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Applied Psychology MSc

Learn about the course below
Code
PGL713
Start
October 2021
EU/INT induction: September 2021
Duration
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,200 (UK/EU) *
£14,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Ilhan Raman

This course is no longer accepting applications for 2020 entry. The next entry is 2021.

This field examines how people approach and react to various situations in life, from visual perception to complex social interactions. The application of psychological research has positively affected a variety of sectors ranging from business to education, mental health and sport. Graduates from this master's programme will be able to apply their skills and expertise within their chosen professional field.

Why study MSc Applied Psychology at Middlesex?

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.

Course highlights

  • We have excellent employment results: over 90% of our psychology graduates are employed within six months of completing their degree.
  • Our psychology teaching and research facilities are unrivalled. They include fully equipped lecture theatres and tutorial spaces; a pychophysiology laboratory; social observation laboratories; a video editing suite; a virtual reality laboratory; auditory cognition laboratory; and testing cubicles.
  • You will benefit from the expertise of our teaching staff who are leading researchers in health psychology, forensic psychology and qualitative research.
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

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What you will study on the MSc Applied Psychology?

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.

The programme focuses on:

  • Theoretical and practical issues in areas of Applied Psychology such as Health, Neuropsychology, Counselling and Business
  • Models of behaviour, relevant to areas of Applied Psychology
  • Cultural and organisational elements of work, health and safety at work, employee assistance and counselling and employee relations and motivation
  • Counselling and Psychotherapy are introduced in relation to medical models of understanding health and illness
  • Research issues focusing on both quantitative and qualitative methods.

*Subject to validation

Modules

  • Modules - changes for students in 2020

    • 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 weekly online sessions which include collaborative workshops, discussion forums, seminars, individual and group tutorials 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.

    • Research: Practice and Reporting (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.

    • Research & Issues in Applied Psychology (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      The 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 acquisition.

    • Applied Psychometrics (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces students to the use of psychometrics applied psychology, specifically the use of psychometrics in career counselling. Student will produce a professional report to a client from a psychometric consultant. Throughout this process the student will play the dual role of consultant and client and examine the application of their personality and emotional intelligence to their career ambitions.

  • Modules - typical course content

    • 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.

    • Research: Practice and Reporting (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.

    • Research & Issues in Applied Psychology (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      The 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 acquisition.

    • Applied Psychometrics (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces students to the use of psychometrics applied psychology, specifically the use of psychometrics in career counselling. Student will produce a professional report to a client from a psychometric consultant. Throughout this process the student will play the dual role of consultant and client and examine the application of their personality and emotional intelligence to their career ambitions.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information:

Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module,  or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

How will the MSc Applied Psychology be taught?

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.

Assessment

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.

Teaching and learning

Changes for students in 2020

If you’re starting university in 2020, we’ll be teaching you in different ways to make sure you get the best learning experience possible. You’ll learn through live sessions with teaching staff and have the chance to study independently too, with access to all the online resources you need.

We’re planning around different scenarios so that if you’re unable to make it to campus at first or we need to limit access to campus in the future, your course can be delivered fully online. While social distancing is still in place, we are aiming to deliver small group sessions on campus, with larger lectures delivered online and available to you on-demand.

Read more about our plans for teaching and your learning experience.

Scenario 1: course delivered fully online

1.

Live learning

Contact time per week, per level:

10 hours

2.

Self-paced learning time

Average hours per week, per level:

30 hours

3.

On demand resources

Average hours per week, per level:

5 hours

Scenario 2: course delivered with a mix of online and face to face learning with social distancing in place

1.

Live learning

Contact time per week, per level:

6 hours

2.

Self-paced learning time

Average hours per week, per level:

30 hours

3.

On demand resources

Average hours per week, per level:

5 hours

4.

Face-to-face sessions

Contact time per week, per level:

1 hour

Definitions of terms

  • Live learning – Live learning will cover everything you’ll do with teaching staff like lectures, seminars, workshops and other classes, and we’ll schedule all of this for you. This might include some study outside your regular timetable, like taking part in discussion forums or online blogs where you’re supported by academic staff.
  • Independent learning – Independent learning is all the studying you’ll do outside your live learning sessions with teaching staff. This self-paced study will give you the chance to learn, prepare, revise and reflect in your own time as you need to, and you’ll have access to on-demand resources and materials to help you do your best.
    • Self-paced study – Self-paced study will give you the chance to learn wherever and whenever you want to and at your own pace, outside your live learning sessions. This independent learning could include reading and reflection, preparation for classes, revision or homework along with access to other online activities such as quizzes.
    • On-demand resources – You'll have access to on-demand resources like pre-recorded video lectures and workshops as part of your independent study. You’ll be able to review and revisit whenever you need to at your own pace.
  • Face to face sessions – Wherever it’s possible to do so, and we can make the necessary arrangements to ensure your safety, you’ll be able to attend scheduled sessions, workshops or appointments on campus as part of your live learning. The number of hours given in this scenario provides an indication of the number of hours of face to face learning you could expect, and a full timetable will be provided to you before the start of your course.

Support

You’ll have a strong support network available to you to make sure you develop all the necessary academic skills you need to do well on your course.

Our support services will mainly be delivered online and you’ll have access to a range of different resources so you can get the help you need, whether you’re studying at home or have the opportunity to come to campus.

You’ll have access to one to one and group sessions for personal learning and academic support from our library and IT teams, and our network of learning experts. Our teams will also be here to offer financial advice, and personal wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

Read more about our plans for the support which will be available to you.

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. Additional costs
  4. Scholarships and bursaries

How can the MSc Applied Psychology support your career?

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.

The Psychology Department hosts a range of state-of-the-art facilities and equipment used for both teaching and research purposes.

Across the department there is a broad range of expertise in neuroscience and related disciplines, and specialised equipment includes a new 128-electrode electroencephalogram system (EEG, BioSemi) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation equipment (TMS, MagStim).

Psychology teaching and research resources available to staff and students also includes eye-tracking (Tobii) and use of the Biopac System to record various psychophysiology measures such as ECG, heart rate and blood pressure, electro dermal activity (EDA), respiratory rate, and pulmonary function , as well as a cold pressor testing kit.

Specialist psychology laboratory cubicles offer a place for students to conduct individual projects, and there are two large Apple Mac labs specifically adapted for psychology teaching.

  • Anne Borgen

    MSc Applied Psychology

    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 and I particularly liked the fact that the other students were 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 focused 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.



We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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