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Psychology Master (Conversion) distance learning

Psychology Master (Conversion) distance learning

Ater getting my bachelors degree in communications and working for a few years i discovered Psychology as kind of my hobby and read alot of books and visited some courses. Now I want to get things a little bit more professional and get a Masters degree in the field. Now I need some opinions, expierences and recommendations.

-> Have you done a Psy. distance learning degree an can recommend it? ( or know of good/ affordable degrees?)

-> Do you think a Conversion Master can work in a field like Psychology?

-> Are their kinds of Psychology Masters I should be aware of?

-> Do you know any good ressources I can draw Information from? (Of course I googled the topic already, but information is suprisingly limited and rather shallow)

Just as a side note, Iam from Europe and the search is basically worldwide, so not limited to distance learning within the US (seems to be a common perception… )

Thanks in advance, I hope you can help me take a step forward in this way :)


Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.

Teaching format

You will be taught through a combination of formal lectures, seminars, practical exercises and workshops.

You will spend time working on your own, reading assigned texts and researching supporting materials, as well as working with others in seminars to discuss and present your work.

There will also be opportunities to attend seminars from visiting scholars on a wide variety of topics in Education.

A member of teaching staff will act as your supervisor throughout the degree to help guide your studies and monitor your progress.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Department of Education on Campus West. Teaching for this course takes place at various locations on Campus West, including Alcuin and Derwent Colleges, the Department of Biology, the Library and the Spring Lane teaching building.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

We use a number of assessment types including:

Throughout your course you'll complete assignments and exercises which don't count towards your final grade. The marks and feedback you receive for these will help you understand your strengths and identify areas for improvement.


Psychology MSc

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), our online MSc Psychology course is ideally suited to anyone who is looking to take the next step and pursue a career in psychology, bringing you one step closer to becoming a chartered psychologist.

Our online MSc Psychology conversion programme is designed for those who wish to specialise in psychology, giving you the opportunity to learn the distinctive range, depth and integration of skills, knowledge and applications of psychology. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the core areas of psychology required by the BPS including biological, cognitive, developmental, individual differences, and social psychology and the links between them.

This course alone will not allow you to practice but provides an opportunity for a non-psychology graduate, or a graduate from a non-BPS accredited course, to meet one of the entry requirements for a postgraduate programme of professional training in Health, Sport, Clinical, Counselling, Occupational, Educational or Forensic Psychology. By completing this course you will be conferred Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). You may also be looking to study this course as part of your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) or to enhance your career employability and general knowledge.

Obtaining GBC keeps open the widest range of training, development and employment opportunities in psychology. Completion of an accredited programme, moreover, offers graduates a clear route to Society membership, and therefore access to the full range of membership benefits, including services, publications, conferences, training and networking opportunities.

Choose an online MSc in Psychology to obtain GBC

The MSc can be completed in 2-3 years and gives you the opportunity to further explore the breadth of this exciting subject by studying one of our optional modules*. Completion of this programme will confer Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). You may also be looking to study our Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology before completing the full MSc in Psychology.

What skills will I develop?

During the course you will gain a scientific understanding of the mind, brain and behaviour, and how they interact with the complex environments in which they exist. You will be given the ability to critically evaluate methodologies and collect and interpret primary and secondary empirical data, using both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

You will also learn how to apply critical, analytical and creative abilities in scholarly thinking, problem solving, and communication to course material, and develop a comprehensive understanding of the scientific underpinnings of psychology as a discipline, its historical origins, development, and limitations.

Free student membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS)

To show our commitment to our students, we are always looking for new ways to improve our students’ experience. By enrolling onto the programme, you will be eligible for free full BPS student membership for the duration of your studies.

Please note: Free BPS membership is not available to students in receipt of Ministry of Defence Enhanced Learning Credit Scheme (ELC).

A talk from our Academic Lead

Our Academic Lead for Psychology, Dr Gulcan Garip, talks about our Psychology Postgraduate Diploma course in this video.


Psychology (Conversion) MSc

Enhance your knowledge and skills on our MSc Psychology, which is accredited by the British Psychological Society. Our Masters course is perfect if you have an undergraduate degree, and want to get Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society - or simply learn more about psychology.

