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The PGDip Psychology (Conversion) is a postgraduate conversion course for students who wish to pursue an academic or professional career in psychology but either do not have a first degree in psychology, or do not have eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from the British Psychological Society. Read more

The PGDip Psychology (Conversion) is a postgraduate conversion course for students who wish to pursue an academic or professional career in psychology but either do not have a first degree in psychology, or do not have eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from the British Psychological Society.

Diploma students attend a selection of modules to cover the British Psychological Society core areas, and a limited number of more specialised elective modules. These modules are all lecture-based; dedicated seminars are also provided for each core module. Assessment is by written examination at the end of each semester, by practical and research project reports, and written assessments. 

The Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (Conversion) offers a selection of modules to cover the core areas of biological, cognitive, social and developmental psychology, statistics and research methods, and historical issues in psychology as specified by the British Psychological Society.

Please visit the prospectus page for detailed module information.

Course structure

You'll attend a selection of lecture-based modules to cover the British Psychological Society core areas, and a limited number of more specialised elective modules. Dedicated seminars are also provided for each core module.

Assessment

Assessment is by written examination at the end of each semester, by practical and research project reports and written assessments.

Key facts

  • This course offers a conversion route into psychology for students who hold an honours degree in a subject other than psychology or have completed a psychology honours degree that did not confer eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership from the British Psychological Society.
  • This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society.

Careers

Rewarding careers exist in clinical, health, educational, and occupational psychology, and criminology. Psychologists are also welcome in many other contexts, such as human resource and general management, marketing, and as members of research or design teams producing new products.

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This course is now closed for applications for September 2018 entry.



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The MSc Psychology (Conversion) is a postgraduate conversion course for students who wish to pursue an academic or professional career in psychology but either do not have a first degree in psychology, or do not have eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from the British Psychological Society. Read more

The MSc Psychology (Conversion) is a postgraduate conversion course for students who wish to pursue an academic or professional career in psychology but either do not have a first degree in psychology, or do not have eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from the British Psychological Society.

Masters students attend a selection of modules to cover the British Psychological Society core areas, and a limited number of more specialised elective modules. These modules are all lecture-based; dedicated seminars are also provided for each core module. Students must also complete an independent research project. Assessment is by written examination at the end of each semester, by practical and research project reports, and written assessments. 

Modules

The MSc Psychology (Conversion) offers a selection of modules to cover the core areas of biological, cognitive, social and developmental psychology, statistics and research methods, and historical issues in psychology as specified by the British Psychological Society. Please visit the prospectus to see detailed module information.

Course structure

Masters students attend a selection of lecture-based modules to cover the British Psychological Society core areas, and a limited number of more specialised elective modules. In addition dedicated seminars are provided for each core module. Students also (subject to satisfactory progress) undertake an independent research project over the summer period.

Assessment

Assessment is by written examination at the end of each semester, by practical and research project reports and written assessments.

Careers

Rewarding careers exist in clinical, health, educational, and occupational psychology, and criminology. Psychologists are also welcome in many other contexts, such as human resource and general management, marketing, and as members of research or design teams producing new products. MSc students may also use this as a route to a PhD programme.

Key facts

  • This course offers a conversion route into psychology for students who hold an honours degree in a subject other than psychology or have completed a psychology honours degree that did not confer eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership from the British Psychological Society.
  • This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society.

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This course is now closed for applications for September 2018 entry.



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Candidates who have a good undergraduate (BSc) degree or equivalent but whose mathematical background is insufficient for direct entry to the MSc programme may apply for a place on the conversion year for the MSc in Mathematical Finance. Read more
Candidates who have a good undergraduate (BSc) degree or equivalent but whose mathematical background is insufficient for direct entry to the MSc programme may apply for a place on the conversion year for the MSc in Mathematical Finance.

A place on the conversion year is normally offered together with a conditional offer for the MSc in Mathematical Finance in the following year, subject to successfully completing the conversion year. The normal progression requirement for progression from the conversion year to the MSc in Mathematical Finance is a final weighted average at 2:1 level (60% or above) for the modules taken in the conversion year.

