MSc Positive Psychology

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. The 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.

MSc Positive Psychology

Course details

Our Master’s 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 a Master’s in Positive Psychology should put you in a highly favourable position for seeking employment in relevant care professions, educational institutions, and for securing a place on a specialist psychology-related higher degree or doctorate programme.

  • Start date: 21/09/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: MSc
  • Duration: 30 months

Course highlights:

  • 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.
  • The programme is designed to enhance your employability, particularly in the care professions – or to help you progress to further studies in psychology.

Key features:

  • An enthusiastic, dedicated and supportive teaching team delivers this pioneering programme.
  • The course curriculum gives you the opportunity to explore issues from a diverse range of perspectives – all underpinned by a research-informed knowledge base.
  • Learning and teaching is student-centred, with small group sessions and one-to-one tutorials. This is supported 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.

Entry requirements

  • Start date: 21/09/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: MSc
  • Duration: 30 months

You should have an Upper Second Class (2.1) Honours degree (or higher) 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, then you may be accepted on 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.

Relevant work experience can also provide an advantage.

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 6.5 with normally no less than 6.0 in any band (or equivalent). Find out more

Career opportunities

The 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 looks at what makes people thrive.

The course is designed to develop your intellectual and thinking skills, problem solving, interpersonal awareness, communication skills, your ability to develop arguments supported by relevant evidence, and team work, IT and data handling skills.

What can I do with this qualification?

Positive Psychology can be used in a wide variety of job roles within education and training, business, healthcare, charities and government agencies. As a graduate, you could even use the techniques to transform a business or help develop the potential of a group, community or institution.

If you’re a qualified clinical psychologist, counsellor, life skills coach, wellbeing practitioner, or psychotherapist, the theory and transferable skills you could learn should also benefit your clinical work. 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 give you the opportunity to develop your skills further and research your area of interest.

Alternative career options

  • Teaching and education
  • Careers guidance
  • Human resources
  • Probation services
  • Prison services
  • Social work
  • Counselling
  • Family mediation and support
  • Nursing
  • Police
  • Media and advertising
  • Communications
  • Sport and recreation
  • Brand consultancy
  • Advertising
  • Child protection
  • Sales
  • Youth work

Professional recognition

Fees & funding

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or for more 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.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply


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.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or


International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

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Teaching & assessment


Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Psychological and Social Research: Review, Evaluation and Design
  • Quantitative Inquiry 1
  • Quantitative Inquiry 2
  • Qualitative Inquiry
  • Foundations of Positive Psychology
  • Positive Psychology in Practice
  • Critical Positive Psychology
  • Psychology Dissertation

Teaching, learning and assessment

We use a diverse range of teaching methods, designed to complement each other and help you achieve the course’s intended learning outcomes. We offer lectures, seminars, workshops and one-to-one sessions – but you’ll also be expected to undertake significant independent reading and investigation, as well as completing seminar-related work and preparing for workshops, presentations and group discussions. Some modules will require you to follow up taught sessions by using online resources and completing complementary tasks.

Assessment methods are also varied, allowing you to demonstrate your learning in a range of ways. For example, module assessments may require you to complete reports, essays, presentations, literature reviews, or review journal articles, write up case interventions, treatment evaluations, complete short question and answer sessions relating to statistical analysis, and present reflective journals.


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. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. 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.

Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (100%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (85%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (15%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • Course type:
  • Start date:
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
  • Duration:
    30 months

Contact us

Pedro Vital
Programme Leader
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903685

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903