One year full-time; two years (minimum) part-time. Classes are taught during the day on Mondays.
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
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 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.
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:
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.
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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.
Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.
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Full-time: £6,900 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.
If you're thinking of studying a master's or doctoral degree you could be eligible for a loan from the Government to help you study.
For additional help with financing your studies, UCLan offers a range of Postgraduate scholarships, studentships, bursaries and the Alumni loyalty discount.
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.
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.
In the spring of 2019 the library dedicated additional space for postgraduate students, the Postgraduate Room in the Library (LIB242). This is a quiet study space with networked PC’s, a small meeting area and a large presentation screen. This area provides an additional resource for our postgraduates alongside the extensive laboratory facilities in the Darwin Building.