Taught course


Oxford Brookes University · Department of Psychology, Social Work and Public Health

Entry requirements

You must possess the following qualifications: an upper second-class or first-class honours degree awarded by a recognised institution of higher education AND 60 CATS (Credit Accumulative Transfer Scheme) credits in Psychology (including statistics and research methods). You must have achieved an average of 60% in these credits. Credits can be gained through the Oxford Brookes Qualifying Certificate in Psychology or from a recognised institution of higher eduction in the UK. If your first degree is below the 2:1 level but you have completed the 60 credits in Psychology and have excelled we will consider your application.

Months of entry


Course content

This is a conversion course designed for students who intend to become professional psychologists. The main purpose of the course is to allow graduates in disciplines other than psychology, and psychology graduates whose undergraduate degree is not professionally recognised, to gain a qualification in psychology that confers eligibility for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society and establishes the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). In order to be eligible for GBC students must gain an overall pass mark of at least 50%.

This is an intensive programme, including both theoretical and practical elements and covering the main research methods used in psychology. The course provides grounding in the core areas of psychology. It places emphasis on research methods and research skills, including literature search and review, designing and planning experiments, questionnaires and observational methods, recording and presenting data, statistical analysis and interpretation of data as well as qualitative analysis, and presentation of work in standard publication format.

Cognitive and Social Aspects of Development (20 level 7 credits) provides you with a socio-cultural view of development and how education impacts on development and cognition. Topics covered include paradigms for analysing cognitive developmental theory, reasoning, memory and executive function; culture and cognition, socialisation, and identity; children in schools; gender roles in development; and language development in relation to reading and writing.

Social Psychology (20 level 7 credits) considers the major themes in social psychology and how these influence society and social interaction. Discussion will focus on key articles in the literature. Themes include group dynamics, social identification, social influences, attraction, altruism, leadership role, prejudice and attitudes.

Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience (20 level 7 credits) explores the functional organisation of the brain from a cognitive perspective. The module examines our current understanding and recent advances in a number of key cognitive processes and their underlying biological substrates.

Experimental Method and Statistics for Psychology (20 level 7 credits) advances students' knowledge of statistical concepts and techniques of analysis, building on students' knowledge of statistics acquired during their previous experience of research methods and statistics.

Intelligence and Individual Differences (20 level 7 credits) advances student knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods in psychology, with particular reference to cognition, intelligence and individual differences.

Personality and Psychological Disorders (20 level 7 credits) advances student knowledge of theory and research methods in psychology with particular reference to personality, individual differences and psychological disorders.

Research Design Skills (10 level 7 credits) provides a structured framework within which students will identify their dissertation topic, critically review relevant previous research, and develop a workable design for their empirical project.

Research-based Dissertation (50 level 7 credits) (10,000 words). It is an extended and supervised piece of work reporting new empirical data. It is always grounded in a thorough review of the relevant scientific literature and normally requires experimental data collection.

Please note: Only the award of MSc Psychology confers eligibility for the graduate basis for chartered membership at the British Psychological Society.

Information for international students

You should have English as your first language, or GCSE or O-level English Language, or an IELTS score of 7.0, or equivalent evidence of proficiency in English.

Fees and funding

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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
  • PGDip
    full time
    8 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    full time
    8 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    Conversion course in Psychology.

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
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