Applied Positive Psychology Research Diploma (Level 7)

Diplomas / Online Courses / Training Courses

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

Positive Psychology is one of the fastest growing and most exciting disciplines within Psychology today.

Its approaches have now been widely adopted by the NHS and favoured as an approach by the CQC and the Care Act (see here). The applications go beyond mental illness towards mental flourishing within business, life, education, health, and relationships.

Positive Psychology transcends 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.

New research continues to evolve in the inter-disciplinary fields of Positive Education, Positive Health, Positive Neuroscience, and Positive Sport. As an applied science, it has much value to offer to individuals, as well as to families, communities, schools, workplaces, and even national governance.

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

As a graduate from our Level 5 Diploma in Positive Psychology & Somatic Practice (Movement),  you will be qualified and insured to deliver Positive Psychology as an exercise training intervention. You will become a Professional Member of the Positive Psychology Guild and entitled to join the PPG Register of Professionals, which sets professional standards for the practice of Positive Psychology today.

PPG partners with universities that teach Positive Psychology at Masters degree level, including Bucks New University in the UK. The Level 5 Diploma will prepare you to engage in a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) MSc degree course. Should you wish to progress to a MAPP following certification, PPG will provide an academic reference on your behalf. Acceptance will be 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 an area that is of personal interest and motivation to them.


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 in 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. You will access this material through an approved online learning platform.

All of our tutors are qualified Positive Psychology Practitioners with relevant professional and academic experience. You will meet with your tutor on a regular basis via online video or audio calls and be able to contact them by email throughout your course.

You will also be expected to explore widely the value of applied research in Positive Psychology and Psychology throughout your studies.


Entry Criteria

Please note that this is a level 7-ranked qualification. This means you will be expected to produce written academic assignments on Psychology at an advanced level.

Your tutor will support you as much as possible in meeting this criteria during the course. However, you will need to meet the minimum criteria for entry, which includes prior research experience of an academic or professional nature and a level 5 (academic) qualification in Positive Psychology.

You will also be required to create and lead your chosen research project. Your tutor will not do this for you but they will supervise you as needed during the project design, implementation, and evaluation phases.

If you would like to complete this diploma but do not have an academic background in Positive Psychology, you may first complete our Level 5 Certificate in Positive Psychology Fundamentals or the equivalent. For more information on your eligibility, please contact us at:


Completion Time

Depending on the pace of studies you set yourself, you may complete your diploma within 6-12 months.

Should you need to pause your studies for personal or professional reasons, this is possible to do so. For example, you may be going through a busy period at work or your family may need to come first. Your revised timeline for studies may be discussed with your tutor.

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 form will need to be submitted.


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 analysis, 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 a literature review on the above research methods before designing a research project proposal based on one or more 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 mixed method research project proposal 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 1-3 months to complete, depending on your pace. 

You will complete a literature review on the above research methods before designing a mixed method research project proposal based on qualitative and quantitative research methods. The proposals for Modules 1 or 2 may be built on during Module 3.


Module 3 – Applied Research Project

Module 3 is where you 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, implementation, and evaluation of your project.


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. You may take as little or as much time as required for this within the time frame of 3 years from the date of your enrollment. The time period must reflect the nature of your research project design with a 6-month leeway period to tend to any personal or professional needs that arise.


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. After 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. You will also be invited to write a practice paper on your project for the PPN Professional Journal, Perspectives in Practice.


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 (PPGDip). 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.

Please note that this course is academically rigorous and gives graduates a scientifically confident approach to this exciting discipline. It is also a professional course with practical applications for the real world.

For more details, please download our 2020/2021 Course Prospectus here.


Professional Membership

Successful candidates will be able to join the Positive Psychology Guild as a Fellow Member.

You may use the PPG Fellow Member Approval logo on your own materials and website. You will also be invited to join the PPG Register of Professionals.

Professional and fellow members may apply to publish their research within the PPN  Journal, Perspectives in Practice, and practitioner insights on the PPN blog, Reflections on Practice.

Members may also apply to contribute to ongoing research projects, or initiate new projects, run by the Positive Psychology Centre.


Ongoing CPD

As a condition of membership, Fellow Members will be committed to our minimum CPD requirements to demonstrate and maintain Positive Practice Standards. These CPD courses may be taken with PPG or other educational service providers that meet the CPD criteria.


4. Course Costs

The course fee is £1650, payable in full or with a deposit of £650 and monthly installments starting at £100.

If you should need to precede this course with the completion of the Level 5 Certificate in Positive Psychology Fundamentals (usually £950), please note your total course fee will be £2450 (£1650 + £800) payable in full or with a deposit of £850 and monthly installments starting at £100.

Please note that the course must be paid in full prior to completion and certification.


How to Study

This is a self-paced course. You may begin at any time of the year and take up to 3 years to complete your research project.

While we will provide the teaching content and research supervision support, you will manage the long-distance study elements of this course. These require you to follow interactive online course content and engage in scientific and non-scientific reading material on a regular basis.

You will be expected to take leadership in directing your own research project and learning process. You will also adhere to PPG’s Professional Guidelines for Positive Psychology Practitioners and Professional Guidelines for Applied Research.


Next Steps

Enrollment for this course opens in September 2020. The course will launch in January 2021.

If you require further information, or to request a course application form, please contact:

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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 & Wellbeing, and Autism Awareness for Managers & Practitioners, as well as corporate and non-profit workshops and talks on Positive Psychology and wider Psychology topics.

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