Applied Positive Psychology & Coaching Psychology (Distance learning)

University of East London

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Important information

Typology Postgraduate
Methodology Distance Learning
Duration 2 Years
  • Postgraduate
  • Distance Learning
  • Duration:
    2 Years

Course summary
The University of East London was one of the very first in the world to launch MSc courses in coaching Psychology and Applied Positive Psychology, both of which have been running with huge success for eight years on campus and by distance learning.

Now we are breaking new ground by creating a unique synthesis of the two elements in what is the first MSc course of its kind in the world.

It fully integrates positive psychology and coaching psychology to create an innovative training programme for those promoting wellbeing.

There is a growing recognition within the world’s coaching and positive psychology community that such integration is an important step forward, providing clients with a more open-minded approach to their mental health.

From the point of view of positive psychology, the course will have a strong foundation in cutting-edge theory and research relating to wellbeing.

The coaching element will feature advanced training in working with clients and groups in professional capacities.

Our aim is to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be able to help people and organisations to flourish.
It combines the study of cutting-edge empirical research and theory on wellbeing with the practical skills and competencies you need to apply this expertise in the real world. The result is a course designed to empower students to truly make a positive difference in the world.

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· Requirements

FROM DEGREE Minimum 2.1 honours degree, preferably in Social Sciences. We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. All suitable applicants are required to attend an interview.

What you'll learn on the course

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Course programme

What you'll learn
Positive psychology (PP) has been defined as “the science and practice of improving wellbeing”. The field encompasses many different topics, including happiness, positive emotions, resilience, hope, strengths, flourishing and psychological development.
Coaching, rather than drawing on the medical model of counselling and working with clients in need of help, develops self-confidence and focuses on the future.
Coaches encourage clients to work towards specific goals.
The course features six substantive modules – three in positive psychology, and three in coaching – plus two further research methods modules.
Key areas of study include the psychological principles involved in goal-setting, motivation and cognition.
You will draw from a wide range of traditions including counselling, career guidance, adult learning, occupational and positive psychology.
Your core modules will review key theory in positive psychology and coaching psychology.
You will also examine the scope and remit of these two fields of operation, and how they can overlap.
The course can be completed full-time, part-time or by distance learning.

What you'll study
Perspectives on Wellbeing (core)
Multidimensional Flourishing (core)
The Search for Something Higher (core)
The Practice of Evidence-based Coaching (core)
Coaching in Professional Contexts 1 (core)
Coaching in Professional Contexts 2 (core)
Research Methods and Dissertation 1 (core)
Research Methods and Dissertation 2 (core)
How you'll be assessed
You will be assessed in a variety of ways, designed to capture the multidimensional skills and understanding that you will develop on the course. These include a personal portfolio, which will reflect on positive psychology interventions that you will try out on yourself, a consultancy project for an external organisation, essays, a research proposal and a journal article. You'll also be asked to carry out a certain number of coaching sessions and submit a video and a transcription as well as a critical coaching log and personal professional development plans.

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