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Positive Psychology MSc

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Full time | University of Bolton | 18 months | 20-SEP-21

Study mode

Full time


18 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Psychology (General)

Course type


Course Summary

We often talk of ‘a positive frame of mind’, or ‘looking on the bright side’. This Master’s in Positive Psychology is your opportunity to take that to a whole new level. The modular postgraduate programme takes you deep into the concepts and theories of Positive Psychology, and supports your theoretical and research-based contributions to the subject.

Course Details

Our Master’s in Positive Psychology takes you on an immersive journey into this relatively new subject area within psychology. The programme’s modular nature allows you to take a flexible and fairly autonomous approach to learning, theorising, reflecting and researching.

You’ll get the chance to learn, debate and critically evaluate Positive Psychology’s new techniques and research. You’ll also have the opportunity to evaluate developing theories and applications in Positive Psychology, supported all the way by experienced and enthusiastic teaching staff with an excellent knowledge base. We offer expert training in research techniques, helping you to conceptualise, design and implement an independent research project that explores new ideas and approaches at the forefront of this increasingly popular subject.

Successfully completing a Master’s in Positive Psychology should put you in a highly favourable position for seeking employment in relevant care professions, educational institutions, and for securing a place on a specialist psychology-related higher degree or doctorate programme.

Career Opportunities

The MSc in Positive Psychology focuses on the scientific study of happiness, wellbeing, purpose and strength. It looks at the impact of positive emotions on a person’s wellbeing and looks at what makes people thrive.

The course is designed to develop your intellectual and thinking skills, problem solving, interpersonal awareness, communication skills, your ability to develop arguments supported by relevant evidence, and team work, IT and data handling skills.

What Can I Do With This Qualification?

Positive Psychology can be used in a wide variety of job roles within education and training, business, healthcare, charities and government agencies. As a graduate, you could even use the techniques to transform a business or help develop the potential of a group, community or institution.

If you’re a qualified clinical psychologist, counsellor, life skills coach, wellbeing practitioner, or psychotherapist, the theory and transferable skills you could learn should also benefit your clinical work. Teachers, youth workers and educators can also use Positive Psychology expertise in their work.

Some graduates choose to continue their education by completing a PhD. Continuing your education would give you the opportunity to develop your skills further and research your area of interest.


This dissertation module involves an independent research study in a clearly defined area of psychology involving both a theoretical and an empirical component. The theoretical component can involve all or some of the following: a critical review of relevant theory and data; the construction of a new theory or model; the analysis of an applied problem area. The balance between the theoretical or review component and the empirical component will depend on the nature of the project and is a matter for discussion between student and supervisor. Students are expected to use and develop skills acquired in the core research methods modules by: carrying out an electronic literature search, an evaluative literature review and a critical evaluation of research; carrying out a piece of independent research using appropriate methods and analyses with due regard to ethical issues; and writing a concise research report in the appropriate format. Students are required to exercise analytic, synthetic, evaluative and creative thinking in designing and carrying out the research. The work should be characterised by advanced subject knowledge, advanced research skills and understanding and by independence of thought and action.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £3,600 for the academic year 2021/22.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Overseas students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Overseas fee of £12,450 for the academic year 2021/22.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You should have an Upper Second Class (2.1) Honours degree (or higher) in Psychology, which is accredited by the British Psychology Society for Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) of the British Psychological Society (BPS). If you have a Lower Second Class (2:2) Honours degree in Psychology, then you may be accepted on to the programme following a successful interview. We may also ask you to provide a portfolio of your work, as part of the application process.

University information

The University of Bolton dates back to 1825 and has a long and distinguished history of providing a quality education. Situated on a modern friendly campus near the centre of Bolton, the University is home to 11,000 students who have ranked the University as No.1 for student satisfaction in the North West, Complete University Guide 2020. Many of our Postgraduate courses are professionally accredited. Postgraduate study is challenging,...more

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