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If you have little or no experience of psychology, this is your chance to gain the knowledge, skills and experience to give you the grounding you'll need for a career in this exciting area. Read more
If you have little or no experience of psychology, this is your chance to gain the knowledge, skills and experience to give you the grounding you'll need for a career in this exciting area. Our course has been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), meaning that once you graduate with an average mark of 50% or more, you will be able to apply for the BPS Graduate Basis for Chartership.

You'll develop the research skills necessary for designing and conducting quality research beyond that expected of graduates. You will gain a comprehensive and critical understanding of cognitive, social, developmental and biological psychology, individual differences and conceptual and historical issues in psychology. We will help build your research skills that you will need for your masters level dissertation.

Our course is relevant to both UK and international graduates, who have not studied psychology before or who have completed an undergraduate degree with a psychology component or an undergraduate psychology course not accredited by the BPS.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: 40% of our research in the Psychology unit was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/psychologyconversion_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


Successful completion of this course is the first step to a career in one of the chartered areas of psychology, such as health, clinical, counselling, educational, forensic, occupational, or sport and exercise psychology. Employability and career planning is emphasised and supported throughout your course and the research skills you’ll develop also provide an ideal preparation for studying a PhD.

- Psychologist
- Counsellor
- Social/ Market Researcher

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

We have a wealth of experience in providing courses accredited by the British Psychological Society, an excellent reputation for enthusiastic and highly motivating teaching and support for our students, and innovative forms of assessment. All our teaching staff are research active, and well qualified to support your studies.

Our course will provide you with added value in a competitive employment market and in applying for places on courses conferring Chartership, as well as in a wide range of careers in the public and private sectors requiring these research skills. Employability and career planning is emphasised throughout our course with appropriate support built-in to your learning. The research skills that you'll develop also provide ideal preparation for studying for a PhD.

Our course comprises 180 credits (90 ECTS credits) at Level 7: (7 x 20 credit modules, plus a 40 credit Masters research project). Each 20 credit module is the equivalent of 200 hours of student learning of which about 30 hours may be direct contact hours, with the remaining time allocated to student-centred learning. Lectures take place over one or two days per week, depending on whether you are studying part-time or full-time. Your masters project dissertation will be completed over semester 2 and the summer period.

Dr Lydia Windisch

Senior Lecturer

"Having taught psychology across different institutions in three countries, I now have the wonderful opportunity to bring to my teaching at Leeds Beckett the ideas and innovation from a diverse array of cultures and students. Opening up the fascinating world of psychology to my students makes my work meaningful and enjoyable."

A graduate of psychology, Lydia previously applied her expertise to marketing, specialising in consumer psychology, an interest she now brings to academia. She has taught across the world including Australia and Singapore.


- Biopsychology Laboratory
In our ‘CogBio’ lab, you’ll find PCs with specialist software to help you learn how to undertake data analysis and cognitive and biological psychology work.

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Interpersonal Skills Suite
We have plenty of private rooms for your to try out your interviewing and focus group techniques. They come equipped with recording facilities so you are able to reflect on and improve your skills.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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Designed for graduates with an Honours degree in a discipline other than psychology or a non-accredited psychology Honours degree who wish to specialise in psychology. Read more
Designed for graduates with an Honours degree in a discipline other than psychology or a non-accredited psychology Honours degree who wish to specialise in psychology.

About the programme

This Masters degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), which means that on completion of the programme you will be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS. This in turns offers the possibility of pursuing a career pathway in psychology.

A strong applied focus reflects the teaching and research strengths of the psychology group, with emphasis on the importance of employability. We support students in developing and recognising both generic and transferable skills.

UWS secured investment of over £300k, resulting in new equipment and dedicated teaching facilities to enhance delivery of the psychology programme.

