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.
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.
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.
No work experience is required.
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