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Psychology

MSc

Complete in one year

Course runs over one academic year (September to July)

Great facilities

Access wide-ranging facilities at our multi-million pound Science Centre

BPS-accredited

Become eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership from the BPS

Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Mode of study:
Full-time
Duration:
1 Year
Academic year:
16 September 2019 - 3 July 2020
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This conversion course is for students who wish to pursue a career in psychology but who have an undergraduate degree in another subject, or have a Psychology degree that isn’t accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Our Psychology MSc conversion course covers all core areas of psychology as defined by the BPS, and successful completion of the course will make you eligible to apply for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from the BPS. You’ll also be able to choose a specialist option module.

You can complete the course in one academic year, between September and July, enabling you to apply for work or further study in the September following enrolment.

You’ll receive high levels of support from our staff, including our award-winning technicians, and will benefit from the lab facilities at our multi-million pound Science Centre, including:

  • The Psychological Human Sciences Suite (including EEG, galvanic skin response, hormone assessment and pain stimulation)
  • Cognitive Laboratories and Observation Suites (with eye-tracking and specialist software, video and audio recording facilities)

Our staff research activity underpins the course delivery, with many modules reflecting their interests and expertise.

On successful completion of study, you'll receive the following award:

MSc Psychology

On successful completion of study, you'll receive the following award:

MSc Psychology

Course content

The course is designed to cover the core areas of psychology equivalent to the British Psychological Society’s qualifying examination:

• Research design and methodology

• Practical work

• Cognitive psychology

• Biological bases of behaviour

• Developmental psychology

• Social psychology

• Personality and intelligence

Additionally, you can choose one option module at Level 6, allowing you to learn more about a specialist area within psychology.

The course is designed to cover the core areas of psychology equivalent to the British Psychological Society’s qualifying examination:

• Research design and methodology

• Practical work

• Cognitive psychology

• Biological bases of behaviour

• Developmental psychology

• Social psychology

• Personality and intelligence

Additionally, you can choose one option module at Level 6, allowing you to learn more about a specialist area within psychology.

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) for the purpose of eligibility to apply for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC)

The British Psychological Society logo

Successful completion of the course will enable you to register with the British Psychological Society for Graduate Basis for Chartership, which is required for entry to professional applied psychology training courses.

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2019/2020. The range of modules available, and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any 2019-2020 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Cognitive & Biological Determinants of Behaviour
Understanding the Social World
Typical & Atypical Development
Research Methods in Psychology
Psychology Dissertation

Entry requirements

You’ll normally need:

  • A minimum 2:2 Honours degree in Psychology not accredited by the BPS

or

  • A minimum 2:2 Honours degree in a discipline other than Psychology

If your first language is not English, you must have achieved Level 7 on all components of IELTS (or equivalent).

You’ll normally need:

  • A minimum 2:2 Honours degree in Psychology not accredited by the BPS

or

  • A minimum 2:2 Honours degree in a discipline other than Psychology

If your first language is not English, you must have achieved Level 7 on all components of IELTS (or equivalent).

Facilities

Careers

After completing this course you’ll be eligible for postgraduate and/or training to become a qualified psychologist.

Psychologists can be employed to serve educational establishments at all levels, from primary school to university; or within the NHS, including Primary Care Trusts. Some psychologists work in prisons and some in clinical settings.

We’ll provide further information about careers in psychology as you progress through the course. More information is available on the British Psychological Society website.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

We want you to be responsible, reflective and progressive learners. Our teaching and learning methods encourage 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 more innovative methods (e.g. problem-based learning) with traditional methods (e.g. lectures).

All psychology modules have explicit learning outcomes, and each 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.

Most of the course will be taught alongside undergraduate psychology students, but you’ll also have small group sessions as an MSc group which will focus upon Masters-level skills, and dissertation preparation. Your dissertation supervisor will support you individually through your research project.

We want you to be responsible, reflective and progressive learners. Our teaching and learning methods encourage 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 more innovative methods (e.g. problem-based learning) with traditional methods (e.g. lectures).

All psychology modules have explicit learning outcomes, and each 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.

Most of the course will be taught alongside undergraduate psychology students, but you’ll also have small group sessions as an MSc group which will focus upon Masters-level skills, and dissertation preparation. Your dissertation supervisor will support you individually through your research project.

Assessment

Forms of assessment include essays and seen or unseen examinations. All 30-credit modules which run across two semesters have an assessment at the end of each semester.

Depending on your option choice you may also be required to do case-study analyses, short-answer study packs or submit material online. These use enquiry-based learning, and you’ll be guided through them by your tutors.

In line with other BPS-accredited postgraduate courses, there are three specific assessment regulations:

  1. Core modules must be passed (i.e. achieve a grade of 50% overall)
  2. Core modules are not compensable
  3. At the award board’s discretion, option modules may be considered for compensation when they achieve an overall mark of 40-49%

Forms of assessment include essays and seen or unseen examinations. All 30-credit modules which run across two semesters have an assessment at the end of each semester.

Depending on your option choice you may also be required to do case-study analyses, short-answer study packs or submit material online. These use enquiry-based learning, and you’ll be guided through them by your tutors.

In line with other BPS-accredited postgraduate courses, there are three specific assessment regulations:

  1. Core modules must be passed (i.e. achieve a grade of 50% overall)
  2. Core modules are not compensable
  3. At the award board’s discretion, option modules may be considered for compensation when they achieve an overall mark of 40-49%

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking, presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision, assessment and exam skills (including time management)

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our AccessAbility Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.

Feedback

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

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For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£7,620 per course
International (Non-EU)
£12,750 per course

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Part time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£3,803. per year of study

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

Alumni discount

If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to a discount off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
MSc
Full-time
16 September 2019

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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