Programme structure

The conversion year consists of a selection of modules to the value of 120 credits being part of the undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Finance at the University of York, with emphasis on the mathematical aspects of the course. Module choice is subject to prerequisites, timetabling constraints, availability of modules, and is subject to approval by the programme director.

The available modules may vary from year to year but are likely to include:

Term 1 (Autumn)
-Calculus (30 credits) (continues into Spring and Summer Terms)
-Algebra (20 credits) (continues into Spring and Summer Terms)
-Introduction to Probability and Statistics (20 credits)
-Statistics I (10 credits)
-Applied Probability (10 credits)
-Differential Equations (10 credits)
-Mathematical Finance I MAT00015H (10 credits)

Terms 2 and 3 (Spring and Summer Terms)
-Calculus (30 credits) (starts in Autumn, continues through Spring and completes in Summer Term)
-Algebra (20 credits) (starts in Autumn, continues through Spring and completes in Summer Term)
-Introduction to Applied Mathematics (20 credits) (starts in Spring Term, continues into Summer Term)
-Real Analysis (20 credits) (starts in Spring Term, continues into Summer Term)
-Linear Algebra (20 credits) (starts in Spring Term, continues into Summer Term)
-Vector Calculus (20 credits) (starts in Spring Term, continues into Summer Term)
-Statistics II (20 credits) (starts in Spring Term, continues into Summer Term)
-Numerical Analysis (10 credits) (Spring Term only)
-Mathematical Finance II (10 credits) (Spring Term only)

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Psychology is all around us. It's one of the most diverse and fascinating subjects. We have an equally diverse team of research-active staff who work at the forefront of their research areas, from the mental world to the real world. Read more
Psychology is all around us. It's one of the most diverse and fascinating subjects. We have an equally diverse team of research-active staff who work at the forefront of their research areas, from the mental world to the real world. We bring that expertise to our lectures, seminars, and practical classes. The MSc Psychology (conversion course) at CCCU offers more than the core areas of psychology. The training in research methods will offer you the opportunity to engage in sophisticated, postgraduate level research. The course is also designed with vocational/professional training in mind. While every student will need to complete core modules, this course offers optional modules, which tie in with the research themes in our team:

• Society & Environment.
• Learning & Development.
• Cognition & Creativity.
• Health & Wellbeing.

These modules will immerse you in current research by the Psychology Team at CCCU and, together with your project, offer you the chance to actively contribute to that research. In addition, you will also receive some sessions to help you in your journey towards your chosen career path.

Visit the website: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/courses/postgraduate/psychology.aspx

Course detail

• This course will give you a Master’s level qualification that confers eligibility for GBC with the BPS.
• You will benefit from hands on, enquiry based learning.
• You will be involved in cutting edge research currently being conducted by the Psychology Team at this university.
• You will be assigned a personal tutor who will also double as your mentor. This person will be your first port of call and will be available throughout your time with us. We also have a dedicated Psychology Student Welfare Officer.
• After completing this MSc, you will be in an optimal position to decide which route is best for your future career in psychology, with the knowledge and confidence that you have been provided with all the tools you need to make a fully informed decision.

Suitability

The MSc Psychology (conversion course) is designed for those wanting to pursue a career in psychology but who hold an undergraduate degree in a subject other than psychology or a non-accredited psychology degree (either combined or single honours). This conversion course will give you a good grounding in the core areas of psychology and confer eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS), which is a requirement for postgraduate training in psychology. This conversion course can also be used as a stepping stone to postgraduate research in psychology.

Content

Term 1 (September to December) covers core content in the different areas of psychology, as well as basic research methods content. Part-time students would complete these modules during the first leg of their degree. If you are enrolled on the full-time route, you'll also begin work on your research project with your supervisor, who will be an active researcher within the Psychology Team and assigned to you on the basis of common research interests.

Term 2 (January to March) covers more sophisticated research methods and students take two optional modules from a range of four, which tie in to the research themes in the psychology team and to various career paths. Part-time students would also complete these modules as part of leg 1. During this term, full-time students continue to work on their research project.

