Applied Positive Psychology MSc

Anglia Ruskin University
In Cambridge (England)

£ 9,200 - (Rs 7,55,475)

Important information

  • Master
  • Cambridge (England)
  • Duration:
    15 Months
  • When:
    other dates

Put yourself at the forefront of this developing discipline by joining a strand of applied psychology only offered at a few universities across the world. Discover and discuss the nature of happiness, what helps people thrive and make a difference to everyday lives.

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.

Important information
What are the course objectives?

You could find yourself using positive psychology within training, government, an organisation or even in life coaching. You might want to use the sustainable well-being and development skills you gain in the charity, social enterprise or heath sectors. Or you could even use the methods to transform a business or help develop and optimise the potential of a group, community or institution.


Where and when

Starts Location
01 October 2017
01 January 2018
Cambridge Campus, East Road, CB1 1PT, Cambridgeshire , England
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What you'll learn on the course

Mental Health
Applied Psychology
Coaching Skills
Child Behaviour
Childhood develpoment
Development Psychology
Health Psychology
Skills and Training
Positive Psychology
Applied Positive Psychology

Course programme

Optional modules
  • Introduction to Positive Psychology (Cambridge or Paris)
  • Neuroscience of Well-being (Cambridge)
  • Positive Child Development (Cambridge)
  • Positive Relationships (Cambridge)
  • Positive Psychology for Practitioners (Cambridge)
  • Well-being: Economic, Social and Behavioural Causes (Cambridge)
  • Positive Performance (Paris)
  • Positive Psychology Coaching (Paris)
  • Positive Education (Paris)
  • Positive Organisations and Appreciative Inquiry (Paris)
  • Positive Society (Paris)
Core modules
  • Research Methods for Psychology (online)
  • Major Psychology Project (online)

100% of your assessment will be through coursework. This could include essays, blogs, a reflective portfolio, self-reflective log, handouts, video presentation, mind maps, reports, a research proposal and a major project. You'll also get the chance to carry out an applied project in either a personal or professional setting, to give you experience of how positive psychology can be implemented in practice.

Module notes

You’ll choose four modules from the list of 12 available across Cambridge and Paris, including the module ‘Research Methods for Psychology (online)’. You'll also complete a major project.

Additional information

Course Duration
Full-time - January start, 15 months. September start, 12 months.
Part-time - January start, 33 months. September start, 28 months.

Please note that this course is unavailable for students on Tier 4 visas due to being run in both the United Kingdom and France. We would welcome applications for other available courses.

Part-time teaching times
Trimester 1: Monday – Friday 9am-5pm, weeks 2,4,7 taught in Cambridge, weeks 5,6 taught in Paris.
Trimester 2: Monday – Friday 9am-5pm, weeks 1,5,7 taught in Cambridge, weeks 2,3 taught in Paris.

Course fees
UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year) £9,200 UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time) £4,600