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Master in Psychology

Master in Psychology

The master’s programme MSc in Psychology of the University of Bolton is a one-year full-time programme which involves the comprehensive study of selected areas in psychology at an advanced level and the acquisition of advanced professional and research skills.  Topics covered include Positive Psychology – theory, research and practical interventions – and a thorough training in quantitative and qualitative research methods in Psychology. Graduates will be able to apply the skills learnt on the MSc in teaching and education, human resources, career coaching, leadership, business, and in various fields of mental health counselling.

Students on this programme can apply to become a student member of the International Positive Psychology Association Membership of IPPA’s student division entitles you to many benefits such as discounted conference and subscription fees (for The Journal of Positive Psychology) and access to further training, networking and mentoring opportunities. In addition, students who have successfully completed the University of Bolton MSc in Psychology qualify for IPPA's professional membership level.

The MSc programme has two intakes per year, in February and in October.


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The following modules are offered at NYC Athens:

  • Psychological and Social Research: Review, Evaluation and Design
  • Foundations of Positive Psychology
  • Positive Psychology in Practice
  • Qualitative Inquiry
  • Quantitative Inquiry 1
  • Critical Positive Psychology
  • Psychology Dissertation (up to 15,000 words)

The distinctive feature of the master's programme is its flexibility, as classes take place only on Friday evenings and Saturdays, so that professionals can combine post-graduate studies with working. All courses are delivered in English.

To enter in the programme, students must have:

  • an honours degree in psychology, recognised by the British Psychological Society or equivalent, with classification of at least 2:1
  • candidates with a 2:2 or equivalent, or graduates from a field closely related to Psychology, may be accepted after successful interview with the Programme Leader.
  • a good standard of English (IELTS 6.5 minimum, or a recognised equivalent).


Local Programme Manager

Head of the Psychology Department: Dr. Antonia Svensson Dianellou

Antonia holds a PhD and BSc in Psychology from Goldsmiths University of London (Unit for School and Family Studies) and an MSc in Health Psychology from the University of Surrey, UK. In 2002 she completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Dance Movement Therapy at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. Apart from heading the Psychology Department since 2015, and her teaching responsibilities at NYC, she is also the International Organiser of ISPS (a global organization with presence in over 20 countries and a history of 50 years.  It is composed of the leading international professionals, service providers and academics in the field of psycho-social intervention, and organizes conferences, awareness campaigns, and training at national, regional and local levels around the world.) Between 2003 and 2006 Antonia conducted research on intergenerational relationships for the National School of Public Health in Athens, funded by the 5th Framework of the European Commission.  Before that she worked as a researcher at Anglia University, Cambridge, where she led a two-year evaluation of the international project Mistral to improve the employment opportunities of people with mental health problems, physical and learning disabilities; a project funded by the European Social Fund. Antonia is a licensed Psychologist under Greek law and an experienced counselor-Dance Movement Therapist specialising in work with children, women and vulnerable populations. She oversees the running of all psychology and counseling programmes offered at NYC as well as the Student Counseling Service.

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Dr Agathi Lakioti

Agathi Lakioti, PhD is a specialist in Positive Psychology. She has a degree in Psychology from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, an MSc in Person-centred counselling, and a doctorate from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences. Her doctoral research focused on psychotherapy as a “resilience enhancing” factor. From 2016-2018 she participated in the HOPEs EU funded programme (Erasmus+) to introduce Positive Psychology and character education in schools. Dr Lakioti has worked for 3 years as a psychologist providing counselling and psychotherapy for the mobile Mental Health Unit (EPAPSY) in the Cyclades, on the islands of Tinos and Andros. She also has many years of experience working as a counsellor for the Employee Assistance Programme of Hellas EAP Ltd. and as a Psychologist offering psychoeducational seminars for parents of children with autism and for social empowerment programmes aimed at increasing the access and participation of women in the labour market.

Ms Mary Christopoulou:

Mary holds a Masters degree in Positive Psychology from Panteion University, Athens, Greece. She also holds a degree in Mass Media and Communication from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Organizational Psychology from the University of Hertfordshire (UK) and is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society. She is currently involved in research activities in the field of Positive Psychology and has recently published a systematic review on the new concept of “grit”. She has worked as a freelance research assistant at EPIPSY, for the purposes of the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD Greece). Mary teaches Statistics and Research Methods in Psychology at undergraduate level and the MSc module “Foundations of Positive Psychology”, which introduces the main concepts of Positive Psychology to students, familiarizing them with new insights, avenues and cutting-edge research in the field.

