Taught course

Experimental Psychology

University of Sussex · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

This MSc is designed for students who do not have previous training in psychology. It is open to those with a first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in another subject who want to obtain a qualification that provides the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC, formerly GBR) with the British Psychological Society

Months of entry


Course content

This well-established and internationally renowned conversion course has provided the initial training for many eminent psychologists. The MSc is accredited by the British Psychological Society as a qualification for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).

This MSc aims to give graduates with no prior teaching or formal training in psychology a thorough grounding in psychology. This intensive course provides you with a firm grasp of the main theories, methods and findings of psychological research relevant to the understanding of the relationship between the brain and behaviour. On this course, you cover biological, cognitive, social and developmental psychology; philosophical and ethical perceptions of psychology; research methods; and write a dissertation.


This MSc is intensive and consists of lectures, tutorials, seminars and practical classes on eight core modules, plus accompanying reading and essay writing. As well as unseen examinations, you complete an experimental dissertation supervised by a member of faculty.

Application deadline

Note that the deadline for applying is 31 March 2016.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

On this course, you take a series of taught modules that help you develop knowledge and skills in the core areas of psychology necessary for meeting the British Psychological Society requirements. Modules include:

  • six modules on key aspects of psychology (90 credits), covering topics from abnormal and clinical, biological, cognitive, developmental and social psychology
  • two modules in research methods and data analysis (30 credits), which help you gain expertise in the key research techniques used in psychology
  • a substantial research project in your chosen field (60 credits), supervised by a member of faculty specialising in that area.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit:www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations50
Written coursework / continuous assessment10
Dissertation20 (6000 words)
Project report20

Course contact details

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