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Applied Psychology MSc 2018/19 entry

Course code:

HLST093 HLST141 (with prof. experience)

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time (UK/EU only)

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:

£13,350
£15,900 (with prof. experience)

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Overview

Applied psychology uses scientific psychological principles, methods and findings to study and solve problems associated with the human mind and behaviour. It is widely used in mental health, occupational psychology, business management, education, health, product design, ergonomics, criminology and law.

This course is aimed at graduates who have previously studied psychology and want to further their general knowledge to an advanced level, as well as developing an understanding of how psychology is applied to a particular aspect of real life. You can choose from: health psychology, educational and child psychology or clinical and counselling psychology.

The extended version of the course ‘with Professional Experience’ contains substantive placement experience enabling you to gain real world experience in an applied psychology-relevant setting.

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Why Coventry University?

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Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

What our students say...

I chose to study the MSc in Applied Psychology as I wanted to develop both my academic and clinical skills in order to further my career in clinical psychology. This course enabled me to do both which, I believe, played a part in my success of gaining a place on a clinical psychology doctorate course that year. The best parts of the course were the experiential elements which were a great way of developing core therapeutic skills, along with lecturers who are current practitioners in their field. Their experience and knowledge made the lectures and workshops come to life. I loved the fact I could chose a module to specialise in.


Dr Rebecca Judd, MSc Applied Psychology, graduated 2012, now Clinical Psychologist at Phoenix Psychology Group

Course information

This postgraduate course centres on the study of psychology at an advanced level, incorporating: quantitative and qualitative research methods, ethics in psychology, professional practice and one area of applied psychology.

You can tailor your course by choosing to follow one of the specialist routes on offer for the duration of the course, linked to one optional module each semester, in the areas of:

  • Educational and child psychology: The psychology of child development, teaching and learning. We will introduce you to areas of learning difficulty experienced by children and how these difficulties impact on their experience of school and growing up. We’ll also consider issues of assessment, labelling, intervention and remediation.
  • Counselling and clinical psychology: This examines the issues and skills employed in working with people with the full range of mental health problems, including bereavement, relationships, depression, anxiety, stress and psychosis. We will teach you how to explore underlying problems and empower individuals to make decisions for themselves which improve their personal wellbeing
  • Health psychology: The study of how psychological, behavioural and cultural factors contribute and impact upon physical health, illness and healthcare. We’ll consider psychological and behavioural factors which can affect health directly. You’ll also look at emerging critical issues, such as behaviour change and health promotion.

For those undertaking the ‘with professional experience’ version of the course, during your first semester, you will receive a series of employability workshops, designed to teach you a range of interpersonal and professional skills. You will also prepare for professional practice, prior to your two work placements.

In your final semester, you will be expected to conduct an extensive piece of independent research on a topic of your choice. 

Modules

Overview

This course includes the Global Professional Development module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Global Professional Development module

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Research methods in psychology 1 
    • Project planning and ethics in psychology
    • Issues in professional practice 1
    • Origins and concepts in psychology

     

    Optional modules (1 of the following):

    • Child Psychology
    • Counselling Psychology
    • Health Behaviour Change

     

    Semester 1 (with professional experience only):

    • Employability workshops
  • Semester 2

    • Research methods in psychology 2
    • Issues in professional practice 2
    • Global professional development.

     

    Optional modules (1 of the following):

    • Educational Psychology
    • Clinical Psychology
    • Interaction in health care
  • Semester 3

    • Independent psychology project 

     

    Semester 3 (with professional experience only):

    • Professional experience 1
  • Semester 4

    With professional experience only:

    • Professional experience 2
  • Semester 5

    With professional experience only:

    • Postgraduate professional experience project

In more detail...

  • Regular expert guest lecturers and practising psychologists.
  • Excellent facilities, such as eye-tracking and brain monitoring, the latter using an electroencephalogram (EEG).
  • 80% of students were satisfied with the quality of psychology teaching in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016.
  • Specialist options provide a strong base of knowledge and understanding for those wishing to eventually apply to Doctoral programmes in educational psychology or clinical psychology.

Essential textbooks and individual licences for computer software are provided at no extra cost and bespoke textbooks, tailored specifically to our course content, are also available.

Our main study themes are:

  • Research methods in psychology: You will have the opportunity to gain direct practical experience of how to design, conduct, analyse, report and present experimental research with a thorough grounding in the techniques appropriate to research in applied qualitative and quantitative psychology. Following the British Psychological Society (BPS) Code of Ethical Conduct will give you a sophisticated awareness of the problems, issues and ethics in applied research in psychology.

  • Ethics in psychology: Provides support to enable you to conceive a topic for dissertation research, conduct background literature reviews on this topic and develop a complete and approved dissertation proposal (capable of submission for ethical clearance) for your research dissertation on the Masters in Psychology.

  • Issues in professional practice: Aims to develop a sound understanding of professional practice in applied psychology, including ethical and legal issues, such as statutory responsibilities. We will introduced you to a range of skills required in professional practice, including evidence based practice, assessment skills, presenting formally, professional report writing.

This MSc Applied Psychology can be studied for 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time.

The MSc Applied Psychology ‘with Professional Experience’ runs for 18 months and is only available full-time.

This course is taught in groups in lectures, seminars and work-shops and will also have the opportunity to work one-to-one with an academic supervisor for the independent research project (MSc Applied Psychology) or professional experience modules (MSc Applied Psychology with Professional Experience). You can take part in, design, conduct and analyse the results of psychological experiments, using specialist equipment and computer software.

