Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Applied Psychology

The MSc in Applied Psychology is for graduates of Psychology wishing to extend their knowledge, research skills and experience of applications of psychology. The programme will provide a flexible support that responds to student needs, recognising the importance of their experience in engaging with the programme materials and content. The programme is suitable for students already in employment looking to improve their everyday practice and skills base, or recent graduates looking to extend their skills and knowledge in further preparation for a career. The programme has been designed to build research skills (with an emphasis on evidence based practice), and to support students in thinking about and gaining skills that focus on the importance of meaningful relationships that support behavioural change. As such the programme is aimed at those who work with and manage others. ​ *This programme is subject to validation for September 2018 entry and the information provided may be subject to change. All new programmes at the University must undergo validation, the purpose of which is to ensure that the proposed programme is aligned to the University's Mission and its content reflects appropriate levels of academic standards and quality.

Entry requirements

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Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip

A good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) in Psychology, usually from a BPS (British Psychological Society) accredited undergraduate course. Those without a BPS accredited degree may still be considered.

Selection Procedure:
Applicants for the MSc Applied Psychology programme must complete the application form that is available on the website and submit a personal statement to clarify their reasons for applying for the course. Two references will be sought and each applicant will be interviewed. If applicants do not meet the normal entry criteria then additional information may be taken into account e.g. work experience and other evidence of ability to study at masters level.

Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert

A good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) in Psychology, usually from a BPS (British Psychological Society) accredited undergraduate course. Those without a BPS accredited degree may still be considered. Selection Procedure: Applicants for the MSc Applied Psychology programme must complete the application form that is available on the website and submit a personal statement to clarify their reasons for applying for the course. Two references will be sought and each applicant will be interviewed. If applicants do not meet the normal entry criteria then additional information may be taken into account e.g. work experience and other evidence of ability to study at masters level.

Course modules

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Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip

The course has three defined exit points:

Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) - students who complete 60 credits at level 7 (masters level) will be eligible for a PgC. This will include core modules and one applied psychology module.;

Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) - students who complete 120 credits at level 7 will be eligible for a PgD. This will include core modules, two applied psychology modules and two other optional modules;

Master of Science (MSc) - students who complete 180 credits, including the dissertation, will be eligible for an MSc.;

The programme is designed to be flexible and to meet the learning needs of individual students. It is possible to complete some individual modules as Continuing Professional Development (CPD), although there is a separate fee for this type of study.;

Modules:
Core elements: Research Methods and Design (30 credits);
Evidence-based Practice (10 credits);

Applied Psychology Therapy skills (a maximum of 40 credits):
Core Skills for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) (20 credits);
CBT for depression and anxiety disorders (20 credits);
Motivational Interviewing (20 credits);
Therapeutic work with young children (20 credits);

To be eligible for the PgC students must complete one of the above modules, and to be eligible for the PgD and MSc they must complete two of the above modules; These modules are core applied psychology modules, which help to build practical skills that can be used in a variety of work-based settings; These modules will also be available as standalone CPD modules;

Optional Modules:
Students must complete two of the following modules in order to be eligible for the PgD or MSc;

Change Behaviours: Theories and Evaluation (20 credits) Work-Based Learning (20 credits);
Public Health Policy Development (20 credits);
Frameworks for Public Health Intervention (20 credits);
Strategic Leadership and Management (20 credits);

Dissertation (60 credits);
Students must complete the dissertation module to be eligible for the MSc; Two academic supervisors will be allocated for each research project, helping the student to design and conduct the research. It is expected that students will complete projects in applied settings, that build on skills and experience;

Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert

The course has three defined exit points: Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) - students who complete 60 credits at level 7 (masters level) will be eligible for a PgC. This will include core modules and one applied psychology module. Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) - students who complete 120 credits at level 7 will be eligible for a PgD. This will include core modules, two applied psychology modules and two other optional modules Master of Science (MSc) - students who complete 180 credits, including the dissertation, will be eligible for an MSc. The programme is designed to be flexible and to meet the learning needs of individual students. It is possible to complete some individual modules as Continuing Professional Development (CPD), although there is a separate fee for this type of study. Modules: Core elements: Research Methods and Design (30 credits) Evidence-based Practice (10 credits) Applied Psychology Therapy skills (a maximum of 40 credits): Core Skills for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) (20 credits) CBT for depression and anxiety disorders (20 credits) Motivational Interviewing (20 credits) Therapeutic work with young children (20 credits) To be eligible for the PgC students must complete one of the above modules, and to be eligible for the PgD and MSc they must complete two of the above modules. These modules are core applied psychology modules, which help to build practical skills that can be used in a variety of work-based settings. These modules will also be available as standalone CPD modules. Optional Modules: Students must complete two of the following modules in order to be eligible for the PgD or MSc Change Behaviours: Theories and Evaluation (20 credits) Work-Based Learning (20 credits) Public Health Policy Development (20 credits) Frameworks for Public Health Intervention (20 credits) Strategic Leadership and Management (20 credits) Dissertation (60 credits) Students must complete the dissertation module to be eligible for the MSc. Two academic supervisors will be allocated for each research project, helping the student to design and conduct the research. It is expected that students will complete projects in applied settings, that build on skills and experience.

MSc

The course has three defined exit points:

Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) - students who complete 60 credits at level 7 (masters level) will be eligible for a PgC. This will include core modules and one applied psychology module.

Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) - students who complete 120 credits at level 7 will be eligible for a PgD. This will include core modules, two applied psychology modules and two other optional modules

Master of Science (MSc) - students who complete 180 credits, including the dissertation, will be eligible for an MSc.

The programme is designed to be flexible and to meet the learning needs of individual students. It is possible to complete some individual modules as Continuing Professional Development (CPD), although there is a separate fee for this type of study.

Modules:
Core elements: Research Methods and Design (30 credits)
Evidence-based Practice (10 credits)

Applied Psychology Therapy skills (a maximum of 40 credits):
Core Skills for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) (20 credits)
CBT for depression and anxiety disorders (20 credits)
Motivational Interviewing (20 credits)
Therapeutic work with young children (20 credits)

To be eligible for the PgC students must complete one of the above modules, and to be eligible for the PgD and MSc they must complete two of the above modules. These modules are core applied psychology modules, which help to build practical skills that can be used in a variety of work-based settings. These modules will also be available as standalone CPD modules.

Optional Modules:
Students must complete two of the following modules in order to be eligible for the PgD or MSc

Change Behaviours: Theories and Evaluation (20 credits) Work-Based Learning (20 credits)
Public Health Policy Development (20 credits)
Frameworks for Public Health Intervention (20 credits)
Strategic Leadership and Management (20 credits)

Dissertation (60 credits)
Students must complete the dissertation module to be eligible for the MSc. Two academic supervisors will be allocated for each research project, helping the student to design and conduct the research. It is expected that students will complete projects in applied settings, that build on skills and experience.

Assessment methods

Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip

A range of assessment methods will be employed to support student learning. These will include reports for Research Methods and Design, and a systematic review for Evidence-Based practice. These will inform the production of the 60 credit dissertation. Reflective learning journals, peer assessment and presentations will be employed in the Applied Psychology Skills modules. Essays and case studies will also be used.

The assessments are designed to enable students to demonstrate a range of applied skills, ready for a variety of audiences. Students will be encouraged to speak to academic staff before and after submitting work.

Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert

A range of assessment methods will be employed to support student learning. These will include reports for Research Methods and Design, and a systematic review for Evidence-Based practice. These will inform the production of the 60 credit dissertation. Reflective learning journals, peer assessment and presentations will be employed in the Applied Psychology Skills modules. Essays and case studies will also be used. The assessments are designed to enable students to demonstrate a range of applied skills, ready for a variety of audiences. Students will be encouraged to speak to academic staff before and after submitting work.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 560 per Module (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 560 per Module (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 560 per Module (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 560 per Module (Wales) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2017 GBP 560 per Module (EU) 2 years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time September 2017 GBP 560 per Module (EU) 2 years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time September 2017 GBP 560 per Module (England) 2 years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time September 2017 GBP 560 per Module (Northern Ireland) 2 years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time September 2017 GBP 560 per Module (Scotland) 2 years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time September 2017 GBP 560 per Module (Wales) 2 years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time September 2017 GBP 560 per Module (EU) 2 years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time September 2017 GBP 560 per Module (England) 2 years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time September 2017 GBP 560 per Module (Northern Ireland) 2 years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time September 2017 GBP 560 per Module (Scotland) 2 years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time September 2017 GBP 560 per Module (Wales) 2 years

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