Our Psychology MSc offers you a broad curriculum in psychology. Apply for the course if you're a non-psychology graduate or a graduate with a non-accredited psychology degree who wants to qualify for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). The course covers the BPS' GBC curriculum and offers option modules in applied psychology.
In the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of all 2017 graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.
Take the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist with this accredited postgraduate degree in applied psychology. It's been specifically designed for non-psychology graduates and graduates with non-accredited psychology degrees.
It's for graduates who have completed our University Certificate in Psychology for Graduates (By Distance Learning) course or who have obtained 60 credits in any combination of biological, cognitive, developmental, personality and social psychology and research methods (including statistics) with another institution.
The course will build on your prior learning and deepen your understanding in core areas of psychology. As well as this, option modules in specialist areas including psychopathology, forensic and business psychology allow you to deepen your knowledge in an advanced area of psychology that interests you.
You’ll be assessed with essays, practical reports, end-of-module examinations, and a 12,000-word dissertation.
Successful completion of this British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited degree will make you eligible for Graduate Membership and Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). GBC is required to obtain Chartered status whereafter you can use the letters CPsychol after your name.
To obtain the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) through studying the Psychology PG Dip, you need sufficient Psychology qualifications.
The Psychology PG Dip only requires completion of 120 credits, but that in isolation is not enough to gain Graduate Basis for Chartership. GBC is only given when students have completed 180 credits.
You will be required to have:
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.
Year 1 modules include:
Students will develop their understanding of key theories in cognitive psychology. Students' ability to think critically about these theories, especially in the context of empirical evidence will be facilitated. Research skills will be developed
by running a cognitive psychology experiment and presenting these findings in a research report.
The first aim of this module is to develop students’ systematic understanding of theories of cognitive and social development throughout the lifespan. The second aim is to facilitate students’ ability to think critically about these theories, especially in the context of empirical evidence. A third aim is to develop students’ skills in locating primary sources, and to read, understand, critically evaluate and accurately communicate the relevant information.
This module supports the process of planning, carrying out, and writing up an independent empirical research project in any area of psychology.
This module provides students with systematic understanding of key theories of individual differences in the areas of personality, intelligence, motivation and emotion. It also develops students’ comprehensive understanding of how these topics can be scientifically investigated using appropriate research methodologies and foster students’ skills in the development of academic argument and critical evaluation in these core areas of psychology.
This module provides students with a systematic understanding of the theory and research relating to the role of biological mechanisms in behaviour, including an evaluation of the use of animal experiments in psychology, and a critical examination of the behavioural and environmental context of psychobiology and different levels of psychobiological analysis.
This module is introduces students to methods of psychological investigation and to develop their ability to design such investigations, to understand the ethical implications of the methods used, and to assess the data collected. Each of these aims is associated with general competencies that are highly valued in employment settings (e.g., communication, numeracy, critical thinking). The module also aims to facilitate integration of students’ knowledge and understanding of research methods with their knowledge and understanding in core areas of psychology, e.g. cognitive or developmental psychology) and to provide students with a firm foundation for their Master’s level project.
This module provides students with systematic understanding of theory and research relating to social cognition, social identity, and social behaviour.
After completion of this conversion degree, you’ll qualify for a Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society (BPS). This will allow you to progress to a postgraduate professional training programme in an area of psychology including forensic, clinical, health, educational, occupational and counselling psychology.
The University offers BPS accredited course in Counselling Psychology Professional Doctorate.
This course is delivered with a concentrated lecture schedule. You will be required to attend on Mondays, all day, if studying full-time. This is so you can combine studying with your work and family commitments.
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
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