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    “A postgraduate programme in applied psychol-             cal theories and apply what they have learnt in
    ogy is absolutely essential for those who want to         their work and the communities in which they
    better understand the causes of human behav-              live. Effective change comes when we can explain
    iour. The theories taught on the programme are            our own behaviour and the behaviour of those
    relevant and applicable in a range of healthcare,         around us.”
    education, and management settings. This par-             Dr. Gary J. Burkholder
    ticular programme is important because students           Director of Online Studies, psychology pro-
    can, from the very first modules, learn psychologi-       grammes, University of Liverpool




  T   he MSc in Applied Psychology is founded on the         ƒ The cutting edge research and contributions from
      expertise and knowledge of the University of             leading academics and practitioners in the field com-
  Liverpool’s distinguished School of Psychology. Lead-        bine to create a rich, interactive and highly stimulating
  ing faculty from the School of Psychology, and lead-         experience for students throughout the programme.
  ers in international psychology, feature throughout          During the programme students will thrive in the in-
  the programme and contribute to the design of the            teractive e-learning environment with the use of mul-
  modules.                                                     timedia, including subject matter interviews, simula-
ƒ A lively, fast-growing department, the School of Psy-        tions, and case studies.
  chology is built on a strong history, a reputation for     ƒ Developed from an international, cross-cultural con-
  excellence and innovative research activity. It owes its     text, the programme adopts a western perspective of
  origins to Nobel Laureate, Sir Charles Sherrington and       psychology. It aims to develop a foundation in the
  has been associated with such eminent scholars as R.S.       science of psychology and its application in a variety
  Woodworth and H.J. Hyatt.
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  of contemporary local and global issues across a range         ministrative positions, and training and development           cluding their duration, as well as the additional student
                                                                                                                                                                                              Programme Duration
  of disciplines.                                                specialists.                                                   support services available – please read the Centre for     ƒ The programme takes on average 30 months to com-
ƒ On completion of the programme, students should ex-                                                                           Student Success document.                                     plete. However, since students progress at their own
  pect to graduate with a thorough knowledge of both                                                                          ƒ The programme then comprises eight modules – five             pace, they may choose to complete their studies in as
  practical and theoretical aspects of human behaviour.
                                                                 Specialisation Tracks                                          core and three specialist modules – and culminates in         little as 24 months, or spread them over 36 months.
  They should gain an understanding of how this knowl-         ƒ The MSc in Applied Psychology will have a broad ap-            a dissertation. The first module is nine weeks in length
  edge can be applied to solve local and global issues that      peal to a range of graduates and professionals across          and each subsequent module is eight weeks. Modules
  require a sophisticated understanding of how people            multiple disciplines. It offers two Specialisation Tracks      are sequenced in an order that is best suited to the          Modules
  behave in different contexts.                                  – General Psychology and Mental Health Psychology.             students’ development throughout the programme.
                                                                 Both specialisations will appeal to graduates with a                                                                          Student Readiness Orientation
                                                                 psychology degree seeking to continue to PhD level.
  Programme Outline                                              For those who seek licensure as a PhD psychologist,
                                                                                                                                Preparatory Modules                                           Aim: To equip students with the technical skills neces-
ƒ The MSc in Applied Psychology programme is designed            this master’s degree may serve as a good foundation             - Students Readiness Orientation (0 credit)                  sary to successfully study online, aided by inspirational
  for students who wish to apply psychological knowl-            to achieve this status.                                         - Foundations for Academic Success (0 credit)                testimonials from current students and alumni, in a rich
  edge and research in real-life situations – such as in       ƒ The core modules of both Specialisation Tracks cover                                                                         multimedia environment.
  educational, organisational, and health settings, those        topics such as social, psychological, and biological foun-                                                                 ƒ In this module, students will grasp the basic technical
  keen to pursue doctoral programmes in the field of             dations of behaviour and health, research design, and
                                                                                                                                Core Modules                                                  information and knowledge needed to successfully par-
  psychology, and professionals looking to compete for           issues and processes related to the classification of men-      - Perspectives in Applied Psychology (15 credits)            ticipate in an online curriculum. They will learn how to
  promotion or career advancement, and are interested            tal health and substance abuse disorders.                       - Biological, Psychological, and Social Bases of Health      use the online classroom to get assignments, interact
  in the broad discipline of psychology.                                                                                           and Behaviour (15 credits)                                 with instructors and other students, and submit work.
ƒ Students will gain a foundational knowledge in the               General Psychology                                            - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis in Applied Psy-        In this introduction students will gain a clear idea of
  principles of psychological research design and analy-                                                                           chology (15 credits)                                       what is expected from them as they participate in an
  sis (both quantitative and qualitative); ethical issues in   ƒ HR, marketing (research), business and education pro-           - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis in Applied Psy-         online classroom. Finally the orientation ensures stu-
  research; essential theories, issues and controversies         fessionals, policy makers and community workers are               chology (15 credits)                                       dents have an overview of the rules regarding quota-
  in the science of psychology from a cross-cultural and         among those who may choose the General Psychology               - Psychological Appraisal and Treatment (15 credits)         tion and citation – essential to any postgraduate study,
  global perspective; and the basic biological, psycholog-       Specialisation Track – with its focus on lifespan devel-        - Dissertation (60 credits)                                  whether online or campus-based.
  ical, and social determinants of physical and mental           opment, psychology of learning and social influences
  health.                                                        on human behaviour.
ƒ As students learn the principles and theories of psy-
                                                                                                                                Specialist Modules                                             Foundations for Academic Success

