M.Sc. Applied Psychology

University of East London

Tuition fee:
  • € 8,550 / Year (EEA)
  • € 13,650 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015, February  2016
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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Students gain a thorough ground in research methods and professional skills in the two core modules, that taken together, include the dissertation: The introduction of the dissertation is contained in the first of the two core modules and the data collection and analyse in the second. In this way we ensure that students make good progress in their dissertations facilitating timely completion of the course.

All other modules are options and students must make a series of choices in which they are actively supported to create a timely and integrated programme of study. This will normally be undertaken at the start of the course. Timing and timetabling may constrain choice and though generally speaking all options run every year, the fact that an option is published does not guarantee it will be available.

The rationale behind the programme is to allow students to create a programme of study that will meet their particular needs and gain access to knowledge and expertise that is congruent with these needs and the needs of their communities and employers. In this way student employability and effectiveness will be maximised. Sub-disciplines of applied psychology that are available to students include Occupational Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Positive Psychology and Guidance.

MSc Applied Psychology at UEL
* High level vocationally based training
* Develops professionalism
* Integrates applied psychology with real world settings in a meaningful way
* Provides a whole range of technical and transferable skills, depending on the options chosen
* Allows students to customise their programme to meet both personal and career needs and the needs of current or future employers.
* Opportunities to network and develop links with fellow students from many different professional and academic backgrounds.
* Specialised tutoring in your chosen dissertation area


The programme consists of two core modules. (a) Research Methods and Statistics/ Dissertation Part One and (b) Professional Practice/Dissertation Part Two. This comprises one third of the programme. Students then choose further option modules totalling 120 M level credits from the remaining options. Students may choose any modules but will be limited by timetabling constraints if any modules are taught at the same time. If students choose option modules that have conceptual overlap they will be counselled to broaden their choice within the context of their chosen programme of study. Acceptance on the programme does not guarantee particular option choices.

Learning environment
Lectures, seminars, practical based workshops and external visits. Web-based learning via WEB CT provides an integrated virtual learning environment that allows students to access teaching and learning materials, interact with staff and with their peers and to plan their learning.

Assessment varies between modules. Overall it integrates examinations which test the knowledge base and thinking skills with course work that goes beyond essay writing, addressing conceptual technical and practical issues in an applied sense. Coursework may be undertaken in groups or individually depending on the particular requirements of the module in question and upon the practical learning objectives specified in the module specifications.

Relevance to work/profession
The entire programme is rooted in professional practice and addresses: the relevance of theory to practice; how practice can give rise to theories; how issues can be investigated in individuals, groups, organisations, social structures and society as a whole.


Successful applicants will:

(a) Have at least a lower second class honour degree or a prior qualification that is equivalent at least to either to a UK lower second class honours degree in Psychology or in a discipline containing a substantial amount of psychology or in a discipline that contains other content that demonstrably prepares the student for the MSc Applied Psychology. Their previous studies will have included some form of research training within the curriculum.

(b) Demonstrate by their application that they have given careful thought to their plan to study applied psychology and how it will help them develop as an individual, in organisations and in society.

(c) In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required. International qualifications will be checked for appropriate matriculation to UK Higher Education postgraduate programmes.

(d) 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.

(e) The University of East London actively promotes and celebrates equality and diversity and positively welcomes applicants regardless of race, gender, disability, sexuality, age, religion or social class

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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