Positive psychology is life changing. Our course helps you investigate the science behind how we can prepare for more successful lives and better well-being, through challenging existing cognitive and emotional patterns and encouraging positivity with evidence-based activities.
You’ll be introduced to research and interventions around topics like positive and negative emotions, character strengths, motivation, resilience, creativity, wisdom and other conditions shown to make a difference to the lives of individuals, groups and organisations. You'll constantly test your skills and apply them to real-life situations, coming to understand which tools and strategies to use in delivering meaningful, high-impact interventions.
You’ll be able to use your new skills to shape businesses, education and communities. Our wide choice of modules means that, whether you work in coaching, business, education or health, you can tailor your studies to your career goals. Our course will also suit you if you have a BSc in psychology and want to further your knowledge.
Our course is taught in Cambridge and Paris. In Paris, teaching takes place at Centre d’Études Diplomatiques et Stratégiques (CEDS), right in the centre, near the Eiffel Tower. In Cambridge, teaching takes place at our East Road. Campus, where you’ll also have access to our psychology laboratories.
You’ll complete four intensive week-long modules, followed by online research methods teaching and supervision for your major project. In-between modules you’ll undertake self-directed study.
Our tutors are leaders in the field of positive psychology. They include:
•Dr Ilona Boniwell, CEO of Positran
•Dr Richard Piech, cognitive neuroscientist
•Sarah Lewis, Managing Director at Appreciating Change
•Bridget Grenville-Cleave, Director of WorkMad
•Dr Dora Gudmundsdottir, President European Network of Positive Psychology
•Jean-Christophe Barralis and Jean Pages, Directors of the French Institute of Appreciative Inquiry.
Core modules: Quantitative research methods or qualitative research methods (online); major project (online). Optional modules: Introduction to positive psychology; neuroscience of well-being; positive child development; positive relationships; positive psychology for practitioners; well-being (economic, social and behavioural causes); positive performance; positive psychology coaching; positive education; positive organisations and appreciative inquiry; positive society.
100 percent of assessment is through coursework, which could include essays, blogs, a reflective portfolio, self-reflective log, handouts, video presentation, mind maps, reports, a research proposal and a major project. Students also have the chance to carry out an applied project in either a personal or professional setting, to give students experience of how positive psychology can be implemented in practice.
A 2.1 Honours degree in any discipline (or an academic or professional qualification equivalent in breadth and depth to a 3 year UK Honours degree); a written statement outlining academic and professional background, career objectives and reasons for choosing the I-MAPP Programme at Anglia Ruskin University. The statement should not be more than 2,000 words. Applicants with 2.2 undergraduate degree in any discipline may be considered, however, an interview is required. Extensive relevant practical experience, either on its own or taken in combination with other qualifications, deemed by the Senate (or a committee acting on its behalf) as evidence that an applicant possesses the appropriate knowledge and skills equivalent to an Honours degree may also constitute sufficient grounds for entry. If English is not the 1st language, applicants are expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 (academic level) or equivalent English language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£10,200||Year 1|