Masters | Postgraduate Course - Applied Positive Psychology MSc Course Details within Bucks New University

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Applied Positive Psychology MSc

Study Details

MSc Two years Flexible Distributed Learning

Applied Positive Psychology focuses on questions that enable you, and the people around you, to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives. From discovering strengths and the importance of positive emotion to ways of fostering hope and building resilience, the course offers the chance to develop knowledge and skills for professional and personal development.

What will this course cover?

Applied Positive Psychology focuses on the scientific study of happiness, wellbeing, purpose, and strength. Looking at these areas, we study how different methods, techniques and ways of working improve performance in a range of settings from education to coaching. You'll learn how to analyse and interpret data and understand the application of research to individuals and organisations.

You'll discover how psychological research has explored the uses of Applied Positive Psychology and how theory has developed over time. You'll also look at the realities of the journey of change and positive psychology processes and methods that support and create this.
In year two you'll complete a dissertation in your area of interest. Past students have developed interventions to improve wellbeing, studied aspects of resilience and researched within schools and organisations. It is also possible to undertake the dissertation in a third year.

Module details

Year One

  • Introduction to Positive Psychology: Happiness, Well-being and Flourishing
  • Strengths-based Development and Engagement
  • Positive Subjective Emotion and Experience
  • The Psychology of Hope and Resilience

Year Two

  • The Journey of Change
  • Positive Psychology in Practice
  • Applied Research Skills
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation
  • Postgraduate Dissertation

Entry Requirements

Students on this course typically have achieved a 2:1 in a social science degree. However others have the equivalent professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience.

We encourage anyone interested in the course to contact the University and the course leaders for an informal discussion about the course and your aspirations for undertaking take it.

Student Destinations

Applied Positive Psychology can be used in a wide variety of job roles. Many of our students take advantage of flexible learning and stay in their current role. You'll immediately be able to apply what you learn. You'll see how Positive Psychology can make a huge difference, whether you need to boost morale in your workplace or improve productivity.

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

Other graduates have used their new skills to set a business. Positive Psychology Learning (PPL) was set up by two graduates and offers positive psychology courses, consultancy and coaching.