From April to August, if you are a full-time student you'll be working on your project and an extended essay. The project involves an empirical study, due in at the end of August. The extended critical essay is due in at the end of May and it involves a critical review of issues surrounding research (e.g. epistemology).

If you are a part-time student, you would re-join us at the beginning of the next academic year for leg 2 of your programme, to work on your projects and complete your extended essays.

Format

You will experience a variety of learning and teaching techniques, which will vary from module to module. These may include lectures, discussion-based sessions, workshops, hands-on research, as well as a substantial amount of self-directed study. For every hour of directed study, you are expected to put in around 5-6 hours of independent study. In total, you are expected to dedicate about 35-40 hours per week (including on-campus sessions) to your studies.

All staff involved in the delivery of the course are research-active academics. Some sessions may also involve and /or be led by practitioners and other relevant individuals (e.g., patient groups), to make sure your experience is as rich and well-rounded as we can possibly make it.

Assessment

Assessment is on an on­going basis, using a number of formats designed to tap into the different skills you are expected to develop during your time with us, including objective assessments, essays, portfolios, practical reports, presentations, podcasts and a final research project.

What can I do next?

This conversion course confers eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered membership of the BPS, which means you can go on to further post-graduate training in psychology. This applies to vocational / professional routes, such as Forensic, Clinical or Educational Psychology, or research-focused training (PhD).

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.aspx

Funding

-Masters Loans-

From 2016/17 government loans of up to £10,000 are available for postgraduate Masters study. The loans will be paid directly to students by the Student Loans Company and will be subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

For more information available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/funding-your-postgraduate-degree.aspx

-2017/18 Entry Financial Support-

Information on alternative funding sources is available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/2017-18-entry-financial-support.aspx

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Our MSc Psychology (Conversion) is a great way to develop and enhance your critical understanding of psychological theories, methods and debates. Read more

Our MSc Psychology (Conversion) is a great way to develop and enhance your critical understanding of psychological theories, methods and debates. What’s more, you can achieve eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

What the Course offers

f you’re looking to pursue a psychology-related career or further professional training in psychology, this highly regarded conversion course is ideal. Maybe you’re considering a future in educational, occupational or clinical psychology, but don’t have enough credits in psychology at undergraduate level. Or perhaps your psychology degree didn’t come with eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartership of the British Psychological Society. Either way, this course is a great solution.

The programme modules cover specific areas of psychology equivalent to those in the British Psychological Society‘s qualification exam, and will give you an opportunity to achieve a firm grounding in psychological theories, approaches and research methods.

While most of your modules will be at Master’s level, you can expect to study in classes alongside our undergraduate students. Learning alongside our undergraduates offers you the opportunity to share in a wider variety of opinions and experiences, helping to broaden your view of psychology. We then offer separate Master’s-level tutorials, designed specifically for our MSc Psychology (Conversion) students, to support your achievement of postgraduate academic and critique skills.

Psychology courses at Bolton benefit from excellent facilities and committed, enthusiastic staff – many of whom are involved in leading research that will support your studies.

Course Highlights:

  • You can enjoy support from approachable staff with a diverse range of research interests.
  • Our well-equipped department is home to innovative methods of teaching and assessment.
  • You’ll have the chance to learn how to apply advanced critical analysis and evidence-based reasoning to current research and methodology.
  • We’ll support you to develop much sought-after transferable skills as you prepare for postgraduate employment or training.

Key Features:

  • The Department of Psychology at Bolton is well established – our undergraduate degree is one of the oldest in the country and we have offered conversion provision since 2001.
  • This MSc Psychology (Conversion) course is accredited by the British Psychological Society, and offers you the chance to achieve the Graduate Basis for Chartership.
  • Our excellent facilities include a fully equipped observation and psychophysiology laboratory.

For more information, please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/postgrad



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This highly rewarding, intensive, fast-track year-long qualification offers graduate level legal studies to students who already possess a degree in a non-law subject. Read more

This highly rewarding, intensive, fast-track year-long qualification offers graduate level legal studies to students who already possess a degree in a non-law subject. Our conversion course, known as the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or Common Professional Examination (CPE) meets the academic stage requirements of the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority, and can set you on the road to a legal career. 

