Psychology Conversion MSc

Psychology Conversion MSc

School of Psychology


Post- graduate





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    One year full-time; two years (minimum) part-time. Classes are taught during the day on Mondays.

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Why study this programme?

If you are a graduate who has not previously studied psychology but want a course that allows you to train to become a professional psychologist, then this is ideal. The MSc Psychology Conversion programme allows non-psychology graduates a flexible route into further postgraduate training to become a professional psychologist, eg Clinical, Forensic, Health, or Sport.  You’ll gain an accredited psychology qualification that confers Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).  Discover the core areas of psychology, develop key skills and take optional modules to tailor the course to your own interests.  The course also includes the opportunity to undertake an individual research project.  You’ll be taught in modern facilities in a School that produces nationally and internationally excellent research.  Progression is possible within the School onto a number of professional training courses in psychology for those who successfully complete the conversion course.  

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for this course are an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent).  Students who have a lower second class honours degree maybe considered for interview depending on their profile of marks and previous experience.  

Programme at a Glance

The course consists of 180 credits and the course runs across three semesters. Semesters one and two, which run from September until June are when we teach our classroom based modules. The third semester (June to August) is when students take their dissertation module, which is done by supervised independent study. The MSc Psychology Conversion is therefore normally awarded in early September with a graduation ceremony in November or December (although we can award at other times of year if appropriate, eg for part-time students).

To complete the course students must take, and pass by gaining a module mean of at least 50%, all the modules that together make up their 180 credits. Students who gain an overall APM of 60% or above will be awarded a Merit and those who gain an overall APM of 70% or above will be awarded a Distinction.

Some modules are compulsory; these are the ones that make up the British Psychological Society core syllabus and taking these is what makes students eligible for accreditation (GBC). There are, however, also some optional modules that students can select from to tailor a programme that reflects their individual interests.

The MSc Psychology Conversion structure is as follows: 

Students must take all of the following compulsory modules:


  • Essential Psychology: Concepts and History 
  • Psychological Research Methods 1: Design and Statistics 
  • Psychological Research Methods 2: Qualitative Approaches 
  • Social and Developmental Psychology 
  • Physiological and Cognitive Psychology 
  • The Psychology of Individual Differences 
  • Psychology Dissertation 


In addition to these six compulsory modules, students will take two optional modules each worth 10 credits. These optional modules will allow students to tailor the course to their own interests.

Postgraduate Advice Event

The next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be on Thursday 10th November 2016.
For details and registration for this event please visit our Eventbrite page.
Please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

The MSc Psychology Conversion course will equip you with knowledge about psychological theories, concepts and research findings.  You'll develop key skills that are valued in employment, including report writing, data collection, critical evaluation, argumentation and the processing and analysis of complex numerical and textual information. 

Successful completion of this course allows you to apply for further professional training in psychology areas (such as clinical psychology, health psychology, forensic psychology, sport psychology).  Opportunities to progress to stage 1 professional training within the UCLan School of Psychology exist in forensic psychology, health psychology and sport psychology. 

The closing date for applications for 2016 entry is 24th August 2016

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £6300 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1050 per 20 credits studied for first 120 credits (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

New UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes from 2016/17 academic year.

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Industry Links

The School has excellent links with professional psychologists working in applied psychology practice in a number of areas (such as health, forensic and sport).  This produces an environment where students can acquire excellent skills and knowledge for future professional training and enables us to tailor our courses to meeting the future demands of psychology in practice.  

Professional Accreditation

BPS accredited course

Learning Environment and Assessment

You will be taught together as a group, using a mixture of lectures, workshops and seminars. Online learning facilities are used to support classroom teaching, for the submission and marking of coursework and for independent learning. In addition to classroom teaching, the course includes substantial elements of independent learning, so you will also develop your skills in this area. A range of assessment methods are used – for example, unseen exams, class tests, empirical research projects, presentations and coursework.