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MSc Psychology


Course Description

The MSc in Psychology aims to provide graduates in disciplines other than psychology with the opportunity to obtain the Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS) (please note, accreditation of this programme is subject to approval).

GBC allows you to pursue postgraduate training in applied areas of psychology associated with the Societies’ Divisions (e.g. Educational, Clinical Psychology etc). GBC is the first step toward gaining status as a Chartered Psychologist.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

You will cover all the core areas of psychology as specified and required by the British Psychological Society for the accreditation of conversion courses.

You will examine the nature of personality and individual differences, including intelligence, developmental patterns and changes in social and cognitive abilities, interpersonal behaviour and the impact of social contexts on behaviour.

Exploring Cognitive Language and Biological Psychology, you will gain an understanding of the role of biology in underpinning behaviour and the nature of attention, perception, language and memory.

A research methods module will equip you with the ability to organise, analyse, interpret and report findings of research involving quantitative (numerical) data before you are introduced to approaches to qualitative research and analysis.

The programme concludes with a Masters dissertation in an area of psychology of particular interest to you. This will be supervised by a member of academic staff in the department.

HOW WILL I STUDY?

Our teaching methods follow a variety of formats from traditional style lectures to tutorials, seminars and workshops.

There is a well-equipped laboratory facility consisting of a teaching lab, audio-visual suite and soundproof cubicles for conducting experiments. We have a wide range of IT facilities, including spreadsheet and statistical packages, Internet access, electronic journals and abstract databases.

WHO WILL BE TEACHING ME?

The Psychology team is a rapidly growing one, currently with ten members of staff. Our staff are all research active, particularly in the areas of thinking and reasoning, work psychology, psychological aspects of substance abuse, counselling, close relationships and the functioning of working memory.

Members of the team have been published in major national and international peer reviewed journals such as the British Journal of Psychology, Counselling Psychology Quarterly, the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, The Journal of Experimental Psychology and The Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Most modules are assessed by a mixture of examination and coursework though some are assessed solely by coursework.

Coursework assignments might be essays, research project reports, group presentations or the critical analysis of research papers.

WHAT ARE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

There are two clearly identifiable career routes. Firstly, successful completion of this programme will open up a number of further postgraduate training and career opportunities, notably educational psychology, clinical psychology, work psychology, health psychology and teaching and research in further and higher education.

Secondly, you will be well qualified to enter a wide range of professions from advertising and the caring professions, through to personnel or teaching (further training required). The Psychology team at Edge Hill University has a strong record of research and encourages new graduates to register for higher degrees such as MPhil and PhD.

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION

The programme is currently progressing through re-accreditation with the British Psychological Society to provide eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). Please keep checking this page for updates.

Visit the MSc Psychology page on the Edge Hill University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

To join this programme, you should have a degree (not a pass degree) in a subject other than psychology or in psychology but which does not confer eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Registration of the British Psychological Society. The degree should be 2:2 classification or above.

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