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?
Fits around full-time work
This course is designed to fit around work. With part-time hours and 24/7 study access.
You’re in expert hands
We’ve been delivering online and distance learning for decades.
NHS and alumni discounts
NHS staff get 10% off this online course. University of Aberdeen alumni get 20% off.
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:
- Brain biases
- 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
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 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:
- reading materials
- the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library
- discussion boards with your colleagues and tutors.
You’ll learn from practising clinical psychologists who have extensive experience of clinical psychology in practice and in teaching at postgraduate level.
You’ll be assessed entirely online via:
- online multiple-choice tests.
These will test your knowledge of each of the main topics covered by the course.
The course totals approximately 150 hours of study and assessment time. That’s around 10 – 15 hours per week.
This is an indicative guide to the time required for a typical student at this level to achieve the learning outcomes.
You can largely set your own study hours each week to cover the materials. MyAberdeen is available 24/7, so you can log in and study when it suits you.
Activities at fixed times
There may be some activities scheduled for fixed times. This could include coursework and assessments with deadlines, or online meetings with your tutor. Otherwise, you can access and work through the course at your convenience.
Our first-class support structure will ensure that you aren’t alone in your studies. You’ll have contact with your tutors, which could be by email, Skype, Teams or phone. You can use social media and discussion boards to chat with your fellow students too.
We provide a wide range of services to support you in your studies and beyond:
- Careers and Employability Service
- Disability support
- IT support
- Library support
- Student Support Service – help with finances, stress, wellbeing and non-academic issues
- Student Learning Service – study support, with advice sessions available via phone or Skype
- Aberdeen University Students’ Association (AUSA) – run by students for students
- Toolkit – clever apps and free training that can make your study life easier
Wherever you are in the world, you’ll feel part of our very special Aberdeen learning community.
Your teaching team
Dr Jason Bohan
Jason is the Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Psychology and is overseeing this course. He has a wealth of experience in teaching and pedagogical matters and is Chair of The British Psychological Society’s (BPS) Scottish Branch.
Dr Emma Hepburn
Emma has been practising as a Clinical Psychologist for over 10 years and works for NHS Grampian. She is an Honorary Lecturer, teaching clinical psychology on our undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Emma also illustrates psychology, as The Psychology Mum.
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:
- Developmental Psychology: Childhood Health and Wellbeing
- Introduction to Global Mental Health
- Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace
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
We welcome students from all over the world.
This course has no formal entry requirements. You do not need to provide proof of your qualifications.
But you do need to check the entry guidance above to understand the level of teaching delivered, to decide if this course is right for you.
If you do not have qualifications from the UK, check the equivalent teaching level for your country.
You do not need a visa to study online with us.
English language requirements
Teaching is delivered in English.
You do not have to provide proof of your English language skills to join this course. But we want to make sure that you can use English well enough to study successfully.
Recommended level of English
For this course, we recommend the following level of English language proficiency.
These are our Postgraduate Standard requirements, and these are minimum scores.
IELTS Academic and IELTS Online (not IELTS Indicator or IELTS General Training)
- 6.5 overall
- 5.5 for listening, reading and speaking
- 6.0 for writing
TOEFL iBT and TOEFL iBT Home Edition
- 90 overall
- 17 for listening
- 18 for reading
- 20 for speaking
- 21 for writing
- TOEFL DI code is 0818
Cambridge English: B2 First, C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency
- 176 overall
- 162 for listening, reading and speaking
- 169 for writing
LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator (Written and Spoken)
- Overall High Pass
- 33 for listening, reading and speaking
- 38 for writing
PTE Academic (online test not accepted)
- 62 overall
- 59 for listening, reading, speaking and writing
For full information about language requirements, see our English Language Requirements page.
You will need access to:
A computer (PC, laptop or Mac) operating on either:
- Windows 10 or later
- macOS 10.15 (Catalina) or later.
Most teaching materials are smartphone- and tablet-friendly. But we recommend a proper laptop or desktop for completing assignments comfortably.
Reliable internet access
- a wired connection
- a minimum download speed of 2 Mbps so you can take part fully in live sessions.
Speakers or headphones
- We recommend a headset with built-in microphone and earphones if you’re likely to study in an environment with background noise.
- A webcam is optional, but you may like to use one from some interactive sessions.
We’ll give you access to Office365 applications. This means you can use online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and install these programs on up to five personal devices.
If your course requires specialist software, we’ll provide you with access to this and a licence that lasts throughout your studies.
See our detailed IT requirements for more information.
When you study with us, you can expect a first-class support structure so that you’re never alone in your studies.
But learning online does mean you have to motivate yourself and manage your own time.
Your most important commitment to your course will be time – the time to work through, reflect on and understand your teaching materials.
Before you start a course that involves a high degree of independent study, we recommend looking at the time you will be able to devote to your course each week:
- Be realistic
- Create a weekly schedule as a guide
If you have any questions about studying online, get in touch with our friendly team. We’re here to help.
Your course fee needs to be paid in full before you start your course.
We accept payment via Visa Debit, Visa Credit and Mastercard.
Ways to save
You may be able to get help funding this course via:
- discounts – if any discounts are available for this course, they’ll appear in the section below
- employer sponsorship – we accept full and partial fee payments from sponsors.
Find out more about funding options.
All our students are entitled to a University of Aberdeen student card. This gives you access to a range of student discounts around the city and online.
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.