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Full time & Part time September MSc 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

About the course

Take an essential first step towards becoming a chartered psychologist. Gain valuable professional insights into human behaviour. Develop the same grounding in psychological science as a three-year undergraduate course but at a masters level.


This Masters is a conversion course that is suitable for graduates who have not studied psychology as a first degree. Successful completion provides the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership by the British Psychological Society. It is offered full-time over 1 year or part-time over 3 years.

At the end of the course, you could choose to undertake the further study that is required to become a chartered psychologist. Alternatively, your understanding of psychology will help you in sectors such as advertising, social work, public services,

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Entry Requirements

We usually require applicants to hold at least a second class honours degree in any subject. This course is designed to be a conversion course for those who do not already hold the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society.

The course is therefore not suitable if you have already achieved an honours degree in psychology.

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Joanne Comerford

After recovering from brain surgery, Joanne Comerford decided to further her career by studying MSc Psychology here at Sunderland in the hope of returning to a pastoral role in education.

"I am recovering from a craniotomy to remove a brain tumour and was told I couldn’t return to my previous role in primary teaching. I am hoping to return to education in a pastoral role and also wanted to test my brain capability post surgery! I am a single mother and therefore wanted to complete the course within the year while I had the time, rather than the three-year part-time option. I decided to study at the University of Sunderland because it is my hometown and this is where I studied my previous degree.

The best aspects of the course are the synergy between experimental designs and psychological theory, and the opportunity to develop and implement your own research. The staff are experts in their field and the atmosphere around campus is inclusive and supportive of all students.

Due to my additional needs, I accessed the disabled student's support and found this extremely helpful. I received specialist software and training from the disabled student's fund and offers of counselling, which kept me on track when I was finding it difficult to keep up with the pace of the course. Without this extra support, and above and beyond encouragement and advice from my project supervisor and the course leader, I do not think I would have completed the programme.

I recommend anybody thinking of studying here to take advantage of the Open Days to have an opportunity to speak to staff and make sure the course matches your personal aspirations."

I am considering offers of pastoral work and hope to start a doctoral degree in the future, something I would not have considered before starting my master's degree. I've also recently started as an Educational Mental Health Practitioner, it's a trailblazer collaborative government scheme to improve children and young people's mental health, so I'm working for the Local Authority and NHS. There were only 35 positions from Scotland to Yorkshire and I was lucky enough to be successful - literally my dream job, and it wouldn't have been possible without my MSc.

The University of Sunderland has made me believe in my own abilities again."

Andrew Corrigan

Having noticed the connection between psychology and education while studying his BA Primary Education degree, Andrew Corrigan decided to deepen his understanding between the two subjects by progressing on to MSc Psychology.

"I chose to apply for MSc Psychology as I am interested in human behaviour. When studying for my BA Primary Education degree, I noticed how integrated psychology and education are and I wanted the opportunity to study the cognitive, social, developmental, and biological aspects of psychology, and deepen my understanding between the two subjects.

I saw a masters programme as an opportunity to continue my development in the field of education. I was already aware of the great facilities and teaching available at Sunderland from my undergraduate degree, plus I was happy to take advantage of the loyalty scheme.

It's not only educational psychology that interests me but other aspects such as occupational, clinical and neuropsychology. The course is run as a conversion course so it fits in many different theories and perspectives. The best aspect of the course is the independence that the course gives you, but also the support that is available from staff.

University is what you make of it. Get involved, with either a club or in a role such as a student rep. Make the most of the lecturers and don’t be afraid to ask for advice or extra support if needed, the staff and students are friendly and approachable.

I would summarise my time at University as being fulfilling. I have developed in many aspects, including personally, academically and professionally. The University of Sunderland has played an important part of that."


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