Full description

Psychology and the exploration of the mind has been discussed for millennia, although it&rsquos still young as a practice. This course will help you develop the scientific understanding of the different perspectives and theoretical approaches within the core areas of psychology, and the relations between them.

You&rsquoll learn how psychology is influenced by many different factors. Through our modules you&rsquoll see how physiology can influence someone, with the way our bodies react to the chemicals they create, the impact of external influences, like society, how different languages change the way you look at the world, and the importance of childhood development.

You&rsquoll also learn how to design research projects, from the first idea through to how to make it work, explore different research methods, and gain the skills to manage a project ethically and professionally. You&rsquoll design and conduct your own research project, and acquire all the skills required by the British Psychological Society (BPS) to register with them as a graduate member (in order to be eligible to register you will need an overall pass mark of 50% in your degree).

Study under the guidance of research-active lecturers, with a passion for psychology and for helping their students reach their potential.

We welcome all students to this course, whether you have studied some psychology in the past or if you are new to this field. If you have studied some psychology in the past, you may be have to revisit some topics you have covered.


Modules

Positive Psychology and Wellbeing

Psychology has historically focused on what we call ‘a deficit approach’ to understanding human behaviour. This means that we tend to focus on what is going wrong and try to fix that problem. This approach, however, ignores a vast wealth of positive experiences. New thinking in the field has triggered a shift in focus towards developing a greater understanding of what works. In this module students will explore positive psychological phenomena such as resilience, growth, flow and how those relate to personal well-being and performance.

Social Psychology

This module is designed to offer an insight into how people construct a notion of who they are – their self, and how that self operates in a social world. You will critically explore classic studies in light of ethical and methodological issues with a view to understanding how observations, interpretations and reactions to social situations influence self-development and ongoing behaviour. By exploring the roles that attitudes and conformity play in determining which feature of the self is present in different situations, you will learn to understand why some parts of ‘the self’ are consistent across all situations.

Applying critical thinking, this module will also assess the role of persuasion and conformity in modern behaviour, for example through the lens of fake news, through an examination of the self in group situations such as teams, cults and sports groups or through an examination of the self in times of negative interactions (e.g., divorce). A common thread across all these explorations will be to adopt innovative assessment and current theories as a means of understanding applied behaviour, whilst considering more traditional approaches and qualitative analyses to understand human social interaction.

The module will equip you with knowledge and critical thinking skills that are adaptable to many different human exchanges and interactions. Developing both a breadth and depth of understanding, you will be able to apply your knowledge to your own self-identity, personal branding and relationships with others.

Personality, Ability and Individual Differences

What makes us tick? Have you ever noticed that you approach some things in your life differently to other people? Have you ever watched a celebrity and wondered why they do the things they do or keep making the same mistakes? By taking a critical look at issues such as personality, our preferred ways of looking at and approaching the world, intelligence, emotions, and persuasion this module will consider what has changed since the study of this extensive field began and delve into ideas about what makes us unique and what unites us as human beings. Through examining issues like contemporary approaches to measuring intelligence and personality, you will gain a critical understanding of the ways in which humans are likely to behave in certain situations. You will also gain an understanding of contemporary issues in behavioural change and understand how we might go about getting someone to change their behaviour (and if that is even possible).

The Psychology of Learning

This module will take you on a journey through historical approaches to learning through to how learning occurs in contemporary settings across the lifespan. You will discover a range of approaches to learning, evaluating their evidence base in light of the diverse needs and approaches of the learners themselves. You will explore a range of culturally and socially diverse educational settings and interventions from the vantage point of both learners and educators, and critically consider the evidence base for educational interventions.

The Psychology of Everyday Life

Often, psychologists have been referred to as ivory tower thinkers who are busy coming up with theories that are very focused on specific human behaviours. In this module, you will learn to use those theories to consider a range of human behaviours in a very applied and combined psychological approach. You will apply a critical theoretical approach to individually driven behaviours such as addictions, dieting, eating and exercising, but will also explore behaviours such as aggression and violence. Using cognitive, biological and neuropsychological approaches, questions of why some people are more predisposed to the psychological experiences of stress and anxiety than others, and if there are social constructs that drive them will be considered.
You will further explore the applicability of this integrated approach in understanding less focused and more generalised everyday behaviours such as pet ownership and shopping. This will give you an insight into the transferability of ‘ivory tower thinking’ in explaining a range of everyday human activities and develop in you the lateral and design thinking skills, essential for the future job market.

