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Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), this is a specialist conversion course designed for non-Psychology graduates who wish to pursue a career as a psychologist.

It confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), which is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. 

You’ll gain a thorough grounding in core psychological theories and methodologies, as well as their origins, history and development.

You’ll be taught by our highly respected and experienced course team, which includes Chartered Members and Associate Fellows of the BPS on the Register of Qualified Level A Psychometric Practitioners and those who sit on the Board of the Psychology Teaching Review. Their teaching excellence has been recognised as Associate Fellows, Fellows or Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

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This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

British Psychological Society (BPS)

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), which is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Graduates must achieve the necessary 50% pass mark for all modules contributing to the accredited MSc degree (BPS Standards for the Accreditation of the Masters Programme in Psychology, October 2017). Graduates who do not meet this requirement will exit with a non-accredited award. To achieve the necessary number of credits for all non-accredited awards, graduates must achieve the necessary 40% pass mark for all modules contributing to the award.

Course information

The course has been designed to meet the accreditation criteria of the British Psychological Society (BPS) to confer eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).

You will have the opportunity to build the knowledge and skills necessary to fully appreciate the depth and breadth essential to the study of psychology, encompassing traditional and contemporary psychological models, theories and methodologies. Some of the specialist modules allow us to look at how psychology is applied in specific contexts. For example, the ‘Applied Psychology’ module considers its impact within the modern-day world – in counselling, clinical, forensic, educational, sport, work and health psychology.

We place a significant emphasis on professional research methods, developing your knowledge and skills in planning, carrying out, analysing and writing about research in applied psychology. You’ll gain a sophisticated awareness of problems, issues and ethics in applied research in psychology, such as evaluating a counselling intervention to target victims of domestic violence or considering whether it is acceptable to trick (deceive) participants. You will also conduct a number of practical research exercises and will produce an extensive piece of independent research on a topic of your choice – anything from understanding the variables that influence attribution of blame towards rape victims to the pre and post entry barriers to disabled individuals obtaining senior management positions.

Throughout the course there is an emphasis on developing transferrable skills, such as IT, group work, communication, report writing, numeracy and presentation skills.

Why choose this course?

Psychology centres on the scientific study of the human mind and all aspects of behaviour in individuals, groups or organisations, as well as the thoughts, feelings and motivations underlying that behaviour. It performs a vital role in society, assisting people or organisations facing all sorts of problems and challenges, working with them to bring about positive change. If you are interested in why people think and behave in certain ways, then this is the course for you.

This professionally accredited master’s covers the full Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) Psychology curriculum. You’ll gain an insight into behaviour from a variety of perspectives in the core fields of: cognitive psychology; developmental psychology; history and philosophy of psychology; individual differences; psychobiology; and social psychology.

With a focus on providing a comprehensive understanding and application of psychological theory and research, you’ll study qualitative and quantitative research methods in order to conduct your own empirical research project, which have previously covered a broad array of topics that have sometimes resulted in publication in peer reviewed journals. For example, past research projects have ranged from the relationship between body mass and self-esteem in women to game immersion as an escape from stress, the impact of the home environment on children’s literacy development and child refugees’ experiences of living in the UK.

Our innovative teaching and learning incorporates numerous active learning methods to encourage your participation and deepen your understanding of specific subjects. 94% of students found our Psychology courses intellectually stimulating in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016. We will consider diverse, often fascinating, subjects, such as the nature of pain or whether non-human animals can acquire language. We also frequently touch on topical issues, for example, the differences between bullying and cyber-bullying or whether hostage and crisis negotiation should be used if the subjects are mentally ill.

You’ll be taught by staff with extensive professional psychological experience, some of whom are committee members of BPS Sections, such as Qualitative Methods and Social Psychology. Recent staff projects have ranged from expectancy and placebo effects in alcohol and other drugs to psychometric test development and validation, from analysing personality traits and coping styles in UK police officers to the varieties of developmental dyslexia in Greek children.

Career prospects

Psychology is used professionally in all areas of life, from education and health, to the economy and crime. Psychologists help people of all ages – from young children to teenagers, adults and the elderly. They support people facing a wide range of circumstances, from the bereaved to those made redundant, victims of crime to the mentally ill.

There are two stages to becoming a Chartered Member of the BPS – requiring a combination of professional education and practice, during which you will choose to specialise in a particular area such as clinical psychology or educational psychology.

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