Psychology Conversion (MSc) 2020 entry
The MSc in Psychology is a conversion route for students who hold an undergraduate Honours degree in a subject other than psychology. The programme provides a detailed knowledge of the core areas of psychology and principal theoretical and methodological issues in the field.
Postgraduate, leading to a Master of Science (MSc)
- Start date: 7 September 2020
- End date: 30 September 2021
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
One year full time
- A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in a subject other than psychology. If you already possess an undergraduate degree in Psychology, the School offers a range of other postgraduate programmes. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
- Some knowledge of very basic mathematics is required for understanding the statistical techniques introduced in the programme. In most cases, secondary school algebra is sufficient.
- English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.
The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.
UK and EU: £9,450
14 February 2020. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.
- CV or résumé
- personal statement (500 words)
- sample of academic written work (2,000 words)
- two original signed academic references
- academic transcripts and degree certificates
- evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2019–2020 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2020 entry.
- Conceptual Issues and Theoretical Perspectives: addresses the historical and philosophical background to current debates in psychology.
- Assessment in Clinical Psychology: presents psychopathological conditions and provides a basic understanding of the underlying neuronal and cognitive-behavioural mechanisms.
- Developmental Psychology: offers a broad perspective spanning infancy to childhood, and a range of key topics in cognitive and social development.
- Social Psychology: explores in depth key topics across the breadth of social psychological enquiry.
- Perception (develops an understanding of visual perception and its functions) or Cognition (develops an understanding of human memory and attention).
- Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience (provides an understanding of psychological knowledge in several inter-related domains concerned with the biological bases of behaviour) or Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology (provides an understanding of major evolutionary forces and how they have shaped animal and human behavioural capacities).
- Quantitative Research in Social Science: provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts of quantitative analysis.
- Methods of Data Analysis in Psychology: advanced training in research design, statistics, qualitative methods and modelling.
- Review: compares and contrasts different theoretical and methodological approaches to a particular topic in the study of the mind.
Student dissertations will be supervised by members of the teaching staff who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process. The completed dissertation of not more than 15,000 words must be submitted by a date specified in August.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2020 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.