Put yourself at the forefront of this developing discipline by joining a strand of applied psychology only offered at a few universities across the world. Discover and discuss the nature of happiness, what helps people thrive and make a difference to everyday lives by studying Applied Positive Psychology at ARU. Our course is taught through a mix of face-to-face and online learning.
Positive psychology is the science and practice of happiness and wellbeing. It studies the strengths, virtues, and methods, tools and activities to improve wellbeing and create positive interventions. Our Applied Positive Psychology course helps you investigate the science behind how we can prepare for more successful lives and better well-being, through challenging existing cognitive and emotional patterns and encouraging positivity with evidence-based activities.
By studying Applied Positive Psychology at ARU, you’ll be introduced to research and interventions around topics like positive and negative emotions, character strengths, motivation, resilience, creativity, wisdom and other conditions shown to make a difference to the lives of individuals, groups and organisations. You'll constantly test your skills and apply them to real-life situations, coming to understand which tools and strategies to use in delivering meaningful, high-impact interventions.
You’ll be able to use your new skills to shape businesses, education and communities. Our wide choice of modules means that, whether you work in coaching, business, education or health, you can tailor your studies to your career goals. Our course will also suit you if you have a BSc in psychology and want to further your knowledge.
PG Diploma (120 credits): You’ll complete four intensive week-long modules which are taught face-to-face in Cambridge. Outside of module delivery you’ll be supported with online learning to undertake self-directed study. The online research methods module and the project module are not available module options for this award.
PG Certificate (60 credits):You’ll complete two intensive week-long modules which are taught face-to-face in Cambridge. Outside of module delivery you’ll be supported with online learning to undertake self-directed study. The online research methods module and the project module are not available module options for this award.
Our tutors are leaders in the field of positive psychology. They include:
For an informal chat about our course please contact programme leader Bridget Grenville-Cleave at [email protected]
Successful applicants wishing to take up a place on the course should register no later than the Friday before the Introduction Module. This is to ensure you're ready to attend the first week of teaching. If you are unable to register by this date, you may not be able to study the course until the following intake. We encourage applicants to register in good time before teaching commences to avoid disappointment of possibly delaying your start date. In addition, registering in good time means you can take advantage of our welcome activities, including a chance to meet your tutors and ask questions ahead of teaching.
You could find yourself using positive psychology within training, government, an organisation or even in life coaching. You might want to use the sustainable well-being and development skills you gain in the charity, social enterprise or health sectors. Or you could even use the methods to transform a business or help develop and optimise the potential of a group, community or institution.
If you’re a qualified clinical psychologist, counsellor or psychotherapist, you’ll find positive psychology theory, research and applications will benefit your clinical work. Teachers, youth workers and educators also use positive psychology expertise in their work. You’re also in the perfect position to continue your academic career and move up to our Psychology PhD.
100% of your assessment will be through coursework. This could include essays, blogs, a reflective portfolio, self-reflective log, handouts, video presentation, mind maps, reports, or a research proposal.
PG Diploma: You’ll choose four optional modules from the list above. These modules will be delivered via an executive model of learning, which means teaching will be condensed to an intensive one-week face to face delivery on our Cambridge campus. These modules will also be supported with online learning for you to engage with in your own time during the teaching trimester.
PG Certificate: You’ll choose two optional modules from the list above. These modules will be delivered via an executive model of learning, which means teaching will be condensed to an intensive one-week face to face delivery on our Cambridge campus. These modules will also be supported with online learning for you to engage with in your own time during the teaching trimester.
The Faculty of Science & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.
Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.
Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science, technology and engineering fields. This is key to all of our futures.
The part-time course fee assumes that you're studying at half the rate of a full-time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.
Travel and accommodation costs for optional or compulsory modules where face to face teaching is required may incur additional costs:
Suggested budget of £20 - £130 per night.
Return travel to/from Cambridge:
Suggested budget of £70 - £250 per trip.
Please be aware that these are suggested costs only and that actual costs may vary based on where you live, method of transport chosen, availability of transport chosen, availability of accommodation, accommodation chosen and any other variables such as EU membership, fluctuation in demand for accommodation/travel options and time of booking.
You can pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments – though you won't need to pay until you've accepted an offer to study with us. Find out more about paying your fees.
It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our finance guide for postgraduate students to learn more about postgraduate loans and other funding options.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships and bursaries, which provide extra financial support while you're at university. These include an Alumni Scholarship, worth 20% off fees for ARU graduates.
Successful applicants wishing to take up a place on the course will be required to register no later than the Friday before the Introduction Module. This is to ensure you're ready to attend the first week of teaching. If you are unable to register by this date, you may not be able to study the course until the following intake.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements.
Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course; please email [email protected] for further information. Applicants to undergraduate courses can also check our information about undergraduate entry qualifications.
You'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course.
We offer face-to-face campus teaching (with the exception of distance learning courses), supported by our established online learning systems, which provide additional support for individual study and engagement. The number of contact hours varies course by course, and you can contact us for further information.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.
Check the section 'Standard entry requirements' for IELTS requirements for this course.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.
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