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Applied psychology uses scientific psychological principles, methods and findings to study and solve problems associated with the human mind and behaviour. It is widely used in mental health, occupational psychology, business management, education, health, criminology and law.

This programme is for students who have previously studied psychology and want to further their knowledge and understanding of the subject area with a view to practicing psychology which will then enable you on successful completion to start a career in psychology. Students will study general psychology at an advanced level and specialise in their choice of, educational and child psychology, counselling and clinical psychology or forensic psychology. Research Methods in Psychology Ethics in Psychology Contemporary Issues in psychology Issues in professional practice You will also conduct an extensive piece of independent research on a topic of your choice.

This course is aimed at graduates who have previously studied psychology and want the opportunity to further their general knowledge to an advanced level, as well as the chance to develop an understanding of how psychology is applied to a particular aspect of real life. Areas of applied psychology studied include: educational psychology, child psychology, clinical psychology and counselling psychology. 

Applied psychology uses scientific psychological principles, methods and findings to study and solve problems associated with the human mind and behaviour. It is widely used in mental health, occupational psychology, business management, education, health, criminology and law. This programme is for students who have previously studied psychology and want to further their knowledge...

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Course Content

  • Year one

Overview

This course includes the Professional Development module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Professional Development module

Modules

  • Semester 1
    • Research methods in psychology 1: The module aims to provide direct practical experience involving exploring how to analyse and report quantitative psychology-related data. The module will progress from considering the conceptual understanding of research design to exploring the skills and knowledge required to summarise, analyse and present research findings.  
    • Project planning and ethics in psychology: The aim of the module is to provide you with the opportunity to gain skills in project planning including those for professional experience projects, conduct background literature reviews, and the chance to develop a complete and approved proposal including ethical considerations for the professional experience project*. You will also be taught skills in preparation for the Professional Experience itself including support from the faculty Employability and Support Team. 
    • Child Psychology: The main aim of this module is to introduce you to the discipline of Child Psychology. The module will present the major psychological theories and research underpinning child psychology,and the opportunity to evaluate evidence of their effectiveness and consider cross-cultural differences. You will have the chance to develop your knowledge and understanding of the key principles of child psychology and how these relate to the practices in child psychology. 
    • Counselling Psychology: This module aims to introduce you to the discipline of Counselling Psychology through a skills-based understanding of the fundamental principles of counselling practice. The module will also explore the core conditions underlying the counselling relationship and apply theories of counselling to the psychological processes observed. You will be presented with the main therapeutic modalities underpinning counselling psychology and have the opportunity to critically evaluate the evidence for their effectiveness, as well as consider the variety of counselling interventions currently available. In addition,key practice issues, including professional ethics, diversity and difference, will be examined. 
  • Semester 2
    • Research methods in Psychology 2: The aim of this module is to provide you with a firm grounding in qualitative methods and techniques commonly used in applied psychology. Firstly, the module will focus on providing students with the opportunity to developa critical knowledge and understanding of different selected qualitative designs and analytical approaches used in applied psychology research. This module will focus on qualitative epistemology, thematic analysis, interpretative phenemological analysis, discourse analysis, and grounded theory. To this end, you will have the chance to learn how to analyse, report, interpret and write-up qualitiative research. 
    • Ethics and Professional Issues in Practice: The aim of this module is to provide you with the chance to develop a sound understanding of professional practice in applied psychology including ethical and legal issues such as codes of ethics, identification of ethical issues in practice, and statutory responsibilities. The module will provide you with the opportunity to critically examine the range of methods and approaches that are used in professional settings. The module will examine a range of different issues that arise in working different applied psychological settings. You will be encouraged to be evaluative and reflective in your examination of these topics, to provide you with the chance to develop their skill as a future reflective practitioner. 
    • Educational Psychology: The main aim of this module is to introduce you to the discipline of educational psychology. The module will present the major psychological theories and research underpinning educational psychology and provide you with the opportunity to evaluate evidence of their effectiveness. You will also have the chance to develop their knowledge and understanding of the practices in educational psychology and the role of an educational psychologist in assessment and remediation of Special Educational Needs. 
    • Clinical Psychology: The aim of this module is to introduce you to the specialist discipline of Clinical Psychology through relating theories, models and knowledge to clinical practice. The module will provide you with the opportunity to critically analyse and evaluate their understanding of the major psychological theories underpinning clinical psychology. You will be introduced to the core principles of clinical practice and the core conditions of the clinical relationship and therapeutic interventions for a range of mental health issues. 
    • Global Professional Development (MSc Applied Psychology only): This course includes the Professional Development module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Professional Development module. 
  • Semester 3
    • Independent psychology project: The aim of this module is to engage you in supervised but independently undertaken empirical research at an advanced level. You will be encouraged to integrate and practice the skills acquired during the course and to investigate in depth at Masters level an area of specific interest to them. Additionally you will be expected to demonstrate a critical and evaluative understanding of the research process including the ethics, issues and problems in conducting empirical research in psychology.  
      • Professional experience 1: This non-credit bearing module, together with Postgraduate Professional Experience 2** will provide you with an opportunity to gain substantive professional experience. This will take the form of either an internship** with a host organisation, which may include the university, or a campus-based professional experience**. This experience aims to support the development of you personal and professional skills, such as communication, team-working, self-management, project management and critical reflection to provide the chance for you to enhance their future employability. You will be expected to augment their previous learning and experiences in order to develop their knowledge and skills of professional practice in their chosen discipline and upon successful completion. This module will also provide you with the chance to gain necessary experience and focus for undertaking an agreed project in order to complete the dissertation for the Postgraduate Professional Experience Project.

        ** Please note that internship and professional experience opportunities are subject to competitive application, availability, meeting visa requirements and additional costs may apply.

    Semester 3 (with professional experience only):

  • Semester 4

    Semester 4 (with professional experience only):

    • Professional experience 2: This non-credit bearing module, together with Postgraduate Professional Experience 1** will provide you with an opportunity to gain substantive professional experience. This will take the form of either a continuation of the internship** with a host organisation, which may include the university, or the campus-based professional experience**. This will provide you with the chance to gain further professional experiences, build on knowledge and skills, previously gained, which aims to consolidate and refine their personal and professional skills, theory and practice and the opportunity to further enhance their future employability. You will be expected to augment their previous learning and experiences in order to have the chance to develop additional knowledge and skills of professional practice in your chosen discipline and upon successful completion. As with the Postgraduate Professional Practice, this module also aims to provide you with the necessary experience and focus for undertaking the agreed project in order to complete the dissertation for the Postgraduate Professional Experience Project. 
  • Semester 5

    Semester 5 (with professional experience only):

    • Postgraduate professional experience project: This module aims to integrate theory and practice either through undertaking an internship** or campus-based project** in an area relevant to the subject being studied. This will have involved you working on an organisational issue either within a host organisation or on campus addressing a project brief, as part of the Postgraduate Professional Experience modules. 
    • Global Professional Development: This course includes the Professional Development module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Professional Development module  

Year one Overview This course includes the Professional Development module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Professional Development module Modules Semester...

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Entry Requirements

Applicants must have at least a 2:2 degree in either psychology or a relevant discipline, with at least 120 credits of psychology. The equivalent of a grade C in Maths at GCSE Level is also required.

Applicants must have at least a 2:2 degree in either psychology or a relevant discipline, with at least 120 credits of psychology. The equivalent of a grade C in Maths at GCSE Level is also required.

Additional Information

Study options:

1 year full-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

Fees:

£9,200
£13,700 (with professional experience)

Study options:

1 year full-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

Fees:

£9,200
£13,700 (with professional experience)