MSc or PGDip or PGCert

Key facts

Start dates

September 2023 / September 2024

Course length

Full time: MSc: 12 months; for PGDip/PGCert: please contact us

Part time: MSc: 24 months; for PGDip/PGCert, please contact us




Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development


We have designed this conversion course for students who want to become professional psychologists. Our Psychology MSc is ideal if you are a graduate of a subject other than psychology, or a psychology graduate whose undergraduate degree is not professionally recognised. You will gain a qualification in psychology that:

  • confers eligibility for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • establishes the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).

You will develop a grounding in key theories, methods and the practice of psychology in the core areas of:

  • development psychology
  • cognitive psychology
  • biological psychology
  • individual differences
  • social psychology
  • historical and conceptual issues
  • psychological health and disorders
  • research paradigms
  • methods and measurement techniques
  • statistical and qualitative analysis.

The integration of theory, research and practice, apparent throughout the course, will enable you to put your knowledge into practice to conduct a piece of hands-on, independent research.

Specific entry requirements

You must normally have the following qualifications and evidence of being engaged in recent study:

an upper second-class or first-class honours degree awarded by a recognised institution of higher education in the UK or overseas.

Students will also be considered with:

– a lower second class honours degree AND
– 60 CATS (Credit Accumulative Transfer Scheme) credits in Psychology. You must have achieved an average of 60% in these credits. Credits can be gained from a recognised institution of higher education.

Applicants who, as a result of qualifications or experience or both, can demonstrate knowledge and capabilities equivalent to those possessed by holders of the qualifications listed above, may in exceptional circumstances be admitted with dispensation from the requirement to possess those qualifications and may apply for consideration of their portfolio by the admissions committee.