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Applied Psychology MSc


MSc Applied Psychology (HLST093)

MSc Applied Psychology with Professional Experience (HLST141)

This course starts in September 2017.

  • 12 months full-time
  • 20 months full-time with Professional Experience
  • 24 months part-time

    This programme is for students who have previously studied psychology and want to further their knowledge and understanding of an applied area of psychology.

    Students will study general psychology at an advanced level and specialise in their choice of, educational and child psychology, counselling and clinical psychology or health psychology.

    The MSc Applied Psychology with Professional Experience is an extended full-time Masters programme with a substantive professional experience component. Within the professional experience modules, students have the option of undertaking an internship with a host organisation or, alternatively, campus-based professional experience.

    Internships are subject to a competitive application and selection process and the host organisation may include the University.Internships may be paid or unpaid, and this will depend on what is being offered and agreed with the host organisation. Students who do not wish to undertake an internship or are not successful in securing an internship will undertake campus-based professional experience, which will deliver similar learning outcomes through supervised projects and activities designed to offer students the opportunity to integrate theory with an understanding of professional practice.


    Indicative Course Content

    • Research methods in psychology;
    • Ethics in psychology;
    • Contemporary issues in psychology;
    • Issues in professional practice.

    Students will also take specialist modules in one of the following areas:

    • Educational and child psychology;
    • Clinical and counselling psychology;
    • Health psychology.

    You will also conduct an extensive piece of independent research on a topic of your choice.

    Additionally, the understanding gained from these modules will be demonstrated and applied in either the University-based project (12 months full-time or 24 months part-time, on course HLST093), or the professional experience modules giving students the option of undertaking an internship with a host organisation or, alternatively, campus-based professional experience.

    Chartered Management Institute HE Partner

    As part of this course you will study Global Professional Development, a beneficial new 10-credit module developed in partnership with the CMI. Explore this module's content and benefits here.

    Entry Requirements

    Applicants should hold the equivalent of a 2:2 undergraduate degree in Psychology.

    Applicants holding an equivalent professional qualifications and experience will be considered, but must have a degree in either psychology or a relevant discipline, with at least 120 credits of psychology.

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.


    To find out more about how to apply, click on the Apply For This Course button above. Many of our courses offer a part-time study option. Note that the part-time mode of study is not applicable to international students, unless you hold a relevant visa – please check with the international office.

    Please note: we have a range of taught postgraduate awards to suit your needs, from Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma to a full Master's Degree (MA, MBA, MSc, LLM). In most cases you can decide to exit at Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma level, without carrying onto the full Master's qualification.

    How will this course enhance my career prospects?

    On successful completion of this programme, you will be equipped with skills and knowledge relating to how psychology can be applied in practice. Such a qualification will be of benefit to those wishing to work in applied or research settings in psychology-related disciplines.

    Please note, this course is not accredited by the British Psychological Society. Successful graduates cannot immediately on graduation use this qualification to enter into stage 2 of the British Psychological Society route towards Chartered Psychologist Status. However, previous graduates have found the course to be benficial in developing their skills, enhancing applications and securing places on accredited training courses including Clinical, Counselling and Educational Psychology, in successfully applying for Assistant Psychologist posts and in pursuing careers such as nursing and teaching.


    Centre for Global Engagement logoTo prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

    The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

    Click here for further details on the Global Leaders Programme.


    Further information

    If you click on the Order a Prospectus button above, we will send you a printed Postgraduate Prospectus; alternatively you can download a pdf prospectus.

    To find out more information about Postgraduate Study at Coventry University, including finance and funding and the benefits of further study, see our Postgraduate Study pages.

    Course code:
    HLST093 (1 year) • HLST141 (with Professional Experience)
    • 1 year full-time
    • 2 years part-time (UK/EU only)

    • Postgraduate Degree (MBA / MSc / MA / MPA)

    Course type:
    • Full time
    • Part time

    September 2017 start - £11,846 or £15,156 (with professional experience)

    Contact Details:

    International Office

    For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

    +44 (0) 24 7765 2152