In addition to the theory, you’ll be able to hone your legal practice skills with the potential chance to enter local, national and international competitions, to enhance your curriculum vitae and widen your professional network.

Why Choose Sussex?

  • Our conversion course is designed with high level academic input and relevant skills training at its core, preparing you to think analytically and logically about legal problems, to think laterally, to formulate and present persuasive arguments and to communicate precisely.
  • You will have the opportunity to take part in skills competitions such as: client interviewing, mooting and negotiating. 
  • The Sussex GDL offers the rare opportunity for a law conversion course to undertake a dissertation project. This allows you to work with our leading lawyers to research and write in-depth about a subject of your choice.

How will I study?

You’ll learn through core modules. Assessment includes exams, essays and a dissertation.

In addition to the learning opportunities and skills competitions noted above Sussex, as a leading academic law school, offers students the opportunity to engage with visiting speakers and to benefit from traditional, high-quality , face-to-face teaching as part of a relatively small, select, GDL cohort.

Careers

Our conversion course helps to prepare you for a future career as a barrister, solicitor or other legal professional. At both Law School and University levels there are opportunities to engage with expert careers specialists to guide you.  

If you choose not to pursue one of these routes, graduate level law skills may be useful for a range of other opportunities, for example: 

  • Business and finance 
  • Intellectual Property (e.g. Patent and Trademark) work 
  • Trading standards 
  • Human Resources
  • Graduate careers in the police service 
  • Probation service 
  • Advice work and more 

“I was looking for a place to help me achieve my academic goals and experience living abroad in an amazing city. Sussex truly gave me both.”

Hamad Nourmohammadian

Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)/Common Professional Examination (CPE)



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Our conversion degree is an excellent fast-track route for those with appropriate qualifications but without an undergraduate degree in psychology. Read more

Our conversion degree is an excellent fast-track route for those with appropriate qualifications but without an undergraduate degree in psychology.

Accreditation

Our programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). This is required if you wish to become a chartered psychologist (e.g. clinical, educational, forensic, sport, occupational, health or counselling psychologist).

It is also suitable if you have obtained a previous degree in psychology (home and overseas) that is not recognised by the BPS. It may also be of particular interest to health and social care professionals with some background in psychology at degree level.

Degree structure

Our programme provides a broad scientific education in psychology with a strong grounding in psychological theories and research methods. It explores how psychological research is conducted, analysed and reported. This is delivered through a series of guided learning exercises, culminating in an independent research project.

The aims of our degree are to provide you with a scientific understanding of mind, brain, behaviour and experience, as well as the complex interactions between these four components. Across the programme, in particular the independent research project, you will develop critical thinking skills and practical research expertise that are important in psychology-related professions.

Our conversion degree is co-taught with undergraduates and other MSc programmes. You will also have additional seminars and personal tutorials specifically for conversion students.

We have well-equipped facilities and laboratories to support our activities and we employ creative teaching methods and assessment techniques. During your time with us, you will develop a strong understanding of psychology as a discipline. On successful completion of the programme, you will be able to evaluate, interpret and integrate arguments, evidence and empirical findings.

World class teaching

Our teaching staff are research active and are experts in their respective fields. You will receive their academic support throughout the programme. We pride ourselves on combining high-quality teaching with world-class research and a vibrant student experience.

Ranking

Our psychology degrees are ranked within the top five in London for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide 2017.

Location

Located at the University of Greenwich's prestigious Maritime campus, the Psychology Conversion degree programme has world renowned attractions right on its doorstep from The Cutty Sark to the River Thames.

With the opening of the highly anticipated Dreadnought building on the horizon, not only will you study in the heart of the Greenwich campus, you will have access to state of the art learning, teaching and social spaces.

Full time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Part time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Assessment

Assessments are varied and may include

  • Seen and unseen exams
  • Essays
  • Critical reflections
  • Presentations
  • Research poster
  • Practical reports.

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership. This is provided that the student has achieved an overall pass mark of 50% and has also passed the research project.

Careers

Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) is necessary if you are interested in becoming a chartered psychologist.

