University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD Lampeter and Carmarthen)

University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD)

Applied Social and Health Psychology

This new MSc in Applied Social and Health Psychology aims to develop the student into a professional and employable psychological researcher. Through a novel and exciting mix of hands-on workshops (Applied Research, Ethics and Analysis), lecture and seminar debate (Psychology and Health, Applying Social Psychology), exploration of up-to-the minute issues (Society and Psychology) and working with academic staff in a research team (Professional Research Skills) the ability to develop postgraduate-level skills is built into this course. The research opportunities offered to students by the programme team within this Master’s programme involve a focus on tackling important research areas of relevance to today’s environmental, political and social world, at a local and global level, providing our graduates with the skills and knowledge to go into further study (e.g., PhD) or into employment.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this Master’s programme are set at a minimum of a 2.2 honours degree in psychology (or closely-related subject) with a minimum 2.2 dissertation mark. All students will be invited to interview before being potentially offered a place on the course to ensure that they possess the intellectual and interpersonal aptitudes required for successful completion of this Master’s programme, and applicants may be asked to complete practical research exercises before an offer is made. The University policy for APEL/RPEL will apply to suitable applicants and we would be pleased to offer the opportunity for further academic study and professional skills development in those currently working in a professional capacity or those with an appropriate undergraduate degree wishing to return to further study at postgraduate level. Students from a non-traditional route will be expected to demonstrate sound IT, numeracy and writing skills before being accepted on to the course.

Course modules

Indicative modules and content include:

  • Society and Psychology: in this module students will develop a critical understanding of current issues relating to the local and global political and social landscape of relevance to social and health psychology. Topics covered will include: health promotion, sustainability, and conflict reduction.
  • Professional Research Skills: this module will develop students’ practical research skills by working in a team with a member of academic staff, providing opportunity to gain hands on experience in preparing and applying research materials and working with a range of literature and data. It will also develop wider professional skills through developing reflective, presentation and team-working skills.
  • Psychology and Health: this module will provide students with an in-depth understanding of the role of psychological research in improving health behaviours at an individual, organisational and global level and how health psychology underpins intervention development and evaluation in the context of applied health research and evaluation.
  • Applying Social Psychology: this module will provide students with an in-depth critical understanding of the role of social psychological research in individual, organisational and global issues and will enable students to develop a strong understanding of the models, theories, and approaches that underpin evidence-based real-world solutions in the field of social psychology.
  • Applied Research, Ethics & Analysis: this module will engage students with an in-depth and critical knowledge of applied research design and associated analytical techniques (both qualitative and quantitative) alongside a thorough understanding of research ethics in various applied research domains.
  • Applied Research Dissertation: students will develop and demonstrate advanced research skills by identifying and undertaking a piece of primary research related to applied psychology.

Assessment methods

Assessments for this programme have been specifically designed to enable students to demonstrate a broad range of academic, research and professional skills. There are no exams for this programme, with students being assessed through a variety of different formats including class-based practical research skills assessments, written essays, a portfolio of professional competencies, research proposals and oral presentations. For part two of the Master’s programme students will complete their own research dissertation and submit a written thesis alongside a professional presentation of their research.

Fees for 2017

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Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 1 years
MSc Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Mount Pleasant Campus Swansea SA1 6ED Wales

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Campus or study location: 
Faculty of Education and Communities, Swansea Campus