Applied psychology uses scientific psychological principles, methods and findings to study and solve problems associated with the human mind and behaviour. It is widely used in mental health, occupational psychology, business management, education, health, criminology and law. This course is aimed at graduates who have previously studied psychology and want the opportunity to further their knowledge to an advanced level, as well as the chance to develop an understanding of how psychology is applied to a particular aspect of real life. Areas of applied psychology studied include educational psychology, child psychology, clinical psychology and counselling psychology. The extended version of the course ‘with Professional Experience’ contains substantive placement experience* which aims to enable you to gain real world experience in an applied psychology-relevant setting. *Please note that placement opportunities are subject to competitive application, availability and meeting visa requirements and additional costs may apply such as travel and accommodation.
Your main study themes are: Research methods in psychology: You will have the opportunity to gain direct practical experience of how to design, conduct, analyse, report and present experimental research with a thorough grounding in the techniques appropriate to research in applied qualitative and quantitative psychology.Following the British Psychological Society (BPS) Code of Ethical Conduct will give you a sophisticated awareness of the problems, issues and ethics in applied research in psychology. Ethics in psychology: Provides support to enable you to conceive a topic for dissertation research, conduct background literature reviews on this topic and develop a complete and approved dissertation proposal (capable of submission for ethical clearance) for your research dissertation on the Masters in Psychology. Issues in professional practice: Aims to develop a sound understanding of professional practice in applied psychology, including ethical and legal issues, such as statutory responsibilities. We will introduced you to a range of skills required in professional practice, including evidence based practice, assessment skills, presenting formally, professional report writing. For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.
Applicants should hold a good honours degree 2:2 or above in a relevant academic discipline, such as Psychology. Applicants with a degree in another discipline or with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis
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