Taught course


Northumbria University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

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Entry requirements

All students should normally possess a first or upper second class degree or equivalent in any discipline.

Months of entry

April, September, October

Course content

This programme is designed for non-psychology graduates who wish to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of psychology, including social, developmental, cognitive and biological psychology, individual differences, and research methods and philosophies, along with an awareness of ethical issues. A focus on transferable skills appropriate to a career in psychology helps students prepare for the world of work and pursue lifelong learning.

The modules studied by MSc Psychology students are designed specifically for, and delivered exclusively to masters students in the Department of Psychology. There are no modules where the delivery is shared with modules from undergraduate programmes. The programme teaching delivery is on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Successful completion of the MSc programme provides students with the opportunity to acquire the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC)* with the British Psychological Society (BPS), the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. GBC is currently a requirement for entry onto professional practitioner Stage 1 training in clinical, counselling, educational, forensic, health, occupational and sport & exercise psychology.
* The GBC replaces what was formerly known as the Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR)

Progress is assessed using a combination of continuous assessment and formal examinations

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score in each component of 5.5. Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Admissions Office
0191 227 4444