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Applied Psychology MSc

Learn about the course below
Code
PGL713
Start
October 2022
EU/INT induction: September 2022
Duration
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,400 (UK) *
£14,500 (EU/INT) *
Course leader
Nicky Brunswick

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

Modules

  • Modules

    • 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.

    • Research Methods in Applied Psychology – Quantitative (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide students with core skills and knowledge in quantitative research methods in Applied Psychology. The focus is on understanding how research questions relate to design and appropriate analyses. It provides students with advanced skills in a variety of statistical analyses and enables them to conduct psychological research at master’s level. The module enables students to understand & critically evaluate published quantitative psychological research. It prepares students for their dissertation and enables them to choose appropriate methodologies and analyses for research.

    • Research Methods in Applied Psychology – Qualitative (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce students to qualitative research methods, and to provide them with knowledge and practice by equipping them with a combination of practical and theoretical skills. Students will be introduced to, and familiarised with, a range of qualitative methodologies and methods of generating and analysing data in-depth. The module allows the time and space necessary for sustained immersion, and will enable students to become proficient in their qualitative research knowledge and skills. Students will also develop reflexive practice, which is an essential aspect of qualitative research. This module also aims to prepare students to conduct qualitative research in the future, such as in their MSc dissertation projects – it will enable them to choose suitable methodologies and analyses for their research. Therefore, this module is both ideal for, and provides a rich learning opportunity for, students who are undertaking a qualitatively-based or mixed methods dissertation project; those who want to study Psychology at a doctoral level; and for those planning a career in research.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Fundamentals of Neuropsychology (15 credits) – Optional

      This module will introduce students to advanced level study of topics in neuropsychology, with a particular focus on cognitive neuropsychology. The foundations of the approach will be outlined, followed by examination of neuropsychological case studies and related research in several areas of cognition, including memory, language processing, and visual and perceptual disorders. Students will also be encouraged to develop a critical awareness of the controversies that exist within this field and how these link to controversies in neuroscience.

    • Topics and Applied Issues in Developmental and Educational Psychology (15 credits) – Optional

      This module will apply theory to practice by considering how our understanding of developmental psychology (theory and research) is important in real world settings; it will enable students to develop in-depth cross-disciplinary knowledge (e.g., psychology and education) and interdisciplinary knowledge (e.g., cognitive psychology), and it will provide a rich learning opportunity for students that includes flipped learning environments, interactive lectures, seminars, e-learning, directed readings, resource-based learning, peer-feedback, discussions and debates.

    • Developmental Disorders and Psychopathology (15 credits) – Optional

      This module will develop the depth and breadth of students’ understanding of core theory and both classic and contemporary research in the field of developmental psychopathology. It will explore the interaction of emotional, cognitive, biological, behavioural and environmental factors in the development of developmental disorders and atypical development, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety disorders, impairments in language learning, attachment disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, trauma-related disorders, learning disorders and conduct disorder.

    • Trauma Impacts and Intervention (30 credits) – Optional

      On this module, students will develop a critical understanding of current research evidence and perspectives on psychological trauma and its effects. The impact of trauma on different groups and at different stages of the lifespan will be reviewed. Models of intervention for psychological trauma will be critically examined and the current debates around ameliorating factors and developmental outcomes will be explored.

    • Psychology of Wellness and Illness (30 credits) – Optional

      This module aims to introduce key areas of wellness and illness, including health promotion and behaviour change, positive psychology and wellbeing, as well as mental ill health and chronic health conditions. The module will include some focus on health care delivery, intervention and the promotion and enhancement of health and wellbeing.

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 2021

If you have travel restrictions to the UK due to coronavirus, this course can be started fully online with support to learn from your home country for the first term.

We are back on campus for the majority of teaching in Autumn 2021, as long as restrictions allow. Your timetable will be built around on campus sessions using our professional facilities, with online sessions for some activities where we know being virtual will add value. We’ll use technology to enhance all of your learning and give you access to online resources to use in your own time.

In case of any changes to government guidance, we‘ll be ready to move to teaching with more restrictions in place and continue to give you an excellent learning experience. In this scenario, on campus teaching should continue although more of your course will take place online.

The table below gives you an idea of what your learning will look like across a typical week. Some weeks might be different due to how we schedule classes and arrange on campus sessions.

This information may change slightly as we receive further guidance from the government. You’ll receive final arrangements for your teaching and a full course timetable before you start.

Scenario A: Without social distancing

Live in-person on campus learning

Contact hours per week, per level:

6 hours

Live online learning

Average hours per week, per level:

5 hours

Tutor set learning activities

Average hours per week, per level:

1 hour

Scenario B: With social distancing and/or with restrictions on travel to campus

Live in-person on campus learning

Contact hours per week, per level:

3 hours

Live online learning

Average hours per week, per level:

6 hours

Tutor set learning activities

Average hours per week, per level:

1 hour

Outside of these hours, you’ll be expected to do independent study where you read, listen and reflect on other learning activities. This can include preparation for future classes. In a year, you’ll typically be expected to commit 1800 hours to your course across all styles of learning. If you are taking a placement, you might have some additional hours.

Read more about our scenarios for returning to campus and what they might mean for your teaching and learning experience, and how you’ll be able to access student support.

Future plans for teaching

We’re developing our plans for in-person on campus teaching following government advice to keep you safe. If more restrictions are put in place in the future, or there is another lockdown, we’ll deliver your learning and support fully online for a temporary period. We’ll make alternative arrangements for any required placements if they can’t go ahead as planned. We’ll always give you notice of any changes that we make.

Definitions of terms

  • Live in-person on campus learning – This will focus on active and experiential sessions that are both:
    • Led by your tutors including seminars, lab sessions and demonstrations We’ll schedule all of this for you
    • Student-led by you and other students, like small group work and presentations.
  • Live online learning – This will include lectures, tutorials and supervision sessions led by your tutor and timetabled by us. It also includes student-led group work that takes place online

  • Tutor set learning activities – This covers activities which will be set for you by your tutor, but which you will undertake in your own time. Examples of this include watching online materials, participating in an online discussion forum, completing a virtual laboratory or reading specific texts. You may be doing this by yourself of with your course mates depending on your course and assignments. Outside of these hours, you’ll also be expected to do further independent study where you’ll be expected to learn, prepare, revise and reflect in your own time.

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 be delivered online and on campus 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.

More on teaching and learning in 2021/22

Read our guide to what you can look forward to when you study your subject with us including more information about your teaching experience this autumn.

  1. Standard entry requirements
  2. International (inc. EU)
  3. How to apply
  1. UK
  2. EU fees
  3. EU/International
  4. Additional costs
  5. 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.

  • 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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