Ms Nefeli Koskina:

Nefeli holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Crete, a Postgraduate diploma in Practice-based Play Therapy from Canterbury Christchurch University, PGDip. in person centred counselling and an MA in Counselling Psychology from the University of Athens. Nefeli works in Private Practice as a Play Therapist working with children and adolescents, and as a Counselling Psychologist with individual adult clients. She is the author of a book on Developmental Psychopathology, with a focus on autism, ADHD, conduct and anxiety disorders in children. Until recently she worked for the Institute of Education and Lifelong Learning (Ι.ΝΕ.ΔΙ.ΒΙ.Μ.), affiliated to the Ministry of Education as a “Trainer”, leading parent groups in schools, offering guidance and empowering parents. In addition, she has published journal articles and presented at conferences on eating disorders, attachment status and resilience in children.

Dr. Marsha Koletsi:

Marsha earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Crete and was awarded her PhD from the University of Sheffield, having received a scholarship for her studies. She has been trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and in 2006, she completed her 3-year post-doctoral fellowship in the Psychiatry Department of the Medical School of St. George's Hospital in London, UK. She has studied the quality of life and independence of people with severe mental illness through supported employment. She has worked as a psychologist in the National Health Service (UK) in the Mental Health section, at the Counselling Centre of the University of Sheffield, in the Eating Disorders Unit for the Medical Centre of the University of Sheffield. She has experience as an examiner for Edexcel foundation programmes. She has extensive research and clinical experience with people suffering from various disorders and she is currently working as a licensed psychologist-psychotherapist at her private Counselling Centre. Furthermore, Marsha is an accredited clinical supervisor from the British Psychological Society and since 2015 she supervises the University of Bolton MSc CBT students’ clinical training (running the internal supervision group). She also recently became an accredited Parent Effectiveness Trainer. She has taught on various franchised programs of UK Universities at undergraduate and postgraduate level, she has also served as the Head of a Psychology Department in the past. She has participated in various seminars, guest lectures, written book reviews and taken part in radio and TV shows. In 2014, she co-authored a book on clinical assessment in counseling. She is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Member of the Eating Disorders Association, Member of the Greek Psychological Society and the Hellenic Psychological society.

Dr. Natasha Soureti:

Natasha holds a PhD from Vrije University, Amsterdam and an MSc in Organisational Psychology, as well as an MSc in Health Psychology from the City University, UK, where she also acted as research assistant and visiting lecturer in 2002.  She has extensive experience in the area of Health psychology and health behaviour change projects, and is co-ordinator of the stop smoking program “Living without smoking” in Athens (, a behaviouraly based program with the optional use of pharmacotherapy. She has trained in Cognitive Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). Her work experience includes working for Unilever R&D in the UK as a behaviour change health Psychologist, and for Bart’s & the London Queen’s Mary School of Medicine & Dentistry, as a research health psychologist, where among her many responsibilities she helped in setting-up smoking cessation clinics in East London. She has numerous publications in scientific journals and is continuously involved in research projects and academia. Natasha is one of the three instructors who share the teaching of the modules Applications of CBT 1, 2 and 3. She is much appreciated by her students for her approachability and supportive style. As MSc CBT dissertation supervisor she assists students in continuing their research efforts by preparing articles for publication and presenting their papers in conferences related to their specific subject area.

Dr. Vasiliki Varela:

Vicky earned her BSc (Hons) in Psychology at the University of East London, and went on to earn her MSc in Social Psychology at the London School of Economics (LSE).  In 2007, she completed her Ph.D. at University College London’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, researching episodic memory retrieval in young eyewitnesses. She completed her post-doctoral training at Cambridge University (in Developmental Psychology) and is since working as a university lecturer on the subjects of Developmental, Cognitive, Forensic Psychology and Neuropsychology, as well as Research Methods and Statistics. She joined the NYC faculty in Fall 2015. Her research interests in psychology include cognitive neuroscience, decision-making, models, systems and pathologies of memory, attentional processes, language acquisition and disorders, applications of psychology in forensic settings and music perception. Vicky teaches research methods at undergraduate level, and the module ‘Principles and Concepts in Research Design’ on the MSc CBT programme, and is well-liked by her students for her enthusiasm and for being able to teach complex topics such as statistics and the use of SPSS, in a simple and meaningful way to her students.

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This programme is ideal for psychology graduates who wish to enhance their career prospects through postgraduate study. The scientific study of Psychology enables individuals, companies and communities to thrive and cultivate the best within themselves, and thus improve their experiences of work, leisure time and relationships. Graduates of the MSc in Psychology will have developed systematic and comprehensive subject knowledge in selected areas of Psychology. The advanced knowledge of conceptual frameworks and current issues in psychology, ethics and research methods that graduates possess has important applications in teaching and education, human resources, career coaching, leadership, business, and in various fields of mental health counselling.


  • Includes a concentration in the theories, research evidence and practice of Positive Psychology – a very popular approach during times of crisis - and research methods in Psychology.
  • A one-year full-time programme that can be combined with working - classes are only on Friday afternoons and Saturdays.
  • Two intakes per year, in February and October.
  • Graduates will be able to apply the skills learnt on the MSc in teaching and education, human resources, career coaching, leadership, business, and in various fields of mental health counselling.
  • Graduates can proceed to a PhD in Psychology.

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