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We often talk of 'a positive frame of mind' or 'looking on the bright side'. This Master's in Positive Psychology is your opportunity to take that to a whole new level. Our modular postgraduate programme takes you deep into the concepts and theories of positive psychology and supports your theoretical and research-based contributions to the subject.
Mode of Study:
University of Bolton
The University of Bolton's Master's degree in Positive Psychology takes you on an immersive journey into this relatively new subject area within psychology. The programme's modular nature allows you to take a flexible and fairly autonomous approach to learning, theorising, reflecting and researching.
You'll get the chance to learn, debate and critically evaluate positive psychology's new techniques and research. You'll also have the opportunity to evaluate developing theories and applications in positive psychology, supported all the way by experienced and enthusiastic teaching staff with an excellent knowledge base. We offer expert training in research techniques, helping you to conceptualise, design and implement an independent research project that explores new ideas and approaches at the forefront of this increasingly popular subject.
Successfully completing this MSc in Positive Psychology should put you in a highly favourable position for seeking employment in relevant care professions and educational institutions, and for securing a place on a specialist psychology-related higher degree or doctorate programme.
We'll support you as you develop an in-depth and advanced knowledge of this emerging field of psychology and develop your own research projects.
Many of our teaching staff for this programme are involved in significant and ongoing research in this subject.
You'll have plenty of opportunities to develop highly sought-after skills in critical evaluation and reflection relating to theories and research techniques in positive psychology.
Focused research training is designed to support and guide you in conceptualising, designing and implementing your own independent research in positive psychology.
This postgraduate course is designed to enhance your employability, particularly in the health and care professions, or help you progress to further studies in psychology.
An enthusiastic, dedicated and supportive teaching team delivers this pioneering programme.
The course curriculum allows you to explore issues from a diverse range of perspectives – all underpinned by a research-informed knowledge base.
Learning and teaching are student-centred and involve small group sessions and one-to-one tutorials. Your studies will be supported and enhanced by the University's virtual learning environment.
We've designed the programme to encourage and support your unique approach to research and critical enquiry.
You can enjoy contributions from expert guest speakers on a range of subjects covered in this exciting postgraduate programme.
By choosing to study with us, you'll have the chance to enjoy Bolton's many shops, bars, restaurants and leisure facilities. Manchester, one of the UK's most multicultural and lively cities, is less than 20 minutes away by train. Not forgetting, the North West of England is renowned for its beautiful countryside, coastline and heritage. This makes Bolton an ideal base from which to explore some of the best cultural and outdoor activities the UK offers.
You should have an upper second class (2.1) honours degree (or above) in Psychology, which is accredited by the British Psychology Society for Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
If you have a lower second class (2:2) honours degree in Psychology, you may be accepted to the programme following a successful interview. We may also ask you to provide a portfolio of your work as part of the application process.
We'll also be happy to consider your application if you're a graduate of an alternative but related degree (for instance, nursing or health and social care). We'll require you to attend an interview, and we may ask you to provide a portfolio of your work to help determine your suitability for the course.
Relevant work experience can also provide an advantage.
We'll consider applications where appropriate work experience can be demonstrated in lieu of, or in addition to, the published academic qualifications in line with the University’s Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) procedures.
This course does not confer Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) with the British Psychological Society (BPS) – if you're seeking to achieve GBR, please consider applying for our MSc Psychology (Conversion) programme.
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.
The University of Bolton's MSc in Positive Psychology focuses on the scientific study of happiness, wellbeing, purpose and strength. It looks at the impact of positive emotions on a person's wellbeing and what makes people thrive.
The course aims to build your intellectual and thinking skills, problem-solving, interpersonal awareness, communication skills, ability to develop arguments supported by relevant evidence, and teamwork, IT and data-handling skills.
What can I do with this qualification?
Positive psychology can be used in a wide variety of job roles in education and training, business, healthcare, charities and government agencies. As a graduate, you could even use the techniques to transform a company or help develop the potential of a group, community or institution.
The theory and transferable skills you could learn should also benefit your clinical work if you're a qualified clinical psychologist, counsellor, life skills coach, wellbeing practitioner, or psychotherapist. Teachers, youth workers and educators can also use positive psychology expertise in their work.
Some graduates choose to continue their education by completing a PhD. Continuing your education would allow you to develop your skills further and research your area of interest.
Alternative career options
Graduates can use the qualification to enter a range of other careers. Some of these roles may require relevant experience and/or postgraduate study. Possible careers include:
Teaching and education
Family mediation and support
Media and advertising
Sport and recreation
Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £4,680 for the academic year 2022/23.
Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £5,280 for the academic year 2023/24.
Overseas students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Overseas fee of £12,950 for the academic year 2022/23.
Overseas students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Overseas fee of £13,550 for the academic year 2023/24.
Please note the total course fee for a Home student starting this course in 2022/23 will be £7,020. As this is an 18-month course, the fees are £4,680 for the first year and £2,340 for the final semester.
Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2022-2023 academic year:
EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status.
If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement.
Please read the student finance for EU students web page on www.gov.uk for information.
The fees for a student's course of study will be set for the
normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in
March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.
For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:
You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen
start date from the list below:
You should have to hand:
Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates
Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course –
you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies
Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role
Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately
Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be
someone who can provide an academic reference
Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format.
Personal statements may be word documents.
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If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394
Have you read and understood the course entry requirements and confirm that you fully meet the requirements?
(Please click on Entry Requirements tab above to ensure you comply with all the requirements for this course)
I understand that the university reserves the right to withdraw their offer at any stage once the quota for the course has been filled.
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I must declare any agent or consultant at the start of my application and they must be on the list of approved agents.
(We also have Branch Offices in Africa,
South Asia, Middle East and
Central Asia who fully manage applications in their respective regions.)
I am able to complete the course in the normal duration.
I am able to arrive on time for the published start date.
I confirm that I will be 18 years old or more on the start date of the course.
I understand that the following documents will be uploaded as part my application:
(a) Passport with at least 6 months validity before start of course.
(b) Personal statement (written by myself).
(c) CV if applicable.
(d) Previous qualifications.
(e) English language certificate or proof of exemption.
(f) Professional references if applicable.
(g) Bank Statements and TB Certificate if applicable at the CAS issuance stage.
I have read and understood all questions and answered them correctly and truthfully to the best of my ability and knowledge.
The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world.
We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.
How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:
Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below.
Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user
guidance before completing this.
Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the
International pages of this website.
Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit
We adopt a blended learning and teaching style, including online delivery and engagement where appropriate. By using a diverse range of teaching methods designed to complement each other, we aim to help you achieve the course's intended learning outcomes. We offer lectures, seminars, workshops and one-to-one sessions. You'll need to undertake significant independent reading and investigation, complete seminar-related work, and prepare for workshops, presentations and group discussions. Some modules will require you to follow up on taught sessions by using online resources and completing complementary tasks.
Assessment methods are also varied, allowing you to demonstrate your learning in a number of ways. For example, module assessments may require you to complete reports, essays, presentations, literature reviews, or review journal articles, write up case interventions and treatment evaluations, complete short question-and-answer sessions relating to statistical analysis, and present reflective journals.
The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.
Psychological and Social Research: Review, Evaluation and Design
Quantitative Inquiry 1
Quantitative Inquiry 2
Foundations of Positive Psychology
Positive Psychology in Practice
Critical Positive Psychology
Guided independent study 85%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 15%
The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.