Masters in Applied Psychology
This programme is for students who have previously studied psychology and want to further their knowledge and understanding of an applied area of psychology.
Individuals who have a good knowledge in core areas in psychology are able to further expand their knowledge and skills in applied areas such as Clinical and Counselling Psychology or Child & Educational Psychology to prepare them take up responsibilities in these disciplines.
This is an ideal qualifications for individuals who aspire to become professionals in mental health, child care, educational management, social care, teaching and researching psychology, counselling, psychological assessments and various forms of psychotherapy. Due to the diversity of applied psychology, the skills are highly transferrable and can be utilized to enter other fields of study as well.
Students who complete this qualification could obtain supervised training in a range of applied areas of psychology, that would make them eligible to practice of their own upon completion of such training under qualified supervisors.
CIRP is able to organize supervised training for most students at its own counselling and therapeutic center and also in collaboration with several supervision sites in hospitals, mental health and child care clinics and related NGOs.
Delivery & Assessment
Mode of Assessment
Masters in Applied Psychology
February & September
Written Examinations + Assignments + A Project
Colombo Institute of Research and Psychology
The aim of this programme is for students to develop an understanding of how psychology is applied to real life, in an applied area of their choice (from two options Educational and Child Psychology and Clinical and Counselling Psychology).
*** Students must select 2 modules out of the 6 electives
Traditional Entry Criteria
Bachelors’ Degree in Psychology or
Bachelors’ Degree in any discipline with 120 credits in psychology
Alternative Entry Criteria
An equivalent professional qualification in which the required areas of core psychology and research methods are covered.
Individuals who do not possess the above entry qualifications but have other forms of prior learning and/or work experience may apply under non traditional entry routes. Such requests will be evaluated on case by case basis by the academic boards of both CIRP and Coventry University.
A very good command of English Language in reading, writing and speaking is required to successfully complete this programme.
Students whose medium of primary and secondary education is not English, should either obtain an IELTS Score of 6.00 or any other proof of proficiency of English Language acceptable to the academic board
All candidates are selected through an interview
What are the elective modules?
Students could select either Clinical and Counseling Psychology or Child and Educational Psychology as elective modules.
How often would I have to attend classes?
Students have classes on Saturday afternoons and Sundays.
How is teaching done for this programme?
Each module consists of around 15 sessions of direct teaching that covers the learning objectives and small group discussions and tutorials to support students.
How are the students assessed?
Students are assessed through a combination of a module based written examinations and a coursework at the end of each module.
How many modules are delivered in a semester?
Usually each semester is allocated 3 modules.
What learning materials and resources do I have access to?
All your lecture slides could be downloaded from the Student portal and a range of e books, journals, articles and research papers are available through CIRP Online resources. You could also refer or borrow books from CIRP library, which is open from 8.00 a.m. – 8.00 p.m. on all 7 days.