Your learning

Trimester 1
• Individual Differences in the Workplace – introduces the topics of personality, motivation and emotional intelligence

• Research Methods in Psychology – introduces and develops the key topics and issues of research design and quantitative methodologies

• Developmental Psychology – develops your understanding of child development by examining the individual from conception through to adolescence

Trimester 2
• Cognition – addresses topics and concepts of contemporary cognitive psychology

• Biopsychology – examines psychology from a biological perspective

• Advanced Social Psychology – provides in-depth knowledge of the theories and current research in the core areas of social psychology

Trimester 3
• Psychology Research Dissertation – introduces you to independent empirical research in psychology. Under supervision you will design, implement and report on an extended piece of psychology research.

Students choosing not to proceed who have successfully completed three core modules (60 credits), including Research Methods in Psychology, can exit with the Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology. Students who successfully complete the six core modules in trimesters 1 and 2 and who elect not to proceed to the dissertation, can exit with the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology.

Our Careers Adviser says

You will possess the skills that the BPS identify as employment essentials in various sectors including education, business, health and the media. You may continue postgraduate training in educational, clinical and occupational psychology, or consider PhD research.

Professional recognition

Completion of the MSc programme provides the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS*.

* NB the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma are not accredited by the British Psychological Society

Research excellence

Research carried out by our staff underpins all of our teaching activity, which means you’ll directly benefit from our extensive expertise in a variety of fascinating, relevant areas. Our research outputs span academic publications and a range of contributions to official reports. Our research work is coordinated through a set of interdisciplinary research groups in Applied Psychology, Civil Society and Governance, Health Behaviours and Policy, and Social Work.

We would be interested to hear from anyone who might be interested in pursuing postgraduate studies linked to any aspect of our research work. In addition, we offer a range of research-based modules and short courses for continuing professional development. Our portfolio of research-led taught postgraduate programmes is now expanding across the full range of subject areas.

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Psychological Science is the use of scientific methods in in the study of mind and behaviour. The programme is designed to give you a thorough and advanced grounding in a wide variety of current psychological research areas and the research methods that underlie them. Read more


Psychological Science is the use of scientific methods in in the study of mind and behaviour. The programme is designed to give you a thorough and advanced grounding in a wide variety of current psychological research areas and the research methods that underlie them.

You will take your knowledge and research to the next level to explore cognition and cognitive neuroscience and how it can be applied to areas like mental health. The programme is designed to help you explore advanced research in many aspects of experimental psychology. You will hone your research skills and scientific knowledge in topics such as neuroimaging, brain stimulation, memory, language and biopsychology.

This course is taught in small groups where you will have the opportunity to present your research in seminars. You will be taught by leading experts in Psychology and be able to take part in current research projects in the department relating to cognitive neuroscience.

By the end of the programme, you will have acquired a broad knowledge and understanding of current research in psychological science with a particular focus on normal cognition, abnormal cognition, cognitive neuroscience and biological psychology. You will also have the ability to interpret a wide range of current primary literature (journal articles) in psychological science and to address the relevant ethical issues and potential societal impact.


Key areas of study include a wide range of topics. You will be able to use experimental and cognitive neuroscientific techniques to both understand psychosis and suggest new treatments. You can have the opportunity to study the links between cognition and emotion, visual attention and the ways in which cognitive biases are involved in mental illness. You may be able to work in the area of understanding the possible underlying causes of autism and the ways in which people live with autism. You could also study depression and its treatment using cross-cultural comparisons, developmental studies and brain imaging. Finally, you could examine the underlying structure of language, how humans make use of it and what happens when language processing is compromised during development.

You will study in cutting-edge research facilities using equipment such as:
•Neuroimaging such as EEG, ERPs, high-density EEG, structural MRI, functional MRI, MRI spectroscopy, and MR neurofeedback.
•Brain stimulation such as TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation), tDCS, tACS, and tRNS
•Eye-tracking using static and head-mounted gaze-tracking equipment.
•Computer Controlled experiments using software such as SONA (for participant management), ePrime (time-sensitive measures), and Qualtrics (surveys).

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