Psychology of Kindness and Wellbeing at Work PG Cert (Online)


Foster a positive workplace culture that’s built for success

At a time when it’s needed most, discover how to create better working environments and relationships across a wide range of industries. Become a catalyst for an organisational working culture that promotes kindness and enables employees to flourish and succeed. Delivered 100% online in as little as 8 months, this first of its kind PG Cert course evaluates the different approaches of kindness and wellbeing from an interdisciplinary and contemporary perspective.

You’ll learn from leading academics from both the renowned School of Psychology and the Business School, ranked 8th and 10th in the UK respectively (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021). The course also draws on expertise from the Sussex Kindness Research network. Using real world case-studies including those of your peers and your own professional experiences, you’ll critically evaluate the origins of kindness and its link with wellbeing.

Upon completion of the course, you’ll be equipped to mitigate common workplace challenges that undermine staff wellbeing, such as occupational stress and toxic leadership, and will be inspired to create a better working environment for yourself and others.

  • Start dates
    January | March | May | July | September | October
  • Length
    2 years part time, or up to 4 years with study breaks
  • Course fee
  • Cost per module
  • Typical entry requirements
    A higher second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above from any UK university or international equivalent.


Each module lasts seven weeks and is delivered via Canvas, a state-of-the-art online learning platform, which can be accessed by a computer, tablet or smartphone alike so you can truly study whenever and wherever you like. You can take control of your schedule by fitting the recommended 20 hours study time per week around your existing commitments and lifestyle.

To graduate the course, all the below modules must be successfully completed:

  • Conceptual perspectives on kindness and wellbeing
  • Measuring kindness and wellbeing: Methodological perspectives
  • Kindness and wellbeing in professional contexts
  • Interventions to promote kindness and wellbeing

Entry requirements

A second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above from any UK university or international equivalent. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Further information on applying for online courses click here.

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English (and whose first degree was not taught in English) need to supply evidence of IELTS (Academic) high level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).

Fees & funding

PG Cert course fee: £3,920
Cost per module: £980

Fees can be paid at the start of the course or on a module-by-module basis, with students required to pay the first module fee of £980 to secure their place on the course.

Please visit our fees and funding page for more information on funding for your studies.


As a graduate of this course you’ll be equipped with the understanding and skills to bring about positive change in the workplace and enable you to apply what you learn both professionally and personally. Using real world case studies and ground-breaking research from a range of disciplines, you’ll be able to apply your developed skillset to a wide variety of roles and industries, on a local or global scale.

This course is for professionals working in roles directly responsible for staff wellbeing, such as public sector workers, or those looking to raise awareness of wellbeing to bring about organisational change, e.g. HR and training staff. Recent graduates from all disciplines seeking management roles will also find value in this PG Cert, alongside community leaders and volunteers working directly with members of the public.

Upon completion of the course, you’ll gain the confidence to critically review and assess your current workplace and its practices, leading change from within – asking questions and not just complying – and, ultimately, making your workplace a kinder place.

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Why choose this course?

Make a real impact in your workplace

By choosing to study our online Psychology of Kindness and Wellbeing at Work PG Cert, you’ll develop the skills required to bring about real change regarding wellbeing and kindness, nurturing positive organisational cultures and making a genuine impact in the workplace. You will also:

  • engage in collaborative group work with other professionals on the course, each bringing their own experiences and perspectives to the course
  • make invaluable, global connections with professionals across Sussex’s diverse learning community from over 100 countries around the globe, building a network that could last a lifetime
  • gain in depth knowledge of kindness interventions and develop the transferable skills and confidence necessary to make effective contributions to organisational wellbeing across a variety of roles and industries around the world
  • study a course that’s the FIRST of its kind in the world, drawing on a breadth of expertise across the School of Psychology and the Business School
  • study at an institution ranked 8th in the UK for Psychology & 10th for Business (Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2021) – without the need to relocate
  • study anywhere and at any time as our online delivery model is designed to fit your PG Cert qualification around your lifestyle, including any professional or personal commitments
  • complete the course in just 8 months or a maximum of 20 months should you wish to take a break in studying (maximum break time applies).

Foster positive relationships, increase happiness and organisational productivity with our Psychology of Kindness and Wellbeing PG Cert (online).

Meet Your Academics

The programme offers an integrated experience delivered by a team of leading academics from both the School of Psychology and the Business School. The programme builds particularly on these staff members’ expertise:


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