Taught course

Psychology

Institution
University of Birmingham · School of Psychology
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

2.1 or higher in a related subject

Months of entry

September

Course content

The MA in Psychology offers an excellent opportunity to gain insight and in-depth knowledge of contemporary topics in Psychology. This course offers a unique mix of modules that, unlike a more typical MSc, focuses on integrating knowledge in Psychology and communicating those ideas to the public. The course also provides students with a range of transferable skills that are needed to succeed in a wide range of research-knowledge positions. The course is particularly aimed at students who do not want to actively conduct lab-based research, and would prefer to focus on extending their understanding of Psychology and synthesizing current knowledge in new and meaningful ways. Students have the opportunity to build in-depth knowledge in at least two areas of contemporary Psychology, to develop their critical analysis skills, and to hone their science writing and communication skills.

The course is run by one of the largest and most active Psychology departments in Britain with an excellent reputation for both teaching and research.

The MA in Psychology offers a unique mix of topic-based, applied and impact-based modules. Students have the opportunity to build their knowledge in at least one area of contemporary Psychology, develop their critical analysis skills and hone their science writing and communication skills. The programme offers students the opportunity to develop their specific interests whilst at the same time developing the technical and transferable skills they need to succeed in a wide range of research-knowledge positions.

Is this course accredited through the British Psychological Society?
The MA in Psychology is not a Psychology conversion course and is therefore not suitable for students who seek to acquire UK GBC (Graduate Charter Membership of the BPS)

[Modules]

The MA in Psychology comprises a unique mix of topic-based, applied and impact-based modules. This range of modules offers students the opportunity to develop their specific interests whilst at the same time developing the technical and transferable skills they need to succeed in a wide range of research-knowledge positions.

Compulsory modules

Students undertake the following compulsory taught modules:

  • Foundations in critical thinking
  • Current research 1
  • Current research 2
  • Transferable Skills
  • Research review 1
  • Public Engagement with Psychological Research
  • Research project (based on a significant literature review)

See the attached full list of compulsory modules and descriptions (PDF 64 KB)

Optional modules

Students also take two psychology topics or skills based optional modules to support their learning. Possible optional modules include (please note options may change annually):

Design and analysis 1; Computer Use; Adaptive Behaviour; Lying Brain; Understanding Emotion; Visual Cognitive Neuroscience and Art; Why We Eat What We Eat; Communities and Social Action; Clinical Psychology of Severe Intellectual Disability; Sleep; Speaking and Reading; Developmental Disorders of Language in Children; Parental Cognition; Adult Neuropsychological Syndromes

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Fees and funding

UK students
£6,840 FT - £3,420 PT
International students
£14,850 FT

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Qualification and course duration

MA

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate enquiry service
Email
postgraduate@contacts.bham.ac.uk
Phone
0121 414 5005