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Overview

The MSc Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology, one of the only courses of its kind in the world, fully integrates positive psychology and coaching psychology to create an innovative training programme for those promoting wellbeing.

This course is available in the following three options:

  • Full-time on-campus (12 months)
  • Full-time distance learning (12 months)
  • Part-time distance learning (24 months)

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.

Our course is accredited at Master Practitioner level by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC). After graduating you will be able to apply for the Foundation, Practitioner, Senior Practitioner and, eventually, Master Practitioner level according to your level of experience.

What makes this course different

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1st university in the world to run this course

We are the first university in the world to offer this explicitly integrated course, which is aimed at those wishing to promote wellbeing in organisations, education establishments and businesses worldwide.

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Built for demand

This broad and flexible course has been put together in response to a growing demand within the coaching and positive psychology community. There is a rapidly expanding market for the range of skills you will learn.

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Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) which is a benchmark for excellence and progression for coaches, mentors and supervisors.

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.

The practice of Coaching Psychology may be described as a process for enhancing wellbeing and performance in personal life, educational and work domains. It is underpinned by models of coaching grounded in established adult and child learning theories or psychological theories and approaches. 

The course features six substantive modules - two mainly focused in positive psychology and two in coaching with a clear integrative approach -  plus two further research methods modules.

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.

All students must complete five of the six core modules of the programme as listed below. Flourishing within Organisations is an optional module and can be replaced for a module in the MSc in Occupational and Organisational Psychology.

MODULES

  • Core Modules
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    Perspectives on Individual Wellbeing (Mental Wealth)

    This module will take you through the prevalent Positive Psychology theories, the main research findings and their applications. You will explore a variety of topics under the umbrella of individual wellbeing both from a critical and practical perspective. You will also learn how to assess positive psychology constructs such as positive emotions and satisfaction with life. You will also learn about the application of Positive Psychology interventions to coaching and to evaluate each topic in relation to your own life experience.  

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    Flourishing Within Organisations

    This module will take you through the Positive Psychology theories and concepts that focus on the systemic and contextual aspects and dimensions of wellbeing. You will adopt a multidimensional approach, with a particular focus on systemic and socio-cultural dimensions in order to appreciate the range of existing and potential applications of Positive Psychology and Coaching to educational, organisational and public policy contexts. You will gain an understanding of the key historical, philosophical, social and political issues and you will consider key eudemonic topics relating to Positive Psychology and its applications. 

HOW YOU'LL LEARN

This course is delivered in our School of Psychology, which is a large and exciting community with a global reputation for the high quality of its teaching and research.

The course is taught through an executive teaching style whereby teaching is delivered on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (plus a few Thursdays) once every three weeks, with 4-8 hours of teaching per day.

This innovative course is based on cutting-edge research already being produced by members of the academic team who are shaping their respective fields in collaboration with colleagues around the world.

Your capacity as a coach will be developed by our guidance on how to build a coaching partnership through the use of reflective questions leading to enhanced self-awareness. You will also develop a helpful blend of techniques to challenge and support clients.

During your induction, the ethos and rationale of an integration of coaching and positive psychology will be fully explained.

You will then be encouraged to start thinking about an integrative topic for your research module.

In each of the core modules, the benefits of integration will be explicitly highlighted, and our academic team will incorporate examples and case studies from both fields.

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, 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 and write a critical coaching log and personal professional development plans.

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

Stratford Campus

Stratford Campus, Water Lane, Stratford

WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Professor Aneta D. Tunariu

Professor Aneta D. Tunariu is the Dean of the School of Psychology at the University of East London (UEL).

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Professor Ian Tucker

Ian is Professor and Director of Impact and Innovation in the School of Psychology at UEL. He has expertise in digital media and mental health.

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What we're researching

Psychology at UEL was ranked equal first in the country in terms of the impact of its research, beating Oxford and Cambridge.

The Research Excellence Framework is a six-yearly national review by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

In 2014 it rated 43 per cent of our research as 'internationally excellent' and a further 25 per cent as 'world-leading' - the highest accolade. It added that UEL's School of Psychology was one of only four in the country whose research had a '100 per cent impact' at the highest level.

Here are some examples of the research that takes place in the School of Psychology:

We have produced world-renowned research in the fields of listening to children and pupil involvement, behaviour management, school leadership, systems analysis, management, educational psychology training, conciliation and mediation in special needs and teacher stress.

Professor Rachel Tribe was awarded the British Psychological Society's Ethics Committee's 2013 award for promoting Equality of Opportunity. Her clinical interests focus on all aspects of trauma, culture and mental health, professional and ethical practice, working with interpreters in mental health, migration and mental health and organisational development.

Professor Christian van Nieuwerburgh has undertaken ground-breaking work on "Coaching in Islamic culture", publishing a book entitled Coaching in Islamic Culture: The Principles and Practice of Ershad Coaching  with co-author, Raja'a Allaho. He is regarded as a global thought leader in the area of Coaching in Education. He is a passionate champion of the integration of coaching and positive psychology and led on the creation of the MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology at UEL.

Dr Andrea Giraldez-Hayes is a leading practitioner in the complementary fields of Coaching Psychology and Positive Psychology. Seen as an international authority in the area of Coaching in Education, she is a renowned public speaker at conferences Europe and Latin America. She regularly presents on the topics of teachers' identities and arts and wellbeing. Andrea has written a number of peer-reviewed journal articles and books about coaching and soft-skills for educators.

Dr Tim Lomas has published widely on a variety of topics, including mindfulness and Buddhism, 'second wave' positive psychology, gender, and language. With the latter, Tim has been developing a 'positive cross-cultural lexicography' of untranslatable words relating to wellbeing (see www.drtimlomas.com/lexicography), aiming to enhance cross-cultural appreciation and understanding in psychology. This has resulted in numerous papers and books (including Translating Happiness, published in 2018 by MIT Press), as well as prominent media coverage (including TIME, The New Yorker, and Scientific American).

Accredited by

European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC).

YOUR FUTURE CAREER

When you graduate from this course you will operate as a more flexible consultant or practitioner in a rapidly developing and increasingly sought-after field.

You will be well versed in relevant scientific literature, with the confidence to apply it in your professional practice.

This may involve working with individuals on a one-to-one basis through Positive Psychology or Executive Coaching or working at organisational level using positive organisational scholarship. 

There is a significant demand for the skills that this integrated course develops. The field of coaching, for instance, is growing dramatically judging by the amount of research output and the degree of recognition it is now receiving from employers as well as educational and governmental institutions. According to the International Coach Federation (ICF), by 2017, the coaching industry was believed to be a $2 billion global industry. 

In designing the programme we consulted with employers in the field, industry specialists, academics in other institutions and professional bodies. Our accreditation with the EMCC reflects the professional character and the quality of the training.

There are relatively few postgraduate courses specialising in either Positive Psychology or Coaching Psychology, and none which integrates the two in the way UEL has done. The integration of Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology positions graduates in a prime position to further their professional careers in a wide range of settings.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.