In addition to chartered psychologist professions, psychology graduates may find opportunities are available in business, commerce, counselling and education (with additional training), research, human resource management and the social sciences.

You can visit careers.bps.org.uk for further information about careers in psychology.



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This Master's level, modular course builds on the innovative and diverse curriculum offered at undergraduate level. Read more
This Master's level, modular course builds on the innovative and diverse curriculum offered at undergraduate level. Intended for non Psychology graduates this on-line conversion course will equip the student with the requirements for the Society’s Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) and enable the student to qualify for further professional training in order to then pursue a career in Psychology.

The curriculum will be entirely delivered by E-Learning and Virtual Learning Environments including, for example Skype, Adobe Connect and other best practice examples of on-line learning.

Features and benefits of the course

-This programme is a conversion for graduates of other disciplines considering a career in Psychology
-The course is delivered by distance learning
-This course programme is approved and recognised by the British Psychological Society
-Curriculum is based upon and developed to ensure that the core elements of the BPS requirements for eligibility for GBC membership are met

About the Course

The course has been designed to offer a full MSc masters qualification in Psychology and also a Postgraduate Diploma on a full or part time basis.

Students graduating with the MSc (Conversion Award) will have produced a 60 credit Dissertation and will have completed two of the three optional units.

Students graduating with the PgDip(Conversion Award) will have produced a 20 credit Empirical Project and will have completed one of the three optional units.

Assessment details

Assessment is through a combination of coursework, essays, research proposals, online student presentations and research projects (Dissertation or Empirical Project).

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As a student of the MSc Psychology (Conversion) programme here at Leeds Trinity, you will be studying a course which is accredited by the British Psychological Society. Read more
As a student of the MSc Psychology (Conversion) programme here at Leeds Trinity, you will be studying a course which is accredited by the British Psychological Society. The programme has been designed to provide a thorough grounding in psychology. This means that you will study core areas of psychology and, in addition, develop key skills including research skills, statistical analysis, critical evaluation, teamwork and communication skills.

The MSc in Psychology (conversion) is specifically designed for graduates with a minimum 2:2 classification degree in a subject area other than Psychology, wishing to become practicing Psychologists. This programme will be accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) so as to confer eligibility for Graduate Membership of the Society (GMBPsS) with the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) and is awarded through a successful application to become a Graduate Member of the Society.

This accreditation is important as it is a benchmark of quality, as defined by psychologists. GBC is an entry requirement for many BPS accredited postgraduate training courses, for example: Clinical, Forensic, Counselling, Educational, Occupational or Sport Psychology, one of the routes to becoming a practitioner as, for example, a Clinical Psychologist, a Forensic Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist, Educational Psychologist, Occupational Psychologist or a Sport Psychologist. These specialisms form part of the route to becoming a Chartered Psychologist (C. Psychol.).

Benefits of Psychology (Conversion)

- Course to be accredited in Spring 2016 for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).​​
- As a student of the MSc Psychology (Conversion) programme here at Leeds Trinity, you will be studying a course which is accredited by the British Psychological Society.
- The programme has been designed to provide a thorough grounding in psychology. This means that you will study core areas of psychology and, in addition, develop key skills including research skills, statistical analysis, critical evaluation, teamwork and communication skills.​​

Graduate Destinations

The aim of this course is to provide Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). With GBC, further postgraduate psychology study is possible in all domains, leading to careers in: Clinical Psychology, Counselling Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Educational Occupational Psychology, and Sport and Exercise Psychology.​

Study Route

Following the successful award of MSc in Psychology, we encourage students to consider studying towards higher degrees, such as a PhD or towards an MSc in an applied area of Psychology for example Clinical, Forensic, Counselling, Educational, Occupational or Sport Psychology.
- This programme is subject to accreditation by the British Psychological Society

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Mechanical Engineering is the application of physical science to practical problem solving. Read more
Mechanical Engineering is the application of physical science to practical problem solving. As a Mechanical Engineer you could be working on anything from a simple component such as a switch, to more complex machines such an internal combustion engine or an entire system such as an automobile or a factory production line.

The MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering is a 1 calendar year conversion programme that is part of a suite of programmes offered in Mechanical Engineering at Queen Mary University of London. This programme is aimed at students who already have a science background (e.g. biology, mathematics, chemistry, physics), and who wish to convert to a career in Mechanical Engineering.

The Mechanical Engineering degree programmes at QMUL are delivered by a large number of specialist academic staff, who, in addition to their teaching, are involved in internationally recognised research in a wide range of topics, including:

Energy generation and conversion, including alternative and sustainable sources
Heat transfer and fluid mechanics
Computational engineering, both solids and fluids
Control engineering
Robotics
Materials science, including structural and functional materials
The programme structure is modular in format. During Semester A, students will take the compulsory module Engineering Methods, which exposes them to essential engineering techniques and philosophy. Depending on their background, they will further take 3 conversion modules from Vector Calculus, Energy Conversion Analysis, Computer Aided Engineering and Materials Selection. In Semester B students have the choice to specialise in one of the main areas of Solid Mechanics, Robotics and Automation, and Thermofluids and Combustion.

A 60 credit research project is to be undertaken using our research activities and our state of the art facilities. Several high performance computing clusters owned by the university support a full spectrum of computational research. Our well equipped laboratories include a wide range of IC engines, heat transfer facilities, wind tunnels, an anechoic chamber, a UK CueSim Flight Simulator and France-Price Induction Jet engine test bench, and materials synthesis and characterisation labs. Nanotechnology research is further supported by the facilities and expertise provided by Nanoforce, a company directly associated with the School.

* All new courses are required to undergo a two-stage internal review and approval process before being advertised to students. Courses that are marked "subject to approval" have successfully completed the first stage of this process. Applications are welcome but we will not make formal offers for this course until it has passed this second (and final) stage.

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This course focuses on energy conversion processes and practical abilities in management-related issues. Read more

This course focuses on energy conversion processes and practical abilities in management-related issues. The MSc Energy Conversion and Management is designed to provide you with a high level of engineering and technical expertise in energy conversion processes, combined with practical abilities in management-related issues.

This course is tailored towards graduates in engineering, science and related disciplines. The strong emphasis on science, technology and engineering is specifically targeted towards subject areas within the context of renewable and sustainable energy technologies and the built environment and uniquely combines this with effective management skills, economic appraisal and an understanding of the current policies and regulations that can be applied within modern industry in the UK, EU and internationally.

Advanced study in engineering-related research methodologies provides invaluable experience either towards further academic study or industry-based research and development.

Key facts:

  • This course features the latest developments in management, policies and regulations at UK, EU and international level, as part of it's core modules in the autumn semester, as well as academic content.
  • As part of its remit, the Department of Architecture and Built Environment aims to develop your vocational skills and the environmentally responsible attitude necessary in today's rapidly changing world.
  • The department enjoys strong collaborative links with overseas institutions.
  • The course is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Engineering Council UK (ECUK).


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The MSc in Psychology (Conversion) is for people who have degrees in other subjects (or unaccredited psychology degrees) who wish to obtain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). Read more

The MSc in Psychology (Conversion) is for people who have degrees in other subjects (or unaccredited psychology degrees) who wish to obtain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Why Study Psychology (Conversion) with us?

Teaching on this MSc is course-specific, with classes designed and delivered exclusively for conversion Master’s students, rather than shared with undergraduate courses. All classes are held on one day per week, maximising flexibility for working on assignments, and to help maintain your other commitments.

The Department of Psychology at Chester has a well-established record of producing high-calibre students. It is equipped with a wide range of psychological equipment for your use. The Department is recognised by both past and present students as a friendly place that has the interests of its students at its heart.

What will I learn?

This course will equip you with the necessary knowledge to be eligible for GBC (requires average mark of 50%). You will learn about social, cognitive, biological and developmental psychology, as well as personality, intelligence and research methods. This may enable you to pursue a career in specialist areas of psychology, including Clinical, Forensic, Health, Occupational, Counselling, Educational, or Sport and Exercise Psychology, with a view to becoming a Chartered Psychologist in these areas.

How will I be taught?

Modules are delivered through seminars, lectures, laboratory classes, group work and one-to-one sessions. Teaching takes place in lecture theatres and laboratories over six hours per week (with an expected 18-24 hours’ independent study per week).

