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Study options

Part-time: 2-3 years

UK/EU fee

£9,495 (2020/21)

International fee

£9,495 (2020/21)

Course level




Start dates

January, September, May



Online course description

Please note that due to the popularity of our BPS accredited courses we urge you to apply early to avoid disappointment as places are limited.

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), our online MSc Psychology course is ideally suited to anyone who is looking to take the next step and pursue a career in psychology, bringing you one step closer to becoming a chartered psychologist.

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Our online MSc Psychology conversion programme is designed for those who wish to specialise in psychology, giving you the opportunity to learn the distinctive range, depth and integration of skills, knowledge and applications of psychology. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the core areas of psychology required by the BPS including biological, cognitive, developmental, individual differences, and social psychology and the links between them.

This course alone will not allow you to practice but provides an opportunity for a non-psychology graduate, or a graduate from a non-BPS accredited course, to meet one of the entry requirements for a postgraduate programme of professional training in Health, Sport, Clinical, Counselling, Occupational, Educational or Forensic Psychology. By completing this course you will be conferred Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). You may also be looking to study this course as part of your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) or to enhance your career employability and general knowledge.

Obtaining GBC keeps open the widest range of training, development and employment opportunities in psychology. Completion of an accredited programme, moreover, offers graduates a clear route to Society membership, and therefore access to the full range of membership benefits, including services, publications, conferences, training and networking opportunities.

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Choose an online MSc in Psychology to obtain GBC

The MSc can be completed in 2-3 years and gives you the opportunity to further explore the breadth of this exciting subject by studying one of our optional modules*. Completion of this programme will confer Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). You may also be looking to study our Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology before completing the full MSc in Psychology.

What skills will I develop?

During the course you will gain a scientific understanding of the mind, brain and behaviour, and how they interact with the complex environments in which they exist. You will be given the ability to critically evaluate methodologies and collect and interpret primary and secondary empirical data, using both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

You will also learn how to apply critical, analytical and creative abilities in scholarly thinking, problem solving, and communication to course material, and develop a comprehensive understanding of the scientific underpinnings of psychology as a discipline, its historical origins, development, and limitations.

Free student membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS)

To show our commitment to our students, we are always looking for new ways to improve our students’ experience. By enrolling onto the programme, you will be eligible for free full BPS student membership for the duration of your studies.

Please note: Free BPS membership is not available to students in receipt of Ministry of Defence Enhanced Learning Credit Scheme (ELC).

A talk from our Academic Lead

Our Academic Lead for Psychology, Dr Gulcan Garip, talks about our Psychology Postgraduate Diploma course in this video.

Our academic talks about the online Psychology Masters and Postgraduate Diploma courses

View our Psychology MSc course introduction video transcript

What you will study

We will advise you of your study plan - the running order and availability of the modules - when you are invited to enrol.

You will need to complete all of the core modules and also the Masters Project which is a triple module, worth 60 credits.

You can select one specialised optional module (subject to availability).


Code: 7PS502

Individual Differences

This module aims to provide you with a critical understanding and theoretical knowledge of individual differences, including personality, intelligence and positive psychology. In addition, this module will provide you with knowledge and understanding of psychometrics and quantitative and qualitative methods in individual differences.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive and critical understanding of contemporary debates, and applications of qualitative and quantitative research into individual differences
  2. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of research planning and design, utilising qualitative and quantitative methods, in the psychology of individual differences

Module content

This module will explore theoretical approaches to individual differences including personality, psychometrics and intelligence. In addition, it will cover aspects of positive psychology and also physical and mental health. This module will also cover research planning and design in individual differences, including the application of qualitative and quantitative research, into individual differences.

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20 Credits

Code: 7PS503

Investigation and Analysis

This module covers research design; ethical practice in research and qualitative and quantitative approaches to research. You will develop the ability to perform appropriate statistical analyses to address research questions about human behaviour. In addition, you will demonstrate an ability to design, conduct and report an ethically sound quantitative research study exploring human behaviour. You will also demonstrate your critical understanding by evaluating qualitative research designs and findings. The content of this module is essential preparation for the Independent Study empirical MSc/PGDip Research Project that is required to complete the Masters level 7 programme.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Develop an ethically and methodologically sound empirical research study exploring a pertinent psychological theory
  2. Analyse, interpret, and critically evaluate the findings of the study to form coherent conclusions about the research question(s)
  3. Critically appraise a contemporary qualitative research paper using selected criteria

