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Psychology (conversion award & distance learning) (MSc)

Course Description

Better understand people and the world around you on this flexible course.

Whether you are already working in psychology, looking to forge a new career in the scientific study of people, the mind and behaviour or want to boost your prospects in any number of industries, a qualification accredited by the British Psychological Society can open up countless doors.

Requiring no prior knowledge of psychology, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of this challenging but stimulating discipline. You will explore theoretical and methodological approaches and analyse cognitive, educational, forensic, clinical and health psychology. You will learn established practical research techniques so you can observe the real world and collect and collate data effectively.

A distance learning course allows you to study from wherever you are in the world, and the flexible nature of this course means you will be able to fit your studies around your other commitments.

Rest assured, you will not be studying alone - you will take part in a week-long residential where you will work alongside your peers in workshops and experiments.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/psychologydistance_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


We're committed to helping you realise your career ambitions, which is why we place employability at the centre of your learning. Our fantastic links with industry enable us to design courses knowing exactly what employers are looking for, so you'll be well prepared for the world of work.

- Business executive
- Counsellor
- Psychologist
- Social researcher

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

Develop the skills and expertise required by the British Psychological Society, including how to conduct research and present data effectively. The Applying Psychology module will enable you to fine-tune your career path and chart your professional development to chartered psychologist status. You will have access to various course-specific software packages such as Qualtrics, which will enable you to conduct experiments and capture data remotely.

Although this is a distance learning course, you will be able to use our dedicated lab facilities should you need to when working on your dissertation. This course offers the opportunity to study for an accredited qualification that might otherwise not be possible because of your location, work or family commitments.

While other distance learning courses might require you to be on campus once a week, this course only requires your attendance for a one-week residential, where you will develop your support networks, share knowledge with your peers and demonstrate your communication skills. The flexible nature of this course means you can also slow the pace of your learning to fit with your other commitments, although you will have to complete the course within six years.

Because this is a distance learning course, you will not be charged our standard international student fees if you are from outside the EU.

Core Modules

Growing & Developing in the Social World
Develop an understanding of major theoretical and methodological approaches within developmental, social and individual differences psychology.

Psychological Research & Statistics
Gain an overview of research designs and their advantages and disadvantages. Learn how to identify research aims, select a sample and ensure your research is ethical.

Psychological Research & Analysis
Build upon the knowledge developed in the Psychological Research & Statistics module and develop expertise in research design, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis methods.

Demonstrate research, project management and problem-solving skills and illustrate an ability to think independently.

The Embodied Mind
Critically examine and debate some of the major areas of current research interests centred on social, developmental and related individual differences psychology.

Thinking, Living & Acting
Investigate the cognitive and biological basis of memory, thinking, learning, emotion and consciousness in humans and, where there is evidence, examine some of these processes in animals.

Applying Psychology
Understand the different routes to chartered psychologist status and develop a personal portfolio and career plan.

Working & Living in a Social World
Critically examine some of the major areas of current research interests and debate in the area of social, developmental and related individual differences psychology.


- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Clinical Skills Suite
The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

- Interpersonal Skills Suite
We have plenty of private rooms for you to try out your interviewing and focus group techniques. They come equipped with recording facilities so you can reflect on and improve your skills.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the Psychology (conversion award & distance learning) (MSc) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Katie Oxtoby

The fact that I did not need any previous knowledge of psychology to do my course was really appealing. Studying psychology totally changes your world view. It is such a rewarding and interesting course that enriches your life in many ways, as you are learning about human behaviour to better understand yourself and those around you. It has allowed me to grow and develop beyond what I thought I was capable of, personally and professionally.”


Entry Requirements

Please check our site for the most up-to-date entry requirements (View Website).

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