Taught course

Experimental Psychology (conversion)

University of Bristol · Department of Experimental Psychology

Entry requirements

Minimum upper second-class honours degree, or international equivalent. Applicants need to be able demonstrate evidence of numerical/statistical competence (eg a first degree in a numerical discipline; quantitative research experience; relevant non-academic experience).

Months of entry


Course content

This programme, accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), aims to train graduates from a non-psychology background in the theories of cognition, behaviour and the brain, and in the experimental research methods used to develop and test these theories.

The programme covers various core areas of psychology: social psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, biological psychology, individual differences, research methods (quantitative and qualitative) and statistics. Our aim is to provide you with a good understanding of the interplay between these different areas of the field and the pivotal role of empirical evidence in theory development within these areas.

You will acquire a range of research skills for scientific investigation of psychological questions, culminating in an original empirical research project. The programme employs a variety of teaching and assessment methods, and will provide you with a range of generic, transferable skills (eg teamwork, numerical competence, and oral and written communication skills).

These skills are highly valued by employers and the programme is excellent preparation for a wide range of careers that involve some element of psychological knowledge. MSc Experimental Psychology (conversion) also prepares non-psychology graduates for further postgraduate study in psychology, such as more clinically oriented postgraduate programmes or postgraduate research degrees.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Psychology Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 117 928 8452