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Applied Psychology MSc

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October 2020
EU/INT induction: September 2020
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
£9,200 (UK/EU) *
£14,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Ilhan Raman

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning for the first few months of the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting with us in autumn 2020 or spring 2021, check back for more detail on arrangements for this course in July and August, and see our current plans for teaching and learning.

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.

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  • Modules

    • 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.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

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.


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.

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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.

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