We are excited to announce the launch of our newest postgraduate course: MSc Psychology.
Our psychology department already has a track record of success in delivering undergraduate programmes in psychology, criminal psychology and business psychology, and this new course provides students with another option to explore the depths of the human mind, while keeping up with their work and personal commitments. Designed for those without a background in the field, this course allows you to delve into a range of focused psychology topics over the two-year indicative study duration.
What will I study on the MSc Psychology?
The course begins by introducing students to the history and philosophy of psychological enquiry. Later modules will cover essential topics such as:
- the critical milestones in human development, through infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and late adulthood
- key concepts in critical psychology and the application of critical ideas to contemporary psychological and socio-political issues
- psychobiology and neuropsychology and how these are applied to research.
There is a focus on employability throughout the entire course, and this is honed during the Psychology Skills and Employability module. You will be encouraged to consider the relevance of your previous experience, identify your growth needs and opportunities, and develop practical skills such as CV-writing and building a network.
A number of modules focus on building your research skills, such as the main qualitative and quantitative methods used for data collection and analysis. You will develop techniques such as interviews, questionnaires, parametric and non-parametric tests. Towards the end of your studies you will put these skills to use by conducting an original and empirical research study on a topic of interest and producing an individual dissertation to share your findings.
Where can the course take me?
A psychology degree can be applied in a number of different fields, from counselling to marketing, the civil service to healthcare. This course can also be used to progress within academia, research or training.
It’s also possible to use this course as a starting point to pursue further education in psychology in order to enter a career directly in the field. There are a number of career paths available, such as investigative and forensic psychology, neuroscience, healthcare, clinical roles, child development and education, sports, exercise and occupational psychology.
Looking for a shorter course?
We are also launching PG Cert Psychology and PG Dip Psychology courses, with an indicative study duration of 8 months and 16 months respectively. These courses provide an impressive standalone qualification which will grow your knowledge within the field of psychology.
Following the completion of either of these courses, it’s easy to progress onto the full Masters degree.
What’s studying online like?
Our MSc Psychology, like our other courses, is delivered 100% online and part-time. You will study through our cutting-edge Virtual Learning Environment, accessing multimedia lecturecasts, our broad eLibrary and other study resources. The course is assessed entirely through assignments, so there are no exams to worry about. You will take part in engaging discussion forums, collaborating with and learning from your classmates based around the world.
Throughout your studies you will be supported by a dedicated Student Adviser, as well as receiving subject-specific support from our knowledgeable module tutors through live Q&A sessions and virtual office hours.
What are the entry requirements?
Our entry requirements take into account both academic achievements and work experience. We offer two different routes onto our postgraduate psychology programmes.
For our academic entry route, you will need an undergraduate degree from an approved institution, equivalent to a UK Honours degree, or a relevant professional qualification.
To meet the requirements of our work experience entry route, you need at least three years of voluntary or paid experience within a relevant field. We will consider each application on an individual basis, but relevant fields may include: health, mental health, social services, counselling services, policing, data analysis and statistics, schools and education. You will also need to provide two references to support this experience.
Our courses are delivered in English, so you will need to meet our minimum requirements for English language: an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5, or equivalent. We will provide a free English test for you to take online if you don’t have an IELTS or similar qualification.
What are the fees?
The full tuition fee for this course is £11,222 (net of any applicable sales tax payable in your country of residence). There are no hidden costs – this fee covers all course materials, assessments and resits, and we charge the same fee to both UK and international students.
Students based in England may be eligible for a postgraduate student loan (for the full Masters degree only), and we offer a simple monthly payment plan if you choose to fund the course yourself. If you pay upfront, you will receive a 10% full payment discount. We also offer a range of other discounts and scholarships, including an international scholarship for students based in Africa or the Caribbean, and a 10% alumni discount.
I’m interested – what next?
We are excited to start receiving applications for the first start date this September. The first step is to download our prospectus to see the full course details.
We are holding a Virtual Open Day for prospective postgraduate students on 14 July, where you can meet staff from our psychology department and learn more about what it’s like to study online. You can register to attend here.