Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,500 *
International Fees £13,500 *
Alumni Discount See details
Duration 1 year

* Price per academic year

Course summary

This BPS-accredited conversion course is designed for graduates who wish to pursue a career in psychology but need to acquire the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS). You do not need to have studied psychology to be eligible for this programme. However, you should note that it is an intensive course and requires hard work and independent study outside the contact hours – full-time study IS full-time.  We welcome applications from graduates with upper second class degrees who have either completed a degree in another subject or who have insufficient psychology in their degree to be eligible for GBC.

You will take modules at Masters level in core areas of psychology, as specified by the BPS. You will also take one option module in psychology from a selection available within the department. We offer a work experience in psychology module as an option for those who would like to gain valuable experience in the work place. The content of the curriculum of the MSc covers the core areas of psychology stipulated by the BPS for GBC. This consists of Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, History and Philosophy of Psychology, Individual Differences, Empirical Project, Psychobiology, Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods, and Social Psychology. In all of the modules there is a strong emphasis on critical evaluation of theory and practice.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you study on this course.

Core modules

In this module you will develop a wide ranging knowledge of the key developmental concepts used within psychology, enabling a deeper understanding and appreciation of human psychological development. This module will also provide you with an opportunity to learn about the major psychological theories and key practical skills relating to individual differences in intelligence and personality. Material covered will range from historical and conceptual foundations, to current research and contemporary practice.

The module will provide you with a broad, synoptic overview of the scope of academic and professional psychology. You will be introduced to the different levels of analysis employed in the discipline and learn how these different levels of analysis might be articulated to explain complex psychological phenomena.

This module requires you to carry out an independent research project, under supervision from your tutor. It aims to provide you with the skills to conduct a literature review and to identify viable and valuable topics for research. It will enable you to deploy the practical skills learned in other modules, including designing and executing a research study, analysing the data collected, and presenting a high quality report of the whole process in written form.

This module enables you to examine the fundamental concepts of the biological bases of human behaviour, to develop a familiarity with the relevant scientific terminology of psychobiology and to critically evaluate the key concepts and findings in this area. You will also develop an insight into the discipline of cognitive psychology via an appraisal of the history, methodology and key empirical findings of the area. This will promote your understanding of cognitive theories and models within the context provided by the information-processing paradigm that characterises the discipline.

This module is designed to develop your knowledge and skills of the key techniques and methods for collecting and analysing qualitative data in psychology, including the use of interviews and focus groups, issues and techniques in data transcription and epistemological issues in qualitative psychology. You will also be encouraged to engage with significant debates concerning the different research methodologies, and to critically reflect on key studies and approaches.

This module enables you to develop key skills and advanced knowledge of quantitative research methodologies within Psychology. You will be encouraged to think critically about research problems and the most appropriate experimental designs and methods for different types of research. You will also develop an understanding of levels of data, statistical distributions, nonparametric tests, t-tests, correlation, multiple regression, factorial designs, analysis of variance, and post-hoc testing, so that you can develop the skills necessary to perform key statistical procedures.

This module examines the key characteristics of the socio-psychological perspective on human behaviour – including its relation to psychology as a whole and to adjacent disciplines – through critical appraisal of the core theoretical and empirical subject matter of social psychology. You will also develop your knowledge and understating of the social and historical context of contemporary psychology and examine the key conceptual frameworks that inform psychological theory and practice.

You will choose an option from Masters level courses within the Department of Psychology, subject to availability and timetable constraints. A practice-based option module is Work Experience in a Psychological Setting for MSc students. Other options may change each year, and in 2017/18 will include: Individual Differences: Health, Stress and Disease; Developing Communication Styles for Professionals; and Psychology Literature Project (critically evaluating the literature on a chosen topic).

Entry Requirements

We normally consider applications from graduates with a recognised university degree at Upper-Second Class Honours level or above (or equivalent). Applicants who have taken an Honours programme but only obtained a pass/ordinary/aegrotat degree will not be eligible for the course. As statistical procedures are a key element of Psychology, we require applicants to demonstrate competence in mathematics, for example through having obtained GSCE mathematics (or equivalent). We also encourage applicants to provide evidence of interest in the discipline of psychology and reflection on the ways that their experience to date would enable them to succeed at Masters level.

If your first language is not English, an attainment of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent must be demonstrated. The University offers pre-sessional summer programmes if you need to improve your English before starting your course. Students from all backgrounds, irrespective of age, gender, sexuality or ethnic/cultural background are encouraged to apply.

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We normally consider applications from graduates with a recognised university degree at Upper-Second Class Honours level or above (or equivalent). Applicants who have taken an Honours programme but only obtained a pass/ordinary/aegrotat degree will not be eligible for the course. As statistical procedures are a key element of Psychology, we require applicants to demonstrate competence in mathematics, for example through having obtained GSCE mathematics (or equivalent). We also encourage applicants to provide evidence of interest in the discipline of psychology and reflection on the ways that their experience to date would enable them to succeed at Masters level.

If your first language is not English, an attainment of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent must be demonstrated. The University offers pre-sessional summer programmes if you need to improve your English before starting your course. Students from all backgrounds, irrespective of age, gender, sexuality or ethnic/cultural background are encouraged to apply.

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What our students say

Jessica Bond

Psychology MSc

I found the last few weeks of [the autumn] term i.e. finishing the coursework and revision, very intense ... But, I wouldn't want to give the impression that I thought it was too intense. I would expect an MSc course to be so and in fact, I suppose that I am in some ways reassured by the work required to get a decent grade. I want to feel like my £9k reflects a rigorous training and that my 1-yr MSc can legitimately compete with a 3-year BSc, or indeed other psychology masters.

Sarah Martin

Psychology MSc

Westminster's MSc is a comprehensive course that gives you a fantastic grounding in psychology. The full time program is only a year long, and in that time you learn a great deal of both the theories and practical skills needed for a career in a psychological field. What really sets this course apart, however, is the brilliant support given by expert tutors and course lecturers. There is a lot of information to process in a very short time, but those supporting me ensured that I have all the encouragement and advice I needed to achieve.

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Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,500 (Price per academic year)

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Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

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International tuition fee: £13,500 (Price per academic year)

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This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

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The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

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