This is a conversion course for students with a first degree in another subject area. It means you could go on and train to be a professional psychologist – for example, by studying for a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
You may, however, simply want to study this course because you are interested in the subject, in which case you will return to your career enriched with knowledge of human behaviour.
A concentrated lecture schedule – Wednesday afternoon and evening for those studying full-time, Wednesday evenings for those doing the course part-time – means you can combine the study with your current commitments.
Some of our students have obtained a psychology degree overseas but have now moved to the UK and need to add the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) qualification to further their careers. This course ticks that box.
You will benefit from excellent and highly experienced teaching in an internationally recognised school close to the London 2012 Olympic Park in Stratford, in a vibrant area with shopping centres and transport hubs.
Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
This accreditation is a mark of quality that students and employers understand and value. Studying a BPS accredited course will give you the opportunity to gain graduate or chartered membership for the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC). GBC is an important requirement for becoming a professional psychologist in areas such as clinical and educational psychology.
Flexible afternoon and evening lectures
The one-year course is ideally suited to busy professionals, with lectures scheduled on Wednesday afternoon and evening each week. It is intensive and you will need to study outside scheduled teaching days – but you can combine it with work. You can also study part-time over a longer period.
Impact of research in the UK
Psychology is joint first in the UK for impact of research, beating Cambridge and Oxford, showing our incredible academic expertise and real-world relevance. (latest REF, 2014)
What we're researching
The Research Excellence Framework is a six-yearly national review by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
In 2014 it rated 43 per cent of our research as ‘internationally excellent’ and a further 25 per cent as ‘world-leading’ – the highest accolade. It added that UEL’s School of Psychology was one of only four in the country whose research had a ‘100 per cent impact’ at the highest level.
The combined figure of 68 per cent from the top two tiers dwarfs the previous figure of 20 per cent from the previous national review in 2008.
Research subjects in recent years have included electronic cigarettes, infant development and neuropsychology.
Professor Rachel Tribe was awarded the British Psychological Society’s Ethics Committee’s 2013 award for promoting Equality of Opportunity. Her clinical interests focus on all aspects of trauma, culture and mental health, professional and ethical practice, working with interpreters in mental health, migration and mental health and organisational development.
Dr Caroline Edmonds’ research examines the effect of hydration on cognition in children and adults.
Dr Davide Rivolta’s research focuses on the cognitive and neural correlates of face perception, both in normal subjects and in people with congenital prosopagnosia (face blindness).
Dr. Volker Thoma’s work includes research on judgment and decision making, in financial and medical domains, and together with Dr. John Turner he supervises a study on problem gambling involving brain stimulation, funded by the responsible Gambling Trust.
Making a difference
UEL is one of the UK’s leading modern research universities. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), 17 per cent of our overall research submission was classified as ‘world-leading’ for its quality and impact – almost double our previous REF score. A further 45 per cent of our work was considered ‘internationally excellent’.
MSc Psychology, Course Leader
One of the valuable things you will find about this course is your fellow students. Recently we have had solicitors, health professionals, marketing directors and people who run their own companies, as well as people with PhDs in areas such as history, anthropology and even astronomy.
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths.
What you'll study
- Cognitive Psychology & Psychobiology (core)
- Developmental Psychology & Personality/Individual Differences (core)
- Research Methods (core)
- CHIPS & Social Psychology (Conceptual & Historical Issues in Psychology) (core)
- Research Thesis (core)
How you'll be assessed
We use a wide range of assessment procedures. Exams and coursework are moderated, while dissertations are double marked. Assessments will include coursework, written unseen exams and a written research dissertation.Course specification
How you'll learn
You will have the opportunity to participate in innovative research with specialists in their fields as part of your research dissertation.
And the wide spectrum of research being conducted means you will have a broad range of choice for your project’s subject area.
Lectures and seminars are accompanied by comprehensive lecture notes and an extensive range of online materials. Students are also allocated dedicated MSc personal tutors who will give you support and answer academic queries.
The course uses a variety of teaching and learning methods that will help you reflect on practice and attain the learning outcomes for each module.
Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, group exercises, peer study groups and individual supervision.
There are also interactive online materials that you can access, and there’ll be individual reading, exercises and assignments to complete.
Learning resources include IT and general psychology laboratories (which include specialist research hardware and software), access to electronic journals and databases, and specialist library facilities.
Our London location, the intensive nature of our study and having two points of entry –September or February – mean this course meets the needs of a diverse range of students.
What you'll learn
Psychology is an empirical science that aims to understand how and why humans and animals act in the ways they do and to apply that knowledge in a wide variety of settings.
The discipline is very wide-ranging, spanning from the observations of basic neural mechanisms to analyses of complex human and social relationships.
This course is designed to develop your knowledge, understanding, research and practical skills in psychology.
That is achieved through the following modules: Research Methods; Cognitive Psychology & Psychobiology; Developmental Psychology & Personality/Individual Differences; CHIPS & Social Psychology (Conceptual & Historical Issues in Psychology).
You will also undertake an independent research project under the supervision of one of our members of staff.
If you are unable to complete the full MSc course, there are intermediate awards involving escalating amounts of study.
Your future career
For others, such as occupational psychology, the qualification can be used towards eventual Chartership in the field. In this case please check the relevant entry criteria for these careers (e.g. by visiting the British Psychology Society webpages).If you find the academic side of psychology more appealing, you will be ideally placed to apply for research positions, having completed your own research project on this course. This can be used as a stepping stone to a research doctorate.
Finally, we are a school with a tradition of teaching that goes back more than 50 years. The skills you gain here are transferable to a wide range of careers, including that of an applied researcher.
Although the lectures are in concentrated form, this degree is demanding and you will have to put in your own extra work and reading time. This all helps to develop your organisational skills.
Our MSc conversion degree is studied by people from a broad spectrum of employment. Our students return to jobs in the City, in healthcare, education, advertising, the media or HR. In fact, this course is likely to have a positive effect on any career.