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Full time | Parkgate Road Campus | 1 year | OCT-22

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Applied Psychology

Course type


Course Summary

Learn about the science and practice of applying evidence-based psychological interventions to improve the wellbeing of individuals and solve organisational and societal problems.

Course overview

Psychology is a discipline which can be applied to almost any field of work. Using scientifically tested psychological principles and processes, we can support individuals and groups, organisations, and professions in achieving their goals. From health promotion to consumer behaviour, the applications of psychology are pervasive in today’s modern society.

Why study this course with us?

The Master's in Applied Psychology programme is focused on the applications of psychology in every day. The programme may be of interest to those who wish to apply their psychological knowledge to other careers or disciplines, such as but not limited to management and human resources, teaching, marketing, or health. This programme can also be a useful steppingstone for those considering future professional or doctoral training in psychology or allied fields.

Our programme is designed specifically for graduates who already have a good grounding in psychology, who wish to learn how psychological knowledge can be applied to real-world issues. Much of the teaching takes an active learning approach, whereby students are supported in their learning through practical exercises and experiential learning. The programme is taught by a highly qualified team, with experience of the varied ways in which psychology can be applied.


Assessment types are varied on this programme, to reflect the diversity of applications of psychology can have in the real world. There is heavy use of coursework, including portfolios, role play videos, presentations, and lab reports together with some written tests.

Job prospects

The course will be suitable for those thinking of a career in psychology who wish to undertake a more generic MSc prior to Stage 1 or Professional Doctoral training, and those who wish to broaden their knowledge and understanding prior to a career where psychology is a central aspect. The programme does not confer Practitioner Psychologist status.


This module focuses on the science and practice of behavioural and cognitive approaches to intervention, with a preference for approaches with the soundest evidence base. Each session focuses primarily on the development of practical skills which might be applied in a wide range of settings by both fully qualified professional psychologists and by paraprofessionals, according to competence. The module is structured according to a modern process-based understanding of psychological intervention, with students being taught the key psychological theories and evidence for a process, and then being given opportunity to practice implementing the process in a role play, e.g. of a therapy or coaching context. The particular processes covered on the module will be updated from year to year according to developments in the evidence, however, they are likely to include cognitive restructuring, cognitive defusion, learning processes, exposure, and the use of metaphor. The primary focus during face-to-face sessions will be on skills development. Students will also be encouraged and supported, week-by-week, to familiarise themselves with the theoretical underpinnings of each intervention process and with the related evidence base. This will be achieved through guided reading and the use of electronic learning materials such as videos. Throughout the module, and especially during the assessment process, students will be encouraged to reflect critically on their own competencies so as to encourage an understanding of safe and effective practice.

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Entry requirements

To apply for this course, you need an honours degree in psychology (minimum 2:2). Non-psychology degrees will only be considered if you have successfully completed training in research methods equivalent to the core research methods training included in a standard UK psychology undergraduate programme.

University information

From a teaching college established in 1839, to becoming the University of Chester in 2005, over 180 years of academic growth has allowed the University to offer an extensive selection of postgraduate courses and research options across a number of specialist sites. This includes five sites in and around Chester, a campus in Warrington, a University Centre in Shrewsbury, and a new health and nursing education facility, Marriss House, in...more

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