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School of Social Sciences
9 months full-time or 21 months part-time
An undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (minimum 2:1). Applicants whose degree is a 2.2 or applicants without such qualifications but with alternative equivalent life skills and/or experiences will also be considered but will be required to demonstrate their motivation and how their experiences will enable them to study at HE M level. PG Dip only requires applicants to have 60 credits of Psychology from prior study at degree level. English language requirements for international students can be found at LINK
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School of Social Sciences
Masters study type: Full time Masters study type: Part time

Our British Psychological Society (BPS) conversion courses are designed for graduates of other disciplines or whose first degree is not recognised by the BPS.

Entry on to the MSc Psychology does not require you to have studied any psychology previously. The British Psychological Society stipulates that a minimum of 180 credits of Psychology are required to obtain the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership and the MSc Psychology provides all 180 credits. The PG Dip differs in that it involves 120 credits only and therefore is a shorter course, designed for those people who already have 60 credits of Psychology from prior study at degree level.

Both courses show that you can work successfully at postgraduate level but the MSc is a higher status qualification. The MSc covers the same modules as the PG Dip plus an additional 60 credits. These include 20 credits of optional modules in contemporary psychology, a specialist essay in an area of the student’s own choice and an extended research project. In this way, the MSc provides students with a greater opportunity for following their own interests.

The PG Dip and MSc students are taught together, with the MSc students taking their additional modules from term two onwards. This means that, assuming you meet the entry criteria for both courses, it’s easy to transfer from one to the other at any point in the first term.

For graduates who wish to follow a career within one of the specialist professional areas of Psychology it is vital that they have a degree accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as this will provide the Graduate Basis for Registration. This is the first necessary step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist and provides the basis for further professional training courses in Psychology.

Core modules:

Biological Psychology
Social Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Individual Differences
Historical and Conceptual Issues
Research Methods
Psychology Research Project

Delivery and assessment

The course provides dedicated, supportive teaching from a small team of staff who are experienced in supporting students from diverse backgrounds and with individual needs. Further support is provided through small group individualised teaching in tutorials and individual supervision of the Research Project and Specialist Essay. You might be able to make use of our links with industry to complete your research project.

You will also be part of a small tutorial group of conversion course students who meet with their tutor for one hour each week. Tutorials provide an opportunity to discuss the course content, studying methods, careers and assessments in small groups.

You will be assessed on a modular basis via examination, coursework (including essays, laboratory reports and literature reviews), oral presentations and a research project.

Special benefits of the course:

Provides graduates in other disciplines with a route to becoming a professional psychologist.
Covers all of the core knowledge areas within psychology.
Deepens students' range of quantitative and qualitative research skills and methods, culminating in an independent research project.
Students will have access to, and will be required to make use of, recently developed and well-equipped laboratories.
Dedicated lectures, seminars, tutorials and lab classes provide contexts that facilitate the development of a course identity among students.
Research opportunities
Students carry out both an empirical research project with a research active member of staff and an in-depth literature based dissertation. The Division of Psychology has links with several external organisations and some students will be able to make use of these links in carrying out their research project.

Course Duration

12 months full-time or 24 months part-time (MSc)
9 months full-time or 18 months part-time (Postgraduate Diploma)

First-class facilities

We have invested in laboratory suites ensuring students have access to the latest equipment and software as well as specialist laboratories dedicated to particular areas of interest in Psychology.

Facilities include:

A state-of-the-art £80,000 EEG system which supports projects in the exciting field of behavioural neuroscience
Laboratories designed to support experimental research in cognition.
Dedicated facilities to support research into computer gaming and cyberpsychology
Fixed and mobile eye tracking facilities
A cognitive modelling and visual analysis laboratory
A human communication and social interaction laboratory.

We also have flexible cubicles for student project work, an extensive and contemporary psychometric test bank library and dedicated technical support.

Research-informed teaching

Research is central to the work of the Psychology Division. We have a focus on real life practical research and this is integrated into our teaching. Our research strengths cover the core academic areas of the discipline as well as applied areas such as forensic psychology, gambling and addiction, the emergency services, occupational health and many more.

Training in research methods is a particular strength of our staff. You will learn from people who are actively engaged in using those methods in their won research and have the opportunity to implement these in your work. We are also unusal in having such a breadth of methodological expertise and this is exemplified by our staff who hold a number of editorialships in key journal in quantitative and qualitative methods.

External collaborations

The collaborative links we have with external agencies and organisations can provide opportunities for you to carry out suitable research projects in a 'real world' setting. Formal professional arrangements are in place with a number of organisations.

Career opportunities

This course is BPS-approved, so you’ll be eligible on graduation to undertake further training as a professional psychologist (in forensic, clinical, educational, occupational, counselling, and sport psychology), to pursue an academic and/or research career in psychology, or to exploit the transferable skills you have learned on the course to pursue a career outside of psychology.


The MSc Psychology is included in the School of Social Sciences' competitive Masters Scholarship scheme. However as the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology is not a full-time Masters course this course is excluded from the scheme. For more information please visit http://www.ntu.ac.uk/s3scholarships

Want to find out more? Come along to one of our postgraduate Open Evenings. For further details please visit: http://www.ntu.ac.uk/s3events

Visit the MSc / Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (conversion course) page on the Nottingham Trent University web site for more details!

How good is research at Nottingham Trent University in Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 21.80

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