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Psychology in Practice

MSc

Postgraduate degree

    Key facts

    Award
    MSc Psychology in Practice
    School
    School of Science
    Campus or location
    Newton Park and Corsham Court
    Course length
    One year full time or two years part time.

    Entry requirements

    This course is suitable for anyone with a good major Psychology degree. It’s preferable that you’ve completed a Psychology dissertation, but not essential.

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

    Apply new psychological approaches in a variety of real-world settings with our Master's in Psychology.

    • Put new knowledge into practice in specific fields including wellbeing, neuroscience and experimental psychology.
    • Learn practical skills in preparation for a Professional Doctorate or a research career such as a PhD.
    • Tailor the course through a range of optional modules, underpinned by core research and professional practice.

    Learn the fundamentals of how to be a professional psychologist in a range of different contexts. You'll stay at the forefront of developments in Psychology, and choose from modules such as community psychology, neuropsychology, wellbeing, learning and behaviour, psychosexual health, forensic psychology, experimental psychology and research methods.

    Psychology at Bath Spa explores the intersections between health, cognition and the brain in numerous settings. For example, mental health problems are a global epidemic, with no signs of diminishing in the near future. We as Psychologists need to think differently, and we need qualified professionals who can adapt to rapidly developing theories with practical solutions.

    This is an applied Psychology Master's. You'll be able to learn case formulation, writing for a range of audiences, clinical reflection, rehabilitation, and writing a research proposal, among many other practical skills.

    What you'll learn

    Overview

    Learn the fundamentals of how to be a professional Psychologist in a range of different contexts. This Master's in Psychology aims to deepen your understanding of specific professional fields as part of your progression towards your ultimate career.

    We challenge you to take a different perspective on traditional psychological concepts. Along the way, we teach you to look at each individual's unique constellation of issues, and consider a range of different interventions – be they community-based, environmental, or traditional clinical measures.

    We also teach you how to be a reflexive practitioner, able to develop resilience and maintain professional standards for the duration of your practice.

    You'll stay at the forefront of developments in Psychology, and choose from modules such as community psychology, neuropsychology, wellbeing, learning and behaviour, psychosexual health, forensic psychology, experimental psychology and research methods.

    Course structure

    Depending on your module choices, you'll focus on either clinical or research strands, before completing your final dissertation. 

    Clinical
    Develop your understanding and knowledge of practice in real-world settings, in particular the core skills expected of practitioner Psychologists. Explore issues in professional practice before choosing from a range of specialisms that enable you to look at perspectives within clinically-based psychology, including:

    • Neuropsychology
    • Psychosexual therapy
    • Mental health
    • Work, health and wellbeing.

    There's also an opportunity to gain credit for your practical experience in a relevant area, and complete a reflective diary. 

    Research
    Develop your awareness of different aspects of conducting psychological research in an ethical, effective and impactful manner. You'll begin with an investigation of issues in research practice before choosing from a range of research specialisms including:

    • Cognitive neuroscience
    • Forensic psychology
    • Behavioural psychology. 

    Dissertation
    Typically, your dissertation project with be a final systematic review or a scoping review of a topic relevant to the area of Psychology that you're studying, or that you wish to explore in preparation for PhD-level study.

    How will I be assessed?

    We have a variety of assessments for the type of skills useful for a practising Psychologist, including essays, writing a systematic literature review, writing case formulations, and professional reflection. There are no exams on this course.

    How will I be taught?

    You'll mainly be taught through a mix of seminars, lab work and practical sessions. You also learn through lectures, individual tutorials, and research talks from existing practitioners.

    Opportunities

    Careers

    This Master's in applied Psychology is designed to inform a range of careers – from roles in the charitable sector, to community projects, to clinical or forensic practices (with further accreditation). You could become a research assitant within the NHS, or work in community rehabilitation (brain injury, addiction, trauma, pain or memory clinics).

    You may also wish to progress to a Professional Doctorate (clinical, educational) or register for a course that gives you license to practise in forensic psychology, health and wellbeing, or psychosexual therapy. 

    Facilities and resources

    Where the subject is taught

    This course is taught at Corsham Court (neuropsychology, psychosexual health) and Newton Park (learning and behaviour, neuroscience, forensic psychology, and work, health and wellbeing).

    You'll have access to a range of facilities 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

    Our undergraduate fees for 2020/21 entry are not yet available. See current undergraduate tuition fees for UK and EU students and international students for reference. For some courses, material fees and additional costs for trips may apply.

    We'll update this page as soon as we have more detailed information.

    Fees

    UK and EU students full time

    Course fees
    2019/20 entry £7,395
    2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020
    2021/22 entry Published Jan 2021

    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.

    2019/20 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 £3,700
    Year 2 Published Jan 2020

    2020/21 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 Published Jan 2020
    Year 2 Published Jan 2021

    2021/22 Entry

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

    International students full time

    Course fees
    2019/20 entry £14,300
    2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020
    2021/22 entry Published Jan 2021

    Interested in applying?

    What we look for in potential students

    We're looking for curious, passionate students, keen to engage with recent innovations and theories  and turn them into practical help for people who need it. 

    You'll already know in part the direction you want to take, and we'll work with you to help you devise the course of study that's most relevant to your aspirations.

    This course is suitable for anyone with a good major Psychology degree. It’s preferable that you’ve completed a Psychology dissertation, but if you haven't, we can teach you these skills in our Research Methods modules.

    We're also keen to hear from you if you can demonstrate relevant work experience in an appropriate area.

    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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