Taught course

Psychology Conversion

University of Central Lancashire · School of Psychology and Humanities

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). Students who have a lower second class honours degree maybe considered for interview depending on their profile of marks and previous experience.

Months of entry


Course content

If you are a graduate who has not previously studied psychology but want a course that allows you to train to become a professional psychologist, then this is ideal. The MSc Psychology Conversion programme allows non-psychology graduates a flexible route into further postgraduate training to become a professional psychologist, eg Clinical, Forensic, Health, or Sport. You’ll gain an accredited psychology qualification that confers Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Discover the core areas of psychology, develop key skills and tailor the course to your own interests. The course also includes the opportunity to undertake an individual research project and to potentially engage in work-based learning. You’ll be taught in modern facilities in a School that produces nationally and internationally excellent research. Progression is possible within the School onto a number of professional training courses in psychology for those who successfully complete the conversion course.
The course consists of 180 credits and runs across three semesters. Semesters one and two, which run from September until June are when we focus on our classroom based modules. During semester two and semester three (semester three running from June to August) students take their dissertation module, and also their professional development module. Both of these modules are primarily done through supervised independent study. The MSc Psychology Conversion is therefore normally awarded in early September with a graduation ceremony in November or December (although we can award at other times of year if appropriate – e.g., for part time students).
To complete the course students must take, and pass by gaining a module mean of at least 50%, all the modules that together make up their 180 credits. Students who gain an overall APM of 60% or above will be awarded a Merit and those who gain an overall APM of 70% or above will be awarded a Distinction.
All of the modules are compulsory because they reflect the content of the British Psychological Society core syllabus and taking them is what makes student eligible for accreditation (GBC). However, there are also various opportunities to tailor the course to reflect your own individual interests and aspirations, particularly as part of the Professional Development and Project modules.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24+ months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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