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MSci Advanced Applied Psychology

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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

4 Years, Full Time

Top 10
University for Psychology
for research intensity out of 101 UK Psychology departments
for student satisfaction
1. Guardian University Guide 2021 | 2. Complete University Guide League Tables 2021 | 3. National Student Survey 2021

Entry Requirements and Fees

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

  • UCAS Tariff points: 112 – 128 (A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC/ Cambridge Technical)
  • A levels: ABB - BBC (to include Psychology or a Science at B)
  • BTEC/Cambridge Technical: DDM (Applied Science)
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with at least 12 credits worth of science units at Merit
  • GCSEs: English language, mathematics and a science at grade C or better
  • International Baccalaureate: 30 points including science Higher at 5
  • IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5​


2021/22 UK fee: £9,250

2021/22 International fee: £14,050

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Student view

Emma in front of project work
Coming to the end of my third year as a MSci Psychology student it is easy to reflect on my time here. I have received an enormous amount of support and motivation each year and this has given me the confidence to develop my skills and interest into a study of my own. I have worked alongside the NHS for many years and my studies here have given me the transferable skills to support that research and audit role. An integrated master’s has provided me with critical thinking and statistical skills vital for my work. Going forward I hope to continue this collaboration with my own study I have developed at the University!

Course content

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Course overview

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.

It 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.

Course structure

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

We’ve developed both of our campuses to have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

Psychology labs and equipment

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

Learning Resource Centre facilities

Learning Resource Centre

Our Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus.  It hosts:
  • A modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors 
  • A range of study areas for group study
  • Over 80 open access PC and Mac stations
  • Wi-Fi areas for laptop use
  • A substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research
  • Online library resources you can access from anywhere at any time
  • Costa Coffee
  • Also situated in the Learning Resource Centre is the Support and Information Zone (SIZ) to help with any enquiries while at university
  • At SIZ, there's an equipment loans centre offerings laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans

The local area surrounding the University of Chichester's main Campus including Chichester Cathedral, Chichester Town Centre, The South Downs and West Wittering Beach

The local area

It’s important to love where you live and study and the local area surrounding the University has so much to offer. With the seaside town, historic city, rolling countryside and stunning beaches, there’s plenty to explore

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

Course accreditations

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This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society.

Indicative modules


You 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.

Year one:

Everyday Experience & Psychological Methods: Understanding Relationships

Functions of understanding relationships will be broken down into contributory functions to lead to an exploration of selected experiences of relationships through some processes related to forming an impression of someone, feeling attracted or not to them, wanting to be their friend or partner, getting to know them and forming a relationship with them through a variety of behaviours such as seeing them, talking to them and meeting them socially. Certain psychological theories and empirical findings from investigations into impression formation, attraction, prejudice, and stereotyping and relationship formation will be introduced and a range of methodologies and analyses, such as interviewing, content analysis and observational approaches will be explored.

Everyday Experience & Psychological Methods: Analysing Attitudes

The module provides the opportunity to understand a broad area of everyday experience in terms of psychological models of attitudes. The module aims to show how to analyse attitudes allowing psychological constructs, methodology and theories that are associated with that experience to be elucidated and explored. The module will, importantly, provide students with their first steps in developing fundamental data analysis skills, via (partly interactive) lectures and the opportunity to practice using statistical software. The focus will be on understanding patterns of data via visualization; the use of numerical statistical descriptions of samples, where necessary bringing students’ numeracy up to the level they need for the course; and the basic concept and relevance of statistical significance testing of hypotheses in psychology.

Everyday Experience & Psychological Methods: Exploring Positive Psychology

The module will explore the experience of living the dream relating the need to understand one’s own motivation, aspirations, and goals to self development, personality, need for achievement, self efficacy, and self esteem. Psychological theories and empirical findings from investigations into needs, motivation, and self concept will be introduced, and questionnaire-based methodology will be explored.

