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Programme summary for MSc Psychology

About the programme

Psychology aims to understand how and why humans and non-human animals act in the ways they do and to apply that knowledge in a wide variety of settings. The discipline is wide ranging, spanning from the observations of basic neural mechanisms to analyses of complex human relationships. This programme will develop your knowledge, understanding, research and practical skills in the subject.

Professional Qualifications

Our MSc Psychology programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartership.

Programme structure

This is a programme that can be completed either full-time or part-time. It may be possible to move from full-time to part-time study and vice-versa at the beginning of semesters although that depends on availability of places. Some of our students make use of this flexibility and this may impact on the overall duration of their study period. In Semester A, the modules on offer are Research Methods and Cognitive Psychology & Psychobiology whilst in Semester B, CHIPS & Social Psychology (Conceptual & Historical Issues in Psychology) and Developmental Psychology & Personality/Individual Differences are taught. Students wishing to obtain a Masters qualification will then be required to undertake an independent research project usually in the semester following completion of the core modules; if this occurs at the end of Semester B, the project can take place during the summer period whilst if it occurs at the end of Semester A, the project can take place during the following Semester B.

The programme offers three intermediate awards. A Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology is awarded following successful completion of 60 Level M credits. A Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology is awarded for achieving 120 Level M credits for the following four modules: Research Methods, Cognitive Psychology & Psychobiology, CHIPS & Social Psychology (Conceptual & Historical Issues in Psychology), and Developmental Psychology & Personality/Individual Differences. The Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (with Empirical Project) will only be available to those students who have 60 or more Psychology credits in their previous degree and do not want to undertake the final MSc research project. To obtain this qualification, in addition to the four core modules listed above, students will need to complete a Level 3 independent research project worth 20 credits.

Career opportunities

This MSc is an excellent route for anyone who did not take an undergraduate degree in psychology to study the subject and then train to become a professional psychologist, a researcher in the field or to simply use the knowledge and skills gained in another career.


  • On joining the programme you will take part in a relevant and comprehensive Induction programme to help you settle in.
  • Students are allocated a personal tutor who can provide support to address learning queries and discuss any issues affecting progress.
  • The programme operates a genuine open door policy, which means that members of staff, including module tutors, programme leader and dissertation supervisor are accessible to students and can be contacted through UELPlus and email.
  • There are substantial learning, library and research resources accessible on and off campus.
  • Lectures and seminars are accompanied by comprehensive lecture notes, handouts and on-line materials, accessible from your home or work place.
  • The campus provides computer and experimental labs.
  • You will receive training in appropriate research methods, enabling you to develop your research skills and apply these in a variety of settings.
  • You will have a dedicated dissertation supervisor who is familiar with the topic area and is there to guide and support you during the specialist research stage.
  • Specialist support (e.g. financial advice, careers advice, counselling and learning support) is available from Student Services. The University also has disability and dyslexia advisors.


  • Due to high demand, preference is given to those with an honours undergraduate degree  of at least a 2:1 level (or equivalent, for example, a qualification from outside the UK) Depending on availability of places, some applications with further academic qualifications or relevant employment experience in addition to a 2:2 may be considered.
  • Previous qualifications can be in any discipline and therefore do not need to be in an area of science. (NB: Due to professional body regulations, students cannot enter the programme with AP(E)L credits). The option of taking the PG Dip ‘(with empirical project)’ is only available to those with at least 60 prior credits in Psychology – see below”.
  • Students of all backgrounds, irrespective of age, gender or cultural background are encouraged to apply.
  • In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required. International qualifications will be checked for appropriate matriculation to UK Higher Education postgraduate programmes.

Key facts

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Tuition Fees - 2013/14

Home/EU Fees

  • Module fee: £1,100
  • Full time fee: £6,600 per yr

International Fees

  • Module fee: £1,770
  • Full time fee: £10,620 per yr

Fees based on 30 credit modules (unless otherwise indicated) For further information regarding postgraduate fees please refer to


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