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Programme Objectives

The objective of the M.Sc. is to provide a core body of knowledge and skills from social psychology which, when integrated with the theory, methods and research of specific areas of psychology, can be used to study and resolve social problems.

The M.Sc. programme is designed on the scientist-practitioner model.  It prepares graduates for research, policy analysis, intervention and consulting in a wide range of different settings.  These settings include government agencies, industrial organizations, schools, social service agencies, community-based organizations, research firms, trade unions, hospitals and clinics.


To earn the M.Sc. in Applied Psychology, students must pass:


  • core courses, including courses in advanced research methods and statistics
  • approved electives
  • a research seminar (2 credits)
  • an ethics seminar (1 credit)
  • a technical writing course (departmental requirement, 1credit)
  • a practicum (3 credits)
  • a research paper (6 credits)


Themes in Applied Psychology, one of the core courses, serves as an orientation to the profession.  This course focuses on the dynamic balance of theory, research and practice in applied psychology.  The remaining core courses provide students with additional knowledge in the field that we have determined is essential for their basic training. The electives allow students to select from among specialized content areas, which may narrow or broaden their training, according to their career goals and, if desired, chosen area(s) of specialty.


The M.Sc. in Applied Psychology is offered on a full-time basis only. Students are expected to complete all requirements for the programme, including the practicum and research paper, in two academic years.

Core Courses

PSYC 6000 – Themes in Applied Psychology
PSYC 6001 – Applied Psychology Research Seminar (Year Long)
PSYC 6002 – Psychological Testing, Measurement and Evaluation
SOCI 6115 – Quantitative data Analysis for the Social Sciences
PSYC 6023 – Issues of Caribbean Psychology: Ethics and Professional Practice Seminar I
PSYC 6032 – Applied research Methods in Psychology and Organizational Behaviour
SOCI 6081 – Technical Writing

Credits - 16

Electives – 3 Credits each. Students will select 4 courses

PSYC 6003 – Group Behaviour Applications
PSYC 6009 – Self and Social Theory in the Caribbean
PSYC 6011 – Communication and Persuasion
PSYC 6022 – Applied Health Psychology
PSYC 6006 – Coping With Illness
PSYC 6008 – Psychology of Work & Motivation
PSYC 6010 – Organizational Learning
SOCI 6069 –Monitoring & Evaluation of Social Programmes
HRNM 7102- Psychological Assessment in Orgs
SOWK 6103 – Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
*Approved electives

Credits - 12

PSYC 6007 – Applied Psychology Practicum
PSYC 6030 – Applied Psychology Research Pape6

Credits - 9



*Three special interest areas: Social psychology, Industrial-organizational psychology, and Health psychology are represented among a list of approved electives from which students may build their course of study towards a degree in Applied Psychology. Other elective courses may be selected from a variety of M.Sc. programmes both within and outside of the department.  Prior to registering, however, students should first check the times and semesters in which courses not listed among the approved electives are being offered.  Then, they should seek approval from the Programme Coordinator for their chosen elective(s).

Admission Requirements

Bachelors degree in Psychology from a recognized University with at least Upper Second Class Honours. Applicants with Bachelors degrees in other disciplines are required to complete the diploma in Psychology.



Tuition for this program is charged per year, plus miscellaneous fees charged by the University.  For each semester that a student is regiatered, University regulations require that tuition is paid.



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