Taught course

Psychology and Psychology by Research

Manchester Metropolitan University · Department of Psychology

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Entry requirements

You will normally have a Min 2:2 UK Honours Degree, postgraduate diploma or degree-equivalent professional qualification. You will also hold a GCSE or equivalent in English language. Prior learning and experience may count for advanced standing.

Months of entry


Course content

The Department of Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University boasts research expertise of international repute. Choosing to study with us will not only provide you with an intellectually stimulating degree, but also by providing you with access to the latest research expertise and specialist equipment, we will develop your thirst for knowledge and inspire you to question, research and analyse your theories.

We are committed to ensuring that our graduates are employable professionals. It is increasingly important that your postgraduate degree programme develop the skills that employers are after and alongside the acquisition of academic knowledge, our students will develop and apply skills in:

  • Assessment
  • Verbal communication
  • Professional report writing
  • Evaluation
  • Analytical thinking

The MSc Psychology programme is available as either a taught or research master's level programme

Taught route

This is one of the most flexible on our continuing professional development programme offering a diverse portfolio of modules. Optional modules include: clinical communications, community, critical, counselling, disability studies and forensic routes, as well as core research modules of :

  • personal and professional development,
  • preparing for academic practice,
  • quantitative research methods,
  • qualitative research methods,
  • dissertation.

This route is most suited to those wishing to undertake higher level general studies in Psychology, or for those who want to develop their professional understanding and skills in specific areas of Psychology. It is also possible to design a specialised programme that is not available via one of the main routes.

Part time students are advised to take a minimum of 40 credits in thefirst year of study. The Dissertation and Personal and Professional Development units should be taken in the final year of study.

Research Route

This is most suitable for those who wish to undertake a higher research degree, but who are not ready commit to an MPhil or PhD. It enables students to undertake a substantial dissertation in any area of Psychology, supported by taught units – usually in research methods and/or a specialist subject.

Students opting for both routes benefit from an ongoing research environment guided by academic tutors who are research active across a variety of areas and feed into the activities of the Research Groups within the Faculty.

Part time students are advised to take a minimum of 40 credits in the first year of study. The Dissertation and Personal and Professional Development units should be taken in the final year of study.

International Research

Research in the department primarily focuses on solving real world problems, ensuring that our theoretically strong work has an impact outside academia. Currently holding grants from the Medical Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council our research is not only relevant and underpinned by a unique blend of qualitative and quantitative orientations but has international reach and esteem.

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

Please visit our prospectus pages for information regarding the current fees for this programme


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    Modular attendance required. Possibility of transfer to MPhil.


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment25
Dissertation75 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
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