Education for the higher educated

Applied Psychology, MSc

Middlesex University

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The Applied Psychology Masters at Middlesex in London has been designed with an emphasis on qualitative and quantitative research but also equips you with knowledge of theoretical and practical issues in areas of Applied Psychology.


We supply you with course content developed to impart the advanced knowledge required to serve your interests and career aspirations. The Applied Psychology Masters is for you if you intend to practise outside the UK or want to extend your research interests to doctoral level or work in local and central government agencies across Europe and other continents.


The course has a step-off point at Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate and combines knowledge areas and skills across Neuropsychology, Criminological, Health, Business and Counselling Psychology.

Based at our Hendon Campus in London, you will benefit from the experience of our dedicated and enthusiastic staff, and you will have access to some of the best and most up-to-date psychology facilities for teaching and research in the UK.


Course highlights:

  • Combines knowledge areas and skills across forensic, Neuropsychology, health, exercise, sport, business and counselling psychology
  • Research, theory and practitioner focused
  • Step-off points at PGDip and PGCert

To gain an MSc in Applied Psychology you will need to accumulate 180 credit points. This includes five core modules (2 x 30 credit and 4 x 15 credits) detailed below and the dissertation (60 credit points)

The superb Hatchcroft Building received its grand opening in September 2008 and, so far, remains the latest addition to the Hendon campus. As a student of Psychology at Middlesex, you’ll take full advantage of Hatchcroft’s state-of-the-art facilities which include:

  • Fully equipped lecture theatres and tutorial spaces
  • Psychophysiology laboratory
  • Social observation laboratories
  • Video editing suite
  • Virtual reality laboratory
  • Auditory cognition laboratory
  • Testing cubicles

We welcome applications from graduates with a good honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in an appropriate subject. We also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications and individuals with a minimum of three years' work experience. Those without formal qualifications need to demonstrate relevant work experience and the ability to study at postgraduate level.

Students whose first language is not English will need a qualification that demonstrates competence in English, eg IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 min in all components or TOEFL no less than 573 (TWE minimum of 4.5) or Internet based 90 with no less than 19 in each component.

This programme is ideally suited to those who may intend to practise outside the UK or who may extend their research interests to doctoral level or work in local and central government agencies across Europe and other continents.

In addition there are also opportunities for the students to pursue a placement with an organisation of their choice via the excellent facilities offered by the placement office.


To gain an MSc in Applied Psychology you will need to accumulate 180 credit points. This includes five core modules (3 x 30 credit and 2 x 15 credits) detailed below and the dissertation (60 credit points).


The programme focuses on

  • Theoretical and practical issues in areas of Applied Psychology such as Health, Neuropsychology Exercise, Forensic, Counselling, Business and Sport.
  • Models of behaviour, relevant to areas of Applied Psychology.
  • Legal and Criminological psychology , the aetiology and ramifications of criminal behaviour, investigative psychology, and the Criminal Justice System.
  • Cultural and organisational elements of work , health and safety at work, employee assistance and counselling and employee relations and motivation.
  • Counselling and Psychotherapy are introduced in relation to medical models of understanding health and illness.
  • Research issues focusing on both quantitaive and qualitative methods.

A strategy of continuous summative and formative assessments is applied throughout the programme, in which students receive feedback on their performance during their studies.

Assessment is by coursework and dissertation. The Research Method module has an in-lab assessment in addition to the coursework.


Year 1

Advanced Psychology Dissertation (60 Credits) - Compulsory

To provide students with an opportunity for an in-depth, advanced study in a specific area of applied psychology, pertinent to the degree for which they are registered, guided by, but largely independent of, tutor support. To enable students to apply appropriate principles of empirical research to an issue of their choice within the subject area of their degree registration. To enable students to present their research study in the form of a written thesis, using appropriate styles and conventions.

Applied Business Psychology (15 Credits) - Compulsory

To enable students to understand various aspects of Applied Business Psychology including Recruitment and Selection, Job Analysis, Psychometrics, Motivation and Job Satisfaction, Leadership at Work, Teams at Work, Work Stress and Stress Management and Business Performance Coaching. To enable students to assess and practice methods of Job Analysis, Psychometric Testing, Leadership Skills, Stress management and Staff Development.

Applied Neuropsychology in Education (15 Credits) - Compulsory

The aim of this module is to provide postgraduate students with the opportunity for academic training in up to date research and advances in educational and clinical settings in Applied Psychology as relevant to the course syllabus

Counselling Psychology (15 Credits) - Compulsory

The overall aims of this course are to introduce students to the main schools of psychological therapy, their theoretical origins and how theory is applied in practice. The module will raise some of the ethical and philosophical dilemmas that occur in the therapeutic relationships. Issues of cultural diversity, gender, class and power will be discussed and considered throughout the module. The module aims to provide students with an introduction to the main schools of counselling and therapy with emphases on case examples and student interaction.

Criminological Legal Psychology (30 Credits) - Compulsory

This module is informed by the British Psychological Society s National Occupational Standards Key Roles 5 and 6. It aims to develop students understanding of fundamental, psychological explanations of criminal behaviour, its aetiology and ramifications within the criminal justice system. Students will explore various decision making models pertinent to criminal behaviour, victimisation, and the effects of crime, in conjunction with consideration of the social psychological and psycho-judicial consequences of crime.

Health Psychology (15 Credits) - Compulsory

This module aims to introduce students to the ways in which psychological theories and methods contribute to our understanding of physical health and illness. It will enable students to understand the psychological, behavioural and social determinants of health and illness. The applications of health psychology to clinical practice will be illustrated.

Research Methods in Applied Psychology (30 Credits) - Compulsory

The aim of this module is to provide postgraduate students with research skills and expertise from theory to implementation required by areas in Applied Psychology. The module is designed to fulfil training requirements identified in the National Occupational Standards for Applied Psychologists Key roles 2 3 by offering a comprehensive in-depth and systematic account of a range of skills in quantitative and qualitative research strategies, and the use of SPSS software in statistical analysis as applicable to the course syllabus. A variety of teaching methods and assessment will be employed with the aim to inspire and challenge each student whilst promoting independent learning and a critical appreciation of the research process. Students will engage in laboratory classes, workshops, lectures/seminars, tutorials, group work, and practical sessions on SPSS and qualitative data analysis. Ultimately the aim is to train students to develop, implement and maintain personal and professional standards and ethical research practice in Applied Psychology.

Level University
Incompany Yes
Open enrolment Yes
Lead time 12 months
Costs (indication) More than € 4,550
Titles No title
Required language skills English
Country United Kingdom
Completion Diploma