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Psychology, Wellbeing and Resilience

UK Quality Assured
Our School of Psychology offers cutting-edge applied psychology courses focused on wellbeing and resilience. These enable practitioners to improve the quality of life for individuals and group communities who are facing personal or collective challenges in the UK and around the world.
School of Psychology
  • fully accredited

    All our courses that are eligible for accreditation have secured this from the relevant professional governing body.
  • We're pioneers

    Our courses are at the forefront of developments in the subject in terms of their pioneering content and integrative approach to skills development.

    The 2014 Research Excellence Framework rated 43 per cent of the research within the School of Psychology as ‘internationally excellent’ and a further 25 per cent of the research work as ‘world-leading’ – the highest accolade.

Why us?

Our courses focus on the application of theory, principles and research from the fields of counselling, coaching, occupational and positive psychology and career guidance to address social issues and enhance quality of life.

We do this by using discipline-specific interventions that improve outcomes and enable individuals to flourish. The goal is to develop individuals and group communities so that they can function at their optimum.

Our ground-breaking distance-learning MSc in International Psychosocial Humanitarian Interventions is one of very few in the world. For the last four years it has been helping aid workers and doctors who are on the front line in dealing with humanitarian disasters such as war, earthquakes and outbreaks of disease.

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The disciplines of positive psychology, coaching and counselling are evolving in the direction of complementing each other in terms of theory research and practitioner-oriented skills. Studying with us will place you at the forefront of these developments. You will gain the skills to know how to apply them practically.

And we are now offering two distinct and avant-garde courses which carefully integrate the complementing strengths of positive psychology, coaching psychology and counselling theory: the MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology, which can be undertaken on campus or by distance-learning, and the MSc in Integrative Counselling and Coaching.
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Other Psychology Postgraduate Courses

Our School of Psychology is one of the largest providers of British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited professional training in the UK. We recognise the importance of professional psychologists being science practitioners when they apply their expertise.

I enjoyed the fact that the course was very practically applicable. I believe this was due to the fact that the majority of the lecturers were already working as consultants and therefore had genuine applications and stories to apply to the learning.  

Pauline Heron , MSc Business Psychology
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What we’re researching

UEL’s School of Psychology 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 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.

Dr Francisco Jose Eiroa-Orosa researches the understanding of psychosocial wellbeing in the context of complex multi-dimensional problems such as addictions, trauma, migration or social change.

Dr Tim Lomas has explored the impact of meditation on men’s wellbeing, using a mixed-methods design comprising narrative interviews, cognitive testing, and EEG measurement.

Dr Christian van Nieuwerburgh is an internationally recognised academic and consultant whose ground-breaking research concerns his specialist area of coaching and mentoring, in which he conducts numerous international collaborations.

Dr Kate Hefferon’s work was the first to link participation in physical activity with post-traumatic growth. She has conducted several evaluation studies on the role of physical activity during and following breast cancer.

Among last year’s publications by Principal Lecturer Donald Ridley, who is a specialist in organisational development in the public sector in the former Soviet Union, are Safety management - the lessons of experience and The unspeakable and the sublime - the relationship between Stalin and Shostakovich.

Over the past few years Dr Aneta Tunariu has delivered psychological interventions in the UK and abroad working with disenfranchised young people to foster the development of positive identities, emotional resourcing and positive future perspectives.

Currently, Dr Tunariu is engaged in projects focusing on individual capacity for growth and resilience as a means of combating the risk of young people adopting radical belief systems.

Why us