Psychology in Practice (Work, Health and Wellbeing)

MSc

Postgraduate degree

    Key facts

    Award
    MSc Psychology in Practice (Work, Health and Wellbeing)
    School/s
    School of Sciences (School of Study)
    Campus or location
    Corsham Court
    Course length
    One year full time or two years part time.

    Entry requirements

    We are looking for a good pass in an undergraduate psychology course. This might be joint with another topic but some psychological research methods are needed. If you have clinical or applied psychological experience since your degree but didn’t attain an upper second, please contact the course leader.

    Please contact our admissions team for more information: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

    An applied psychology Master's, aimed at those who wish to work in vocational or occupational rehabilitation, or pursue a career in research.

    • Consider the best evidence on how to make the workplace healthy and productive.
    • Apply research to real world issues and help people develop sustainable working lives.
    • Prepare for a psychology or health-related doctorate.

    This applied Psychology Master's degree teaches the fundamentals of how to be a professional psychologist in a range of different contexts.

    On the Work, Health and Wellbeing pathway, you'll cover theoretical and empirical research into the kinds of work and, more broadly, occupation, that are helpful, safe, and give meaning to our lives.

    How can we maximise research into creativity and resilience? How can we use research to enable people to have sustainable working lives, even when they are living with challenging issues such as pain or stress? How can we measure pain, stress and work outcomes, focusing on personal health and work productivity?

    This Master's is also available for study via a Neuropsychology pathway.

    What you'll learn

    Overview

    The MSc Psychology in Practice aims to give you experience of the types of skills you need to flourish in clinic, as well as a more conceptual understanding of contemporary issues in applied psychology.

    The course is designed to help with doctoral level applications, but we also offer an overview of grassroots community psychology to cover the types of NHS or third-sector employment students seek after graduation.

    We aim to deepen your understanding of the challenges of the practising psychologist, and to make the next level of your career more accessible.

    Course structure

    There are two distinct modules within this pathway:

    • 'Work and Health' – this module considers how we conceptualise and support return to work when people are living with pain or stress, and what might constitute good working lives for them
    • 'Work and Wellbeing' – this module studies issues of emotional intelligence, resilience and creativity, with an emphasis on the Key Skills for the 21st Century of the World Economic Forum

    These modules aim to teach theory building and how to use new research to inform applied practice. The modules are designed for those interested in applied practice or a research career.

    Other modules will focus on more generic professional psychological skills, which you will learn alongside those on the Neuropsychology pathway.

    How will I be assessed?

    There is a range of coursework focusing on key skills you would need to use in practice. One module requires you to give a reflective account of your own clinical experience that you either have or plan to gain independently of the course.

    How will I be taught?

    You will be taught in lectures and seminars. All assignments are based around practical research skills to aid in future careers.

    Opportunities

    Careers

    This course has been designed for people who want to work in applied settings. The Heatlh pathway is for people interested in working in vocational or occupational rehabilitation, or a career in research. The course is designed to support an application for a future psychology or health related doctorate.

    Facilities and resources

    Where the subject is taught

    This course is taught at Corsham Court.

    You'll also have access to a range of facilities at Newton Park campus including the Psychology Labs and physiological psychology apparatus (eye-tracking, EEG, TMS). We also have a large neuropsychological test bank, including a wealth of tests for executive problems, visuospatial deficits, dyslexia, ADHD and more. 

    Other Bath Spa facilities include:

    Fees

    UK and EU students full time

    Course fees
    2020/21 entry £7,600
    2021/22 entry Published Jan 2021
    2022/23 entry Published Jan 2022

    UK and EU students part time

    Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.

    2020/21 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 £3,800
    Year 2 Published Jan 2021

    2021/22 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 Published Jan 2021
    Year 2 Published Jan 2022

    2022/23 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 Published Jan 2022
    Year 2 Published Jan 2023

    International students full time

    Course fees
    2020/21 entry £14,700
    2021/22 entry Published Jan 2021
    2022/23 entry Published Jan 2022

    Interested in applying?

    What we look for in potential students

    We are looking for people who are thinking of working in the clinical world, either as a professional psychologist or for a third-sector company. You must have an interest in theory building and reading new research.

    Typical offers

    We are looking for a good pass in an undergraduate psychology course. This might be joint with another topic but some psychological research methods are needed. If you have clinical or applied psychological experience since your degree but didn’t attain an upper second, please contact the course leader.

    How do I apply?

    Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

    Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

    Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
    Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
    Course leader: Alison Lee
    Email: a.c.lee@bathspa.ac.uk

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