Psychology MSc

Location Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Duration 1 Year

2018/19 New Entrants, Full Time

  • Home and EU students: £6,350 per course
  • International students: £12,500 per course
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This postgraduate psychology conversion course is for students who wish to pursue a career in psychology but who have their honours degree in another subject or who don’t have eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from the British Psychological Society.  

Course outline

The MSc Psychology Conversion is awarded on the successful completion of the following modules:

  • Cognitive and Biological Determinants of Behaviour: understanding mental and biological processes that make us think, make decisions, remember and function in  everyday life
  • Understanding the Social World: a look at how social psychology and the psychology of individual differences helps us understand our world
  • Further Research Methods in Psychology: useful and sophisticated ways of finding out the answers to research questions
  • Typical and Atypical Development: how do we develop and grow?  What is typical and atypical development and behaviour and what does psychology tell us about how to manage that behaviour?
  • Psychology Dissertation: design, conduct and write up your own research project.
  • One specialist level 6 option module.

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Course content

The MSc Psychology Conversion is designed to cover core areas of psychology as defined by BPS criteria associated with, and equivalent to, their Qualifying Examination i.e. research design and methodology, practical work, cognitive psychology, biological bases of behaviour, developmental psychology, social psychology, personality and intelligence. Additionally students have the choice of undertaking one option module at level 6, allowing them to learn more about a specialist area within psychology, as well as the core GBC content.  

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for the award are normally:

  • an Honours degree in Psychology (at least Second Class) not accredited by the BPS;


  • a first degree (at least Second Class Honours) in a discipline other than psychology.

Students whose first language is not English must have achieved Level 7 on all components of IELTS (or equivalent).


Successful completion of the MSc will enable graduates to register with the BPS for Graduate Basis for Chartership, which is required for entry to professional applied Psychology training courses.

Teaching and learning

We aim for you to be responsible, reflective and progressive learners.  Our teaching and learning methods reflect this, encouraging you, as you move through your studies, to become more evaluative and more independent in your learning.

We recognise that not all people learn in the same way, so we use a range of different methods including group work, individual work, lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes and workshops. We combine the more innovative methods (eg. problem based learning) with the more traditional methods (eg. lectures). All Psychology modules have explicit learning outcomes which we aim to enable you to achieve, and each Psychology module is supported through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard.  This allows you to access a range of materials via the internet to support your scheduled classes.

The majority of psychological content will be taught alongside undergraduate psychology students, but you will also have small group sessions as an MSc group which will focus upon M-level skills, and dissertation preparation.  You will have a dissertation supervisor who will support you on an individual basis through your research project.


The forms of assessment you are likely to meet most often are essays and seen or unseen examinations.  All 30 credit modules which run across two semesters have an assessment at the end of semester 1 and the end of semester 2. Depending on your option choice you may also be required to do case-study analyses, short-answer study packs or submit material over the Web.  These are based on enquiry-based learning, based on the investigation of questions, scenarios or problems, which you will be guided through by tutors, where issues are identified and researched to develop knowledge and solutions.


In line with other postgraduate programmes accredited by the British Psychological Society, there are three specific assessment regulations for this programme:

  1. Core modules must be passed (achieve a grade of 50% overall) with a minimum of 40% on each element of assessment.
  2. Core modules are not compensable.
  3. At the discretion of the award board, option modules may be considered for compensation where they achieve an overall mark of between 40-49%, and a minimum of 40% on each element of assessment.

Employment opportunities

On completion of this programme you will be eligible for postgraduate and/or training in order to become a qualified Psychologist. There are many career paths for qualified Psychologists. Psychologists can be employed to serve educational establishments at all levels, from primary school to University; or are employed within the NHS, including Primary Care Trusts. Some Psychologists work in prisons, and some work in clinical settings. Further information about careers in Psychology will be available to you as you progress through your degree. More information about specific careers, education and training can also be found on the British Psychological Society website (


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