Taught course

Psychology (Conversion)

Manchester Metropolitan University · Department of Psychology

Entry requirements

In accordance with the British Psychological Society's requirements, applicants are required to hold a minimum of a lower second class (2:2) UK honours degree (or international equivalent).

Applicants to the MSc route need not have studied any Psychology before.

Applicants to the PgDip route must have studied 60 credits of Psychology at Level 4 or above.

What to Include in Your Personal Statement

Below is a list of twelve personal qualities possessed by successful online distance learners. It is important you address and evidence each of them when composing your personal statement. You should also alert your referees to the skills required of a successful distance learning student.

Commitment and Motivation
1. You are a conscientious 'self-starter' with high levels of motivation and independence.
2. You are eminently capable of working on your own with the course resources, with the support of tutor-led instruction.
3. You have excellent self-management skills and can organise your work-life balance effectively. You can cope with a number of deadlines at the same time.
4. When you seek help, you do so by taking a range of potential solutions to the person you are seeking help from

Information Technology Skills
5. You have good IT and computing skills:
a) You know how to download and install software. It is a course requirement that you are comfortable using (or learning to use) spreadsheet-based software packages (e.g. Microsoft Excel or IBM SPSS).
b) You are comfortable using (or learning how to use) multimedia (such as viewing and creating PowerPoint, video and audio files).
c) You have and can use equipment such as speakers/headphones and microphones.
6. You are adept at using social media to engage with others and to nurture online relationships. You recognise that online relationships demand considerable efforts of commitment and reciprocity to be rewarding.
7. You are proficient with using email to communicate, and can do so in a professional and courteous manner.
8. You are comfortable with using (or learning how to use) online communication software such as Skype.

Academic and Independent Study Skills
9. You recognise that a post-graduate student is assumed to possess a broader and deeper skill-set compared to an undergraduate student:

  • You can write accurately, clearly and concisely.
  • You can read and summarise large quantities of text quickly and critically.
  • You can use electronic databases effectively to look for research papers and study materials.
  • You can classify evidence precisely and assess its validity and reliability.
  • You can argue logically and consistently.
  • You can independently make use of support documents and materials provided to help you with basic academic skills such as academic referencing.

10. You can multi-task and work on several projects at once, advancing them all towards completion simultaneously.
11. You understand what it means to say that Psychology is both a quantitative and a qualitative discipline; that it involves both number-crunching and statistics as well as meaning-making and interpretation.
12. You are able to devote the requisite study hours necessary to the course to be successful. We strongly recommend around 40 hours per week for full time routes, and around 20 hours per week for part time routes.

Months of entry


Course content

Explore the history of modern psychology, the influence of our biology on behaviour, and the workings of the human brain. Develop a critical understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods. And, apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist.

Designed for students who have a degree without accreditation from The British Psychological Society (BPS), our course allows you to qualify for the further professional training you’ll need to become a chartered psychologist in the UK.

We teach this course entirely online, covering each unit over a series of topic weeks. You’ll usually learn through ‘mini lectures’ (available as short podcasts), online discussions, readings from core texts (you will normally receive these as free e-books), and learning activities such as workbook exercises.

Some of the topics you’ll explore include how we remember things, how our identities are constructed, and how our perceptions change as we age. You’ll also have the opportunity to choose option units. Previous units include educational psychology, forensic psychology, and counselling.

Our course is accredited by the BPS and, when you graduate, you can apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). Once you have GBC, you can continue with further study in a specialist area and become a chartered psychologist.

Information for international students

We provide further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

    12 months Full time 22 months Part time for MSc 20 months Part time for PgDip

Course contact details

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