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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. With flexible part-time hours, this course fits around full-time work.

You can use the credits you earn on this short course towards a Masters in Psychological Studies.

Who is this course for?

This online 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.

What will I 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 will I study?

This Psychology of Wellbeing course is delivered part-time, 100% online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

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

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

Assessments

You’ll be assessed entirely online via weekly multiple-choice tests. These will test your knowledge on each of the main topics covered by the course.

Your teaching team

Where will this take me?

Towards a Masters

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

Both of these Masters degrees are:

  • 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 this area.

Build your learning

We have a growing range of online Psychology short courses you can use to build your skills. They’re all flexible and part-time.

Many carry credits you can build up into postgraduate qualifications, including Masters degrees:

Careers

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 careers advice

We’ll help you explore your career potential and connect with job opportunities around the world.

You can access our free careers service while you study.

From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

Am I ready?

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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Cost
£795