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Psychology MSc (conversion course)

Course Description

Choose Kingston's Psychology MSc

This course offers a masters-level qualification accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and confers eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership. It is particularly suitable if you have insufficient credit in psychology from your first degree to meet BPS accreditation criteria. The course covers all of the key subdisciplines of contemporary psychology and provides extensive training in related research skills.

This course confers eligibility for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society with the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). This is the first step towards becoming a chartered psychologist.

You will benefit from modern research labs and offices, as well as excellent computer facilities.

The Psychology team is a friendly and dynamic group of researchers, experienced in teaching and in conducting internationally excellent research. The team has research links with universities in Australia, the US and Europe. In addition, eminent psychologists from across the UK present findings from the latest research in psychology, keeping your learning at the cutting edge.

What you will study

In addition to providing a broad (yet detailed) overview of the subject of psychology, this course promotes critical appraisal in relation to psychological models, theories and methodologies. You will conduct practical research exercises and will produce a substantial research-based dissertation in an area of psychology of your choice (subject to availability). You will acquire skills in data analysis, statistical methods, project design, oral presentations, teamwork and report writing - all of which are sought-after skills by employers.


Essays, in-class tests, presentations, unseen examinations, laboratory reports and a dissertation.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules

Cognition and Biological Psychology
Methods and Statistics for MSc Psychology
Psychology Dissertation
The Person in Psychology

Optional modules

Advanced Developmental Psychology
Applications of Psychological Research
Critical Social Psychology: Memory, Narrative and Representation
Neuropsychology and Neuro-rehabilitation
Psychology of Art and Film
The Psychology of Health and Well-being

What this course offers you

If you choose to study this course, here are some of the things you can expect from the course and how it will benefit you.

Students on this course enjoy extensive small-group, seminar-based teaching.

You will benefit from modern purpose-built research laboratories and offices. We also have excellent computer facilities.

The psychology team is a young, friendly and dynamic group of researchers, all experienced in teaching their specialist areas.

The team has research links with universities in Australia, the US and Europe.

Eminent psychologists from across the UK will present findings from the latest, cutting-edge research in psychology.

Psychology graduates are numerate and literate, which makes you attractive to employers. During your studies you will acquire skills in data analysis, statistical methods, project design, teamwork, and report writing.

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with 7.0 in Writing. Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements may be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from one of the recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Visit the Psychology MSc (conversion course) page on the Kingston University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Alumni discount - 20+ Awards

All undergraduate alumni qualify for 10% off postgraduate taught course fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)



All Kingston Undergraduate alumni will receive 10% off postgraduate course fees.

Application Procedure

Automatically assessed on application, please ensure you state that your undergraduate degree was awarded by Kingston University.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Normally an upper second class (2:1) honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in any discipline. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate mathematical competence equivalent to grade C or above at GCSE level. Applicants must be able to demonstrate evidence of an interest and motivation in studying psychology. Experience or Skills, in or related to psychology, will be considered an advantage. Applicants may be invited to an interview with the Psychology MSc course director. International students based overseas can arrange for an interview by email or telephone.

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