Module content

The indicative content for this module may include:

  • Philosophical background to empirical research and investigation
  • Generating and exploring hypotheses and empirical research questions
  • Qualitative Approaches
    • assumptions and basics, epistemology eg Phenomenological and Positivist
    • differences between methods and methodology eg IPA, TA, interviews, focus groups
    • approaches to qualitative methods, validity and reliability
  • Quantitative Approaches
    • Assumptions and basics, descriptive tests, exploring data, parametric and non-parametric inferential analyses, testing for differences eg t-tests, ANOVAs, Kruskal -Wallis
    • testing for relationships (correlations, regressions, Chi Squares), effect sizes, power analysis
  • Planning and Designing Your Study: Experimental design, questionnaire studies, online surveys, ethical considerations
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20 Credits

Code: 7PS506

Social and Developmental Psychology

The module aims to develop your critical understanding of psychological concepts, theories, and methods relevant to the study of social and developmental psychology. The module will explore specific topics that constitute the field of social and developmental psychology including: (a) social cognition, (b) inter-group processes, (c) small group processes, (d) social influence (e) attribution, (f) social development, (g) childhood, adolescence and life-span development (h) attachment (i) cognitive and language development. The module will provide you with a deep understanding of the range of research conducted in developmental psychology, and with applications of social psychological theory to real world scenarios.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the core social psychological concepts, models and theories underpinning social psychology by critically applying social psychological theories and methods to explain how individuals and/or groups negotiate real life situations
  2. Show a deep understanding of, and critically evaluate, key issues, concepts and theories in developmental psychology
  3. Engage in scientific enquiry of a specific aspect of developmental and social psychology using qualitative and quantitative research methods

Module content

The module content may include:

  • Social cognition: Social Perception & Attitudes
  • Inter-group processes: Inter-group Conflict and Prejudice, Social Identity, Attribution Processes
  • Small group processes: Groups & Group Norms, Small Group Dynamics & Leadership Styles, Characteristics of Productive & non-Productive Groups
  • Social influence in groups: Conformity & Obedience, Majority & Minority Influence, Leadership
  • Bystander Effect & Prosocial Behaviour and Aggression
  • Close relationships: Interpersonal Attraction, Liking & Loving, Role of Culture & Gender
  • Crisis in social psychology: Social Constructionism
  • Key Themes in Developmental Psychology: Research Methods, Nature & Nurture, Theories of Development
  • Cognition in Infancy and Childhood: Perception, Memory, Language, Theory of Mind, Number, Drawing
  • Social Development: Emotion, Self & Identity, Gender
  • Classic and Historic perspectives in Developmental Psychology: Piaget and Vygotsky


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20 Credits

Code: 7PS543

Introduction to Perspectives in Psychology

This module aims to develop your academic understanding of the discipline of psychology as a science drawing on conceptual and historical issues in psychology from multiple perspectives. The module aims to provide you with an understanding of the social and cultural construction of psychology, and political and ethical issues in psychology. The module aims to instil a range of subject-specific and intellectual skills that you as a student of psychology need to successfully engage in your programme of study.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Discuss and critically evaluate evidence in relation to conceptual and historical issues, current debates and complex issues from multiple perspectives in psychology
  2. Establish self-direction and originality in terms of an understanding of what skills are required to become a psychologist in an area of psychology

Module content

The module content may include:

  • Origins of Psychology and epistemological issues
  • Ethical considerations
  • Introduction to the scientific method and quantitative research methods
  • Introduction to qualitative research methods
  • Applied psychology and impact of research
  • Experimental psychology and current debates
  • Academic writing skills in psychology
  • Careers, professional skills, and personal development in Psychology
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20 Credits

Code: 7PS544

Biological and Cognitive Approaches in Psychology

Biological psychology looks at psychological processes from a biological perspective, and is informed by neurophysiology, neuroanatomy (both typical and atypical), psychopharmacology, and comparative approaches to animal and human behaviour. Cognitive psychology is concerned with the empirical study of mental processes including memory, perception, communication, and thinking. The purpose of this module is to provide you with a critical understanding of research methods, theory and empirical findings for key topics in Cognitive and Biological Psychology.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically discuss and integrate knowledge across multiple approaches in cognitive and biological psychology
  2. Design conduct and evaluate empirical research that advances contemporary understanding of human cognition and mental processes
  3. Review, critically evaluate, and synthesise published research in cognitive and biological psychology