  chology, they will simultaneously gain an understand-            Mental Health Psychology                                                                                                   Aim: To provide students with a deeper insight into the
  ing about how to apply psychology principles to their                                                                          General Psychology                                           requirements for successful participation in the post-
  respective professional practices. Students can apply        ƒ Those wishing to become counsellors may prefer the                                                                           graduate programme, and to give them the opportu-
  what they have learnt to examples drawn from real-             Mental Health Psychology Specialisation Track, cover-           - Cross-Cultural Issues in Lifespan Development (15          nity to put some of the essential skills and techniques
  life studies, and will be actively encouraged via rich         ing topics such as dual diagnosis implications, theories          credits)                                                   learned during the Student Readiness Orientation into
  multimedia channels, and the theory and knowledge              of wellness and the treatment of mental health dis-             - Psychology of Learning (15 credits)                        practice.
  obtained in the modules.                                       orders, approaches to interventions, and to cognitive           - Social Psychology (15 credits)                           ƒ As well as providing a foundation for academic success,
ƒ Upon completion of the programme, students will                approaches to treatment.                                                                                                     this module will ease students into the credit-bearing
  have a foundation in the science of psychology and                                                                             Mental Health                                                modules – ensuring they are fully prepared to succeed
  its application to a variety of contemporary issues. The         Programme Structure                                                                                                        on their programme of study. Assignments focus on
  programme will enhance opportunities for students to                                                                           - Approaches to Mental Health Psychology (15 credits)        the practical application of writing and critical think-
  enter or progress their careers in a variety of profes-      ƒ Students are required to follow two, non-credit bear-           - Psychotherapeutic Interventions (15 credits)               ing skills. By the end of the module, students will be
  sions in the public and private sectors. Potential ca-         ing, modules (Student Readiness Orientation and Foun-           - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Mental Health             able to demonstrate their ability to evaluate scholarly
  reer options for those pursuing this MSc range from            dations for Academic Success) that will prepare them              Treatment (15 credits)                                     resources, and define the role that proper citation and
  research and evaluation posts, teaching/lecturing and          for their online learning experience. For more informa-                                                                      referencing plays in academic integrity. Students will be
  human resource management, to market research, ad-             tion about these modules – full module descriptions in-
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  competent at doing basic searches in the University of                                                                                                                                    global problems and issues will be analysed throughout
  Liverpool Online Library and be able to outline a logi-
                                                                                                                             General Psychology                                             the module from the perspective of social psychology.
                                                                Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
  cal and coherent argument with supporting evidence.           in Applied Psychology

