Psychology Conversion MSc
Course code C810
What is special about this course?
Are you interested in the science of human behaviour and thought? Are you thinking about a career change or interested in how psychology might contribute to your existing career or interest? If so, this MSc Psychology Conversion programme is ideal.
This British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited online course will provide you with a broad and critical awareness of psychological theory and practice. Throughout the course, you will develop an understanding of what drives people's behaviour, why we are unique and in what ways we are the same. You will explore the theories which explain human behaviour and how they are relevant in today's society.
You will examine the core fields of psychology, including biological, individual differences, cognitive, social, and developmental psychology, as set out by the British Psychological Society. Learning in these core domains will be supported by an exploration of research methods.
Alongside acquiring the key concepts and core knowledge of psychology, you will build strong project management, analytical (including statistical analysis) and report-writing skills. Your learning experience will culminate in a substantial research project/dissertation, for which you will have support from your supervisor.
On successful completion of the programme you will be eligible to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS. This allows you to apply for further masters-level study in specialised vocational areas of psychology.
The majority of the course is held online, but there are also two face-to-face blocks which are held in Inverness in August/September (two days) and March/April (up to five days). Attendance at these is compulsory to be eligible for BPS registration on graduation.
- The course is mainly delivered online, which means you can fit your studies around your work and personal commitments wherever you are, with the exception of the two face-to-face elements
- The written Learning Resources are supplemented by online discussions and tutorials, which help to reinforce your understanding of topics. You should allow time to take part in these regularly.
- On successful completion of the full MSc programme you will be eligible to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS. This allows you to go on to further masters-level study in specialised vocational areas of psychology.
- An undergraduate honours degree in any subject
- An ordinary degree with at least 120 credits of masters level study will also be considered
- You must be resident in the UK during term-time
- This course is not open to international students who require a Student Route visa to study in Scotland
You will study three core modules:
- The individual in contemporary society OR another option module at Level 10 or 11 (dependent on your previous psychological study)
- Social and evolutionary psychology OR Development psychology: Birth to Death
- Advance research methods
You will study three core modules:
- Cognitive psychology and intelligence
- Developmental psychology: from birth to death OR Social and evolutionary psychology
- Behavioural neuroscience
To achieve the award of MSc you must complete the six core modules for the PgCert and PgDip, plus a research project or dissertation.
How will I study my course?
- You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
- Part-time (structured)
- You will have regular support from your tutors and peers through online discussions and tutorials for each module. You will be expected to contribute to these on a weekly basis as part of your learning
- You must attend two face-to-face, taught components. The first, your induction, is held in August/September and takes place over a Friday and Saturday. The second, known as the residential, takes place at the end of March, usually from Monday to Thursday. Part-time students will be required to attend the residential during their second year of study; unstructured part-time students are not required to attend but may do so in their third year if they choose to.
- The induction and residential are held in Inverness and attendance is compulsory for completion of your degree to meet the requirements of the British Psychological Society. You will be responsible for your travel and accommodation costs.
How long will my course last?
- Full-time: 18 months
- Part-time (structured): 3 years
There is a maximum period of six years for completion of masters-level study.
You should allow 30-45 hours a week for full-time study, with the higher time commitment being particularly necessary around assignment submission times.
Where can I study my course?
For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
- EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
- EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
- EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
|Per module (20 credits)||£560||£722|
|Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits)||£1,680||£2,166|
|Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits)||£3,360||£4,332|
|Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation)||£5,000||£6,500|
Rest of UK students
For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) or assessed as rest of the UK for fee status, the following fees apply:
|Per module (20 credits)||£650||£722|
|Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits)||£1,950||£2,166|
|Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits)||£3,900||£4,332|
|Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits)||£5,850||£6,500|
Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.
This course is not available to students domiciled outside of the UK or for international students requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK. For students living in the UK and assessed as international fee status, the following fees will apply:
This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
|Per module (20 credits)||£980||£1,010|
|Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits)||£2,940||£3,030|
|Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits)||£5,880||£6,060|
|Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation)||£8,820||£9,090|
A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international postgraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.
Eligible Scotland-domiciled students studying full-time can access loans up to £10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500.
Eligible Scotland-domiciled students studying part-time can apply for a tuition fee loan from SAAS. You must be intending to complete the course in no longer than twice the length of time it would take for a full-time student. For example, if your course is available to full-time students as a one-year programme, you will be funded for a maximum of two years' part-time study. If your course does not have a full-time option, you must complete within three years. You can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5,500, which will be paid pro-rata for each academic year of study.
Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.
Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company.
- The induction and residential are held in Inverness and are compulsory for completion of your degree to meet the requirements of the British Psychological Society. You will be responsible for your travel and accommodation costs.
What can I do on completion of my course?
On successful completion of the masters you will be eligible to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartership (GB) with the British Psychological Society. This allows you to go on to further masters level study in specialised vocational areas of psychology or to apply for posts requiring an undergraduate degree in Psychology.
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