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Psychology (Conversion)

University of Sussex · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above. You may also be considered for the course if you have other qualifications of equivalent standing. We also consider applicants who can show successful completion of at least three years' basic medical science at a UK medical school (having gained at least 360 credits) with a guaranteed place to continue medical studies on completion of the MSc.

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society.

Months of entry


Course content

Psychology is a competitive field. To help you realise your career aspirations, we’ve designed this MSc with a strong focus on employability (and no need for any prior formal psychology education).

You’ll get career advice at every stage of your course. In your first term, you’ll work with the course convener to develop your personal development plan. This will help you achieve your future career goals. You may also have the opportunity to gain research experience in one of our many research laboratories within the School of Psychology. We’ll help you in your search and applications for graduate work/training opportunities during your studies and after the course finishes.

On this course, you’ll learn from passionate specialists in their fields. Their expertise supports you when you explore the core aspects of psychology:

  • developmental
  • social
  • cognitive
  • biological
  • clinical and individual difference
  • research methods and statistics.

You’ll also learn about ethical considerations in psychology.

You’ll have access to some of the most advanced research facilities for studying psychology anywhere in the country, including a child development research suite and a human psychophysiology laboratory. This gives you the opportunity to learn the latest skills used in the field of psychology. Working on an independent research project with a leading expert in their field, you’ll gain experience for future training opportunities.

When you graduate, you’ll have the knowledge and accreditation for training in the psychological profession that interests you most. This could include:

  • clinical psychology
  • educational psychology
  • research psychology
  • counselling psychology.
  • Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS). Find out more

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and personal life, or while you build up relevant work experience in this field. Modules for the full-time course are listed below. For details about the part-time course, contact us.

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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