Module content

As well as examining methodological and evolutionary approaches, historical background, ethical issues, basic neuroanatomy the module will examine cognitive and biological approaches to key topic areas that might include:

  • Perception: neuroanatomy of visual perception, object and face recognition processes
  • Learning and memory: structure and function of human memory; conditioning; short-term and long-term memory processes; memory disorders; learning and forgetting, metacognition
  • Addictive behaviours: psychopharmacology, reward and reinforcement, cognitive approaches to risk and decision making)
  • Communication: language processing, typical and atypical language, language in the brain, evolutionary and comparative approaches to communication
  • Emotion and stress: neurophysiology, hormonal influence, coping, attention and perception. Disorders of emotion and stress. Emotional decision making
  • Attention and consciousness: sensory filtering, focused and divided attention, automatic processes and sleep-states
  • Intelligence and thought: intelligence and cognitive ability, IQ and behavioural genetics, intelligence and reasoning
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20 Credits

Code: 7PS999

Masters Research Project

In this module, you are expected to present evidence of your capacity to execute independent empirical research that builds clearly upon your prior learning and which draws upon appropriate methodologies. This module aims to allow you to identify a research issue, review existing literature on the topic, formulate novel research questions, and test these questions through the application of appropriate psychological methodologies and data-analytic procedures. You will draw upon the expertise of members of staff in a wide range of psychological sub-areas, and are supported in your independent interpretations of the research literature on substantive psychological problems. You are required to develop your awareness of the ethical context of research as well as its purely scientific aspects. Upon completion of the module you will have demonstrated mastery of research in a chosen specialist area.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically review contemporary literature on psychological theories and research to examine a novel research question(s)
  2. Design, plan and conduct a feasible and ethical empirical study to address novel research question(s) using appropriate methodologies
  3. Analyse and interpret the findings of the study to form coherent conclusions about the research question(s)
  4. Present a scientific report of the research consistent with prescribed professional and academic standards that demonstrates advanced scholarship in a chosen specialist area

Module content

The content of the module is largely defined by the scope and nature of your research question and its investigation. The Module Leader helps you explore and discuss potential topics and supports the process for you to gain appropriate Supervision. You can undertake advanced independent study in a wide range of areas and techniques within Psychology commensurate to the staff expertise available for Supervision. Information is provided in relation to the recommended timelines for organizing the research project schedule, (including the submission of the Research Proposal and Ethics forms), the Ethical Considerations required for conducting psychological research and how to structure and format the Literature Review and Research Report for your final Assessment portfolio submission.

Additional support from the dedicated online Psychology Technician is available in relation to software such as SPSS and the Online survey tool of Qualtrics. There is a restriction on the recruitment of vulnerable participant populations (e.g., participants under the age of 18, clinical samples), due to the timescales involved in gaining appropriate ethical clearance. In the interests of equality for all students, they are advised that research on such populations will not be permitted in this module. All Research Proposal and Ethics forms submitted are reviewed by the Supervisor and second reviewed by a fellow academic in order to gain ethical approval and must contain copies of all the materials required for the study design, (including permission letters from employers). Re-submissions are required until the ethics have been appropriately addressed for ethical approval to be granted. Samples of approved submissions are further reviewed by the UDOL Research Ethics Committee (UDOLREC).

Projects must be conducted and written up in English.

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60 Credits

Code: 6PS523

Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD

This module introduces you to two childhood developmental disorders: autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. You will study classifications, diagnosis, treatments, controversies and outcomes for both conditions, drawing on current research and theory. You will critically evaluate evidence around these key topics, especially in light of historical and cultural understandings of these conditions. The module will also discuss practical applications of current psychological knowledge to both treatment and social adaptation for individuals diagnosed with these conditions.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically appraise the classification symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  2. Critically evaluate autism spectrum disorder and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) research and theory

Module content

The module examines research and theory on ASD and ADHD and their application in the diagnosis and treatment of ASD and ADHD. Indicative learning content may include:

