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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Psychology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    2 years

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    See website.

  • Last Updated

    10 September 2019

Course Overview

The MSc Psychology is a conversion programme that offers you the opportunity to convert your existing qualifications and learning to an award that meets the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership and the starting point to becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

In order to enrol on this conversion course you will need to have already have passed an undergraduate degree in psychology or achieved at least a 2:1 in a non-psychology degree.

What will this course cover?

You will cover all the core areas of psychology such as; personality, social, cognitive, developmental, biopsychology. In addition you will learn in detail about applying various research methods to an empirical project. In your second semester, you will also have a single option to allow specialisation in one of a number of sub-disciplines of psychology.

The Psychology Department at Bucks New University actively promotes the involvement of local agencies, companies and individuals in delivering sessions to all our students. These exciting opportunities to hear from, and liaise with, external experts include HM Prison and Probation Staff, Counselling Psychologists, Senior Police Officers, Neuropsychologists, Occupational Psychologists etc. There are also frequently external visits to relevant museums, prisons, courts and sports venues to see psychology in an applied context.

You can choose to study MSc Psychology Conversion either full-time or part-time.

Course Details

The course can either be taken full-time over one year or part-time over two years. The structure of the course allows you to specialise in a psychology sub-discipline in the second semester by taking an optional component taught by one of our departmental experts. For example: Investigative and Forensic Psychology; Counselling Psychology; Evolutionary Psychology; Business and Organisational Psychology. This could also form the basis of the Dissertation. In addition, the Applied Research Skills module provides a substantive amount of online material throughout the year, to further support the research methods component of the course.

In workshops and lectures, we’ll take you through the various techniques you need to analyse data. You’ll focus on the practical use of the statistics software package SPSS, used by social scientists to analyse and present quantitative data. And you’ll have the opportunity to use the observation laboratory and to use specialist equipment such as Biopac©, allowing measurement of the activity of the cariovascular system, brain, autonomic nervous system and more, Tobii eye tracking equipment and HTC Vive, virtual reality software.

Teaching and Assessment

A variety of assessments are incorporated into the course such as essays, exams, reflective reports, group and individual presentations, risk assessment and portfolio work.

In each module (except Applied Research Skills) you will be taught in a lecture/seminar format consisting of either one or two hour lectures with a one or two hour seminar. In the optional modules in the second semester, the teaching will be in a three hour workshop based session.

Although MSc students complete Level 7 assignments and are working with a more intensive timetable, you will also sit in lectures with second and third year students and may also work in group settings with such students.

What are the course entry requirements?

In order to enrol on this conversion course you will need to have already have passed an undergraduate degree in psychology or achieved at least a 2:1 in a non-psychology degree. International students will require an IELTS with 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and no other skill below 5.5.

Course Modules

Modules

  • Business and Organisational Psychology (optional)
  • Evolutionary Psychology (optional)
  • Counselling Psychology (optional)
  • Exceptional Human Experience (optional)
  • Investigative and Forensic Psychology (optional)
  • Applied Research Skills (FDL) (optional)
  • Applied Research Skills (Attendance) (optional)
  • Biopsychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Personality and Individual Differences
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation (FDL) (optional)
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation (Attendance) (optional)
  • Cognitive Processes in Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Postgraduate Dissertation

Fees

How much does it cost

Part Time Home and EU, September 2019: £4,650 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Employability

What are my career prospects

The MSc Psychology will enable you to embark upon a variety of careers in psychology by providing you with the necessary qualification for entering Master’s and Doctoral programmes that fulfil the criteria (Stage One in the case of Master’s) for Chartered Status. Thus, the programme is suitable for both recent graduates and individuals wishing to pursue a career change.

The MSc is also an ideal programme for teachers in pre-tertiary education who are currently teaching Psychology A-level, without a formal academic qualification in the subject.

It is also recognised that many Psychology students will choose from a wide range of graduate career options, not all of which will entail the title ‘psychologist’. Consequently, the programme is designed to inspire and facilitate the development of a variety of desirably transferable skills that will enhance employability in any future career.

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow


Visit the MSc Psychology Conversion page on the Buckinghamshire New University website for more details!

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