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Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree (2:2) or above from a UK university, or overseas equivalent. Mathematics at GCSE grade C or new grade 4 or equivalent qualification.

Please ensure your application is complete with a transcript of your previous degree, especially when statistics or research methods were part of this.

In most cases, if you do not have relevant prior study of research methods for psychology, you will need to take a free online course and pass an entrance exam.

Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

Months of entry

October

Course content

Our MSc Psychology provides comprehensive coverage of contemporary psychological theory and research, designed to provide the Graduate Basis for Registration to the British Psychological Society (conversion course).

The programme provides opportunities for you to develop knowledge and understanding of:

  • key principles of psychological theory, including perception, attention and performance, developmental psychology, memory and cognition, social psychology, psychobiology and individual differences
  • practical skills in research methodology, including the formulation of hypotheses, designing and reporting experiments using a range of research methodologies, and subject-specific IT skills
  • transferable skills in critical thinking, learning how to evaluate hypotheses, presentation writing and delivery, and report and essay writing.
Highlights
  • Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck were rated fifth in the UK in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) and we achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to research of world-leading quality.
  • Psychology at Birkbeck is ranked third best in London, ninth in the UK and 85th globally in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject.
  • Designed for students with an undergraduate degree in another subject who want to gain a Master's in psychology.
  • Provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this course is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, and at least 6.5 in writing.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses and foundation programmes to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Student Advice Service
Email
studentadvice@bbk.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 3907 0700