Psychology Conversion Course

MSc Psychology  (Conversion course)

Year of entry

Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year are now open.

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

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 research-active staff who work at the forefront of their research areas, 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 cutting edge 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 Welfare Officer.

  • After completing this MSc, you will be in an optimal position to decide which route is best for your future career in psychology, with the knowledge and confidence that you have been provided with all 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 non-accredited 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 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. We are in the process of moving to a 2-year part-time route, subject to approval. The information below refers to this new structure. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.

Term 1 (September to December/ January) covers core content in the different areas of psychology, as well as basic research methods content. Part-time students would complete these modules during the first leg of their degree. If you are enrolled on the full-time route or are a returning student on leg 2 of part-time study, you'll begin work on your research project with your supervisor, who will be an active researcher within the Psychology Team and assigned to you on the basis of common research interests.

Term 2 (January to March / April) covers more sophisticated research methods and students 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. Part-time students would also complete the research methods module in this term as part of leg 1 of their studies, whilst the optional modules will be completed in leg 2. During this term, full-time students and returning part-time students continue to work on their research project.

From April to August, full-time students and returning part-time students will continue working on their research project and complete an extended essay. The project involves an empirical study, due in around the end of August. The extended critical essay is due around May / June and it involves a critical review of issues surrounding research (e.g. epistemology). 

Indicative Course Structure (provisional and subject to change)

Term 1: September to ­December

Cognitive & Biological Psychology *

Developmental Psychology *

Social Psychology *

Personality and Individual Differences *

Research Methods in Psychology *


Term 2: January to ­March

Cognition and Creativity **

Learning and Development **

Society and Environment **

Health and Wellbeing **

Research Methods in Psychology *


Term 3: April to ­August

Extended essay *

Project *

* Compulsory module

** Optional modules as offered for 2016-17. 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 post-graduate training in psychology. This applies to vocational / professional routes, such as Forensic, Clinical or 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, discussion-based sessions, workshops, hands-on research, as well as a substantial amount of self-directed 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 on-campus sessions) to your studies.

All staff involved in the delivery of the course are research-active 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 well-rounded as we can possibly make it.

Assessment is on an on­ going basis, using 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.


2017/18 tuition fees for this course

Full-time £5,050 £11,500**
Part-time £2,525 (90 credits) / £1,685 (60 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 £10,000 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2017. 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.

The part-time fees quoted relate to courses taken over 2 years (90 credits per year) or 3 years (60 credits per year).

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

**Overseas fee scholarships may be available. See further information about funding and scholarships or contact the International Office.

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

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 2018-2019 academic year are now open.

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

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 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 technician will be on hand to help you set up your studies.

For more information, please contact:

Psychology Administrators:

Information for international students:

International Office
Canterbury Christ Church University
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 1227 458349
Fax: 00 44 1227 781558

Fact file


  • 1 year full-time
    2 years part-time


  • September 2018

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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