Applied Positive Psychology Research Diploma (Level 7)

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There is now an exciting opportunity to study Applied Positive Psychology Research with the Positive Psychology Guild.

Positive Psychology (PP) is one of the fastest growing and most exciting disciplines within Psychology today. PP approaches have now been widely adopted by the NHS and favoured as an approach by the CQC. The applications go way beyond mental illness and on towards mental flourishing within business, life and relationships.

Positive Psychology as a discipline has implications that transcend the emphasis on mental illness and puts the focus on optimal wellbeing and flourishing. It is one of the most holistic scientific approaches to physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. Its research includes mastery of fear, courage, resilience, authenticity, hope, and much more…

Take your Positive Psychology Practice to a new level with an advanced diploma in applied research!

Positive Psychology Network partners with Bucks New University in research, events and conferences and the development of National Occupational Standards in Positive Psychology Practice. As a graduate from our Diploma Course, you will be qualified and licensed by the Positive Psychology Guild to practice as a Positive Psychology Practitioner. Should you wish to progress your studies even further – you will be ideally placed for acceptance onto the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology MSc degree course. PPN will also offer an academic reference on your behalf. Acceptance is subject to the usual University checks.

1. Professional Education

This diploma is designed to support the professional development of Positive Psychology Practitioners who wish to gain a meaningful and credible qualification in applied research. It is suited to adult learner needs such as flexibility, self-paced learning, and individual tutor support. We encourage students to link their applied research studies to an area of their Positive Psychology practice or a personal area that is of interest and motivation to them.

Entry Criteria

Please note that you will need to be a qualified Positive Psychology Practitioner (at least level 5 or the equivalent) with a keen interest in applied research to be eligible for this course. We also accept applications from applicants with a recognised degree in Psychology provided they have completed our level Certificate in Positive Psychology Fundamentals. For more information on your eligibility, please contact us at:

Learning Delivery

Most of our students are adult learners with busy lives. They are looking for flexible, online, professional courses that will prepare them for practicing an area of Positive Psychology. The course content is delivered online in a user-friendly format and a personal tutor is assigned at the start of the course. All of our tutors are qualified Positive Psychology Practitioners with relevant experience. You will meet with your tutor on a regular basis and be able to contact them by email throughout your course.

Completion Time

This course launches in January 2021. Enrollment opens in July 2020. You may start their course at any time of the year and choose the pace at which you go. Depending on the pace of studies you set yourself, you may complete your diploma within 6 to 12 months. Should you need to pause your studies for personal or professional reasons, this is possible to do so. The maximum period for completing your diploma is 3 years from the date of enrollment. Should you wish to complete after this period, an updated application will need to be made.

Tutor Support

A personal tutor with experience in Applied Positive Psychology Research will be assigned to guide you through the diploma. You will meet regularly online with your tutor and be able to contact them by email as needed for further support. Their role will be to support your learning process and translating your research ideas into an academic project with practical outcomes appropriate for your professional practice.

Seminars & Symposiums

PPN regularly runs networking events, seminars and workshops. As a student, you will be encouraged you attend and will be given discount codes exclusive to our student members. Student membership details can be found here. Please contact us below for further details on past and upcoming events.


2. Course Outline

Our Professional UK Level 7 Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology Research is designed for people who wish to research a topic within Positive Psychology and apply it to their area of practice. The course is suitable for Positive Psychology Practitioners who are new to research and those who wish to broaden their research skills base.

Module 1 – Qualitative Research Methods

Module 1 covers qualitative research methods and skills. You will be introduced to case study analysis, phenomenology, interpretative phenomenological anaylsis, grounded theory, narrative enquiry, and ethnography. Your assessment will be a research project proposal based on one (or more) of these research methods.

Module 1 Units

Unit 1: Case Studies

Unit 2: Phenomenology

Unit 3: Grounded Theory

Unit 4: Narrative Enquiry

Unit 5: Ethnography

This module takes on average 2-4 months to complete, depending on your pace. You will complete 5 literature reviews on each of the above research methods before designing a research project proposal based on one of the methods. You will be introduced to research ethics and the qualitative project design process at the start of your studies.

Module 2 – Quantitative Research Methods

Module 2 covers quantitative research methods and skills. You will be introduced to survey research, correlational research, causal-comparative research, experimental research, SPSS, and data analysis. Your assessment will be a research project based on one (or more) of these research methods.

Module 2 Units

Unit 1: SPSS & Data Analysis

Unit 2: Survey Research

Unit 3: Experimental Research

Unit 4: Correlational Research

Unit 5: Causal-Comparative Research

This module takes on average 2-4 months to complete, depending on your pace. You will complete 5 literature reviews on each of the above research methods before designing a research project proposal based on one of the methods. You will be introduced to research ethics and the quantitative project design process at the start of your studies.

Module 3 – Applied Research Project

Module 3 is allows you to create your own applied research project. If you already possess the skills taught in modules 1 and 2, you may apply to progress directly to this module. A project supervisor, who is also a Positive Psychology Practitioner and Researcher, will be assigned to support you in the development and implementation of your project. Where possible, we will match your supervisor’s background to your project topic or interest area.

Module 3 Units

There are no units in Module 3 as this is a self-led project development phase of your learning with your tutor’s supervision and support.

This module may take anywhere from 3-12 months, depending on your pace. The first phase of your learning will be to select your research project area of interest and an appropriate research question and method/s. Once the question is approved, you may proceed to the project design phase. Once this is approved, you will proceed to participant recruitment and selection followed by the project implementation. On conclusion of your research study, you will present your findings in a dissertation, journal paper format, and academic poster. You will emphasise the applied aspects of your research findings or results.


3. Certification

This certificate is accredited by the Positive Psychology Guild (PPG) and CPD Group. PPG is a Not for Profit Organisation and a government registered learning provider with a UK Provider Reference Number: 10067939.

On successful completion of your diploma, you will receive a certificate stating that you hold a Level 7 Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology Research. You may refer to yourself as an Applied Positive Psychology Researcher. If you haven’t already done so and are eligible, you may also apply for Fellow Membership and to join the Guild’s Register of Positive Psychology Practitioner Professionals and Professional Positive Psychology Researcher Database.

Ongoing Research

Further opportunities to collaborate with the Positive Psychology Guild’s Applied Research Centres are available. Please contact us for further information at:

Ongoing CPD

As a condition of membership, Professional and Fellow Members will be committed to our minimum CPD requirements to demonstrate and maintain Positive Practice Standards.


4. Course Costs

The introductory course fee is £1600 (valid until 1st June 2021). Zero interest financing and monthly payment plans are available on request. Concessions and scholarships are available on a means-tested basis. This includes a conversation with one of our staff members and the submission of an application form. Please contact us for further information.

Next Steps

If you require further information or would like to book your place on this course, contact:


About the Positive Psychology Guild

The Positive Psychology Guild (PPG) is a non-profit think tank, research institution, training provider, awarding body and membership organisation for Positive Psychologists and Practitioners Internationally.

PPG offers a bridge between coaches, mentors, trainers, consultants, entrepreneurs, teachers and researchers who integrate Positive Psychology into their services, and psychologists, counsellors, and psychotherapists engaged in positive therapy. It partners with Bucks New University Positive Psychology Department (MAPP), and collaborates on research, raising standards and building awareness of this emerging and powerful discipline.

PPG also runs online and live courses on Positive Organisational Psychology, Mental Health First Aid & Wellbeing, and Autism Awareness for Managers & Practitioners, as well as corporate and non-profit workshops and talks on Positive Psychology and wider Psychology topics. For more information, please contact: