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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees

    Scottish/EU Students £3,400, Rest of UK Students £3,400, International Students £11,000

Course content

Designed for graduates with an Honours degree in a discipline other than psychology or a non-accredited psychology Honours degree who wish to specialise in psychology.

About the programme

This Masters degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), which means that on completion of the programme you will be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS. This in turns offers the possibility of pursuing a career pathway in psychology.

A strong applied focus reflects the teaching and research strengths of the psychology group, with emphasis on the importance of employability. We support students in developing and recognising both generic and transferable skills.

UWS secured investment of over £300k, resulting in new equipment and dedicated teaching facilities to enhance delivery of the psychology programme.

Your learning

Trimester 1
• Individual Differences in the Workplace – introduces the topics of personality, motivation and emotional intelligence

• Research Methods in Psychology – introduces and develops the key topics and issues of research design and quantitative methodologies

• Developmental Psychology – develops your understanding of child development by examining the individual from conception through to adolescence

Trimester 2
• Cognition – addresses topics and concepts of contemporary cognitive psychology

• Biopsychology – examines psychology from a biological perspective

• Advanced Social Psychology – provides in-depth knowledge of the theories and current research in the core areas of social psychology

Trimester 3
• Psychology Research Dissertation – introduces you to independent empirical research in psychology. Under supervision you will design, implement and report on an extended piece of psychology research.

Students choosing not to proceed who have successfully completed three core modules (60 credits), including Research Methods in Psychology, can exit with the Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology. Students who successfully complete the six core modules in trimesters 1 and 2 and who elect not to proceed to the dissertation, can exit with the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology.

Our Careers Adviser says

You will possess the skills that the BPS identify as employment essentials in various sectors including education, business, health and the media. You may continue postgraduate training in educational, clinical and occupational psychology, or consider PhD research.

Professional recognition

Completion of the MSc programme provides the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS*.

* NB the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma are not accredited by the British Psychological Society

Research excellence

Research carried out by our staff underpins all of our teaching activity, which means you’ll directly benefit from our extensive expertise in a variety of fascinating, relevant areas. Our research outputs span academic publications and a range of contributions to official reports. Our research work is coordinated through a set of interdisciplinary research groups in Applied Psychology, Civil Society and Governance, Health Behaviours and Policy, and Social Work.

We would be interested to hear from anyone who might be interested in pursuing postgraduate studies linked to any aspect of our research work. In addition, we offer a range of research-based modules and short courses for continuing professional development. Our portfolio of research-led taught postgraduate programmes is now expanding across the full range of subject areas.

Visit the Psychology (MSc) page on the University of the West of Scotland website for more details!






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