MSc Psychology

Required Credits/Units: 180

Educational Aim

The programme aims to:

To encourage sophisticated critical appraisal of current key debates in applied psychology

To demonstrate critical evaluation of Psychology’s contribution to human performance and well-being in different applied contexts

To develop advanced research skills in applied psychology

Programme Structure/Pathway

Foundation Courses

Module Credits/Units: 0.00

The Induction Module aims to equip students with the tools, knowledge and skills they need to successfully complete their programme of studies.

Postgraduate Certificate Level

Module Credits/Units: 40.00

Module Aims:

To develop a sophisticated critical appreciation of contemporary theoretical perspectives in Psychology

To encourage advanced knowledge and confident execution of applied research methods in Psychology


Content Summary:

Key theories and debates in Psychology for example; contextualist theories (e.g. Bronfenbrenner’s ecological model, the biopsychosocial model of health), identity and social identity theories, positive psychological approaches and motivation for change.

Ethical and professional practice issues in Psychology; guidelines for research and practice with human participants, participant expectations and public perceptions of Psychology, autonomy and engagement in intervention.

Quantitative methods in applied Psychology; e.g. advanced correlational and factorial designs, survey, experimental and quasi-experimental methods, factor analysis and structural equation modelling, mediation and moderation, meta-analytic approaches.

Qualitative methods which can be used in “Applied Psychology” areas; e.g. interview and observational methods, thematic, narrative and discourse analysis, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, introduction to grounded theory approaches.

Module Credits/Units: 20.00

Module Aims:

To encourage critical analysis of psychology as it is applied to the workplace

To provide students with opportunities to apply psychological theory and research to contemporary workplace issues. 

To critically appraise the role of psychology in developing positive and effective workplace contexts.


Content Summary:

The impact of Psychology on the development of Occupational and Business Psychology.

Core areas and key perspectives from Psychology as applicable to working environments.  This will include discussion of the main areas of psychology; specifically cognitive, social, developmental and biological psychology as well as the psychology of individual differences. 

Application of key models, theories and research in psychology to individual workplace behaviour and working with others.  These could include job analysis & design, recruitment, job satisfaction and employee health & well-being.


Postgraduate Diploma Level

Module Credits/Units: 20.00

Module Aims:

To enable critical appraisal of research on organisational culture and change management.

To encourage critical evaluation of Psychology’s contribution to the management of organisational change and the development of organisational culture.


Content Summary:

Key areas and perspectives from Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology and The Psychology of Individual Differences which impact on understanding culture, identity, climate and organisational change.

Seminal and contemporary models of organisational culture and climate, and models of change management are explored.

Application of key models, theories, tools and techniques, from a leadership and/or management perspective for analysing organisational culture, and organisational change.


Module Credits/Units: 20.00

Module Aims:

To enable students to develop a sophisticated critical awareness of theoretical perspectives relating to the relationship between stress and illness.

To encourage critical appraisal of contextual factors affecting stress, health and illness. 


Content Summary:

Theoretical perspectives related to stress, health and illness – including biopsychosocial models of health and stress and an introduction to psychoneuroimmunology. 

The role of individual differences in moderating the relationship between stress, health and illness. The impact of personality, locus of control, self-efficacy as well as the influences of environmental/contextual factors. 

Stress management interventions to promote health and well-being, the role of coping strategies and the impact of social support.  Professional and practical issues associated with the implementation of stress management interventions and interventions to promote health and well-being. 



Module Credits/Units: 20.00

Module Aims:

To encourage critical assessment of the interaction between physical and mental health and the role of contextual factors on both.

To foster sophisticated critical appreciation of the efficacy of different interventions to promote physical and mental well-being.


Content Summary:

Contemporary psychological models of health, mental health and well-being.  Definitions of mental health and mental illness; including cultural and historical perspectives on mental health and mental illness and changes to definition and diagnosis.  Measurement of psychological well-being.  Health related beliefs and behaviour, predictors of health risk and behaviour change. 

Interventions to promote health, mental health and well-being; including behavioural, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural and systemic approaches.  Individual and contextual factors influencing the efficacy of interventions.

Professional, practical and ethical issues in the diagnosis, definition and assessment of health, mental health & well-being. The importance of reflective practice and issues underpinning therapeutic decision-making.


Postgraduate Award Level

Module Credits/Units: 20.00

Module Aims:

To encourage students to critically evaluate contemporary social psychological theories and approaches and their application to the resolution of societal issues.

To develop critical appreciation of identity and social identity based interventions for clinical, health and environmental psychology issues. 


Content Summary:

Contemporary theoretical perspectives in social, community and environmental psychology and cyberpsychology.

Identity and social identity based approaches to address individual and societal challenges; place identity, virtual identity, management of identity, multiple and conflicting identities, identity based interventions. The relationship between socio-cognitive and social identity processes. Intergroup relations and group-based interventions; online and offline communities, using internet and social media to promote and implement intervention.  Challenges addressed may include prejudice and intergroup relations, migration, displacement and refugee status, responses to environmental disasters, promoting health, mental health and successful ageing. 



Module Credits/Units: 40.00

Module Aims:

To develop skills and knowledge necessary to carry out and report on a substantial empirical project in Psychology


Content Summary:

Online lecture and workshop sessions will be provided as a refresher on research methods, research design, ethical and professional issues in conducting and reporting research.  Students will then produce a research proposal for ethical consideration and will work independently to execute, analyse and report on a substantial empirical piece of work.  Students will be entitled to supervision during this process and this will take place virtually. 

The topic of this research will be negotiated with the student’s supervisor and with the module leader and all projects will be subject to practical and ethical constraints. 




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