Entry requirements

MSc Psychology: You will need an undergraduate degree (minimum 2.1) or other recognised equivalent qualification. Applicants whose undergraduate degree is a 2.2 or applicants with ordinary degrees and/or alternative equivalent life skills and experiences will also be considered but will be required to demonstrate their motivation and ability to study at the required academic level in their Personal Statement. Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology: You will need an undergraduate degree (minimum 2.1) or other recognised equivalent qualification. Applicants without such qualifications will be considered on an individual basis, but will be required to demonstrate how their experiences and knowledge would enable them to study this course at Masters-level in their Personal Statement. Applicants must have a minimum 60 credits of Psychology from prior study at degree level. As part of the application process applicants will be asked to indicate precisely how their previous study meets this criteria. Please see www.ntu.ac.uk/S3 for more details

Months of entry


Course content

Our British Psychological Society (BPS) conversion courses are designed for graduates of other disciplines who wish to pursue a career in psychology but whose first degree is not recognised by the BPS. Entry on to the MSc Psychology does not require you to have studied any psychology previously.

  • MSc Psychology is a 180-credit qualification which requires no previous experience or study of psychology.
  • PGDip is a 120-credit qualification which requires that you have already completed 60 credits of study in psychology.

Successful completion of either qualification confers the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS.

The PG Dip and MSc students are taught together, with the MSc students taking their additional modules from term two onwards. This means that, assuming you meet the entry criteria for both courses, it's easy to transfer from one to the other at any point in the first term.

This course attracts a range of students including those who have recently completed an undergraduate degree in a subject other than psychology or a non-accredited degree and also applicants who have come from jobs in the public and private sector, who are looking for a career change.

Accreditation by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
This course is accredited by the BPS as a psychology conversion course conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Registration. This is the first step towards becoming a chartered Psychologist and provides the basis for further professional training in psychology.

MSc / PGDip Course Content
Psychology is the systematic study of behaviour and experience. As a discipline it is wide-ranging and overlaps with both biological sciences, such as neurology, physiology and genetics, and with social sciences such as sociology and anthropology.

The course is designed to provide dedicated supportive teaching tailored to the particular needs of postgraduate conversion students and to facilitate the development of a strong course identity among students.

  • Further support is provided through small group individualised teaching in tutorials and individual supervision of the Research Project and Specialist Essay.
  • The Psychology Division is large, with around 50 academic staff covering all areas of the discipline, and thus students on the MSc/PG Dip are able to take options from, and do research projects in areas of particular interest to them. This can be very helpful in preparation for related work or further study after graduation.

    MSc Psychology and PG Diploma students may complete core modules in:
  • Biological Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Individual Differences
  • Historical and Conceptual Issues
  • Research Methods
  • Statistics
  • Psychology Research Project.

In addition, MSc Psychology students complete and extended essay, again under supervision and focused on a topic of their choosing, as well as 20 credits of 'Contemporary Psychology' selected from a list of available option choices.

For more detailed information about the course content for the MSc / PGDip Psychology course, please visit our website.

With the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS secured, you will be eligible upon graduation to undertake further training as a professional psychologist (in areas such as clinical, forensic, educational, occupational, counselling, or sport psychology).

Alternatively you might choose to pursue an academic and/or research career in various areas of psychology (by working as a research assistant or associate or by completing a dedicated Research Methods Masters or studying for a PhD), or you may choose to exploit the transferable skills you have learned on the course to pursue a career outside of psychology.

Psychology qualifications tend to be very popular with all employers because you have to be able to write essays and reports, you have to have some basic mastery of research and data analysis, and because they assume you know quite a lot about people!

Information for international students

As an international school, we are committed to enhancing our cultural and intellectual diversity. We therefore like to encourage applications from students across the world who feel we can offer them the educational opportunities they are seeking at postgraduate level.

Fees and funding

The School of Social Sciences is delighted to announce the availability of a number of competitive Scholarships for our full-time and part-time Masters courses. To find out more visit www.ntu.ac.uk/s3scholarships

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
21 months
part time
9 months

Course contact details

School of Social Sciences
+44 (0)115 848 4460