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Course content

The Psychology MSc programme offers students who hold an internationally recognised undergraduate qualification, one not necessarily in Psychology, the opportunity to study a master’s course.

This Master’s programme offers modules designed to increase transferable skills into vocational areas (for example mental health provisions, health and research), as well as providing an academic pathway towards a vocationally based Doctorate or research based PhD.

Students will have the opportunity to enhance their studies through volunteer work with influential local service providers including the Police and Social Services as well as through the Psychology department’s’ significant links to social enterprise through the university’s AshokaU status.

Who is it for?
-Those interested in pursuing an academic career in psychology – for example research, teaching.
-Those interested in pursuing a career in social care or social justice.
-Those interested in pursuing a practitioner career – for example Assistant Psychologist/
-Those interested in pursuing a career using statistics.
-Those interested in learning more about the theoretical concepts and applications of psychology to explain human behaviour.

Course content

Full time students take six modules for each stage for three years. Some modules are mandatory whilst others are selected from a wide range of options. In stage one important core ideas, evidence and methods are introduced. This basic knowledge is built upon in stages two and three to foster a cutting-edge understanding of topics.

Students will need to undertake the five compulsory modules and one elective module during one year. The dissertation module will be taken at end of each programme.

Course modules (16/17)

-Advanced Developmental Psychology​
-Applied Social and Critical Social Psychology
-Cognitive, Biological and Neuroscience
-Quantitative and Qualitative Research Skills
-The Psychology of Mental Health
-The Psychology of Transpersonal Experience
-Dissertation and Research Methods
-Optional modules are available subject to a sufficient cohort size.

Methods of Learning

A blended learning (lectures, workshops and online activities) and a foundation level of online lectures and activities will be available prior to the Master’s programme/individual modules commencing so that students have the necessary psychological knowledge to progress more easily to postgraduate level.

You will spend (approximately):
-264 hours over the whole taught programme (five modules) – contact time
-610 hours – independent learning/study over the whole taught programme (five modules)
-482 hours – independent learning/supervision for the dissertation only


Full time for one year.


The assessment strategy is designed to include a broad range of assessment types in order to ensure that students have the maximum opportunity to demonstrate that they have met the learning outcomes for the programme.

The breadth of assessment is demonstrated in the following examples:
-Essay assignments.
-Role-play scenarios.
-Oral presentation.
-Case studies.
-Critical review.
-Individual project report.

Visit the Psychology MSc page on the University of Northampton website for more details!





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