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Applied Psychology

PgCert | PgDip | MSc
PgCert | PgDip | MSc Applied Psychology

Our Applied Psychology course is designed to allow those without a psychology undergraduate degree to develop the wide-range of subject-specific and generic skills required for a career as a professional Psychologist. It will enable you to scientifically study individuals, the mind and behaviour, to make a lasting positive impact on people and society.

The flexible nature of the course makes it career-enhancing, as it is tailored to your personal needs and professional requirements. It allows you to study an elective module in an applied area of your choice, and the research project enables you to explore psychological questions in a real-world context which are relevant to your interests, experiences and future career ambitions.

100% of MSc Applied Psychology graduates in professional level employment - 2018-2019 Student Experience Questionnaire (SEQ)

This course has multiple study options
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Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date


Course Length

12 months

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date


Course Length

24 months

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date


Course Length

36 months

You’ll learn how to apply your thinking to examine the theories and practices that make up the professional knowledge in Psychology and build on these skills to become an independent researcher. Rather than just working within the key issues or debates in Psychology, you will be expected to examine the edges and boundaries of Psychology and understand how knowledge is constructed.

The modules will focus on Applied Psychology; using knowledge of psychology to understand real-world problems and create changes in areas such as education, the workplace, mental health and psychological well-being, counselling, physical health and illness, behaviour change, forensic and legal settings, sport and exercise, and social problems such as prejudice and discrimination.

Available Full-time or Part-time

If you work more than 18 hours per week we recommend you apply for the part-time route.


Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information. 

Detailed module information

You’ll learn via the University's virtual learning environment CampusMoodle, where you’ll interact with tutors and other students. All classes and activities are delivered online and in your own time with the exception of the fortnightly online workshops.

There is no requirement to attend on campus as learning will involve online lectures, interactive discussion forums and virtual classroom sessions, as well as one-to-one support from a specialist supervisor when you begin your empirical research project. Assessment methods include online examinations, written coursework in the form of essays and reports, empirical research projects and a range of online activities.

Assessment and exams are all completed and submitted online.

If you remain a part-time student the course duration is 36 months but if you convert to full-time for the dissertation (after Year 2) you can complete in 24 months.

Activity Summary
  • Online lectures  - 4 hours per week
  • Online seminars - 4 hours per week
  • Online workshop - 40 students per group, 2 hours per fortnight. These are all streamed live but also recorded and can be viewed later if you are unable to attend the online live event.
  • Independent Study - 42 hours per week

Students are given 1 – 2 hours of lectures per module per week; plus 1-2 hrs online activity.

Independent Study

A significant portion of this course is underpinned by independent learning, and you will be expected to be responsible for managing your coursework, reading and other learning activities appropriately.


Our school is one of the first to provide a BPS accredited MSc via distance learning. We have an expanding psychology teaching and research portfolio. Our team of lecturers have strong practice and research backgrounds, and a passion for helping you to achieve your best – whether that’s online, supervising your dissertation, or providing pastoral support. With small class sizes we get to know you as an individual throughout your course. Our teaching staff will provide you with a stimulating and enjoyable education as you gain a range of skills required to add value to society in a wide-range of careers in psychology or working with people.



The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Inclusion Centre


All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.



The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support


Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

University Library


On graduation you will be equipped with a broad range of skills including the ability to:

  • Solve problems and reason scientifically 
  • Make critical judgements and evaluations 
  • Demonstrate ethical awareness and sensitivity to contextual and interpersonal factors
  • Communicate and collaborate successfully

Is Applied Psychology a good career choice?

Successful completion of the MSc will enable you to pursue further training as a HCPC-registered and/or Chartered Psychologist in a range of psychology areas such as: clinical, counselling, education, forensic, occupational, health, sport and exercise, teaching and research.

Previous MSc Applied Psychology graduates of Robert Gordon University have gone on to pursue the following careers:

  • Youth Justice Worker
  • Chaplain
  • Business Coach
  • Psychology Lecturer
  • Clinical Director

Given the distance learning nature of the course, you will also be adaptive and responsible in order to be an effective independent learner. Such soft skills are highly valued by employers for jobs across a wide range of occupations which involve work with people, and will prove invaluable if you plan to apply for further training as a HPC-registered and/or Chartered Psychologist.

Find Your CAREER Path

  • Applicants should have an Honours degree with a final degree classification of at least 2:2 or international equivalent.
  • Degrees in areas related to the social sciences, education, health and social care, and experience in research methods are desirable.

Applications for this course will open Monday 2 November 2020 and close Sunday 4 July 2021 for September  2021 entry.

Only applications received during this period, which are complete and contain all required documents, will be considered. As a minimum we require degree transcript (and certificate if available), personal statement, academic reference (or work reference supporting suitability for PG study), and CV.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

Pre-Sessional English Programme at RGU

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact for further information.


UK/EU Students

Online Learning Full-time

  • £7,370

Online Learning Part-time over 3 years

  • £2,770 for stage 1
  • £2,770 for stage 2
  • £1,830 for stage 3

Online Learning Part-time over 2 years

  • £3,685 for stage 1
  • £3,685 for stage 2

International Students

Online Learning Full-time

  • £12,480

Online Learning Part-time over 3 years

  • £4,680 for stage 1
  • £4,680 for stage 2
  • £3,120 for stage 3

Online Learning Part-time over 2 years

  • £6,240 for stage 1
  • £6,240 for stage 2

UK/EU Students

Online Learning Full-time

  • £6,700

Online Learning Part-time over 3 years

  • £2,510 for stage 1
  • £2,510 for stage 2
  • £1,680 for stage 3

Online Learning Part-time over 2 years

  • £3,350 for stage 1
  • £3,350 for stage 2

International Students

Online Learning Full-time

  • £11,350

Online Learning Part-time over 3 years

  • £4,260 for stage 1
  • £4,260 for stage 2
  • £2,830 for stage 3

Online Learning Part-time over 2 years

  • £5,675 for stage 1
  • £5,675 for stage 2
Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:


Students may be eligible to claim for Recognition of Prior Certificated Learning (RPCL) in up to four modules on the course.  Modules taken at SQCF Level 9, 10 or 11 (i.e. Scottish 3rd or 4th year undergraduate or Master's level, or equivalents in the rest of the UK) are eligible for RPCL on application to the Course Leader. Each module will be subject to an investigation fee of £165 and undergo the university's standard procedure for this. For any modules approved for RPCL, students will receive a pro-rata discount on their fees. Please contact the Course Leader for further details.


Student Funding

Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.

Postgraduate Students' Funding


Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.


Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:



For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:



Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

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Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.

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