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. Transcripts will be reviewed by the admissions team and/or admissions tutor to assess eligibility. If you have any questions, contact the Psychology admissions team on psychadmissionsteam@mmu.ac.uk.

What to Include in Your Personal Statement

The personal statement should clearly discuss the following points:

  • How your ongoing career plans would benefit from studying this psychology course
  • Your commitment, motivation, and ability to dedicate appropriate time and resources to the course (we strongly recommend around 40 hours per week for full time routes, and around 20 hours per week for part time routes)
  • Your familiarity with relevant IT

In addition, your personal statement will be evaluated on the strength of academic writing and clarity of communication.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

Months of entry


Course content

Explore the history of modern psychology, the development of social identity, and the workings of the human brain. Develop a critical understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods and achieve 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 opens doors to various opportunities and further education within the field of psychology. 

We teach this course entirely online, covering each unit over a series of topic weeks. You’ll typically learn through ‘mini lectures’ (available as video presentations), online discussions, readings from core e-texts, and other forms of learning activity.

Some of the topics you’ll explore include how memory functions, how our identities are constructed, and how our perceptions change with age. You’ll develop a critical understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods which will help you with your independent research project.

You’ll also have the opportunity to choose from a variety of option units such as Educational Psychology, Forensic Psychology, and Clinical Neuroscience.

Our course is accredited by the British Psychological Society 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.

Fees and funding

For fees and funding options, please visit our website to find out more.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

12 months Full time 24 months Part time for MSc 21 months Part time for PgDip

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0) 161 247 6969