The Psychology of Social Interaction

Have you ever wondered what psychological features play a role in all of your relationships? This module will help you unpick all of the different types of relationships humans hold those between two, a few, and a large group of people. You will explore what role individual characteristics play in who you choose as a life partner, a friend or even a ‘frenemy’. You will use historical and modern theories to explore the differences between friendships, romantic relationships and group dynamics as well as exploring how humans move these relationships between online and offline spaces. Looking at modern applied social interaction theories, you will consider the human need to belong across all types of relationship in general. You will also learn how to apply theories to more specific types of relationships such as those within a sports team. Exploring inter-relational facets of human relationships alongside dilemmas such as loneliness and social isolation, on completion of this module, you will have gained a critical understanding of how relationships are made, maintained and dissolved.

Cyberpsychology

Using the Internet for all types of human behaviour, from school to work, to gaming and social interactions, has never been more prevalent than in a current post-pandemic modern world. Cyberpsychology is arguably the newest subject area within psychology to emerge to make sense of humans’ increasing use of, interaction with, and reliance on, all forms of technology.

This module explores different approaches to explaining peoples’ digital behaviours, the influences of people on technology and vice versa. You will explore why we need a wide and varied psychological approach to understanding the different things people do online by learning about both the more well-known online behaviours such as social networking, social media, and online relationships, and by developing your knowledge of why digital behaviour can vary hugely from offline behaviour. You will analyse how online interactions can facilitate a wide range of favourable relationships and social interactions, but also the whys and wherefores of the nefarious intentions and the motivations that drive more negative activities associated with cybercrime. Given the diversity of skills needed to understand online behaviour, you will also gain an insight into the psychology related to software development and keeping people safe online.

Distance Leadership and Virtual Teams

What is different about virtual teamwork and leadership? Many of us have recently experienced a situation novel to us when having to interact with our teams and managers in a virtual environment, but businesses have utilised distance leadership and virtual teams for decades, with varying degrees of success. There are many reasons why an organisation may need to operate with geographically dispersed teams, with many historical practices being driven more by organisational needs and resources than a sound evidence base. The global Covid-19 pandemic has thrown telecommuting, technological advances and personal and psychological challenges into the limelight. This module will critically examine the evidence base for distance leadership practices as well as working in virtual teams and ask what organisations can do to enhance distance leadership and virtual team working.

Development Through the Human Lifespan

Across the lifespan, people face several changes to their thinking style and reasoning, from infancy and early childhood, right through to adulthood and old age. It is natural to be curious about how these changes differ between cultures and groups, and how our individual circumstances shape how we approach the world. This module not only presents theories of typical and atypical development across the lifespan, but also how circumstances such as adversity, culture and sexual orientation can shape our experiences throughout our lives as we develop and age.

Research Methods and Statistics

This module will equip you with knowledge and training to be able to conduct psychological research ethically and responsibly. It introduces the use of critical thinking to develop independent research and study design that can be used to inform your self-directed dissertation project. You will learn how to statistically analyse human behaviour through research and will gain transferable skills that will be useful to a wide range of professions.

Dissertation

You will conduct your own piece of psychological research, investigating a phenomenon of psychological interest that is developed into an answerable research question. Working with a supervisor to design and conduct research of the highest ethical standards, you will learn how to critically evaluate an existing evidence base, gather data and apply comprehensive analysis techniques to establish your findings, resulting in a report of your research ready for dissemination.

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)

A postgraduate qualification is an investment in your future. There is no doubt that studying for a postgraduate qualification can help your career prospects &ndash you will gain the deeper knowledge and high end skills and that will set you apart. Studying with us gives a clear signal to employers. It demonstrates that you have the spark, ambition and commitment to take your career to the next level. Your employer will also benefit directly from your newly acquired understanding and capabilities.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you &ndash by email, phone or skype &ndash with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience and more. From registration to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.


Modules

There are four compulsory modules in each semester plus a dissertation in the spring semester. Each module is worth 15 credits. The dissertation is worth 60 credits.

