Taught course


University of Essex · Department of Psychology

Entry requirements

A first, upper second or high lower second class honour degree, or equivalent which contains the equivalent of six months' study in psychology.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MSc Psychology is an advanced fast-track conversion course that combines the award of a Masters with eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. The GBC is the minimum academic qualification required to enable you to work as a professional psychologist, so passing our course demonstrates that you have studied and acquired an advanced understanding in Masters-level study in psychology.

You gain a critical and detailed understanding of the core areas of psychology, plus some specialisation, and learn research methods to an extent which will enable you to devise, analyse and carry out an empirical research project. Our course is also suitable if you who have obtained a previous degree in psychology (to the required standard) that is not recognised by the British Psychological Society, so wish to gain an internationally recognised qualification in psychology.

Our Department of Psychology has a strong reputation for research and teaching, with over half of our research defined as either 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' in the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008) and a ranking of thirteenth in the UK in the 2010 National Student Survey.

We provide excellent state-of-the-art facilities for study, with extensive laboratory space for experimental psychology and special facilities for visual and auditory perception, developmental psychology and social psychology, with our Hearing Research Laboratory and our Visual Perception Unit. We also have our Centre for Brain Sciences, a state-of-the-art research facility dedicated to the study of brain activity in relation to psychological processes. This provides a dynamic resource for psychology and neuroscience, with specialised laboratories for investigating brain activity.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0.

Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations38
Written coursework / continuous assessment42
Dissertation20 (10000 words)

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872719