York Saint John University

York St John University

Applied Cognitive Psychology

This MSc is designed specifically for students with an interest in the scientific investigation of mental processes (aka cognitive psychology) but wish to focus upon more applied aspects of their future study. This course features advanced coverage of both the application of cognitive theory to a range of 'everyday' concerns as well as the application of cognitive psychology to a range of different professions. It is therefore primarily concerned with taking a cognitive approach to issues with the 'real-world' impact. This MSc is suitable for students who wish to use it as a stepping stone to either (a) PhD on a topic from applied cognition; (b) a professional doctorate; (c) employment in related areas (e.g. consumer research, product development, research consultancy).

Entry requirements

Upper 2nd Class Honours degree in Psychology or a related discipline. Applicants with a Lower 2nd Class Honours degree may be considered if they can demonstrate exceptional performance on their final year project. Applications from students whose 1st degree was not in psychology will be considered on a case-by-case basis to ensure that they have covered sufficient levels of psychology and research methods during their 1st degree. Students whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum 6.5 in the writing component) or equivalent.

Course modules

Modules include: Everyday applications of cognitive psychology; research methods; applying cognitive psychology in professional contexts; psychological science (perspectives and practicalities); dissertation module; practical experience of designing and conducting cognitive psychology research on an applied topic.

Assessment methods

Assessments will take a number of different forms including essays, case studies, a research proposal and an independent research project.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 5,700 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 10,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
York St John University York YO31 7EX Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Telephone number: 
01904 876598