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 and to potentially engage in work-based learning.  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.

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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. During semester two and semester three (semester three running from June to August) students take their dissertation module, and also their professional development module. Both of these modules are primarily done through 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.

All of the modules are compulsory because they reflect the content of the British Psychological Society core syllabus and taking them is what makes student eligible for accreditation (GBC). However, there are also various opportunities to tailor the course to reflect your own individual interests and aspirations, particularly as part of the Professional Development and Project modules.

The MSc Psychology Conversion consists of the following modules:

  • Essential Psychology: Concepts & History
  • Qualitative Psychological Research
  • Quantitative Psychological Research
  • Social & Developmental Psychology
  • Cognitive & Biological Psychology
  • The Psychology of Individual Differences
  • Professional Development for Psychology
  • Psychology Conversion Project

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.

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, 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).


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

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


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 2020/21

Full-time: £6,900 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

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.

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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

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The course is accredited by the British Psychology Society which is the learned and professional body, incorporated by the Royal Charter, for Psychology in the United Kingdom.  This means that the course quality, leadership, design and content, the resources (physical and staffing) and the selection and admissions policies have all been found to meet the standards demanded by the BPS. Consequently the course fulfils the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS for those students successfully completing the course. Thus enabling progression to further postgraduate training in psychology, and therefore enables graduates to pursue, in due course, eligibility for Chartered Membership of the Society (CPsychol).

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.

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.