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Full time | Edinburgh Campus | 1 year | SEP-23

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1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Applied Psychology

Course type


Course Summary

MSc Applied Psychology is a one-year postgraduate degree for graduates who aspire to a career in academic psychology or applied psychology. It is led by research-active academics working in applied fields of psychology at our Edinburgh campus.


MSc Applied Psychology at Heriot-Watt University is led by research-active academics from the university’s Centre for Applied Behavioural Sciences.

This degree is suitable for graduates of Psychology or related fields aspiring towards a career in academic or applied areas of Psychology.

As a postgraduate degree, MSc Applied Psychology follows on from our established, BPS Accredited undergraduate degree in BSc Psychology. It will allow you to explore key topics related to Heriot-Watt’s three important psychological research

  • Cognition, Brain and Behaviour
  • Lifespan Health and Wellbeing
  • Work, Society and Environment.

Your learning will also be complemented by the Department of Psychology’s existing postgraduate teaching and research strengths in the fields of Business Psychology and Sport Psychology.

Research in Psychology can lead to understanding and solving many global challenges. From exploring the ways that coaching, training and engagement can enhance performance, productivity and wellbeing; to improving diagnosis and support for people with mental health conditions.

This degree will deepen your knowledge of contemporary research in Psychology and consider its translation and application to such real-world problems.
You will also benefit from access to research facilities such as eye trackers, driving simulators, and consistent environment labs, to support your independent research projects.


Independent Project in Psychology

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Entry requirements

For MSc entry, students will typically have a First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in Psychology or a related discipline from a BPS-accredited programme.