  1. Historical background of the study of ASD and ADHD
  2. The classification, diagnosis and epidemiology of ASD and ADHD, referring to current criteria and diagnostic practice in the UK and abroad
  3. Symptoms and comorbidity of ASD and ADHD
  4. Aetiology of ASD and ADHD, which may include genetic/biological influences, cognitive theories
  5. Behavioural, cognitive, and pharmacological treatments for ASD and ADHD
  6. Developmental outcomes
  7. Controversies about ASD and ADHD, as they pertain to each topic
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20 Credits

Code: 6PS525

Clinical Applications of Psychology

The module builds on and develops knowledge gained through the study of core psychology at levels 4 and 5 and its application in an applied context. This module is designed to develop your understanding of the application of psychological theory and research in practice. The module will focus on two professional areas of psychology (clinical and health) that are concerned with the psychological health and well-being of individuals. You will be introduced to the generic skills required of psychologists working in these areas before exploring the application of psychological theory and research to understanding the psychological components of a range of clinically relevant topics. The use of psychologically-based assessments, interventions and therapies appropriate to specific populations and clinical issues will also be examined.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the translation of psychological theory and empirical evaluation into clinical practice and treatment development
  2. Critically evaluate the utility of psychologically-based interventions or therapies to address clinically relevant issues

Module content

The module will be based around understanding the generic skill base required of psychologists working in clinical contexts; exploration of illustrative areas of practise from clinical and health psychology; and application of psychologically-based, assessments, interventions and therapies.

Content will focus on:

  • Applied psychology in the clinical context
  • Health psychology in practise
  • Clinical psychology in practise psychologically-based assessments, interventions and therapies - eg CBT and third-wave CBT, motivational interviewing, art therapy, and compassion-focused psychotherapy
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20 Credits

Code: 6PS526

Psychology in Education

The module is about how psychology applies to education. This means the application of psychological theory, research and methods to educational processes and settings. The module therefore has a strongly applied emphasis. It will look predominantly at primary and secondary education. It is designed with you in mind who may progress to postgraduate training to qualify as teachers or educational psychologists, or who may work in educational settings, eg as teaching assistants. It is also designed to be attractive to those with a strong interest in education and applied psychology.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Assess how current psychology knowledge, methods and practices can be applied to education
  2. Explain how psychological analysis applies to educational topics and issues and present to a non-academic audience

Module content

This module introduces you to the applications of psychology in education. The following are examples of indicative content:

  • Research methods used in educational settings
  • Social relationships and the influences of peers and friendship groups
  • Collaborative learning techniques and their usefulness
  • Causes and consequences of bullying
  • Social anxiety
  • Individual differences, eg dyslexia, their impact on learning and strategies of support
  • School transition
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20 Credits

Code: 6PS529

Forensic Applications of Psychology

This module will give you a thorough introduction to the application of psychology to our understanding of criminal behaviour and the criminal justice system.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Review and appraise psychologically oriented explanations of criminal behaviour and control
  2. Apply psychological theories and research to evaluate police investigation and judicial processes
  3. summarise and critically evaluate key research in the field

Module content

This module offers an insight into some of the practical applications of psychology, as well as the psychological explanations for offending behaviour and control.

Weekly unit titles:

  • Development of criminal and antisocial behaviour
  • Mental health and crime
  • Dealing with offenders
  • Violence and aggression (the case of terrorism)
  • Judicial processes
  • Offender profiling
  • Eyewitness testimony and cognitive interviewing
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20 Credits

Code: 6PS530


Neuropsychology deals with the problems that arise from brain injury that affects cognitive functioning. This module looks at the biological and cognitive consequences of a number of conditions and analyses the knowledge we have at present and what that knowledge tells us about the normally functioning brain. This module will explore a number of conceptual issues within the context of neuropsychological disorders. Issues covered will include, population sizes, methodologies, recovery of function, remediation versus research, normal versus abnormal deficits, and lesion sites. These issues will be illustrated through the exploration of visual agnosia, amnesia and ageing. The module will combine the acquisition of knowledge with the skill of delivering that knowledge appropriately to a named target audience.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Describe and critically evaluate the neurophysiological and psychological mechanisms involved in neuropsychological theories
  • Critically illustrate a conceptual issue by drawing on a variety of contexts
  • Present a coherent and critical assessment of one topic area covered in the module

Module content

In the module we will cover a number of relevant neuropsychology topics. These will include:

