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
This Master's level, modular course builds on the innovative and diverse curriculum offered at undergraduate level. Intended for non Psychology graduates this on-line conversion course will equip the student with the requirements for the Society’s Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) and enable the student to qualify for further professional training in order to then pursue a career in Psychology.
The curriculum will be entirely delivered by E-Learning and Virtual Learning Environments including, for example Skype, Adobe Connect and other best practice examples of on-line learning.
Features & benefits of the course
- This programme is a conversion for graduates of other disciplines considering a career in Psychology
- The course is delivered by distance learning
- This course programme is approved and recognised by the British Psychological Society
- Curriculum is based upon and developed to ensure that the core elements of the BPS requirements for eligibility for GBC membership are met
Information for international students
We provide further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.
Fees and funding
Fee information for this course is provided on our prospectus
Qualification and course duration
Further details of qualification
12 months Full time 22 months Part time for MSc 20 months Part time for PgDip
Course contact details
- Course Enquiries Team