Where possible, we also invite guest lecturers from professional backgrounds to deliver individual sessions for the applied option modules. "

Most modules will be assessed by a mixture of both coursework and exams. Coursework may involve written assignments in formats such as essays, response to case studies and ethical scenarios, lab reports including data analyses and statistical techniques, dissertations and/or oral assignments such as presentations and group discussions of reflective practice.

Our aim is to facilitate the development of a wide range of transferrable skills in our students and to ensure that all students are given equal opportunity to demonstrate their ability.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Coursework: 80%
  • Formal examinations: 20%

On the successful completion of 180 level Masters credits, awards may be made with a ‘Distinction’ or ‘Merit’, based on the achievement of an average mark of at least 70% or 60% respectively. Students may be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) if they achieve 120 credits and a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) if they achieve 60 credits. Students may only progress to the final stage of Masters programmes after meeting the requirements for award of a Postgraduate Diploma.

80% assessed by coursework

On completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and critical evaluation/application of: psychological theory, debates and concepts; a range of quantitative and qualitative psychological research methods and ethical principles; the core areas of psychology; a range of research and theory within specialist topic areas; the selective application of research methodologies in psychological investigations; the principles of consultancy and the theories and practices found in leadership.
  • Demonstrate competence in interpreting and evaluating psychological theories and research.
  • Select, and apply to psychological research questions, a variety of research methods and techniques.
  • Reason scientifically and demonstrate the relationship between theory and evidence.
  • Develop research questions and design an appropriate independent research project to investigate these questions.
  • Write a psychological report in a format consistent with professional psychological standards.
  • Use a range of research techniques appropriately and in accordance with Ethical Principles and Guidelines.
  • Locate and retrieve relevant information from a range of psychological sources, including electronic databases.

In a typical teaching week (full-time), you will have a minimum of 10 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • 1-2 hours for large lectures, joining approximately 100 other students
  • 8 hours for small lectures/seminars/workshops with approximately 30 other students

You can also book 1:1 appointments with your tutor/project supervisor if you would like additional support.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 30 hours per week of self-directed study, including completion of course assignments, preparation for exams, conducting the research project or completing the internship and reading/note-taking in relation to the weekly lectures/seminars/workshops.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


What our students say...

I chose to study the MSc in Applied Psychology as I wanted to develop both my academic and clinical skills in order to further my career in clinical psychology. This course enabled me to do both which, I believe, played a part in my success of gaining a place on a clinical psychology doctorate course that year. The best parts of the course were the experiential elements which were a great way of developing core therapeutic skills, along with lecturers who are current practitioners in their field. Their experience and knowledge made the lectures and workshops come to life. I loved the fact I could chose a module to specialise in.


Dr Rebecca Judd, MSc Applied Psychology, graduated 2012, now Clinical Psychologist at Phoenix Psychology Group

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 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.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

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.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our students say...

I chose to study the MSc in Applied Psychology as I wanted to develop both my academic and clinical skills in order to further my career in clinical psychology. This course enabled me to do both which, I believe, played a part in my success of gaining a place on a clinical psychology doctorate course that year. The best parts of the course were the experiential elements which were a great way of developing core therapeutic skills, along with lecturers who are current practitioners in their field. Their experience and knowledge made the lectures and workshops come to life. I loved the fact I could chose a module to specialise in.


Dr Rebecca Judd, MSc Applied Psychology, graduated 2012, now Clinical Psychologist at Phoenix Psychology Group

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£7,750
£11,600 (with prof. experience) (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£7,750
£11,600 (with prof. experience) (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£13,350
£15,900 (with prof. experience) (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

What our students say...

I chose to study the MSc in Applied Psychology as I wanted to develop both my academic and clinical skills in order to further my career in clinical psychology. This course enabled me to do both which, I believe, played a part in my success of gaining a place on a clinical psychology doctorate course that year. The best parts of the course were the experiential elements which were a great way of developing core therapeutic skills, along with lecturers who are current practitioners in their field. Their experience and knowledge made the lectures and workshops come to life. I loved the fact I could chose a module to specialise in.


Dr Rebecca Judd, MSc Applied Psychology, graduated 2012, now Clinical Psychologist at Phoenix Psychology Group

Career prospects

On successful completion of this programme, you should be equipped with the skills and knowledge, and in the case of the extended course, substantive professional experience, to enter employment in the health services, public health organisations, local and central government, academia or as assistant psychologists.

The specialist focus provided within this course is an ideal springboard for Doctoral programmes in Educational or Clinical Psychology. Alternatively, if you decide you wish to enter professional practice, you always have the option to follow up with a BPS accredited course and work towards Chartered Psychologist Status.

The programme aims to not only develops a comprehensive understanding of psychological theory and research, but also transferrable skills, such as IT, group work, communication, report writing, numeracy and presentation skills. As such, many of our graduates have been able to pursue careers in areas other than psychology, such nursing and teaching.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

What our students say...

I chose to study the MSc in Applied Psychology as I wanted to develop both my academic and clinical skills in order to further my career in clinical psychology. This course enabled me to do both which, I believe, played a part in my success of gaining a place on a clinical psychology doctorate course that year. The best parts of the course were the experiential elements which were a great way of developing core therapeutic skills, along with lecturers who are current practitioners in their field. Their experience and knowledge made the lectures and workshops come to life. I loved the fact I could chose a module to specialise in.


Dr Rebecca Judd, MSc Applied Psychology, graduated 2012, now Clinical Psychologist at Phoenix Psychology Group
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