  • What is neuropsychology?
  • Agnosia
  • Amensia
  • Blindsight
  • Ageing
  • Alzheimer’s disease
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20 Credits

Code: 6PS532

The Psychology of Pain

The experience of pain cannot be captured in physiological terms alone and in recent years psychology has made an enormous contribution to the understanding of pain and its phenomena, mechanisms and treatment. This module will explore and integrate current theory and research in key areas of pain and pain management from a psychological perspective. This module will explore the neurobiological and psychosocial underpinnings of pain perception and expression including cognition and emotion. Pain measurement will be explored and psychological approaches to the treatment and management of pain will be described.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the principle ways by which psychologists have studied the phenomena of pain
  2. Critically evaluate the theoretical and methodological developments in research and practice applied to one particular area of the psychology of pain in an online presentation to an audience
  3. Communicate relevant information relating to an area of pain in a written format suitable for use as a patient/practitioner information resource

Module content

The module content may include learning material covering the following areas:

  • Experience of pain
  • Neurobiology of pain
  • Theories of pain
  • Psychosocial influences on pain
  • Investigating and measuring pain
  • Interventions
  • Issues in pain research
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20 Credits

Code: 6PS538

The Psychology of Health

The module builds on and develops knowledge gained through the study of core psychology at levels 4 and its application to the study of health and illness. Health psychology is one of the fastest growing disciplines in psychology. This module will explore the key theoretical concepts that underpin the discipline and introduce you to the main models and theories that health psychologists use to explain the experience of health and illness and their links to other areas of psychology.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Summarise the core health psychology concepts, models and theories that underpin contemporary health psychology research
  2. Critically evaluate the application of health psychology theory to the maintenance of health
  3. Critically evaluate the role of health psychology research in understanding the experience of illness

Module content

  • Health psychology in context
  • Core health psychology theory
  • Models of health behaviour
  • Health promotion
  • Psychological aspects of healthcare
  • The health-illness link
  • Chronic illness
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20 Credits

Code: 6PS545

Applied Performance Psychology

This module explores selected psychological factors related with performance. This will allow you to become familiar with theoretical frameworks and current performance psychology literature from a range of disciplines including sport and exercise psychology and business psychology etc. You will develop critical appraisal skills and the ability to apply theory and research to real life practical situations. Consideration of applied consultancy practise, ethics and approaches to psychological support for athletes, clients etc. will develop your understanding of applied psychology focusing on performance.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Apply performance psychology theories to real life examples, to include identification of issues and the implementation of interventions
  2. Critically reflect on the process of data collection and the skills utilised in the development of your case study

Module content

This module will cover a range of topics including:

  • Professional philosophy, frameworks and ethics
  • Needs assessment and self-regulation
  • Motivation and motivational climate
  • Confidence
  • Performance under pressure
  • Mental skills interventions
  • Burnout
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20 Credits

Code: 6PS546

Contemporary Issues in Psychology

In this module, you will explore the historical context of psychology, and trace how modern movements and methodological approaches are informed by earlier theory and research. You will be encouraged to explore current topics and how they have been informed by different perspectives in psychology. You will examine the ways that modern areas of psychology have responded to criticism, while also investigating how historical concepts shape applications and understandings of psychology today. Finally, the module will critically examine the political context of psychology and the extent to which psychology can be treated as an objective science. This module will require you to take a critical view of the past and the present, and how psychology impacts on individuals in real-life settings.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate historical theories and concepts in psychology in terms of methodological, ethical, political and social critiques
  2. Examine the relevance of established psychological research and theory and how this informs current topics and debates

Module content

This module explores the conceptual and historical development of psychology and examines the relevance of established psychological theory to current topics and debates. Examples of indicative content may include:

Conceptual and historical development of psychology: eg positivism, behaviourism, biological approaches, cognitive approaches, humanism, psychoanalytic approaches.

The politics of psychology: psychology as a social science, ethics, ethnocentrism, ethnicity, scientific racism and sexism, the use and misuse of psychology, psychology as an objective science.

Application of Psychology in current topics and debates: eg offender behaviour and forensic psychology, feminist psychology, LGBT issues, behaviour change, family psychology.

