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Applied Psychology - MSc

Why study this course?

Our Applied Psychology MSc offers you a broad curriculum in psychology. Apply for the course if you're a non-psychology graduate or a graduate with a non-accredited psychology degree who wants to qualify for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). The course covers the BPS' GBC curriculum and offers option modules in applied psychology.

In the most recent (2015-16) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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Take the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist with this accredited postgraduate degree in applied psychology. It's been specifically designed for non-psychology graduates and graduates with non-accredited psychology degrees.

It's for graduates who have completed our University Certificate in Psychology for Graduates (By Distance Learning) course or who have obtained 60 credits in any combination of biological, cognitive, developmental, personality and social psychology and research methods (including statistics) with another institution.

The course will build on your prior learning and deepen your understanding in core areas of psychology. As well as this, option modules in specialist areas including psychopathology, forensic and business psychology allow you to deepen your knowledge in an advanced area of applied psychology that interests you.


You’ll be assessed with essays, practical reports, end-of-module examinations, and a 12,000-word dissertation.

Professional accreditation

Successful completion of this British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited degree will make you eligible for Graduate Membership and Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). GBC is required to obtain Chartered status whereafter you can use the letters CPsychol after your name.

You will be required to have:

  • a lower second class honours degree (or above) or overseas equivalent
  • Mathematics GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon
    • spring semester - Thursday morning

    This module is comprised of two areas: cognitive psychology and developmental psychology. Cognitive psychology focuses on the internal representations and processes underlying perception, attention, memory, language, decision making and problem solving. In developmental psychology students learn how both cognition and social behaviours change throughout the lifespan, including examples of atypical development and applied aspects of developmental psychology. Students are exposed to classic and modern theories, and to research that relates to these theories.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies

    This module supports the process of planning, carrying out, and writing up an independent empirical research project in any area of psychology.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday afternoon

    The module is designed to extend students’ understanding and competence in the application of research methods to a level appropriate for planning and carrying out a substantial piece of empirical research at Master’s level.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Friday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Friday morning

    This module covers two interrelated subject areas: (1) individual differences and (2) social psychology. The individual differences component focuses on classic and contemporary theory and research in topics related to intelligence, motivation and emotion. The social psychology component examines social perception and behaviour in terms of how individuals think about and seek to understand their social world through their interactions with others at the group and societal levels.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning

    This module covers the core areas of (1) research methods and, (2) biological psychology.

    In research methods students will be introduced to a range of research designs and associated analyses and will develop their understanding and competency through carrying out and reporting two practicals in different areas of psychology.

    The biological psychology component examines biological explanations of behaviour within an evolutionary context, with particular attention to how the study of animal as well as human behaviour can enhance our understanding of the underpinning biological mechanisms in a range of behaviours.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday morning

    This module addresses the two major strands of the application of psychology to forensic issues. The first of these concerns understanding why individuals commit offences of different types and considering how best to assess risk of offending as well as how to best manage convicted offenders and prevent future crimes. The second major strand of forensic psychology involves studying contemporary issues and processes in the investigation and prosecution of crime. This includes considering how we can get the best possible information from witnesses, victims and suspects, how we might support police officers in their role, and how we might optimise courtroom decision-making.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning

    This module will focus on the theoretical explanations of psychopathology from a biological, behavioural and cognitive perspective. Using formal classification systems, it will provide a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the psychology of mental disorders. Various theoretical frameworks in both the understanding and management of psychological disorders will be explored.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

    The module covers the area of work psychology which includes occupational, work, business, consumer, industrial and organisational psychology. This field of study is concerned with using psychology in all areas of work and business to ensure more productive workplaces and organisations. The topics cover a wide range of issues such as personnel selection and development, careers, training, well-being, stress, organisational change, organisational behaviour, work systems and human factors, and marketing. The module develops a critical appreciation of existing theory and practice, key debates and future trends in work and business psychology.

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Core modules:

  • Cognitive and Developmental Psychology
  • Individual Differences and Social Psychology
  • Research Methods and Biological Psychology
  • Further Research Methods
  • MSc Dissertation

Optional modules:

Two to be chosen from

  • Psychopathology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Work and Business Psychology

"I can't forget my lecturers. They put in a lot of effort and I got a lot of guidance from them."
Kogliavani Kunasegaran, graduate

After completion of this conversion degree, you’ll qualify for a Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society (BPS). This will allow you to progress to a postgraduate professional training programme in an area of psychology including forensic, clinical, health, educational, occupational and counselling psychology.

The University offers BPS accredited course in Organisational and Consumer Psychology MSc.

Full-time study requires two full days attendance per week in autumn and two-and-a-half days attendance per week in spring and submission of an MSc dissertation at the end of the academic year. Part-time study (over two years) requires one full day of attendance per week in the first part-time year and in autumn of the second part-time year and one-and-a-half days attendance per week in spring of the second part-time year and submission of an MSc dissertation at the end of the second part-time year.

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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