Social, Historical, Cultural and Institutional Contexts of Psychology

This module explores the scientific underpinnings of psychology as a discipline, its historical origins, development, socio-cultural & institutional contexts and limitations. The module introduces students to the multiple paradigms, theoretical perspectives and methods of analysis in psychology and explores the differences and/or complementarities between them as well as relevant ethical issues. Module content includes: - Psychology as a science: Conceptual and historical paradigms & models. - Social and cultural contexts of psychology & indigenous and cross-cultural approaches. - Ethical issues in psychology and education. - Institutional contexts, feminism & socio-political issues in psychology and education.

The module explores different paradigms of psychological and educational research, with a focus on qualitative methodologies and research designs, such as interviews, content and discourse analysis, case studies, observation and visual methods. It also considers research ethics. Module content includes: - Epistemological paradigms and general methodological principles: Positivism, empiricism, interpretivism. - Classic approaches, recent trends, case studies, action research, longitudinal research, big data. - Research proposals, research questions and research designs. - Ethics. - Collecting oral data: interviews and focus group discussions - Coding & analysing interview data: grounded theory, content and discourse analysis - Observation, visual methods and mixed-methodological designs.

The module explores different paradigms of psychological and educational research, with a focus on quantitative methodologies and research designs, such as statistical analysis experimental and quasi-experimental designs, psychometric theories and scale construction, and surveys. Module content includes: - Quantitative research principles, research variables, survey, questionnaire design & quantitative data collection - Experimental and quasi-experimental research designs - General principles of psychometrics, test theory, item response theory, measurement techniques & scale development - SPSS, inferential and descriptive statistics parametric and non-parametric tests, - Correlational design, ANOVA, Two-way ANOVA and factor analysis Mixed-methodological designs

This module explores major theories and key debates concerning the study of human mind and cognition. It considers psychometric measures of cognitive performance as well as case studies requiring contextual analysis and ethical understanding. Module content includes: - Perception, attention, memory - Thinking & language, problem solving and decision making- Cognitive styles, intelligence & cognitive psychological testing - Consciousness, social cognition & emotion - Metacognition, current debates & implications for learning & education

This module explores the fundamental biological mechanisms underlying human and animal behaviour. It also considers laboratory research methodologies and critically examines the relevance of bio-psychological and neuroscientific knowledge for education. Module content includes: - Introduction: Education & neuroscience - Behavioural genetics, heredity, comparative and evolutionary psychology - Psychobiology, biological bases of human & non-human behaviour, hormones and behaviour, socio-biology - Neuroimaging, cognitive & evolutionary neuroscience

This module explores multiple perspectives to psychology and education relating to the study of human difference, personality, disability and gender, race and ethnicity. It also considers practical, theoretical and ethical issues associated with the use of personality tests. Module content includes: - Personality theory, measurements & applications - Individual differences - Motivation - Mood disorders/ mental health: biological, cognitive & socio-cultural dimensions - Disability, impairment and SEN - Gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity - Difference & ethics in educational settings

This module explores major theories and key aspects of human development from infancy to adulthood in a variety of cultural settings. It also considers case studies & key developmental tests and the application of developmental psychological knowledge in contemporary multi-cultural and global educational, upbringing and institutional contexts. Module content includes: - Emotional development & parenting cultures - Cognitive development, learning & language - Moral development - Typical and atypical development in multi-cultural societies

This module explores classic and recent social psychological theory and research. It examines social psychological processes in a variety of educational, psychological, multi-professional and digital contexts as well as the implications of psychological research for social policy and professional practice. Module content includes: - Attitudes, perception of the self, social perception, attribution - Group processes and intergroup relations - Identities, social cognition, social constructionism and professional services in on/offline spaces - Leadership & multi-professional teamwork for integrated children’s services & ethical issues

In this module, students are supported in planning and carrying out a piece of original research and in writing a dissertation of 15,000 to 20,000 words in length. The research will be empirical, utilize either qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods and explore psychological topics in relation to education and upbringing. The dissertation offers a space for synthesising knowledge from the different modules, and pursuing in more detail an area of interest for the student.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research funding changes professional accreditation requirements student or employer feedback outcomes of reviews and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.


