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Psychology (MSc/ PGDip/ PGCert)

Course Description

This conversion course is designed for students who intend to become professional psychologists. The main purpose of the course is to allow graduates in disciplines other than psychology, and psychology graduates whose undergraduate degree is not professionally recognised, to gain a qualification in psychology that confers eligibility for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and establishes the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/psychology-msc/

Why choose this course?

- Oxford Brookes has one of the largest groups of developmental psychologists in the UK along with expertise in cognitive neuroscience and qualitative methods.

- Our professionally accredited courses allow chartered membership of the British Psychological Society.

- State-of-the-art facilities including a video observation lab, Babylab, perception and motion analysis (PuMA) lab and perception lab.

- A comprehensive programme of research seminars offered by the department as well as specialist seminars organised by individual research groups.

- Dedicated study and social-working space for postgraduate students.

Teaching and learning

The programme is taught through a combination of lectures, research seminars, workshops, tutorials, supervised seminar presentations, and independent reading and research. Diverse teaching methods are employed to aid the quality of learning opportunities for students' understanding of psychology.

Approach to assessment

Summative assessment methods include:
- coursework assessments
- individual and/or group presentations
- class tests
- exam grades.

Formative assessment methods include:
- coursework feedback processes
- informal tutor discussion
- peer feedback.

Specialist facilities

The Department of Psychology, Social Work and Public Health boasts state-of-the-art facilities including a video observation lab, Babylab, Perception and Motion Analysis (PuMA) labction research lab, visual perception lab (incorporating eye tracking technology), and an EEG suite. In addition, postgraduate students have a dedicated study and social working space to facilitate group projects and provide a venue for our research seminar series.


The department offers advice on future career opportunities including practical help with applications to future training and employment. For many of our students, their MSc is a stepping stone to professional training for careers in psychology (eg educational, occupational and clinical psychology). Some choose to continue their academic studies, progressing to PhD.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Visit the Psychology (MSc/ PGDip/ PGCert) page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An upper second-class or first-class honours degree awarded by a recognised institution of higher education in the UK or overseas. Students will also be considered with: A lower second class honours degree AND 60 CATS (Credit Accumulative Transfer Scheme) credits in Psychology. You must have achieved an average of 60% in these credits. Credits can either be gained through the Qualifying Certificate in Psychology at Oxford Brookes University or from a recognised institution of higher education.

Last Updated

17 March 2017

Course Fees

Home / EU: Full-time £6,240, Part-time £3,180; International: Full-time £12,850

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