Looking for a change of career? If your goal is to become a professional Psychologist, but you studied another subject at degree level, then our MSc Psychology Conversion course offers you a flexible route towards the career you’re looking for. You’ll get to explore the full breadth of psychology and tailor your studies to your interests and career goals.
If you’re fascinated by the way people act, react and interact, Psychology sheds light on it all – giving you the chance to explore the mechanics of the human condition.
How can we improve our ability to detect lies? What role does stress play in our lives? How can professionals improve their performance at work? How can we improve the mental health and wellbeing of society? Psychology offers the answers to these questions and more – helping you learn how to apply scientific methods to measure, understand and explain beliefs, decision-making processes and behaviour across a wide range of psychological settings.
Discover the core areas of psychology, develop key skills and 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.
Why study with us
- This is a flexible route for non-psychology graduates into further postgraduate training to become a professional psychologist.
- You will receive Student Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS) as part of your course fees. This entitles you to access the member areas of the BPS website, careers resources, discounts on publications and receive their monthly magazine, providing you with an understanding of the latest developments within Psychology.
- You’ll gain an accredited psychology qualification that confers Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS). Then, following further postgraduate training, you could become eligible for Chartered Membership (CPsychol).
What you'll do
- You will undertake an in-depth individual research project, enabling you to further explore your own interests in psychology.
- You will have the chance to tailor the course in a way that reflects your interests and career aspirations. You could opt to study clinical psychology, forensic psychology, the psychology of health and elite sporting performance, child psychology, and much more.
- You’ll attend timetabled classes at the University on one day each week and arrange the remaining study time over the rest of the week in a way that suits you. Those will other family and work commitments are advised to study part-time, usually over two years, but it is also possible to take the course full-time (allowing a similar amount of time as you would for a full time job) in one year.
Following the pandemic, we have found that some courses benefit from a blended learning and teaching approach. Therefore, the majority of your teaching will be face-to-face on campus aside from a small amount of online teaching where we have learnt it works best.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.
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- This course is accredited by the BPS, the learned and professional body, incorporated by the Royal Charter, for Psychology in the UK. We will provide you with the breadth and depth of knowledge that allows you to graduate with Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) provided you achieve at least a lower second class honours degree.
We have excellent links with professional psychologists working in applied psychology practice in a number of areas, such as health, forensic and sport. Through these connections, you will gain insights into the application of psychology in a wide range of settings.
Successful completion of this course allows you to apply for further professional training in psychology. Depending on your career aspirations, you could opt to focus on specialist areas such as clinical psychology, health psychology, forensic psychology, child psychology or sport psychology.
This degree course offers an ideal first step for a career in psychology. Many of our graduates aiming to work as professionals across this field go onto postgraduate training, including our own BPS-accredited master’s programmes.
However, you won’t be limited to just one field or discipline. With the skills that a psychology degree provides, you’ll have the option, following further education and training, to explore careers in areas such as the Police, Prison Service, NHS, social and community services, health authorities, the pharmaceutical industry, and the education sector.
Fees and Funding
Scholarships and Bursaries
We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.
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This course is based in the School of Psychology and Computer Science located in the Faculty of Science and Technology
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