MSci Advanced Applied Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of experience and behaviour - why we perform the way we do, how we collaborate with other people and the emotional significance we attach to this.

The four-year MSci Advanced Applied Psychology degree course is designed for students considering a career in a psychology-related field, and for students wishing to progress to study Psychology at Doctoral level.

Course content

The MSci Advanced Applied Psychology is an integrated Master's degree programme which combines undergraduate and postgraduate study into a single course, commencing at level 4 in the first year and leading through a single course to a level 7 qualification at the end of the fourth year.

The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS): accreditation by the BPS ensures not only the quality of the course but also that the widest range of training, development and employment opportunities are open to students.

The MSci programme provides extensive training in a range of sophisticated research and professional skills related to a wide range of employment sectors and roles related to psychology. On successful completion of the four year programme you will graduate with a Master’s level degree and have the sound transferable knowledge, practical, analytical and technical skills that are highly marketable in a wide range of industries: e.g., academia, research, human resources, management, market research, communications, counselling, government, police work, the prison service and social research, in addition to clinical, health, forensic, educational, and organisational contexts. The MSci Advanced Applied Psychology also forms an excellent foundation for research work at doctoral level (PhD) or a professional doctoral programme in psychology.

The first two years are in common with BSc (Hons) Psychology programme. Year 1 offers modules which discuss theoretical perspectives on key issues in psychology. Year 2 builds on the year one modules by extending and widening perspectives and theories about how and why people behave as they do. The final two years give students the opportunity to put their knowledge into a broader context and to synthesise the knowledge gained in the previous years in new and meaningful ways.

You will engage with complex, challenging and authentic real world problems and collaboratively work with faculty, staff and other students toward their resolution. By actively engaging with challenging world problems, you will develop skills around information searching - identifying what you need to know and how you might go about finding out that information – and you will connect what you are learning in lectures and workshops to your own life and to important issues in the world. This autonomous enquiry-based learning will help you to develop an independent learning ability required for continuing professional development, a skill that is invaluable to all people across every segment of society.

The MSci Advanced Applied Psychology degree course enables you to gain in-depth scientific understanding of the psychological principles and theories underlying people’s everyday experience and behaviour, and then investigate those psychological principles and theories using advanced research methods (i.e., beyond the research methods taught at undergraduate level) in contexts related to those in which professional psychologists work.

Why this course?

  • A practical focus to the application of psychology to real world situations.
  • The opportunity to undertake your own research in an area of interest to you in Year 3
  • Specialist training in advanced research methods and transferable skills
  • Staff with experience in a range of disciplines who are highly qualified and enthusiastic about their work.
  • A supportive learning environment

Our facilities

Our specialist facilities and equipment include:

  • Brain Imaging Unit
  • Virtual Reality Unit
  • Psychological Test Centre for psychometric assessments
  • Individual testing cubicles
  • Interview and Observation Suite
  • Eye tracking software
  • Biopac software to measure brain, heart and motor neuron activity
  • Inquisit –  an extensive library of psychological testing paradigms for measuring and manipulating a broad range of psychological constructs
  • aLIAS - an affective immersive emotional Virtual Reality stimuli package which allows researchers to create ‘different worlds’
  • NIRScout - a cutting edge 3D scalable neuroimaging platform with a dedicated ultra-high-density near-infrared spectroscopy system which measures changes in the cerebral cortex

Where this can take you

The MSci Advanced Applied Psychology degree course at the University of Chichester provides a sound basis for work as a professional psychologist, and would facilitate entry into the following careers:

  • Industry
  • Media
  • Teaching
  • Work with children, adults and families
  • IT
  • Computing
  • Marketing
  • Civil Service

Teaching assessment

Students will take the same modules as BSc Psychology students in the first three years of study. The first three years of study sets psychological investigation and knowledge into everyday activity and functioning, and encourages students to ask what behaviours are involved in those activities, and how those behaviours may be explained using psychological constructs and methods of investigation.

The first year of the programme introduces research methods, both quantitative and qualitative, which are developed over the next two years to give students the confidence to undertake their own projects. You will have the opportunity to undertake a specialised Research Project in an area of interest to you in Year 3.

There are opportunities to select optional modules in the third year such as the psychology of social issues, health psychology, cultural psychology and occupational psychology.

In year 4, you will be offered a programme of training in applied psychology and advanced research methods and transferable skills, which will help your career progression.

An MSci in Advanced Applied Psychology, with status of the Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) with the BPS provides a foundation for you to progress to specialist areas of psychology, and subsequent status as a Chartered Psychologist.

There are currently 10 professional Divisions within the BPS, including Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology, Sport and Exercise Psychology. The degree course is designed for students wishing to progress to study Psychology at Doctoral level.

Student Opportunities

As a student in the Department there are a variety of opportunities which may be available to you.  These include:

  • Study Abroad
  • Erasmus
  • Internships
  • Placements
  • Voluntary Research Assistant

Psychology supports students in both the BSc and MSci programme pathways who wish to broaden their academic and cultural experience by choosing to study abroad for one semester as part of their degree studies. This is an exciting chance for students who wish to widen their horizons and immerse themselves in a different culture and encounter how the discipline of Psychology is viewed and taught at universities in Europe or North America.

We are currently expanding the range of international exchange opportunities that we offer our students. For example, under Erasmus agreements students might like to study for a semester at either Maastricht or Radboud universities in the Netherlands, where Psychology classes are delivered through the English language.

The Erasmus programme provides mobility grants, which cover additional expenses of studying abroad and students are exempt from tuition fees at the host university. It is increasingly popular for our students to look to studying abroad in North America where we have a wide range of partnership colleges and universities in both Canada (University of New Brusnswick) and the United States (e.g., Queens College – New Work;  Columbus State University; St. Norbert’s College; Mercer University – Georgia; University of Northern Iowa). The tuition fees for the semester abroad will be those of the University of Chichester (i.e., the same as any other semester of study at Chichester) and not of the host North American institution. Students who wish to take up the opportunity to study abroad liaise with the Department’s International Exchange Officer, Dr. Ian Tyndall, to ensure that the modules selected for study at their chosen university meet the requirements for a British Psychology Society accredited degree. Students are further supported in the application process by the University of Chichester’s International Office staff. 

UCAS code: 
C801
College Code: 
C58

Course length

4 Years Full Time

Entry requirements 2017 - 2018

Our successful applicants typically have a mix of B and Cs at A Level and sometimes an A. We look at each application on an individual basis, taking your personal statement, academic reference, predicted grades, aptitude and experience into account when making an offer.

We consider applicants with A levels, a mix of A level and BTEC qualifications or the Access to HE Diploma.

We require either Psychology, a science or social science A level (or broadly equivalent qualification such as an IB Higher).’

We also require GCSEs in English language, Maths and Science, at grade C (new grade 4) or above.