Taught course

Psychology (Distance Learning)

University of Portsmouth · School of Psychology, Sport and Health Sciences

Entry requirements

A good honours degree (or level 6 equivalent) in any academic subject, or a master's degree, equivalent or higher in any academic subject.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry

January, May, September

Course content

Course overview

Psychology is described as the scientific study of the mind and how it affects behaviour. Simply put, by exploring psychology, we aim to understand why we think, feel, and act in certain ways.

It’s a complex field that touches almost every aspect of human life – and like any rich, nuanced subject, it needs to be approached from different perspectives. This is where you come in.

For example, companies and government bodies are showing a growing interest in predicting and influencing the behaviour of collaborators, competitors, and the public. It’s essential that people in such positions of power have experts who can train and advise them on ethical means of doing so.

Wherever you see yourself driving change in the future, your journey begins here, with your MSc Psychology degree.

What you’ll study

This conversion course will equip you with a wide range of specialist skills in a welcoming, flexible environment. You can look forward to learning:

  • Core principles of a range of perspectives within psychology, including social, biological, abnormal psychology, positive psychology, individual differences, and developmental psychology

  • The ethical and sociocultural issues that are relevant to evaluating theories and research findings, and how to use said theories and findings to address real-world needs

  • A range of research skills and methods for investigating experience and behaviour, strengthening your ability to conduct research independently

Along with the above, we’ll help you gain valuable practical expertise that will prove essential for entering this field.

  • Remotely access and use a range of specialist tools, including JASP statistical software and the Gorilla Experiment Builder

  • Learn how to carry out empirical studies involving a variety of data collection methods, including experiments, interviews and focus groups

  • Master how to analyse, present, and evaluate quantitative and qualitative data, as well as final research findings

Careers in Psychology

Earning your MSc in Psychology is your start to a brand-new career path. Psychologists are employed across a multitude of areas – including healthcare, policy making, education, criminal justice, animal welfare, sports and coaching, design, marketing, and many more.

To help establish yourself in the field that matters to you, this conversion course will empower you to develop a range of versatile skills. From knowledge of statistical software to data analysis, teamwork, critical thinking, and presentation skills, you’ll be well-equipped to succeed.

These capabilities, coupled with the support you can receive from our excellent Careers and Employability Service, will help position you as a valuable hire to employers across the world.

As this course has BPS accreditation, graduates of the programme will be able to explore a number of exciting roles, such as:

  • Health psychologist

  • Clinical psychologist

  • Educational psychologist

  • Academia and research psychologist

  • Occupational psychologist

  • Counselling psychologist

  • Neuropsychologist

  • Sport and exercise psychologist

  • Forensic psychologist

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Team
+44 (0)23 9431 1545