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MSc in Applied Psychology

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Welcome to the M.Sc. Applied Psychology,  A unique program in Dubai offering students a range of modules that give a taste of various applied psychological fields. As a campus of Middlesex University we bring you internationally recognized degree developed by the expertise of applied and academic psychologists..

In particular, the MSc Applied Psychology has been designed with the international student in mind providing an introduction to a wide variety of applications for psychology in the real world. This allows students to gain diverse academic skills and psychological knowledge which can be applied to their individual situations and careers. It may also be used as a stepping stone for personal development and potentially a future career in psychology.

The degree focuses on the application of psychological science to work and daily life and showcases the many fields covered by the psychology profession. These include, Organisational, education, health, counselling, and neuropsychology. In each case the understanding of human behaviour students gain can be generalised beyond the specific field of psychology. For example, counselling skills such as listening and re-formulating a problem are at the core of managerial skills while understanding how people understand and manage their health and well being is important in families dealing with illness or for individuals trying to kick bad habits such as smoking.

Psychology is one of those subjects where a little bit of genuine interest and understanding goes a long way. We encourage students to read widely and to consider how the theories and research expand their knowledge. Therefore this degree is not only academic but enhances personal and professional growth.

Why study the MSc Applied Psychology?

The MSc Applied Psychology masters degree at Middlesex University has been designed with an emphasis on research but also equips you with knowledge of theoretical and practical issues in areas of Applied Psychology. We supply you with course content designed to impart the advanced knowledge required to serve your interests and career aspirations.

The MSc Applied Psychology postgraduate degree is ideally suited to those with careers in Health, Human Resources or Education who want to further their knowledge of psychology in these contexts. Or, for those with an interest in personal development through gaining an advanced level, research focused degree in this field.

Aims of the programme

The general aim of the programme is to provide an intellectual setting within which students can both develop a fuller appreciation of substantive areas of applied psychology and improve their analytical skills. The programme aims to provide a learning environment within which the successful student will:
a) Gain knowledge and understanding of key areas of Applied Psychology in the workplace (e.g. Health, Counselling, and Business Psychology).
b) Gain knowledge and critical understanding of the various research techniques and statistical methods that may be viewed as appropriate to a postgraduate level training in psychology.
d) Gain experience developing practical research, analytical and reporting skills therefore making an appropriate contribution to research within an area of Applied Psychology.

Future Careers

The several areas of psychology covered provide an in depth understanding of how psychology is applied in everyday life settings thus furnishing students with tools required for a successful career. In addition there is an emphasis on research skills development culminating in the thesis project.

Applied psychology graduates are concerned with the relations between people and work, and in the underlying causes of behaviour that impact on managerial or social policy. Therefore their expertise is relevant to both private and public sectors.

Opportunities for those with master’s degrees tend to be concentrated in business, industry, and government settings; or students may work in academic settings and do independent consulting work. The degree will enable successful students to further their career in areas such as business, education, helping professions. In addition to this the successful graduates might join running research projects within various organization facilitating data collection, entry and analysis, and reporting research findings.

Our Careers and Employability Service (CES) offer you a range of support both while you’re studying with us -and after you’ve graduated.

Criteria for admission to the programme

Academic Requirements:

  • We welcome applications from graduates with 2nd class honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in an appropriate subject. We also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications and individuals with a minimum of three years’ work experience. Those without formal qualifications need to demonstrate relevant work experience and the ability to study at postgraduate level.
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English Language Requirements:

  • Students whose first language is not English will need a qualification that demonstrates competence in English, eg IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 min in all components or TOEFL no less than 575 (TWE minimum of 4.5) or Internet based 90 with no less than 19 in each component.

Programme structure

The MSc Applied Psychology programme is studied over two years on part-time basis. The programme is divided into study units called modules. It includes a range of taught modules together with a dissertation, (normally based on empirical research), carried out by the student. There are three 30 credit modules providing the opportunity to study topics within areas of Research Methods in Applied Psychology, and counseling psychotherapies, and business psychology. In particular the Research Methods module provides the opportunity to develop research and practical skills relevant across all areas of Applied Psychology. These include: qualitative methods, questionnaire and survey methods; methods for the statistical analysis of quantitative data. In addition, practical elements such as developing research proposals and identifying ethical and professional considerations are also covered.

Two further 15 credit modules give this programme its wider appeal by offering three further popular areas of study within psychology namely; Applied Neuropsychology in Education and Health Psychology.

