Taught course


Plymouth University · Faculty of Health and Human Sciences

Entry requirements

You must have successfully completed a first degree and have obtained a minimum of 60 credits in psychology (at university level) prior to enrolling on this programme. The programme is ideal if you’re wishing to make a career change into psychology, or if you have overseas qualifications and wish to convert your psychology degree into one approved by the BPS. If you have overseas qualifications you can check their comparability with the UK equivalent through the UK National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC), who provide an advisory service.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc Psychology is designed to confer Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). GBC is the form of professional accreditation that is required for many careers that you may pursue with a psychology degree, as well as for advanced professional training in psychology. This is a conversion course. You do not need an undergraduate psychology degree but you'll need an honours degree and 60 credits in psychology (FHEQ 6 or higher).

  • Ensure you have the necessary qualifications for many types of further training in psychology, as well as for licensing as a professional psychologist.
  • Participate in this one-year intensive programme. You’ll become eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), which normally requires a three year honours degree in psychology.
  • Benefit from the expertise of the School of Psychology which has received national recognition for both its teaching and research activities, earning a rating of five in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise and a score of 23 out of 24 in the last Teaching Quality Assessment. These qualities mark Plymouth as one of the top psychology departments in the UK.
  • Obtain a background in the major theoretical approaches in all of the principal areas of psychology - biological, cognitive, social, developmental, and individual differences.
  • Gain an understanding of a wide variety of research paradigms, including research methods and measurement techniques.
  • Explore the newly refurbished laboratory and teaching space including electrophysiology (ERP), Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS), virtual reality and eye‑tracking laboratories.

Fees and funding

As part of a new government funded masters loan scheme, masters students who are under the age of 60 can now access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study.

The loans will be available for both taught and research masters programmes across all disciplines and subject areas (excluding PGCE, PgCert, PgDip, MClinRes or ResM).

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
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+44 (0)1752 584540