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MSc Applied Psychology

MSc Applied Psychology

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2 years part time
Part Time
Fees (Total)
Annual Breakdown
Year 1 - 43,050 Year 2 - 43,050 (Part Time)

Welcome to the MSc Applied Psychology, a unique programme 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 an internationally recognised degree developed by the expertise of applied and academic psychologists.

In particular, the MSc Applied Psychology programme has been designed with the international student in mind introducing 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 future studies 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 counselling, trauma and neglect, wellness, and illness behaviour. 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. Also understanding how people manage their health and wellbeing is important in families dealing with illness or for individuals trying to kick bad habits such as smoking. Additionally, students will be getting an insight into the role environmental factors, such as trauma and neglect, play in psychological well-being. The program has a strong emphasis on research and analysis, which is inculcated through teaching these as modules and including in all taught modules.

Psychology is one of those subjects where a genuine interest, motivation, being proactive, readiness and willingness to learn, and understanding goes a long way. We encourage students to read widely and to consider how theories and research both quantitative and qualitative expand their knowledge.

Why Study MSc Applied Psychology?

The MSc Applied Psychology degree at Middlesex University Dubai 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 knowledge required to serve your interests and career aspirations.

The programme is ideally suited to those with careers in Human Resources, Marketing, Education, and Helping Professions 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.

Programme Aims

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.

b) Gain knowledge and critical understanding of the research methods and statistical analysis 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.

Mode of Study Options

Due to the current global situation, your mode of study options could change for the upcoming September 2022 intake. We are monitoring any possible changes closely and will keep all applicants and students informed in case of any updates. Please keep checking this page on our website here to stay up to date on the current regulations for studying online and in-person. If you have any questions about studying at Middlesex University Dubai, please reach out to our Admissions Team at

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. In year one all modules are compulsory. There is one 30 credit module and two 15 credits modules. These are Research and Issues in Applied Psychology, Research Methods in Applied Psychology-Quantitative-Term 1, and Research Methods in Applied Psychology-Qualitative Term 2.

In year 2 three optional modules, each of 30 credits, give this programme its wider appeal by offering three further popular areas of study within psychology namely Counselling and Psychotherapy in Applied Psychology, Trauma Impacts and Intervention, and Psychology of Wellness and Illness.  Students need to select any two of these.

A 60 credits module Research: Practice and Reporting will be covered over a period of two years (year 1 and Year 2. Therefore, student need to attend three evenings in a week.

Overall program content is covering theories and practice of counselling, impact of trauma and required interventions, health behaviour both in well-being and illness, research issues in various applied areas of psychology such as forensic, positive, psychopathology, and mental health, and research methods. In particular the Research Methods module provides the opportunity to develop research and practical skills relevant across all areas of Applied Psychology.

The dissertation (Research: Practice and Reporting) 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.

Please refer to our Academic Calendar for further information:

Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

  • Year 1

    • Research: Practice and reporting (60 Credits) - Compulsory

      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. To enable students to present their research study in the form of a written thesis, using appropriate styles and conventions.

    • Research Methods in Applied Psychology-Qualitative-Term 2 (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce students to qualitative research methods, and to provide them with knowledge and practice by equipping them with a combination of practical and theoretical skills. Students will be introduced to, and familiarised with, a range of qualitative methodologies and methods of generating and analysing data in-depth. The module allows the time and space necessary for sustained immersion and will enable students to become proficient in their qualitative research knowledge and skills. Students will also develop reflexive practice, which is an essential aspect of qualitative research. This module also aims to prepare students to conduct qualitative research in the future, such as in their MSc dissertation projects – it will enable them to choose suitable methodologies and analyses for their research. Therefore, this module is both ideal for, and provides a rich learning opportunity for, students who are undertaking a qualitatively based or mixed methods dissertation project; those who want to study Psychology at a doctoral level; and for those planning a career in research.

    • Research Methods in Applied Psychology-Quantitative-Term 1 (15 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide students with core skills and knowledge in quantitative research methods in Applied Psychology. The focus is on understanding how research questions relate to design and appropriate analyses. It provides students with advanced skills in a variety of statistical analyses and enables them to conduct psychological research at master’s level. The module enables students to understand & critically evaluate published quantitative psychological research. It prepares students for their dissertation and enables them to choose appropriate methodologies and analyses for research.

