Psychology Conversion (MSc) 2019 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.

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Course type

Postgraduate; leading to a Master of Science (MSc)

Course dates

  • Start date: 9 September 2019
  • End date: 30 September 2020

If you started this programme in 2018, you can find information about 2018 entry on the 2018 Psychology Conversion MSc page. Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.

Course duration

One year full time

Entry requirements

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.

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.

If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.

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.

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Tuition fees

UK and EU: £9,000
Overseas: £21,990

Application deadline

15 February 2019. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.

Application requirements

  • CV or résumé. This should include your personal details with a history of your education and employment to date
  • 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.

Course information

The MSc in Psychology (Conversion) is a full-time taught postgraduate programme run by the School of Psychology and Neuroscience.

Highlights

  • The course equips students with the necessary skills to pursue a research degree at MPhil or PhD level in the area of psychology or to go on to a clinical training programme.
  • Students have access to laboratories in neurophysiology, psychopharmacology, psychophysics, animal learning and cognition, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology and social psychology.
  • The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society and therefore fulfils the requirements for entry to most UK PhD programmes in psychology.

Teaching format

Over two semesters, students will take nine compulsory modules. The modules are taught through lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Assessment comprises entirely of coursework; there are no exams. Class sizes range up to 135 students for lectures, which for modules focusing in core psychological knowledge are shared with undergraduates in our Honours programme, and up to 20 students for seminars, workshops, and tutorials.

The final three months of your course will be dedicated to a 15,000-word research project dissertation.

In addition to the support provided by the research project supervisor and module coordinators, there is a dedicated team of staff offering support for students.

Further particulars regarding curriculum development.

Modules

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 2018–2019 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2019 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 a user-friendly 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 2019 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.

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  • Wednesday 14 November 2018
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Conferences and events

The School of Psychology and Neuroscience hosts a weekly seminar programme typically held in the Old Library of the Psychology Building. These seminars include public lectures, open school discussions and papers presented by a variety of guest lecturers from the UK and abroad. Following the seminar, a wine reception is held in the staff common room.

The School also hosts an annual Jeeves Lecture as part of its seminar programme. The lectures are given by eminent psychologists and neuroscientists. Staff, students and members of the public are welcome at this lecture.

Funding

Recent Graduate Discount
The University of St Andrews offers a 10% discount in postgraduate tuition fees to students who are eligible to graduate or who have graduated from St Andrews within the last three academic years and are starting a postgraduate programme with the University of St Andrews.

Find out more about postgraduate scholarships. 

After the MSc

Research degrees

Many Psychology graduates continue their education by enrolling in PhD programmes at St Andrews or elsewhere.

PhD funding is available from various UK Research Councils such as the Medical Research Council, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as well as from various trusts and charities. For example, the School is part of the BBSRC-funded EASTBIO partnership and the ESRC-funded Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences.

In addition, the School of Psychology and Neuroscience usually has a small number of School-funded PhD scholarships. Application deadlines for most scholarships are in early January for a September start.

PhD in Psychology

Careers

Most of our students intend to pursue a career in research or clinical psychology. Thus, many of our graduates go on to research assistantships or PhD places. Others have obtained positions in government, healthcare, or business. 

Please note that the MSc focuses on psychology as a science rather than as a clinical service, but many of our graduates pursue careers by obtaining research assistantships at teaching hospitals or other mental health centres. 

The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills.

Contact information

School of Psychology and Neuroscience
University of St Andrews
St Mary's College 
South Street 
St Andrews 
KY16 9JU

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2157 
Email: pgsecpsych@st-andrews.ac.uk

Psychology and Neuroscience website

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Curriculum development

As a research intensive institution, the University ensures that its teaching references the research interests of its staff, which may change from time to time. As a result, programmes are regularly reviewed with the aim of enhancing students' learning experience. Our approach to course revision is described online. (PDF, 72 KB).

Tuition fees

The University will clarify compulsory fees and charges it requires any student to pay at the time of offer. The offer will also clarify conditions for any variation of fees. The University’s approach to fee setting is described online. (PDF, 84 KB).