MSc Psychology (Conversion)
This MSc conversion programme is designed for students from non-psychology backgrounds and provides training in the theories and methods of contemporary psychological science.
You will learn the theories of social, cognitive, developmental, biological and individual differences psychology, and develop the skills to understand and apply the research on which these theories are based. You will also learn how to design research studies and analyse data to provide valid answers to meaningful psychological research questions.
In your dissertation, you will combine these skills and knowledge to develop, carry out and report on a substantial piece of original, empirical research.
Teaching and dissertation supervision is undertaken by internationally renowned academics, who employ a variety of teaching and assessment methods (eg lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratories, essays, reports, examinations). These methods help you to develop transferable skills, such as critical thinking, psychological and scientific literacy, research skills, teamwork, and oral and written communication skills, which are valued by employers across a wide range of industries. They also help to prepare you for further postgraduate study in psychology.
This programme is made up of 120 credits of taught units and a 60-credit dissertation.
Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Psychology (Conversion).
An upper second-class honours degree or international equivalent in any subject.
Please note that this conversion programme is unsuitable for applicants who have previously studied a bachelors degree in Psychology.
For applicants who are currently completing a degree, we understand that their final grade may be higher than the interim grades or module/unit grades they achieve during their studies. We will consider applicants whose interim grades are currently slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements. We may make these applicants an aspirational offer. This offer would be at the standard level, so the applicant would need to achieve the standard entry requirements by the end of their degree. Specific module requirements may still apply.
We will consider applicants whose grades are slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements, if they have a relevant postgraduate qualification. If this is the case, applicants should include their CV (curriculum vitae / résumé) when they apply, showing details of their relevant qualifications.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.Go to admissions statement
Fees and funding
- UK: full-time
- £14,000 per year
- UK: part-time (two years)
- £7,000 per year
- Overseas: full-time
- £27,900 per year
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.
More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Students enrolled on conversion programmes are commonly seeking to move into psychology from other disciplines. They are often interested in careers as chartered psychologists, specialising in areas such as clinical, educational, health, sport, counselling, forensic, occupational, neuro or research psychology.
This programme is in the process of seeking accreditation. Successful completion of an accredited conversion programme provides eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society, which is the first step along any of these professional pathways.
Students who are not planning further postgraduate study will still benefit from the psychological knowledge and transferable skills developed during a conversion programme. Such knowledge and skills are directly relevant to a wide variety of careers in industries as diverse as health, education, marketing, research, law, finance, human resources and public service.