    • Research and Issues in Applied Psychology (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of the module is to provide an intellectual setting within which students can both develop a fuller appreciation of substantive areas of applied psychology and improve their practical and analytical skills. The main aim is to direct students to develop an appreciation of the controversies and issues related to traditional and contemporary research, ethical issues, and up-to-date knowledge in the domain of applied psychology such as neuropsychology, infertility, sports and exercise and literacy acquisition.

  • Year 2

    • Research: Practice and reporting (60 Credits) - Compulsory

      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. To enable students to present their research study in the form of a written thesis, using appropriate styles and conventions.

    • Psychology of Wellness and Illness (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module aims to introduce key areas of wellness and illness, including health promotion and behaviour change, positive psychology, and wellbeing, as well as mental ill health and chronic health conditions. The module will include some focus on health care delivery, intervention and the promotion and enhancement of health and wellbeing.

    • Trauma Impacts and Intervention (30 Credits) - Optional

      On this module, students will develop a critical understanding of current research evidence and perspectives on psychological trauma and its effects. The impact of trauma on different groups and at different stages of the lifespan will be reviewed. Models of intervention for psychological trauma will be critically examined and the current debates around ameliorating factors and developmental outcomes will be explored.

    • Counselling and Psychotherapy in Applied Psychology (30 Credits) - Optional

      The aim of this module is to provide students with an introduction to the main schools of psychological therapy, their theoretical origins and how the theory is applied in practice. The module will also introduce students to the basic principles of communication skills that form the foundation of all counselling and therapy. Finally, the module will familiarise students with the role of counselling and therapy within all areas of applied psychology.

Taught sessions are held at our Dubai Knowledge Park campus (Block 16, 17, 04 and 19) during the week (Monday to Friday) between 6:30pm and 9:30pm. Additional sessions might be scheduled over weekends or holiday periods and you can expect to receive plenty of notice for these. You can expect to attend one session per week per module, except where otherwise specified in the programme timetable and for the Dissertation module in which you will be working individually on your thesis with some supervised elements. Attending scheduled weekly classes is an important requirement for completion of this programme.

You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching, and assessment approaches as part of your programme. Such active approaches aim to put you at the centre of your learning, so you are involved and engaged in all aspects of your assessment and learning. Your programme will require your active participation in learning activities and engagement with your fellow students both individually and collaboratively, working and learning with other students as part of a small group. Learning activities may also occur both within and outside the classroom.

Your learning will also be supported by technology. Increasingly your tutors will be using existing and emerging learning technologies to engage you in e-learning activities. Your programme may be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools (My Learning on UniHub, podcasts, wikis, etc.) which could allow you flexible access to a diverse range of online resources, quizzes and learning materials as well as collaborative tools with which you can engage and learn with your peers.

Not confined by the time and space associated with traditional teaching methods you may take part in online discussions and learning activities from wherever you are studying. By engaging with e- learning you will also be developing skills which are essential for your learning and are also highly valued by employers. These include but are not limited to working flexibly, communication, understanding of IT, team working and creating shared understandings based on quality resources and access to global expertise.

Taught modules are devised to ensure active learning both 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.

Several 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 logbook. 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.

Academic and Work Experience Requirements

We welcome applications from all graduates with a minimum second class UK honours degree or equivalent qualification, in an appropriate subject. We also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications with work experience on an individual assessment subject to approval by Programme Leader.

English Language Requirements (Postgraduate)

All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:

English Language Test

Entry Requirement

IELTS Academic

6.5 (minimum 6.0 in each band)

TOEFL Internet-based

87 (21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading)

PearsonPTE Academic


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The several areas of psychology covered provide an in-depth understanding of how psychology is applied in everyday life, thus furnishing students with the 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 workplace or matters related to social policy. Therefore, their skills are relevant to both private and public sectors.

Opportunities for those with master’s degrees tend to be concentrated in areas related to health behaviour, well-being, helping profession, and industry; or students can further their expertise in ABA therapies to work with children of determination. The degree will enable successful students to further their studies in areas such as business, education, psychology, or care industries. In addition to this, successful graduates might join running research projects within various organisations, facilitating data collection, entry and analysis, and reporting research findings.

Our Careers and Employability Service (CES) offer students a range of support both while they’re studying and after graduation.

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