Taught course


University of the West of Scotland · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in any subject area, or a non-accredited psychology Honours degree. Overseas students must also meet UWS English language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Designed for graduates with an Honours degree in a discipline other than psychology or a non-accredited psychology Honours degree who wish to specialise in psychology.

About the programme This Masters degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), which means that on completion of the programme you will be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS. This in turns offers the possibility of pursuing a career pathway in psychology. A strong applied focus reflects the teaching and research strengths of the psychology group, with emphasis on the importance of employability. We support students in developing and recognising both generic and transferable skills. UWS secured investment of over £300k, resulting in new equipment and dedicated teaching facilities to enhance delivery of the psychology programme.

Your learning

Trimester 1

• Individual Differences in the Workplace – introduces the topics of personality, motivation and emotional intelligence

• Research Methods in Psychology

– introduces and develops the key topics and issues of research design and quantitative methodologies

• Developmental Psychology

– develops your understanding of child development by examining the individual from conception through to adolescence

Trimester 2

• Cognition – addresses topics and concepts of contemporary cognitive psychology

• Biopsychology – examines psychology from a biological perspective

• Advanced Social Psychology – provides in-depth knowledge of the theories and current research in the core areas of social psychology

Trimester 3

• Psychology Research Dissertation

– introduces you to independent empirical research in psychology.

Under supervision you will design, implement and report on an extended piece of psychology research. Students choosing not to proceed who have successfully completed three core modules (60 credits), including Research Methods in Psychology, can exit with the Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology.

Students who successfully complete the six core modules in trimesters 1 and 2 and who elect not to proceed to the dissertation, can exit with the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology.

Our Careers Adviser says You will possess the skills that the BPS identify as employment essentials in various sectors including education, business, health and the media. You may continue postgraduate training in educational, clinical and occupational psychology, or consider PhD research.

Professional recognition Completion of the MSc programme provides the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership

Information for international students


Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Edward Edgerton
0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 out with UK)