Taught course


University of Bolton · Faculty of Wellbeing and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

You should have an Upper Second Class (2.1) Honours degree (or higher) in Psychology, which is accredited by the British Psychology Society for Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

If you have a Lower Second Class (2:2) Honours degree in Psychology, then you may be accepted on to the programme following a successful interview. We may also ask you to provide a portfolio of your work, as part of the application process.

Relevant work experience can also provide an advantage.

We'll consider applications where appropriate work experience can be demonstrated in lieu of, or in addition to, the published academic qualifications in line with the University’s Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) procedures.

This course does not confer Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) with the British Psychological Society (BPS) – if you're seeking to achieve GBR, please consider applying for our MSc Psychology (Conversion) programme.

Months of entry


Course content

The University of Bolton was one of the first to establish a degree course in the subject of psychology and the Department has a well-respected, vibrant learning and research culture. This course offers you the opportunity to build on the knowledge and understanding gained from your undergraduate studies, develop your intellectual and thinking skills to a very high standard and enhance your independent research abilities.

You’ll be guided and taught by highly skilled and experienced staff focused on maximising your potential. They will encourage you to develop an advanced critical appreciation of contemporary methods, theories and issues in psychology highlighting the links between your research and clinical practice. You’ll apply your research and analysis skills to a substantial piece of independent research, demonstrating your understanding of appropriate ethical issues in context.

The course is also designed to enhance your practice, providing you with employment and career progression opportunities for a diverse range of careers, including psychology and therapy, the helping or health professions, social work, education, private practice, human resources and retail management.


  • You’ll have the opportunity to develop and master a high level of complex specialist knowledge and skills in the field of psychology. You’ll also have the chance to employ these skills to conduct research or advanced technical and professional activity.
  • The department operates an effective academic personal tuition system providing encouragement and support to students at all levels to ensure they achieve their highest potential. Graduates are welcome to attend the research seminar programme and become active postgraduates within the University.
  • Tutors may also introduce techniques which they view as especially suitable in aiding learning in their specialist area. Areas of study are regularly updated to reflect the research activity within the department. The department employs a clinical psychologist and a forensic psychologist offering you the opportunity to work with practising psychologists as well as academics.
  • Your working environment will include an observation laboratory that contains two ceiling mounted video cameras, and boundary microphones, controlled by video editing hardware and software that can be used for student dissertation data collection. There is also a Psychophysiology laboratory for work of an experimental nature that contains a Bio-pac system, a Neuroscan and Stim3.
  • With a breadth of multimedia e-learning resources available, all the modules you’ll study have a presence on Moodle (our Virtual Learning Environment) and all the lecture materials as well as additional resources are available to you here.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    18 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)1204 903903