What makes us happy? What improves our psychological wellbeing? How can we increase life satisfaction?

Join our online psychology of wellbeing course and gain a psychological understanding of our emotions, behaviour and mental health.

You’ll explore the science and theory of what improves psychological wellbeing. You’ll learn how to improve your own mental wellbeing. And you’ll discover ways we can apply psychological research to improve the wellbeing of communities and societies.

Study online in your spare time with experts from our School of Psychology. And continue to earn while you learn – this course fits around full-time work.

Build towards a Masters degree

You can use the credits you earn on this course towards our accredited MSc in Psychological Studies if you’d like to go to study for this qualification.

Who is this mental health course for?

This distance-learning mental health course is ideal for anyone with a general interest in psychological wellbeing.

It may be of particular interest to those working in a community setting, such as caring.

Why study wellbeing online with the University of Aberdeen?

What you’ll study

You’ll study the evidence base of psychological research around wellbeing.

You’ll discover how psychological theory and research can be applied to improve the lives of individuals, communities and societies. You’ll explore:

  • what is meant by wellbeing, the different approaches to this and how it can be measured
  • what psychological science tells us about improving individual wellbeing
  • applying science to improve individual wellbeing and the barriers to implementing this
  • the wider systemic and cultural factors contributing to wellbeing in communities and societies.

You’ll learn to understand and apply research findings in your own life and in communities to improve psychological wellbeing and mental health.

The topics you’ll cover on this psychology of wellbeing course include:

  • Emotions
  • Thinking
  • Brain biases
  • Beliefs
  • Changing behaviour
  • Building new habits
  • Achieving goals.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to…

  • Describe theories of psychological wellbeing.
  • Critically evaluate psychological research on factors contributing to psychological wellbeing.
  • Reflect on opportunities and barriers to applying research in real-life settings.
  • Apply an understanding of the evidence to individuals and in your own life.

How you’ll study

Online learning

This distance-learning Psychology of Wellbeing course is delivered part-time, 100% online. You can study with us anywhere in the world without a visa, and manage your study hours to suit you.

This course is taught at Masters level.

Your teaching

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

  • videos
  • reading materials
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library
  • discussion boards with your colleagues and tutors.

Your tutors

You’ll learn from practising clinical psychologists who have extensive experience of clinical psychology in practice and in teaching at postgraduate level.

Your teaching team

Where this will take you

Towards a Masters

You’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. You can use these credits towards our accredited:

This on-campus Masters degree is:

  • accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • designed to introduce graduates from other disciplines to the study of psychology, as your first step to pursuing a career in psychology.

Build your learning

This course is part of our series of online mental health and wellbeing courses.

Use these short courses to build your skills and earn more credits towards postgraduate psychology qualifications:

All these online courses are part-time and fit around full-time work.


Whatever your industry, you’ll gain career-enhancing skills and expertise on this course.

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free career support

Access our free careers service while you study.

  • 1:1 appointments
  • CV checks
  • Interview prep
  • Job opportunities

See how our careers service can help you.

Entry requirements

This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.

The course is delivered at Masters level. At this level, you’d usually have at least:

  • a 2:2 (second-class) undergraduate degree
  • or relevant experience that supports this level of study.

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