The Thesis or Dissertation module (60 credits) encourages students to demonstrate learned knowledge in a particular area of Applied Psychology. Each 30 credit module represents approximately 240 hours of study commitment with typically 2-3 hours per week contact time. The MSc Applied Psychology is awarded for successful completion of 180 credits, including the dissertation.

How is the course delivered?

Part-Time (90 Credits / year)

Year 1 (September – May)

  • PSY4012 Research Methods in Applied Psychology (30 credits)
  • PSY4115 Applied Counseling and Psychotherapy (30 credits)
  • PSY4117 Applied Business Psychology (30 credits)

Year 2 (September – May)

  • PSY4101 Health Psychology (15 credits)
  • PSY4019 Applied Neuropsychology in Education (15 credits)
  • PSY4222 Advanced Dissertation (60 credits)

Study Mode, Duration and Intakes

The MSc Applied Psychology programme is normally studied part-time over two years. The University Academic Calendar consists of two (2) terms a year. New students are admitted to the programme in the Autumn Term which starts in September each year.

Class Timings and Attendance

Classes are held at our Dubai Knowledge Village campus (Block 16) during the week (Sunday to Thursday) between 6:30pm and 9:30pm. You will be expected to attend one session per week per module, except for the Dissertation module in which you will be working individually on your project with some supervised elements along with taught sessions. Attending scheduled weekly classes is an important requirement for completion of this programme.

Teaching and Learning

Taught modules are devised to ensure active learning both of the subject matter and of the skills essential to postgraduate level study. In addition to scheduled class time, students are expected to undertake independent study doing research work, preparing for lectures and seminars and working in groups.

A number of assessment methods are used at Middlesex University, and these vary depending on the content of the modules being taught. Assessment comprises a mixture of coursework, peer review, presentations and log book. For example, you may give an oral presentation, read and comment on an academic article or write an academic essay. In addition, each module has a comprehensive range of on-line resources available to enhance your studies with us. You will receive detailed module handbooks each year with information on teaching and learning strategies, assessment methods and reading materials.

Module Narratives

Counseling and Psychotherapy in Applied psychology (30 Credits) – Compulsory

The overall aims of this course are to introduce students to the main schools of psychological therapy, their theoretical origins and how theory is applied in practice. The module will raise some of the ethical and philosophical dilemmas that occur in the therapeutic relationships. Issues of cultural diversity, gender, class and power will be discussed and considered throughout the module. The module aims to provide students with an introduction to the main schools of counseling and therapy with emphases on case examples and student interaction.

Applied Business Psychology (30Credits) – Compulsory

The module aims are: to enable students to understand various aspects of Applied Business Psychology including Recruitment and Selection, Job Analysis, Psychometrics, Motivation and Job Satisfaction, Leadership at Work, Teams at Work, Work Stress and Stress Management and Business Performance Coaching; and, to enable students to assess and practice methods of Job Analysis, Psychometric Testing, Leadership Skills, Stress management and Staff Development.

Research Methods in Applied Psychology (30 Credits) – Compulsory

The aim of this module is to provide postgraduate students with research skills and expertise from theory to implementation required by areas in Applied Psychology. The module offers a comprehensive and systematic account of a range of skills in quantitative and qualitative research strategies. A variety of teaching methods and assessment will be employed with the aim to inspire and challenge each student whilst promoting independent learning and a critical appreciation of the research process. Ultimately the aim is to train students to develop, implement and maintain personal and professional standards and ethical research practice in Applied Psychology.

Health Psychology (15 Credits) – Compulsory

This module aims to introduce students to the ways in which psychological theories and methods contribute to our understanding of physical health and illness. It will enable students to understand the psychological, behavioural and social determinants of health and illness. The applications of health psychology to clinical practice will be illustrated.

Applied Neuropsychology in Education (15 Credits) – Compulsory

The aim of this module is to provide postgraduate students with training in up to date research and advances in educational and clinical settings. The emphasis is on critically discussing the application of psychology to these settings and how research strategies may be developed to investigate the issues.

Advanced Psychology Dissertation (60 Credits) – Compulsory

The module aims are: to provide students with an opportunity for an in-depth, advanced study in a specific area of applied psychology, pertinent to the degree for which they are registered, guided by, but largely independent of, tutor support; to enable students to apply appropriate principles of empirical research to an issue of their choice within the subject area of their degree registration; and, to enable students to present their research study in the form of a written thesis, using appropriate styles and conventions.


Tuition Fees and Payment Plans

Total tuition fees for the MSc Applied Psychology programme is AED 80,000. Attractive payment plans are available for students. For more information please check our website or alternatively contact our Admissions Office.