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  • Study Type

    Distance learning available

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  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    2-10 years

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    UK £4,788 (fees can vary depending on which modules you choose to make up your qualification).

Course content

This masters degree provides a valuable opportunity to gain an advanced understanding of a range of fields in psychology, including cognitive, social, forensic and counselling psychology. It aims to develop critical appraisal skills in psychology research and practice. You also gain an understanding of the reciprocal relationship psychological research has with medicine, public policy, public opinion and the media.

This a rigorous masters degree requiring an aptitude for critical analytical thinking and for understanding the principles driving different research methods. Completing the qualification will enable you to source, select and review psychological research independently, evaluate its relevance for complex real life issue/cases, assess its validity, and clearly communicate your findings to academic and non-academic audiences.

Key features of the course

•Provides a valuable opportunity to enhance your analytical and communication skills, as well as developing the latest skills in research literacy
•Bespoke teaching material and experienced tutors will guide you through the exploration of fascinating cutting-edge topic areas and research, enabling you to engage with these in a sophisticated manner
•Relevant for existing professionals or those wishing to pursue a career in all areas of public policy, social justice, management, the health services, and advertising and marketing.

Please note that this masters degree is not accredited by The British Psychological Society.

This qualification is eligible for a Postgraduate Loan available from Student Finance England. For more information, see our fees and funding webpage.


This 180-credit qualification comprises one standard and one long module. This weighting is reflected in the fees, the time expected to complete and the credits.

To gain this qualification, you need 180 credits as follows:

Compulsory modules

• Principles of social and psychological inquiry (DD801)
• Evaluating psychology: research and practice (DD803) planned for October 2018

This module enables you to critically evaluate the links between research and practice in four sub-fields – Cognitive, Forensic, Social and Counselling Psychology.

The modules quoted in this description are currently available for study. However, as we review the curriculum on a regular basis, the exact selection may change over time.

Visit the MSc in Psychology page on the Open University website for more details!




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