The MSc Psychology and PGDip Psychology are British Psychological Society (BPS) approved conversion courses. They are designed for graduates of any discipline whose first (i.e. undergraduate) degree is not recognised by the BPS.
- MSc Psychology is a 180-credit qualification which requires no previous experience or study of psychology.
- PGDip is a 120-credit qualification which requires that you have already completed 60 credits of study in psychology.
Successful completion of either qualification confers the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS.
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.
This course attracts a range of students including those who have recently completed an undergraduate degree in a subject other than psychology or a non-accredited degree and also applicants who have come from jobs in the public and private sector, who are looking for a career change.
Core modules may include:
Historical and Conceptual Issues
Psychology Research Project.
For more information visit http://www.ntu.ac.uk/psychmodules
The University has made significant financial investment in the Psychology Division over recent years upgrading accommodation, facilities and equipment used exclusively for the provision of our psychology courses and for research. We have a first class undergraduate teaching laboratory suite and a second teaching laboratory specifically catering for postgraduate students.
In addition there are specialist suites dedicated to particular areas of interest in psychology, including:
social interaction, group work and interviewing
computer gaming and cyberpsychology
cognitive modelling and visual analysis
Alongside these are new flexible cubicles for student project work, a psychometric test bank library, and a technical workshop.
Delivery and assessment
The course provides lectures, seminars, tutorials and lab classes that facilitate the development of a course identity among students. All of the core modules on these courses are taught exclusively to MSc and PGDip Psychology students by experienced staff used to working with students from a wide variety of backgrounds and with varying skills and experiences. Further support is provided through a dedicated tutorial system. Tutorials provide an opportunity to discuss the course content, studying methods, careers and assessments in small groups.
You will be assessed in a variety of ways and on a modular basis; through examination (both seen and unseen exams are used), coursework (including essays, laboratory reports and literature reviews), oral presentation and via your research project.
With the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS secured, you will be eligible upon graduation to undertake further training as a professional psychologist (in areas such as clinical, forensic, educational, occupational, sport, or counselling psychology).
Alternatively you might choose to pursue an academic and/or research career in various areas of psychology (by working as a research assistant or associate or by completing a dedicated Research Methods Masters or studying for a PhD), or you may choose to exploit the transferable skills you have learned on the course to pursue a career outside of psychology.
Psychology qualifications tend to be very popular with all employers because you have to be able to write essays and reports, you have to have some basic mastery of research and data analysis, and because they assume you know quite a lot about people!
Graduates of the MSc / PGDip Psychology have successfully followed all these directions (and some more besides). Students have successfully made the transition to doctoral training places in forensic, clinical and educational psychology, and so on, many are working in research (either as a career or in pursuit of a doctoral training place), whilst over 20 students have graduated directly to PhD study since the course began in 2004. A growing number of graduates have had papers published in academic journals and at least five are now working in psychology as academics.
Careers and job application advice is available to all our postgraduate students and is provided on a one-to-one basis by a subject specialist within the Division, supported by the university-wide careers service. We're very proud of our conversion record and look forward to helping you achieve a successful career in 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
You will need an undergraduate degree (minimum 2.1) or other recognised equivalent qualification. Applicants whose undergraduate degree is a 2.2 or applicants with ordinary degrees and/or alternative equivalent life skills and experiences will also be considered but will be required to demonstrate their motivation and ability to study at the required academic level in their Personal Statement. For the PG Dip in Psychology, applicants must have a minimum 60 credits of Psychology from prior study at degree level and as part of the application process, will be asked to indicate precisely how their previous study meets this criteria.