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20 Credits

Code: 6PS547

Language and Literacy Development

The module builds on and develops knowledge gained through the study of developmental and cognitive psychology at levels 4 and 5. It focuses on current models of language and literacy development. In addition you will be encouraged to critically explore the notion of a "normal" pattern of development by examining language learning in challenging contexts. The module will examine current research in language and literacy development from multiple theoretical and methodological perspectives and will explore how this body of research has shaped theoretical understanding. It will also examine how this understanding is applied in educational approaches to language and literacy. This module should benefit you with an interest in developmental, educational or child psychology, and/or special needs education.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Be able to effectively communicate and integrate knowledge of multiple theoretical approaches to language and literacy development
  2. Critically evaluate the notion of "normal" patterns of language and literacy development
  3. Explain how research on language learning difficulty informs psychological theory on language and literacy development
  4. Critically apply psychological approaches in language and literacy development to educational practice

Module content

To meet the learning objectives the module will examine current research in language and literacy development, how this body of research has shaped theoretical understanding and how it is applied in educational settings.

Indicative content may include:

  • Theoretical approaches to learning to speak, read, and write
  • Examples of language and literacy development in challenging contexts which could include:
    • Language development in children with cognitive or perceptual deficits
    • Developmental dyslexia
    • Social deficits in language development, eg Autism
    • Bilingualism and second language learning
  • The assessment of language and literacy development in research and education
  • Educational approaches to language and literacy development
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20 Credits

Code: 6PS548

Positive Psychology

This module will provide you with an overview of positive psychology, and particularly the role of positive psychology in health and performance. This module will provide you with an understanding of the origins and physiological aspects of positive psychology. Moreover, it shall discuss the contemporary applications of positive psychology research to individuals and organisations.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Apply positive psychology theories to propose an intervention to improve an area of health or performance
  2. Critically evaluate positive psychology theory and approaches and explain their application in contemporary research

Module content

This module may cover:

  • Origins of positive psychology
  • Applied positive psychology
  • Hope, resilience and self-efficacy
  • Gratitude and optimism
  • Positive psychology, health and wellbeing
  • Positive psychology theories and interventions
  • Positive psychology and performance
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20 Credits

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

Interactive and practical learning

You can be assured of a supportive and structured learning experience with academic teams who are specialists not only in their area of psychology, but also in online learning delivery. In addition, our dedicated online learner advisors provide non-academic support throughout the duration of the course. You’ll have access to a comprehensive online library of psychology resources, student webinars in key areas such as library skills and assessment writing, and other academic and wellbeing related services.

There are plenty of opportunities to interact with tutors and other students through online discussion forums, virtual class room sessions and more traditional forms of communication such as email and Skype. You will also receive one-to-one support from a specialist supervisor when you begin your empirical research project. As a guide, we recommend you allow around 20 hours of study per week, per 20 credit module, but this may vary depending on your pace of study.

Pace of study

We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester. If you aim to study two modules in one trimester, we recommend 40 hours of study per week.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

Who will teach you

Gulcan Garip

Dr Gulcan Garip
Programme leader

Dr Gülcan Garip is the Academic Lead for the MSc and PG Diploma Psychology programmes and teaches on the MSc Health Psychology programme. Gülcan is a registered Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), a registered Health Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council, and a member of the BPS Division of Health Psychology.

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Entry requirements

You will usually need one of the following:


English language qualifications

You’ll also normally require one of the following English language qualifications:

If English is not your first language, or you have not successfully completed your highest level of qualification in English, you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2020 and August 2021.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £1,055 7 (six 20 credit modules and one 60 credit module) £9,495

2021/22 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2021 and August 2022.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £1,055 7 (six 20 credit modules and one 60 credit module) £9,495

About your fees

This figure would be the total cost of this course in the current academic year. However, please note that fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase if your course lasts longer than one year.

However, please also note that you can receive a 5% discount if you either:

Flexible payment plans available

Choose from three payment plan options:

Masters funding options

Depending on where you are from in the UK or EU, and on your pace of study, you may be eligible for a postgraduate student loan. Accessible through Student Finance, this is a non-income based loan to help with living costs and tuition fees whilst studying your masters programme.

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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Documents to support your application

You'll need to provide:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

Application deadlines

All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.


During this course you'll study all the core areas of psychology to gain a deep understanding of the subject.

From here you can then choose which area you would like to specialise in and continue to further training. For example, you may want to consider our MSc Health Psychology online, which will introduce you to a range of health psychology professional competencies. Other areas of psychology you can consider are sports, clinical, educational, forensics and occupational.

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