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by coursework, including: essays, research reports, a presentation, posters, a class test, a critique and a dissertation.

Course Fees

For our latest fees please visit our website.

Postgraduate Visit Opportunities

If you are interested in this course we have a number of opportunities to visit us and our campuses. To find out more about these options and to book a visit, please visit our website

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to know more about the University please request a prospectus.



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If you are a graduate who has not previously studied psychology but want a course that allows you to train to become a professional psychologist, then this is ideal. Read more
If you are a graduate who has not previously studied psychology but want a course that allows you to train to become a professional psychologist, then this is ideal. The MSc Psychology Conversion programme allows non-psychology graduates a flexible route into further postgraduate training to become a professional psychologist, eg Clinical, Forensic, Health, or Sport. You’ll gain an accredited psychology qualification that confers Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS). Discover the core areas of psychology, develop key skills and take optional modules to tailor the course to your own interests. The course also includes the opportunity to undertake an individual research project. You’ll be taught in modern facilities in a School that produces nationally and internationally excellent research. Progression is possible within the School onto a number of professional training courses in psychology for those who successfully complete the conversion course.

INDUSTRY LINKS

The School has excellent links with professional psychologists working in applied psychology practice in a number of areas (such as health, forensic and sport). This produces an environment where students can acquire excellent skills and knowledge for future professional training and enables us to tailor our courses to meeting the future demands of psychology in practice.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

You will be taught together as a group, using a mixture of lectures, workshops and seminars. Online learning facilities are used to support classroom teaching, for the submission and marking of coursework and for independent learning. In addition to classroom teaching, the course includes substantial elements of independent learning, so you will also develop your skills in this area. A range of assessment methods are used – for example, unseen exams, class tests, empirical research projects, presentations and coursework.

FURTHER INFORMATION

The MSc Psychology Conversion course will equip you with knowledge about psychological theories, concepts and research findings. You'll develop key skills that are valued in employment, including report writing, data collection, critical evaluation, argumentation and the processing and analysis of complex numerical and textual information.

Successful completion of this course allows you to apply for further professional training in psychology areas (such as clinical psychology, health psychology, forensic psychology, sport psychology). Opportunities to progress to stage 1 professional training within the UCLan School of Psychology exist in forensic psychology, health psychology and sport psychology.

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The MSc Psychological Sciences conversion course provides a post-graduate qualification enabling students from a range of backgrounds to gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership in Psychology of the British Psychological Society (BPS). Read more

About the course

The MSc Psychological Sciences conversion course provides a post-graduate qualification enabling students from a range of backgrounds to gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership in Psychology of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Moreover, the conversion course provides a sound knowledge of the diverse approaches to the study of behaviour encompassed within the core areas of psychology. Finally, the course emphasises the development of transferable knowledge, analytic expertise and research skills, which will be useful across the diverse areas of employment that attract psychology graduates and as a basis for further advanced study within the discipline (e.g. PhD, ClinPsyD, DEdPsy).

Aims

Psychology is defined as the study of mind and behaviour. Psychology is simultaneously a biological science and a social science, providing an exceptionally broad range of conceptual perspectives and empirical skills that will enable students to compete effectively in the workforce upon graduation.

The programme aims to provide students with:

Coverage of all of the requirements for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership in Psychology within the British Psychological Society (BPS).

A comprehensive understanding, and critical awareness, of how the theories, methods, and research findings of psychology draw upon and contribute to the natural sciences and the social sciences alike.

A comprehensive and systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current issues relating to important concepts, theoretical issues, research findings, historical issues, recent advances, and research methods in psychology.

Comprehensive knowledge and systematic understanding of relevant concepts, theoretical issues, research findings, recent advances, and research methods in biological psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, individual differences, and social psychology that are critical for research in psychology.

The opportunity to acquire comprehensive knowledge and systematic understanding of a particular topic in psychology and to conduct an original empirical research project in that area.

The opportunity to acquire important transferable, advanced research skills (e.g. research design, data analysis, report preparation).

