Positive psychology is the scientific study of optimal human functioning with an aim to understand the factors that enable individuals and communities to thrive. This rapidly developing field brings solid empirical research into areas such as well-being, flow, positive emotions, human strengths, wisdom, creativity, psychological health and characteristics of positive groups and institutions.

The MSc in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) presents an interesting opportunity to become actively involved a new and growing area of study and shape its development.

Applied Positive Psychology at UEL

  • UEL is the first University in the UK to offer a postgraduate programme in Applied Positive Psychology.
  • The programme is led and taught by pioneers in the field of positive psychology in Europe, who are consultancy and research active.
  • Students have an opportunity to participate in innovative research, and develop and test new positive psychology interventions.
  • The programme has significant elements of skills training, including facilitation, intervention and research skills that can be applied across work and leisure domains.
  • Our School of Psychology offers postgraduate programmes in all main areas of professional applied psychology and therefore benefits from extensive expertise across a range of related areas.
  • Its London location and optional part-time mode of study with monthly intensive learning days makes the programme accessible not only to London based students, but also to students from other UK and European destinations.

Detailed Course Facts

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Tuition fee Not specified
Credits 180 credits
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months
Part-time variant Flexible

Course Content

The programme offers both full-time and part-time modes of study. Following the September start, the programme is offered over Semesters A, B and Summer. It follows an executive education model, in which teaching takes place through intensive learning days approximately once a month. In the first year in Semester A, Semester B and Summer part-time students take the following modules: Foundations of Positive Psychology (double) and Research Methods & Dissertation 1. During this year students are expected to attend 18 learning days, six per each module, delivered over weekends (various combination of Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays). A double Advanced Positive Psychology: Theory and Practice module and Research Methods & Dissertation 2 take place in the second year. In this year students will be expected to attend face-to-face teaching over 14 learning days and spend the summer or their last semester working on the dissertation.

It should be noted that these learning days include the dissertation support seminars held during the last semester of the two-year period to ensure that students are appropriately supported, in addition to individual supervisions and peer study groups.

If students decide to follow a full-time mode of study, during Semester A students take the following two modules: Foundations of Positive Psychology (part 1) and Advanced Positive Psychology: Theory and Practice (part 1). During Semester B students take Foundations of Positive Psychology (part 2) and Advanced Positive Psychology: Theory and Practice (part 2). Research Methods & Dissertation 1 and 2 are completed during the summer.

The programme offers two intermediate awards. A Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology is awarded following successful completion of 60 credits (Foundations of Positive Psychology). A Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology is awarded for achieving 120 credits for the following two double modules: Foundations of Positive Psychology and Advanced Positive Psychology: Theory and Practice.

Learning environment

The programme uses a variety of teaching and learning methods designed to enable participants to develop active learning techniques, reflect on practice and attain the learning outcomes for each module. Teaching methods vary from module to module and include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, group exercises, peer study groups/action learning sets, and individual supervision. Direct class contact is supplemented by on-line interactive web environment materials, individual reading, completion of exercises, writing reflective notes and preparation for assignments. Up to two assignments are field based and will require participants to engage with real world settings and develop appropriate solutions.

Guest lectures will enable the students to meet face-to-face with acclaimed positive psychologists working in applied and academic settings and broaden their network of professional contacts.

Learning resources include IT and general psychology laboratories, access to electronic journals and databases, and specialist library facilities.

Students will be encouraged to take an active part in the European Positive Psychology movement, by joining corresponding networks, participating and presenting at European events, including the bi-annual European Positive Psychology Conference.

English Language Requirements

CAE score
180(Grade C)

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  • An undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) in psychology, sociology, health and social welfare, counselling, education studies, human resources, business or social enterprise studies or other related disciplines with a minimum 2.2 classification (or equivalent).
  • A written application outlining academic and professional background, career objectives and reasons for choosing the MAPP Programme at UEL. Students whose academic background is outside of the above mentioned disciplines should explain how their professional or life experience has prepared them for studying positive psychology. The application should not be more than 2, 000 words in lengths.
  • Two supporting references, one of which is preferably academic.
  • In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required. International qualifications will be checked for appropriate matriculation to UK Higher Education postgraduate programmes
  • Students that apply to enter stages of the programme may be admitted through normal Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) processes, or through an approved articulation agreement. Therefore such applicants must be able to demonstrate and evidence that they have the required learning outcomes as listed in the modules for which they are seeking exemption.

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Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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