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This programme is designed for those without a psychology degree who wish to specialise in psychology, and covers the core areas of psychology required by the British Psychological Society including biological, cognitive, developmental, individual differences and social psycholgy and skills in psychological research methods and data analysis

About this degree

Students acquire a wide range of practical research skills. They gain knowledge of the nature and limitations of the scientific method and the main alternatives. In addition they develop knowledge of a range of general historical, theoretical, and philosophical issues underlying the discipline of psychology.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of seven core modules (120 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Compulsory modules

  • Computer Programming (15 credits)
  • Empirical Projects (15 credits)
  • Understanding Individuals and Groups (15 credits)
  • Social Psychology (15 credits)
  • Qualitative Data Analysis (15 credits)
  • Brain and Mind (30 credits)
  • Statistics (15 credits)

Please note that these module are subject to change.

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000–12,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of small-group lectures and practicals. Assessment is through reports of empirical projects carried out individually and in groups, essays, unseen examinations, a computing project, a literature review, web page and PowerPoint presentation. 

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Funding

ESRC 1+3 studentships are available for this programme. You must specify on your application if you wish to be considered for this award. The current MPhil/PhD application deadline is 31 January.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Employability

By the end of this training, students will have acquired a wide range of practical research skills and knowledge of a range of general historical, theoretical, and philosophical issues underlying the discipline of psychology.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Division of Psychology & Language Sciences undertakes world-leading research and teaching in mind, behaviour, and language.

Our work attracts staff and students from around the world. Together they create an outstanding and vibrant environment, taking advantage of cutting-edge resources such as a behavioural neuroscience laboratory, a centre for brain imaging, and extensive laboratories for research in speech and language, perception, and cognition.

Opportunities for graduate students to work with world-renowned researchers exist in all areas of investigation, from basic processes to applied research. The division offers a supportive environment including numerous specialist seminars, workshops, and guest lectures.

Accreditation:

The Psychological Sciences MSc is designed to confer Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). GBC is the form of professional accreditation that is required for many careers that you may pursue with a psychology degree, as well as for advanced professional training in psychology. This is a conversion course.

Department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for students from a variety of backgrounds who wish to gain the skills necessary for a research career in this field. 

Application deadlines

14 June 2019

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Psychological Sciences at graduate level
  • why you want to study Psychological Sciences at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this rigorous programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Visit the Psychological Sciences MSc page on the University College London website for more details!

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