The MSc Psychology (Conversion) is an accredited degree primarily aimed towards people wishing to pursue a career change in any field of psychology. It is an intensive programme designed to provide you with a thorough grounding in the theories, methods and practice of contemporary psychology in a contained period of time. Graduates of the MSc also obtain the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from the British Psychological Society (usually in the following November), which is the basic requirement for eligibility to train as a professional psychologist.
Our degree programme lays particular emphasis on the application of psychology to real-world problems, based on a combination of pure and applied research. You learn about the core areas of psychology, studying social, developmental and cognitive psychology, biological bases of psychology, and individual differences.
In addition we enable you to conduct academic research by teaching you vital statistical and research methods skills for psychological research, as preparation for your independent MSc research project on a topic of your choosing.
As well as the specific subjects that you study, students of psychology also develop key transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include critical thinking, argument synthesis, scientific methods and practice, data analysis, report writing, presentation skills and teamwork.
We provide excellent teaching, as verified by the Quality Assessment Agency, and use a variety of teaching styles and methods to promote your learning and understanding. You are taught by lecturing staff who have an international reputation in their specialist fields.
We work to provide a lively, friendly and supportive environment for our students and boast an excellent record both for graduate employment and for providing students with the basis for subsequent professional training in psychology and other areas.
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Psychology is a rewarding and valuable degree, both for the subject areas it covers and the skills you learn while studying these subjects. For instance, advances in science, international conflicts and our enjoyment of the arts are all shaped by factors such as our biology, the capacity of human thought, patterns of communication and social interaction, and the operation of our perceptual systems. Psychology seeks to explore these factors.
Qualified psychologists have a commitment both to scientific research and to the practical application of knowledge. They work and conduct research in laboratories, schools, offices, industry, clinics, hospitals, prisons and many other settings in which people live and work.
This MSc programme is aimed primarily towards people wishing to pursue a career change in any field of psychology and has been designed to prepare you for your professional journey by helping you develop a broad knowledge base across the key areas of psychology in a contained period of time. The course is intensive and only available as a full-time study option. It is not suited to being combined with significant work commitments. Individual modules cover the core areas of psychology and introduce their related research methods in subject tutorials. Statistical and analytical techniques will be taught to prepare you to conduct your own research. The MSc research project and dissertation gives you the opportunity to extend your studies further on a topic of interest to you, supervised by a member of staff.
Our School of Psychology provides a vibrant and enthusiastic environment for teaching, learning, as well as research. It is no surprise that our graduates readily find interesting and rewarding employment in business, industry, the public sector and research when they graduate.
The skills you gain are highly valued in both academic and workplace settings. As a Psychology graduate from Surrey, you are skilled in applying your knowledge, analytic and critical thinking, and working in teams. You will be able to plan, solve problems, analyse and present your own work. All these skills are relevant for a future career in psychology, and are also transferable to other future careers or study choices.
• Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology
• Fundamental Concepts of Social Psychology
• Brain and Behaviour with Research Methods
• Social and Cognitive Development with Research Methods
• Perception and Cognition with Research Methods
• Personality, Intelligence, Individual Differences & Psychopathology
• Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis
• Preparation for Academic Research in Psychology
• MSc Dissertation
These MSc core modules and the MSc dissertation provide the basis for accreditation of the degree by the British Psychological Society.
Facilities, equipment and academic support
The School of Psychology provides its students with their own computing laboratories with a large number of Windows-based workstations and PCs. In addition, students have 24-hour access to the University’s computing facilities. All learning material, including lecture notes and reading lists, will be available on SurreyLearn.
The School also has a range of dedicated laboratories for conducting a wide variety of psychological research, including infant observation facilities, laboratories for perception and psychophysiological research in adults and infants, a driving simulator, a suite of small project rooms, an extensive library of psychometric and clinical tests, and the use of an MRI brain scanner.
The MSc in Psychology (Conversion) degree provides you with the basic requirement for eligibility for admission to psychology postgraduate training courses in specialist areas of the discipline, including the six BPS professional pathways of clinical, counselling, educational, forensic, health and occupational.
Some graduates continue their interest in psychology by registering for a research degree (PhD, MPhil) in a specialist area of interest, leading to a career as an academic research psychologist.
Organisations employ psychology graduates for their specific psychological training and skills in areas such as personnel, research and development, survey and market research, and career guidance. Many employers are also keen to recruit psychology graduates because the broad curriculum produces a well-rounded individual who communicates well and has analytical skills.
This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) (http://www.bps.org.uk/
Students graduating from this MSc programme will be eligible for Graduate Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership – the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
Students graduating from other degree programmes which are not accredited by the BPS are required to undertake further courses before being eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership. Individuals seeking a career as a professional psychologist are therefore advised to take an accredited programme.
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Applicants are considered for the MSc in Psychology (Conversion), if they have a UK first or 2.1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant field including social sciences, human sciences or natural sciences, medicine, nursing, teaching, social work, human resources, psychotherapy, or counselling. In addition to the entry requirements mentioned above all applicants need to have a GCSE grade B in Mathematics and English Language or Literature (or equivalent).