Everyday Experience & Psychological Methods: Usability and Cognition

The module will explore the experience of using everyday technologies such as cash machines, mobile phones, i-pods, and computers, relating the need to learn and remember how to operate them to processes of memory, attention, and decision-making on the one hand, and their usability on the other. Psychological theories and empirical findings from investigations into learning, perception, memory, attention and human-machine interaction will be introduced, and experimental methodology will be explored.

Principles of Psychology

The module will examine the origins and development of modern psychology. It will focus on the main approaches to studying and describing human behaviour, for example behaviourism, the psychodynamic approach, the humanistic approach, the cognitive approach and the biological basis of behaviour. These will be examined with relevance to key studies in the area, contemporary issues and methods of investigation.

Study & Research Skills for Psychologists

The module will begin with a consideration of scientific reasoning and reflection skills. Other areas that will be included are effective use of information sources, effective reading skills, note-taking, essay writing skills, listening and interviewing skills, and skills involved in writing research reports and presenting scientific information.

Perspectives on Psychology

The module seeks to enable the student to understand the contribution of key thinkers to the development of modern psychology, and to appreciate their biographical backgrounds. The lives and work of key thinkers will be introduced, and contextualised with reference to contemporary ideas and mores.

Interpersonal Skills

The module will begin by considering of the nature of interpersonal skills and the elements that constitute effective communication. This will provide an opportunity to explore models of communication and effective verbal and non-verbal communication. You will also consider how interpersonal skills may be evaluated and improved.


Year Two:

Cognitive Psychology

The module will provide an introduction to the ways cognitive processes have been studied, for example through experimental and cognitive neuropsychological methodologies. The areas of attention, perception, learning, thinking and language will be investigated in terms of underlying theory and empirical research.

Individual Differences

The module will provide an introduction to the ways individual differences processes have been studied, for example through psychometrics and case study methodologies. The areas of personality, intelligence, cognitive style, motivation, gender and ethnicity will be investigated in terms of underlying theory and empirical research.

Developmental Psychology

Developmental Psychology involves the study of development and maturation in cognitive, personality and social processes. The aim of the module is to introduce students to basic theory, research findings and methods of investigation in childhood, adolescence and lifespan development. The module will aim to provide a critical understanding of the ways in which behaviour is influenced by developmental factors, the nature of developmental processed, and the ways which empirical research can help us to understand how developmental processes influence what we do.

Biological Psychology

The module will provide an introduction to the ways biological processes have been studied, for example through brain lesions and cell stimulation methodologies. The areas of behavioural genetics, neuro-imaging, neuropsychology, socio-biology and evolutionary psychology will be investigated in terms of underlying theory and empirical research.

Social Psychology

The module will introduce social psychology and social cognition.  The module will cover topics such as person perception, social influence, stereotyping and prejudice, attitudes, attributions, group processes and attraction and close relationships.

Mental Health & Forensic Psychology

We will cover various psychological disorders, as well as theoretical, clinical, and experimental perspectives of the study of psychopathology, with an emphasis on terminology, classification, aetiology, assessment, and treatment of the major disorders. For forensic psychology, topics include eyewitness testimony and identification, lie detection, psychological assessments, offender treatment, and correctional psychology.

Research Methods 1: Experimental Designs & Analysis

The module will develop knowledge of experimental approaches to investigating and analysing psychological data. The relationship between experiment and causal reasoning will be outlined. Areas covered include ANOVA designs and analysis.

Research Methods 2: Survey & Qualitative Designs & Analysis

The module will develop knowledge of survey and qualitative approaches to investigating and analysing psychological data, including multiple regression. The relationship between correlational analysis and predictive reasoning will be outlined. Areas covered will include multivariate analysis (multiple and logistic regression) and content analysis.


Year Three:

Independent Project

Students are encouraged to adopt a problem-oriented approach of which the first stage is to identify a problem in psychology which is of interest and relevance to their first degree studies. An appropriate approach to addressing the problem is then determined through discussion with tutors who have relevant theoretical and practical expertise. The investigation may be based within a single discipline, or it may involve more than one discipline, but it must be based within the students chosen degree programme. In all cases tutors will advise on the capability of the student to complete the complexity of the study in the time available and with the necessary resources.

