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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    City Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Our British Psychological Society (BPS) conversion courses are designed for graduates of other disciplines who wish to pursue a career in psychology but whose first degree is not recognised by the BPS. Entry on to the MSc Psychology does not require you to have studied any psychology previously.

This course attracts a range of students including those who have recently completed an undergraduate degree in a subject other than psychology or a non-accredited degree and also applicants who have come from jobs in the public and private sector, who are looking for a career change. Successful completion of the course provides graduates in other disciplines with a route to becoming a professional psychologist.

  • MSc Psychology is a 180-credit qualification which requires no previous experience or study of psychology.
  • PGDip is a 120-credit qualification which requires that you have already completed 60 credits of study in psychology.

The PG Dip and MSc students are taught together, with the MSc students taking their additional modules from term two onwards. This means that, assuming you meet the entry criteria for both courses, it's easy to transfer from one to the other at any point in the first term.

Accreditation by the British Psychological Society (BPS)

Successful completion of either qualification confers the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS. This is the first step towards becoming a chartered Psychologist and provides the basis for further professional training in psychology.

As a graduate member of the BPS you will also receive additional benefits including:

  • using the designated graduate member title MBPsS
  • creating contacts and other networking opportunities by joining professional and membership groups
  • free online access to the Society's academic journals
  • reduced rates for our members for conferences and events.

What you'll study

Psychology is the systematic study of behaviour and experience. As a discipline it is wide-ranging and overlaps with both biological sciences, such as neurology, physiology and genetics, and with social sciences such as sociology and anthropology.

The course is designed to provide dedicated supportive teaching tailored to the particular needs of postgraduate conversion students and to facilitate the development of a strong course identity among students

The course curriculum covers all of the core knowledge areas within psychology and will also deepen your range of quantitative and qualitative research skills and methods, culminating in an independent research project.

Assessment methods

During the course you'll be assessed in a variety of ways and on a modular basis; through examination (both seen and unseen exams are used), coursework (including essays, laboratory reports and literature reviews), oral presentation and via your research project.

Your future career in Psychology

With the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS secured, you will be eligible upon graduation to undertake further training as a professional psychologist (in areas such as clinical, forensic, educational, occupational, counselling, or sport psychology).

Alternatively you might choose to pursue an academic and / or research career in various areas of psychology (by working as a research assistant or associate or by completing a dedicated Research Methods Masters or studying for a PhD), or you may choose to exploit the transferable skills you have learned on the course to pursue a career outside of psychology.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 15,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Nottingham Trent University

  • University League Table

    46th

  • Campus address

    Nottingham Trent University, 50 Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 4FQ, England

With placements and work experience opportunities, as well as tailored employability support, NTU is focused on the future success of its students.
Students and staff from over 160 countries make NTU's community diverse and dynamic, offering a global experience for all students.
Prestigious, competitive scholarships are available, worth up to half the tuition fee.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    34th out of 118 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 216
    125 58%

    55th

    10
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    78 78%

    9th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.08 82%

    41st

    20

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