Psychology Conversion Course

MSc Psychology (Conversion course)

Year of entry

Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year are now open.

Applications for this course can be completed online. If you are interested or have any enquiries regarding this programme, please e-mail:  ppspostgraduate@canterbury.ac.uk

20% Alumni discount

UK and EU Christ Church alumni are eligible for a 20% discount on self-funded Postgraduate Taught Masters and Masters by Research.

Psychology is all around us. It's one of the most diverse and fascinating subjects. We have an equally diverse team of research­active staff with wide-ranging research interests, from the mental world to the real world. We bring that expertise to our lectures, seminars, and practical classes. The MSc Psychology (conversion course) at Canterbury Christ Church University offers more than the core areas of psychology. The training in research methods will offer you the opportunity to engage in sophisticated, postgraduate level research. The course is also designed with vocational/professional training in mind.

While every student will need to complete core modules, this course offers optional modules, which tie in with the research themes in our team:

  • Society & Environment.
  • Learning & Development.
  • Cognition & Creativity.
  • Health & Wellbeing.

These modules will immerse you in current research by the Psychology Team at Canterbury Christ Church University and, together with your project, offer you the chance to actively contribute to that research. In addition, you will also receive some sessions to help you in your journey towards your chosen career path.

  • This course will give you a Master’s level qualification that confers eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • You will benefit from hands on, enquiry based learning.
  • You will be involved in research currently being conducted by the Psychology Team at this university.
  • You will be assigned a personal tutor who will also double as your mentor. This person will be your first port of call and will be available throughout your time with us. We also have a dedicated Psychology Student Advisor for pastoral care.
  • After completing this MSc, you will be in a position to decide which route is best for your future career in psychology, with the knowledge and confidence that you have been provided with the tools you need to make a fully informed decision.

The MSc Psychology (conversion course) is designed for those wanting to pursue a career in psychology but who hold an undergraduate degree in a subject other than psychology, or a non­accredited psychology degree (either combined or single honours).

This conversion course will give you a good grounding in the core areas of psychology and confer eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS), which is a requirement for most postgraduate training in psychology.

This conversion course can also be used as a stepping stone to postgraduate research in psychology.

You will study a range of core and optional modules, as described below. Please note, we continually review, and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience.

Full-time route:

Term 1 (September to January) covers core content in the different areas of psychology, as well as basic research methods content. .You'll also begin work on your research project under the supervision of an active researcher within the Psychology Team.

Term 2 (January to April / May) covers more sophisticated research methods and you will take two optional modules from a range of four, which tie in to the research themes in the psychology team and to various career paths. You will also continue to work on your research project.

Term 3 (May to August / September) will see you finish your research project, which will be due towards the end of summer, and complete an extended essay. The extended critical involves a critical review of issues surrounding research (e.g. epistemology) and will be due earlier in the summer.

Part-time route:

Year 1 (Leg 1)

Term 1 (September to January) covers core content in the different areas of psychology, as well as basic research methods content. Part-time students complete the same taught modules as full-time students during this term, so this is a very intense term. The only difference is that as a part-time student, you will not be starting your project this year.

Term 2 (January to April / May) is a less intense term for part-time students, as you will only be enrolled on research methods 2, which covers more sophisticated research methods. This will be the end of your first year of study – you can relax and get recharged for next year!

Year 2 (Leg 2)

Term 1 (September to January): You will begin work on your research project with your supervisor, who will be an active researcher within the Psychology Team.

Term 2 (January to April / May): You will take two optional modules from a range of four, which tie in to the research themes in the psychology team and to various career paths. You will also continue to work on your research project.

Term 3 (May to August / September) will see you finish your research project, which will be due towards the end of summer, and complete an extended essay. The extended critical involves a critical review of issues surrounding research (e.g. epistemology) and will be due earlier in the summer.

Please note: All students on a module will be expected to work to the same deadlines, whether they are on the full-time or part-time routes, so do take this into account when making your study choices.

Indicative Course Structure (provisional and subject to change)

Term 1

  • Cognitive & Biological Psychology *
  • Developmental Psychology *
  • Social Psychology *
  • Personality and Individual Differences *
  • Research Methods 1 *

Term 2: 

  • Cognition and Creativity **
  • Learning and Development **
  • Society and Environment **
  • Health and Wellbeing **
  • Research Methods 2 *

Term 3: 

  • Extended essay *
  • Research Project *

* Compulsory module

** Optional modules as offered for 2017-18. You choose 2.

This conversion course confers eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS), which means you can go on to further post­graduate training in psychology. This applies to vocational / professional routes, such as Forensic, Clinical, and Educational Psychology, or research­ focused training (PhD).

You will experience a variety of learning and teaching techniques, which will vary from module to module. These may include lectures, discussion­based sessions, workshops, hands­on research, as well as a substantial amount of self­directed study. For every hour of directed study, you are expected to put in around 5-6 hours of independent study. In total, you are expected to dedicate about 35-­40 hours per week (including on­campus sessions) to your studies.

All staff involved in the delivery of the course are research­active academics. Some sessions may also involve and /or be led by practitioners and other relevant individuals (e.g., patient groups), to make sure your experience is as rich and well­rounded as we can possibly make it.

Our assessment strategy uses a number of formats designed to tap into the different skills you are expected to develop during your time with us, and may include objective assessments, essays, portfolios, practical reports, presentations, podcasts, and a final research project.

Fees

2018/19 tuition fees for this course

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time £5,200 £12,000
Part-time Year 1 £2,310 (80 credits) / Year 2 £2,890 (100 credits) N/A

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. The increase will reflect cost inflation in the University. Any inflationary increase will be no more than 3.5% for each year of your study. The increase will be calculated on the previous year’s tuition fees and not the tuition fees at the start of the course. 

Government loans of up to £10,690 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2018. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948

Read more about postgraduate masters student loans.

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year are now open.

Applications for this course can be completed online. If you have any enquiries regarding this programme, please e-mail: ppspostgraduate@canterbury.ac.uk

For further information, please read our guidance on how to apply online.

You will normally need a good honours degree in a subject other than psychology (2.1 or above), or a non­ accredited (combined/single honours) degree that includes psychology. However, Canterbury Christ Church University encourages and welcomes applications from all students able to benefit from the programme offered. Applications are considered individually and we take into account academic qualifications in addition to paying great attention to the personal statement, additional experience, and the reference(s) provided.

We have a lab suite which includes an observation lab, eye-tracker and EEG lab. We also provide access to specialist software for experimental and online studies. Our technicians will be on hand to help you set up your studies.

For more information, please contact:

Psychology Administrators: ppspostgraduate@canterbury.ac.uk

Information for international students:

Address
International Office
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury
Kent
CT1 1QU
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 1227 458349
Email:ipo@canterbury.ac.uk
Fax: 00 44 1227 781558

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UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 1 year full-time
    2 years part-time

Starts

  • Teaching 24th September

Entry requirements

  • A good honours degree (2:1 or above) in a subject other than psychology, or a non-­ accredited (combined / single honours) degree that includes psychology.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must satisfy the University's requirements for English language proficiency (IELTS 6.5, or higher, or TOEFL 570/230, or higher).

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