Psychology Project Management and Presentation Skills

The course will cover the project management skills involved in independent psychological research and its presentation. Ares covered will include time-management, assertiveness, negotiation, scientific reporting, and use of visual presentation software.

Psychology in Context: four electives:

1. Psychology in Context: Work and Organisations

The course will consider a range of relationships between working conditions, jobs and organisational processes, psychological outcomes and their impact on job and organisational performance. Psychological reactions including job satisfaction, job stress, motivation, work engagement, and organisational commitment are investigated, and organizational functions such as job design, health & safety at work, and organisational team-working, are considered.

2. Psychology in Context: Cultural Psychology

The module will take an interdisciplinary approach to the major topics of Psychology, including Biological, Cognition, Development, Health, Individual Differences, Social, and the Self, and will relate them to life in a multicultural world. Topics will include an introduction to cultural psychology, culture and human nature, cultural evolution, methods for studying culture and psychology, development and socialization, and cultural differences in: the self and personality, motivation, cognition and perception, interpersonal attraction, close relationships, group processes, living in multicultural worlds, physical health, mental health, morality, justice, and emotions.

3. Psychology in Context: Psychology & Social Issues

The module will provide an introduction to psychological and interdisciplinary focus on ten issues of current social concern. The areas of discrimination (gender, age, race, disability and sexual orientation ), perceptions of rape and rape victims, child abuse and family violence, the psychology of material possessions, shopping and shopping addiction, childhood (non-verbal communication and interventions), health and health inequalities , sexual health, contraception and abortion, chronic illness, dying, death and bereavement, health promotion, disease prevention and the health care system will be investigated in terms of underlying theory and empirical research.

4. Psychology in Context: Professional Skills in Psychology

The course will consider some of the key methods and assessment techniques that are commonly used by professional Psychologists in their daily working lives. The module will introduce some of the key principles of effective counselling psychology and the importance of empathy and positive regard to the success of the therapeutic relationship. Effective interviewing skills for Psychologists will be identified and outlined with respect to structured and semi-structured clinical interviews. Students will participate in an interviewing session that will be recorded on video. The module will build on from theory outlined in the Individual Differences module and examine key psychometric principles underlying psychological tests of intelligence and personality. Students will participate in the supervised administration of a major standardised test of intelligence, to gain experience in psychometric test administration, scoring, and interpretation.


Year Four:

Advanced Applied Psychology (Including Health, Occupational, Clinical, Educational, Forensic Psychology)

The module will explore cutting edge developments and issues in Applied Psychology. You will apply psychological research to real world issues: for example, group violence, health, education, persuasion, media and advertising. You will critically appraise interventions for children and adults, and also consider how psychology can be used in the conduct of everyday life (at home, in the work-place, in education, and in health care settings).

Advanced Applied Research Skills in Psychology  1 & 2

These modules will cover methods for the analysis of longitudinal data; meta-analytic approaches.

Research Dissertation 

You will carry out in an in-depth research project that relates to an area of Psychology. The content of the module will be primarily determined by the you and your interests while under the guidance of a supervising tutor.

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment


You’ll build your subject knowledge and practical experience through core and optional teaching modules appropriate to the breadth of the curriculum.

Your learning encompasses development of core knowledge and skills intrinsic to professional practice and psychological research.

Learning is supported by lectures, workshops and tutorials to encourage theoretical and critical inquiry, debate and practical research skills.

Meet the lecturers

Our programmes are taught by a team of experienced academics who are at the forefront of their discipline. Take a look at their profiles to see who could be teaching you.


Assessment takes formative forms such as in class debates, presentations, quizzes and problem solving applying analytical techniques.

Summative assessment involves a wide range of activity such as scientific reports, essays, group and individual presentations, poster design, short answer papers and essay exams.

Additional Costs

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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. 


Are you interested in this course and would like to learn more? Get in touch with our Admissions Team for more information.

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