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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 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 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: organisation, counselling and neuropsychology of education. 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.

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 theories and research 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 advanced knowledge required to serve your interests and career aspirations.

The programme is ideally suited to those with careers in 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.

Programme Content

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. Education, 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.

Mode of Study Options: It is expected that by September 2021 we will have In-person classes and these could be supported by an online element. It is too early to commit to a 100% Online at present as it will depend on the Health & Safety situation and KHDA permissions. We can say at present that if the Health & Safety situation warrants it there could be a 100% online along with in-person classes.

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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 counselling 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 contemporary research and issues in Applied 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.

Please refer to our Academic Calendar for further information:

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

    • Advanced Dissertation in Psychology (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. 2. To enable students to apply appropriate principles of empirical research to an issue of their choice within the subject area of their degree registration. 3. To enable students to present their research study in the form of a written thesis, using appropriate styles and conventions.

    • 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.

    • Applied Psychometrics (15 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module introduces students to the use of psychometrics applied psychology, specifically the use of psychometrics in career counselling. Student will produce a professional report to a client from a psychometric consultant. Throughout this process the student will play the dual role of consultant and client and examine the application of their personality and emotional intelligence to their career ambitions.
    • 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.
    • 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.

    • Counselling and Psychotherapy in Applied Psychology (30 Credits) - Compulsory
      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 Village campus (Block 16, 17, 04 and 19) during the week (Sunday to Thursday) 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 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 withinformation 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 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 as an ABA therapist. The degree will enable successful students to further their career 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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