MSc Applied Positive Psychology – Bucks New University

Bucks New University is one of only a small handful of universities around the world that offers a Master’s programme in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP). The MAPP at Bucks is a two-year part-time MSc course that introduces students to key positive psychology theory, provides opportunities to critically explore and apply these in personal projects, and gives training in applied research skills to allow students to conduct their own dissertation research project.

In Year 1 (the Postgraduate Certificate stage) we explore a range of theory and research in relation to happiness, wellbeing, flourishing, strengths, flow, mindfulness, positive emotions, hope and resilience.

In Year 2 (the Postgraduate Diploma stage) we shift the focus more explicitly to ‘application’ skills and supporting the student focus in moving towards their specific ‘positive psychology in practice’.  In the second year, students also work on their dissertation with a supervisor on a project that is central to their personal or professional context in applying positive psychology. (It is also possible to undertake the dissertation in a third year.) Throughout the programme, we work closely with students to support individual goals and aspirations for the course.

You can find out more about the Bucks MAPP here, or by contacting either Dr Piers Worth ( or Dr Matthew Smith ( directly. We also welcome the opportunity to speak with prospective applicants in person or via Skype.


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