (15 credits) - Compulsory (Subjecy to validation)
The general aim of the module is to provide an intellectual setting within which students can both develop a fuller appreciation of substantive areas of applied psychology and improve their practical and analytical skills. The main aim is to direct students to develop an appreciation of the controversies and issues related to traditional and contemporary research, ethical issues, and up-to-date knowledge in the domain of applied psychology such as neuropsychology, infertility, sports and exercise and literacy. This module is designed to provide postgraduate students with an up-to-date and advanced level of understanding that will reflect the expertise in the Department.
Advanced Psychology Dissertation (60 Credits) - Compulsory
To provide students with an opportunity for an in-depth, advanced study in a specific area of applied psychology, pertinent to the degree for which they are registered, guided by, but largely independent of, tutor support. To enable students to apply appropriate principles of empirical research to an issue of their choice within the subject area of their degree registration. To enable students to present their research study in the form of a written thesis, using appropriate styles and conventions.
This programme is ideally suited to those who may intend to practise outside the UK or who may extend their research interests to doctoral level or work in local and central government agencies across Europe and other continents.
In addition there are also opportunities for the students to pursue a placement with an organisation of their choice via the excellent facilities offered by the placement office.
To gain an MSc in Applied Psychology you will need to accumulate 180 credit points. This includes five core modules (3 x 30 credit and 2 x 15 credits) detailed below and the dissertation (60 credit points).
You will attend laboratory sessions, lectures, seminars and workshops, where you will take part in class discussions, and work on research projects, group assignments and critical analyses. You will supplement all this with your own independent study and will submit a dissertation. There is a specific module on research methods, and the course also aims to improve your analytical, statistics and IT skills.
A major part of your assessment will be your 10,000 to 15,000-word dissertation, which will be accompanied by a 1,500-word research proposal and a 10-minute presentation, on which you will receive feedback from fellow students as well as your tutor. Other forms of assessment will include tests, projects, statistical assignments, essays, reports, logbooks and case study analyses. You will receive regular feedback on your work, including your assessed coursework and your dissertation.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, portfolio or audition.
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. Please visit our Postgraduate application page for further information and to apply.
There are strong employment prospects for Psychology graduates and salaries in this field are excellent. The range of professional skills that psychology graduates develop ensures that they are highly valued across the economy.
This programme is ideally suited to those who may intend to practise outside the UK or who may extend their research interests to doctoral level or work in local and central government agencies across Europe. After completion of the masters programme, students may work in health services, public health organisations, and academia.
Dr Ilhan Raman is the course leader for MSc Applied Psychology. Click here to view a full profile of Dr Raman.
MSc Applied Psychology
Anne now works as a recruitment Consultant for Statoil, in the oil and gas industry.
"As an international student there was a real appeal to studying in London and living abroad, I liked the modules included in the MSc Applied Psychology programme. I particularly liked the fact that the students on the course came from a variety of countries so we were a very international group. It was great meeting new people from different cultures."
"For my dissertation I focussed on business psychology, so I was well equipped for a job in human resources. The oil and gas industry has a big presence in the area in which I live so this sector is where there is greatest opportunity. I also believe that the international experience offered by Middlesex has been particularly important as it has helped me to better understand different cultures and country practices."
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MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert Applied Psychology
This course is offered full time or part time. You can choose to study the full Masters or a PG Diploma or PG Certificate.
Full-time students: £8,500
Part-time per taught credit: £57
Part-time per dissertation: £28
Full-time students: £12,500
Part-time per taught credit: £84
Part-time per dissertation credit: £42
Find out about our flexible payment plans for UK/EU students, and how they can help you spread the cost of your course.*Course fees are subject to annual inflation so the total costs for part time study are shown here as a guide