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Psychology MSc

Course Description

This course is for non-psychology graduates with either no or limited study in the subject. For example you may wish to change career path or may have a psychology degree that is not accredited by the British Psychological Society and wish to develop a career as a psychologist.

The course gives you

  • a thorough knowledge and scientific understanding of the British Psychological Society core areas of psychology
  • Graduate Basis for Chartered membership
  • the skills and knowledge needed for a career in psychology
  • the skills needed to complete pyschology research
  • improved independence and employability through enhanced evaluative and reflective skills
  • learning opportunities addressing issues at the forefront of psychology
  • a supportive, engaging, enjoyable and challenging learning experience

With an emphasis on research experience, this course is ideal if you are considering further training in areas such as educational or clinical psychology.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), provided you achieve an overall mark of at least 50 per cent and pass your dissertation. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Course structure

Full-time – one day per week for one year

Part-time – typically one day per week for two years


The modules you study reflect the core components of psychology as stipulated by the Britsh Psychology Society.

  • Cognitive psychobiology
  • Research issues in applied developmental psychology
  • Social psychology and individual differences
  • Statistics
  • Research dissertation and continuing professional development

Option modules

One from

  • clinical neuropsychopharmacology
  • theory and practice in counselling and psychotherapy
  • healthy and clinical ageing


  • research experiments
  • practical reports
  • presentations
  • coursework essays
  • examinations
  • information packs
  • research proforma
  • individual research project


This course gives you the skills and knowledge to

  • begin a research career in psychology, such as research worker posts or doctoral research.
  • progress on to further professional training routes including clinical, educational, forensic, occupational, counselling or even sports and exercise psychology.
  • gain lecturing or teaching posts in psychology.

The major career routes you can choose as a qualified psychologist are in • clinical psychology • educational psychology • occupational psychology • health psychology • forensic psychology • counselling psychology • research.

Further work experience in a relevant setting is usually required before you can begin a postgraduate training course in one of these areas.

Our careers central website contains useful careers information for students studying psychology.

Visit the Psychology MSc page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A 2:2 degree or above or equivalent in any subject. We may consider graduates with relevant work experience. If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with a minimum 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other skills. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Last Updated

03 August 2017

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