The combination of modules I studied as part of the MSc Psychology conversion has given me a strong foundation of psychology as a subject, while strengthening my knowledge and application of how to use research methods. As a result of completing the MSc, I am aware of the benefits that psychological theories can have in changing society and how to use the knowledge I've gained to create new career opportunities.

Nikki, MSc Psychology Graduate

How do you want to study?

Duration:

1 year

Location(s):

Canterbury
Apply
TEF Silver

Overview

 

If you are interested in applying for the Online Only study option for this course, please contact courses@canterbury.ac.uk

Psychology is all around us. It is a diverse and fascinating subject which offers a scientific insight into human behaviour and the mind.

Whether you are aiming to pursue a career as a psychologist or seeking to understand more about the mind and its influence on our behaviour and interactions, our BPS accredited MSc Psychology programme offers you a flexible approach to reaching that next step and achieving your goal. The programme is a psychology conversion course that provides students with non-psychology backgrounds broad grounding in psychological theory and research, and will equip you with academic and practical skills sought by a wide range of employers.

On successful completion of the programme you will be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). Therefore, this programme provides a stepping-stone into a future career in psychology either through further postgraduate training (e.g., to become a Clinical, Educational, Forensic Psychologist) or postgraduate research (e.g. PhD).

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree in a subject other than psychology, or a non- accredited (combined / single honours) undergraduate degree that includes psychology of 2:1 or above.

Applicants with a 2:2 may also be considered. Suitability will be assessed on a case by case basis, taking into account: academic performance, professional experience, personal statement and references.

Applicants whose native language is not English must satisfy the University's requirements for English language proficiency (IELTS 6.0, or higher, with no less than 6.0 in writing and no less than 5.5 in all other bands).

2:1
in any subject

All about the course

The MSc Psychology programme is a BPS accredited psychology conversion course 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 course will provide you with 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 postgraduate training in psychology (i.e., to become a clinical, counselling, educational, forensic, health, occupational, sports, or neuropsychologist). This conversion course can also be used as a stepping stone to postgraduate research or academic career in psychology.

An undergraduate degree in a subject other than psychology, or a non-accredited (combined/single honours) undergraduate degree that includes psychology of 2:1 or above.

Applicants with a 2:2 may also be considered. Suitability will be assessed on a case by case basis, taking into account: academic performance, professional experience, personal statement and references.

Applicants whose native language is not English must satisfy the University's requirements for English language proficiency (IELTS 6.0, or higher, with no less than 6.0 in writing and no less than 5.5 in all other bands).

Module information

Our MSc Psychology conversion course in accredited by the British Psychological Society. It is designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of the core areas of Psychology, as well as key skills in psychological methods and the application of theory to the real world. Over the course of the programme you will study 7 core modules of 20 credits and a final Dissertation (Research Project) module of 40 credits.

Part-Time Route:

* The following modules are undertaken in the first year of study on the part-time route: Psychology in Context, Social and Developmental Psychology, Cognitive and Biological Psychology, Personality and Individual Differences and Applying Psychology. These total 100 credits.

** The following modules are undertaken in the second year of study on the part-time route: Research in Psychology, Statistics and Data Analysis and the Research Project are undertaken in the second year of study. These total 80 credits.

Core/optional modules

*Modules subject to validation

How you’ll learn

All staff who deliver the MSc Psychology conversion course are experienced lecturers and research-active academics. Some sessions may also involve and /or be led by practitioners and other relevant individuals (e.g., patient groups), which will give you an enriched perspective on the applications of psychology in the real-world.

Teaching takes place over 2 days a week for full-time students and 1 day a week for part-time students.

You will experience a variety of learning and teaching techniques, which will vary from module to module. These may include lectures, discussion sessions, workshops, and hands-on research, as well as a substantial amount of self-directed study. You will also have scheduled tutorials with your Personal Academic Tutor and receive one-to-one support from an experienced supervisor when you begin your independent research project. As a guide, we recommend you dedicate around 30-35 hours per week to your studies for full-time students and between 15-20 hours per weeks for part-time students. This includes all independent and directed study (including on-campus sessions) as well as assessment planning and preparation. You will be able to take advantage of the state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities and research laboratories in our new building which is opening in January 2021.

You will experience a variety of interactive online learning and teaching techniques, including pre-recorded lectures, virtual classrooms, webinars, online quizzes and discussion forums. Our course enables you to work through content at your own pace, but also provides a range of opportunities for you to interact with other students and your tutors. You will be able to join regular webinars and online workshops which bring the whole learning community together. We expect you to be an active member of the online community and bring your experiences and questions to our ‘virtual’ classroom. You will have regular scheduled tutorials with your Personal Academic Tutor to keep track of your learning and progress. You will also receive one-to-one support from an experienced supervisor when you begin your independent research project. As a guide, we recommend that full-time students should expect to dedicate between 30-35 hours per week to your studies, including independent and directed study as well as assessment planning and preparation. For part-time students, we recommended 15-20 hours per week.

Our enthusiastic psychology team will guide you in developing and understanding the core areas of psychology and show you the importance of psychological aspects in everyday life. They will help develop your academic skills, and provide you with knowledge and understanding of psychological concepts and approaches that you can apply in future careers and study.

Dr James CaneDirector of Psychology

How you’ll be assessed

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.

Your future career

Graduates from our programme have gone onto postgraduate training in psychology, for example, training in Clinical and Forensic Psychology, in addition to obtaining roles as assistant psychologists, psychological wellbeing practitioners, support workers, and intervention facilitators.

Throughout the programme there were opportunities to learn about career pathways and to engage with psychologists working in the field.

NaamiMSc Psychology graduate

Fees

Government loans of up to £11,222 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2020. 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.

2021/22 tuition fees for this course

  UK Overseas
Full-time £8,160 £13,000
Part-time TBC N/A

20% Alumni Discount

We offer alumni discounts on CCCU Postgraduate Taught, PGCE Primary and Secondary, and Masters by Research courses for eligible students.

Find out if you're eligible for the discount.

 

Important Information on Tuition Fees

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. For further information read the 2021/22 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

Apply now

Duration:

1 year

Location(s):

Canterbury
Apply