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MSc / Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (conversion course)

Course Description

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:

Core modules may include:
Biological Psychology
Social Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Individual Differences
Historical and Conceptual Issues
Research Methods
Psychology Research Project.

In addition, MSc Psychology students complete an extended essay focused on a topic of their choosing, as well as 20 credits of 'Contemporary Psychology' selected from a list of available option choices.

Specialist Psychological Essay (MSc only)
Contemporary Psychology (MSc only)

For more information visit http://www.ntu.ac.uk/psychologymsc


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, counselling, or sport 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!


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 website for more details!

(Student Profile)

John Sikorski

“After being out of academic study for over a decade I took the plunge and embarked on a Masters degree. The MSc Psychology course at Nottingham Trent University has excellent ratings and provides Graduate Basis Registration with the British Psychological Society. I also liked the fact that a third of the course is dedicated to personal research, allowing you to pursue your own interests whilst also covering all the key areas of psychology.
“I focused on the neuropsychology of perception in my option module and specialist essay. This was extremely rewarding and allowed me to embark on some consciousness research that goes beyond the course curriculum. Another highlight for me was the biopsychology module, which explores the biological processes that underpin psychiatric disorders.

“The course is intensive and I’ve worked really hard to attain the best possible results. I have developed a vast practical knowledge of psychological research methods, including statistics, and have also enhanced my theoretical understanding.

“To be successful you need to put in as many hours as you can, experiment with different learning strategies and stick with what you are interested in. The tutors are there to help and my project supervisor in particular was very encouraging, helping me through frequent crises of confidence!

“I’m now pursuing assistant clinical posts, with the aim of progressing to the NHS doctorate program. I’d like to specialise in neuropsychology or cognitive behavioural therapy in the future.”

(Student Profile)

Serene Hadj-Hammou

2484.jpg "I had been living in Canada for five years prior to moving to Nottingham. I chose NTU because I heard that Nottingham was a nice city to live in and more importantly because of the MSc Psychology conversion course. I also came across a lot of positive feedback about NTU and my particular course on forums such as The Student Room.

"After completing my undergraduate degree, I spent two years working in a variety of jobs. I worked in a nursery school during the day and as a support worker in the evenings. It was through this experience that I realised that I wanted to pursue postgraduate study in Psychology.

"A lot of my friends had attended university in the UK, so I was quite familiar with what to expect. I was excited to move somewhere new and begin a course that would be an important step in the career that I wanted to achieve.

"I chose the MSc Psychology at NTU because my undergraduate degree was not in Psychology. This course provides the opportunity to convert my degree and gain the credits required for The Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society in just one year.

"I have found the course extremely interesting. The Research Methods module has been particularly useful, as I have had the opportunity to carry out both qualitative and quantitative research and analysis. We receive detailed feedback on all our assignments, which is very important because the skills acquired in this module will be highly applicable throughout my career.

"The classes at NTU are much smaller than what I am used to. This is great because it makes for a more comfortable learning environment. The lecturers are approachable and available to attend to any questions and concerns. Moreover, not only do they help with our modules, the lecturers are also very helpful with careers advice.

"The MSc Psychology conversion course is challenging and demanding, but it is definitely interesting and well worth it! Since being on this course I have learnt a lot about what specifically interests me in Psychology. Through this my career plans are now definitely geared towards clinical psychology."


Masters Scholarship - 8 Awards

For full details of the Scholarship Scheme please visit http://www.ntu.ac.uk/s3scholarships.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to half the tuition fee


The School of Social Sciences is delighted to announce the availability of a number of competitive Scholarships for our full-time and part-time Masters courses.

Application Procedure

For further information and to apply please download the application form from our website at http://www.ntu.ac.uk/s3scholarships

Further Information


Entry Requirements

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.

Last Updated

13 October 2016

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