Course Content

Compulsory modules:

Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Individual Differences
Social Psychology
Statistics in Psychology
Dissertation
Biological Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Research Methods in Psychology
Psychology Research Methods in Practice
Research Methods
Biological and Cognitive Psychology

Typical Dissertations

The dissertation is an empirical report (maximum 12,000 words) that enables students to:
Integrate elements of their learning from different parts of the programme
Demonstrate their accumulated knowledge and systematic understanding of a topic
Show an ability to interpret primary source material
Develop an innovative approach to the subject
Work independently of others, consistent with BPS guidelines.

Teaching

Lectures and seminars provide students with in-depth knowledge of historical and contemporary perspectives in psychology.

Formative and summative essays provide reflection on historical and contemporary perspectives in psychology.

Statistics assignments, written research methods tests and laboratory reports will ensure proficiency in analytical skills - required to design research and interpret results.

Statistics assignment and lab reports will provide critical evaluation of the results of empirical research in psychology.

Formative summative essays, exams, and the dissertation will develop effective and critical written communication skills.

Individual meetings between students and dissertation supervisors will enable students to:

(a) Acquire knowledge concerning major theories and results of empirical studies that are relevant to the dissertation topic (including an understanding of the larger, real-world context within which the dissertation topic can be located); and

(b) Develop, analyse, and interpret theory-derived, testable hypotheses (and, perhaps, research questions) concerning links among the constructs to be studied in the dissertation.

Effective and critical written communication will be achieved via formative summative essays, exams, and the dissertation.

Assessment

Coursework essays – demonstration of systematic understanding, critical analysis, and written communication skills.

Examinations – demonstration of comprehensive understanding and written communication skills.

Quantitative reports – ability to analyse and interpret empirical evidence.

Oral presentations – demonstration of knowledge and understanding, critical analysis and oral communication skills.

Dissertation – ability to plan, critically review, execute and communicate an advanced piece of research.

Deadlines are distributed through the year, allowing time for constructive feedback.

Special Features

The MSc Psychological Sciences conversion course will provide a Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) in Psychology, as conferred by the British Psychological Society (BPS). This is an entry requirement for all postgraduate training programmes leading to chartered status and the vast majority of postgraduate programmes accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for registration as a practitioner psychologist.

There is a focus during the programme on developing students' sound knowledge of research methods and statistics - highly desirable skills in many areas of potential employment and so fundamental to the value added by the degree.

A wide range of options are available for students to pursue their own particular research interests (culminating in the dissertation) within the discipline.

Accreditation

BSc Psychology courses accredited by The British Psychological Society
The BSc Psychological Sciences programme at Brunel is accredited by The British Psychological Society.

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The Conversion in Philosophy Graduate Diploma is a one year taught programme aimed at students who are interested in undertaking research in philosophy but have studied little or no philosophy at undergraduate level. Read more

The Conversion in Philosophy Graduate Diploma is a one year taught programme aimed at students who are interested in undertaking research in philosophy but have studied little or no philosophy at undergraduate level. Satisfactory performance on the Diploma may lead to entry to the SASP MLitt Philosophy programme.

Highlights

  • Philosophy at St Andrews was ranked top in Scotland and fifth in the UK in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014.
  • The Stirling and St Andrews Graduate Programme was ranked the third best Philosophy programme in the UK in the latest Philosophical Gourmet Report.
  • Students have a number of optional modules with a focus on philosophy to choose from.

Teaching format

Conversion Diploma students take undergraduate-level modules, but remain members of the large and vibrant postgraduate community at the universities of St Andrews and Stirling. You are invited to all postgraduate events, such as the various postgraduate reading parties, and are strongly encouraged to get fully involved with the many and various seminars, workshops, talks, and reading groups.

You will be able to choose from a range of undergraduate modules in philosophy according to your own interests. At least one module must be selected from two compulsory modules designed to introduce students to key philosophical ideas and techniques. Students on the Conversion course do not write a dissertation.

Modules

The modules in this programme are delivered through lectures combined with tutorials, discussions and independent study; they are assessed through coursework, examinations, and in some cases, in-class presentations.

For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2017–2018 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2018 entry.



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