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MSc in Psychology (conversion course)

Course Description


This is an intensive one year (12 month) or 27 month part-time course. You already have a degree in another subject but want to ‘convert’ to Psychology. This may be because you have noticed in work that a scientific psychology degree would help you, or because you are seeking a career change or a new intellectual challenge potentially progressing to PhD or MPhil studies. The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and gives you BPS Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership which is of interest both to national and international students wanting to practise as a psychologist or health professional.


This course is accredited as conferring eligibility for Graduate Basis for Registration with the British Psychological Society. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Key information

- Degree type: MSc
- Study methods: Part-time, Full-time
- Duration: One year 12 month (or 27 month part-time)
- Start date: September
- Course Director: Dr Magdalena Ietswaart
- Location: Stirling Campus

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

For more information go to English language requirements https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View the range of pre-sessional courses http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx .

Delivery and assessment

Teaching is delivered using a variety of methods including lectures, tutorials, demonstrations and practical classes, practical placement, and one-to-one research supervision. Lectures are typically taken together with honours students, while small group specialist classes are generally taken with first-year PhD students or other postgraduate students (for example, in modules from other MSc courses).
Both taught and research postgraduates are integral to our research community and are expected to participate in our regular research discussion meetings and seminars. All students are provided with appropriate office space and equipment. In addition, each student is associated with an academic from Psychology.
The individual modules contribute towards 60 percent of the MSc grade, with the research dissertation contributing the remaining 40 percent.

Why Stirling?

- REF2014
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

- Study abroad opportunities
As an intensive 12 month course it is not advisable to study abroad as part of this MSc although some students do their dissertation research in another country.

- Strengths
Psychology at Stirling is one of the leading psychology departments in the UK. It ranked in the top 20 in the recent research assessment (REF 2014) and is one of only seven non-Russell group universities to do so (Birkbeck, Royal Holloway, Sussex, Essex, St Andrews and Bangor; source Times Higher Education magazine). Its quality of research publications ranked third in Scotland after Aberdeen and Glasgow. Furthermore, the relevance of its research activity to society received the highest possible rating which only four other psychology departments in the UK achieved (REF 2014 results).
Psychology at Stirling University is small enough to fully involve MSc students in our lively and collegial community of research excellence.
Your three month full-time dissertation is supervised by leading UK academics.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this course are well placed for careers in clinical and health psychology, educational psychology and teaching, human resources management and personnel etc. The skills gained are also readily transferable to other careers: this course positions students for the growing expectation that graduates have a good understanding of human behaviour, are able to interpret and analyse complex forms of data, and to communicate ideas clearly to others.
Completion of this course gives Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

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

(Student Profile)

Julie Reekie

I made the choice to pursue the challenge of a Masters in Psychology but, in the end, the University of Stirling high standards gifted me with a quality education and an experience that developed skills in me beyond what I could have hoped for.

Read Julie's full profile: http://www.stir.ac.uk/courses/profiles/natural-sciences/psychology/julie-reekie.html


Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second class honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in another subject.

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