                                                               Aim: To develop understanding of how to design, con-
                                                                                                                               Cross-Cultural Issues in Lifespan Development                Mental Health
   Perspectives in Applied Psychology
                                                               duct, and analyse ethical quantitative research studies,      Aim: To develop a knowledge and understanding of
  Aim: To develop an in-depth knowledge of the major           and their uses in applied psychological research.             the developmental milestones, from birth to end of life,        Approaches to Mental Health Psychology
  theories and concepts of psychology, from a cultural       ƒ This module will focus on a quantitative approach to          and their biological, social, and psychological implica-
  perspective, and how they are applied to real world          reasoning and analysis. It will provide students with         tions on human behaviour.                                      Aim: To provide students with an in-depth knowledge
  situations.                                                  the opportunity to perform data analysis, engage in         ƒ This module adopts a cross-cultural perspective as it          of current psycho- and pharmacotherapeutic interven-
ƒ In this module students explore the various theories of      the learning of classical quantitative research designs,      explores the major developmental milestones from a             tions for mental health and well-being.
  psychology that enables them to understand human             and understand the principles behind the ethical con-         variety of theoretical perspectives, and how they can        ƒ This module will focus on the psychological and well-
  behaviour from individual and social perspectives. Stu-      duct of research. Students will evaluate the reliability      be applied in the real world. By the end of this mod-          ness approaches to mental health. It provides an over-
  dents will analyse and evaluate theoretical approaches       and validity of research designs, analyse quantitative        ule, students will be able to analyse, evaluate, and           view of common approaches to understanding mental
  to applied psychology, as well as how they relate, and       methodologies, test research hypotheses, and critique         apply psychological theories, concepts, and processes          health issues, as well as the various therapeutic ap-
  can be applied, to psychological concepts, theories and      peer-reviewed quantitative research.                          of human development and behaviour using an applied            proaches to treatment, including: psychoanalytic, hu-
  processes. By the end of the module students will be                                                                       psychological perspective.                                     manistic, multicultural, family, cognitive, behavioural,
  able to evaluate contemporary local and global issues         Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis                                                                                          and brief therapies as well as pharmacotherapy. Ad-
  using an applied psychological perspective.                   in Applied Psychology                                          Psychology of Learning                                       ditionally, students should understand how the thera-
                                                                                                                                                                                            peutic alliance can be used to enhance the efficacy of
   Biological, Psychological, and Social                       Aim: To develop understanding of how to design, con-          Aim: To develop an in-depth knowledge and under-               interventions.
   Bases of Health and Behaviour                               duct, and analyse ethical qualitative research studies,       standing of the epistemology and application of clas-
                                                               and their uses in applied psychological research.             sical and contemporary theories of learning.                    Psychotherapy Interventions
  Aim: To develop understanding of the biological, psy-      ƒ Adopting a qualitative approach to reasoning and            ƒ This module explores the major learning theories, in-
  chological, and social factors that influence health and     analysis, this module aims to provide a basis for con-        cluding those representing behaviourist and cognitive          Aim: To understand the importance of the therapeutic
  health-related behaviours.                                   ducting qualitative research. Students will learn about       perspectives. Students will examine how humans learn,          relationship, and gain basic and advanced counselling
ƒ Focussing specifically on the bio-psychosocial model         designing robust qualitative research studies, how to         process, and remember information using these theo-            techniques.
  of health, students will learn to identify the key fac-      use appropriate data collection methods and analytical        ries. By the end of the module, students will learn how      ƒ This module focuses on the application of theoretically
  tors that affect mental and physical health, and strate-     frameworks, and the skills necessary to write a sound         researchers and practitioners can use and apply these          and empirically-validated counselling techniques. Using
  gies for managing these factors in chronic and acute         research study.                                               theories to explain behaviour in cross-cultural contexts.      diverse case scenarios that present challenges for clini-
  illnesses. Students will analyse and evaluate theoreti-                                                                                                                                   cians, students will gain knowledge of advanced skills
  cal approaches to applied psychology, particularly in         Psychological Appraisal and Treatment                          Social Psychology                                            in goal setting and treatment planning. Variables such
  the areas of; health-related behaviour, human devel-                                                                                                                                      as age, mental health functioning, and multicultural
  opment, psychological disorders and treatment, and           Aim: To introduce students to the biological, psycho-         Aim: To gain an in-depth knowledge and understand-             considerations will all be explored in this modules’ case
  stress and coping. As well as understanding the core         logical, and social factors that influence mental health      ing of social influences on individual behaviour, and          studies.
  principles of diagnosis and treatment, students should       and well-being.                                               how they are studied.
  be able to critically evaluate contemporary local and      ƒ On successful completion of this module, students will      ƒ With a focus on social influences on individual behav-          Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in
  global issues that influence health and health-related       be able to critically evaluate theoretical approaches to      iour, this module aims to explore the debate over the           Mental Health Treatment
  behaviour using an applied psychological perspective.        applied psychology, particularly in the areas of mental       contribution of social and individual (personality) influ-
                                                               health and well-being. As well as understanding the           ences on behaviour. Students will learn how to apply           Aim: To introduce students to cognitive behavioural
                                                               core principles of diagnosis, psychological appraisal and     major psychological theories to the explanation of be-         therapy as a treatment modality for mental health
                                                               treatment are all approached from an ethical and cul-         haviour in various social contexts, including organisa-        concerns.
                                                               tural perspective.                                            tions, classrooms, and groups. Contemporary local and        ƒ With a strong focus on cognitive and behavioural thera-
                                                                                                                                                                                            peutic techniques, this module will explore interven-
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  tions that are empirically supported to be effective
  when working with clients. Students will gain the nec-
  essary skills to analyse and evaluate the needs of clients
  who present a diverse range of life and mental health
  concerns across lifespan and cultural contexts.


   Dissertation

  Aim: To design, conduct, and analyse a significant piece
  of empirical or archival study, that will be an original
  or critical exposition, of existing knowledge within the
  field.
ƒ The culmination of the programme, this written pro-
  ject demonstrates the students’ mastery and integra-
  tion of all their previous learning. The dissertation is
  the cornerstone of the UK university system. It is an
  original, scholarly work that applies the students’ new
  knowledge and experience, and allows them to prove
  their proficiency in the skills and techniques they have
  studied and acquired.
ƒ Students choose their dissertation topic in conjunction
  with their Personal Dissertation Advisor, an academic
  supervisor who will provide support throughout the
  study and writing process.


  Accreditation
ƒ The University of Liverpool meets or exceeds all aca-
  demic quality standards for UK higher education, as
  defined by The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher
  Education (QAA), the independent body that is respon-
  sible for standards in higher education in the UK. For
  details, see www.qaa.ac.uk.


  Note on Licensure:
ƒ The MSc in Applied Psychology is not a licensure pro-
  gramme and does not prepare an individual to become
  a licensed psychology professional.

				
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