Taught course


University of Northampton · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

This programme is open to students who hold an internationally recognised undergraduate degree not necessarily in psychology. GCSE grade C in Maths is necessary or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification. Candidates need a high level of competence in both spoken and written English. Those whose first language is not English are required to have IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band or qn equivalent qualificaton

Months of entry


Course content

The Psychology MSc programme offers students who hold an internationally recognised undergraduate qualification, one not necessarily in Psychology, the opportunity to study a master’s course.

This Master’s programme offers modules designed to increase transferable skills into vocational areas (for example mental health provisions, health and research), as well as providing an academic pathway towards a vocationally based Doctorate or research based PhD.

Students will have the opportunity to enhance their studies through volunteer work with influential local service providers including the Police and Social Services as well as through the Psychology department’s’ significant links to social enterprise through the university’s AshokaU status.

Who is it for?

  • those interested in pursuing an academic career in psychology – for example research, teaching
  • those interested in pursuing a career in social care or social justice
  • those interested in pursuing a practitioner career – for example Assistant Psychologist
  • those interested in pursuing a career using statistics
  • those interested in learning more about the theoretical concepts and applications of psychology to explain human behavior
    Full time students take six modules for each stage for three years. Some modules are mandatory whilst others are selected from a wide range of options. In stage one important core ideas, evidence and methods are introduced. This basic knowledge is built upon in stages two and three to foster a cutting-edge understanding of topics.
    Students will need to undertake the five compulsory modules and one elective module during one year. A two year part time programme is also offered, whereby students will need to undertake three modules in year one and three modules in year two. The dissertation module will be taken at end of each programme.
    Course modules (16/17):
    Advanced Developmental Psychology​ - Core module Y
    Applied Social and Critical Social Psychology - Core module Y
    Cognitive, Biological and Neuroscience - Core module Y
    Quantitative and Qualitative Research Skills - Core module Y
    The Psychology of Mental Health - Core module N
    The Psychology of Transpersonal Experience - Core module N
    Dissertation and Research Methods - Core module Y

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

01604 735500
01604 713029