Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (minimum 2:1). Applicants whose undergraduate degree is a 2.2 or applicants without such qualifications but with alternative equivalent life skills and/or experiences will also be considered but will be required to demonstrate their motivation and how their experiences will enable them to study at Masters level in their Personal Statement. Applicants require 60 credits of Psychology from prior study at degree level for the PG Dip Psychology. English language requirements for international students can be found on our website.

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.

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.

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

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.

Accreditation by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
Successful completion of either qualification confers the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS. This is the first step towards becoming a chartered Psychologist and provides the basis for further professional training in psychology

Delivery and assessment
The course provides dedicated, supportive teaching from a team of staff who are experienced in supporting students from diverse backgrounds and with individual needs. Further support is provided through small group, individualised teaching in tutorials and individual supervision during the Research Project and Specialist Essay.

You will be assessed on a modular basis via examination, coursework (including essays, laboratory reports and literature reviews), oral presentations and a research project.

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: Scholarships and loyalty schemes

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Further details of qualification

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.

Course contact details

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