University of East London

University of East London

Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology

The University of East London was one of the very first in the world to launch MSc courses in coaching Psychology and Applied Positive Psychology, both of which have been running with huge success for eight years on campus and by distance learning. Now we are breaking new ground by creating a unique synthesis of the two elements in what is the first MSc course of its kind in the world. It fully integrates positive psychology and coaching psychology to create an innovative training programme for those promoting wellbeing. There is a growing recognition within the world's coaching and positive psychology community that such integration is an important step forward, providing clients with a more open-minded approach to their mental health. From the point of view of positive psychology, the course will have a strong foundation in cutting-edge theory and research relating to wellbeing. The coaching element will feature advanced training in working with clients and groups in professional capacities. Our aim is to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be able to help people and organisations to flourish. It combines the study of cutting-edge empirical research and theory on wellbeing with the practical skills and competencies you need to apply this expertise in the real world. The result is a course designed to empower students to truly make a positive difference in the world.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.2 Honours degree in psychology, sociology, health and social welfare, counselling, education studies, human resources, business or social enterprise studies, or other related subject. Overall IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

Course modules

Perspectives on wellbeing (core); multidimensional flourishing (core); the search for something higher (core); the practice of evidence-based coaching (core); coaching in professional contexts 1 (core); coaching in professional contexts 2 (core); research methods and dissertation 1 (core); research methods and dissertation 2 (core).

Assessment methods

You will be assessed in a variety of ways, designed to capture the multidimensional skills and understanding that you will develop on the course. These include a personal portfolio, which will reflect on positive psychology interventions that you will try out on yourself, a consultancy project for an external organisation, essays, a research proposal and a journal article. You'll also be asked to carry out a certain number of coaching sessions and submit a video and a transcription as well as a critical coaching log and personal professional development plans.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Distance learning September 2016 - 3 years

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Distance Learning

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