Careers

This course provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society, which is the first necessary step towards becoming a professional psychologist. Having obtained GBC, students can then pursue a career in specialist area such as Clinical, Forensic, Health, Occupational, Counselling, Sport and Exercise, or Educational and Child Psychology with a view to becoming a Chartered Clinical, Forensic, Health, Occupational, or Counselling Psychologist.


Everything you need to know

Entry requirements

Applicants should have at least a second class honours degree and Maths, English Language & Science GCSE grade C or an equivalent award. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional you can download our reference template for completion. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements.

Psychology (Conversion Award & Distance Learning)

Entry requirements

Applicants should have at least a second class honours degree and Maths, English Language & Science GCSE grade C or an equivalent award. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional you can download our reference template for completion. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements.

Selection Criteria

We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

IELTS

IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.

Mature Applicants:

Our university welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. If you have recent relevant work experience and/or professional qualifications, we may be able to consider you for entry through our &lsquoRecognition of Prior Learning&rsquo policy. Please ensure that you list both your qualifications and relevant work experience in your application.

All applicants should meet our standard entry requirements of GCSE grade C in English language and, where specified, Maths. Alternative qualifications such as functional skills are accepted in lieu of GCSEs for most courses.

Teaching & Learning

Independent study is a crucial part of learning at university and you will be required to undertake many hours of self-directed research and reading, and preparation and writing of assessments. Your course is delivered through a number of modules, which will help you to plan your time and establish a study routine. Outside of your lectures, workshops and tutorials, a range of support is available to assist with your independent study. Our subject-specific librarians will be on hand to direct you to the specialist learning and study-skill resources. You&rsquoll also be assigned an academic advisor to give you tailored feedback and support.

Our silver status in the latest Teaching Excellence Framework, reflects our commitment to deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.

Psychology (Conversion Award & Distance Learning)

Teaching & Learning

Overall workload

Each module on our distance learning courses is individually designed to maximise your learning so study requirements will vary. As a guideline you will need to allocate around 10 hours per week to complete each module plus a further five hours for additional reading and assignments. These 10 hours of teaching and learning will be delivered using a range of interactive resources, this typically includes audio and video content, group discussions, reflective exercises, quizzes, online reading and much more. All these resources are delivered through our Virtual Learning Environment and can be accessed at a time and place that suits you.

Distance learning

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

To study this course, you will require broadband internet connection with a speed of 2mbps and working speakers. You will need Windows 7 / Mac OSX 10.8 or above and have access to Chrome v64=3 or higher (recommended). Edge v42+, Firefox v57+ or Safari v6+. Java and Adobe Reader will need to be enabled and you will need a minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768.

Complete technical requirements are detail in the full guide. Visit our distance learning website

What you'll learn

Fees & Funding

Studying part-time gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace. Because of this, our tuition fees are calculated using credit points. Each module you study has a credit point value. Most modules have a credit point value of 20. The tuition fee for students entering in in 2021/22 on this course is £833.40 for each 20 credit point module. For modules with a different credit point value their cost can be calculated by multiplying the credit value of the module by the cost per credit point of £41.67. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation.

Studying part-time gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace. Because of this, our tuition fees are calculated using credit points. Each module you study has a credit point value. Most modules have a credit point value of 20. The tuition fee for students entering in in 2021/22 on this course is £833.40 for each 20 credit point module. For modules with a different credit point value their cost can be calculated by multiplying the credit value of the module by the cost per credit point of £41.67. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation.

Psychology (Conversion Award & Distance Learning)

Fees & Funding

Studying part-time gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace. Because of this, our tuition fees are calculated using credit points. Each module you study has a credit point value. Most modules have a credit point value of 20. The tuition fee for students entering in in 2021/22 on this course is £833.40 for each 20 credit point module. For modules with a different credit point value their cost can be calculated by multiplying the credit value of the module by the cost per credit point of £41.67. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation.

Additional course costs

Tuition Fees

Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC,laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are &lsquoessential&rsquo additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or &lsquooptional&rsquo additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Essential Costs
  • Summer School visit: you will need to pay the cost of travel and accommodation for a one-week summer school at our City Campus in order to complete compulsory lab time to obtain British Psychological Society (BPS) Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC)
  • Travel, accommodation and sustenance associated with your dissertation, research projects or data collection (the cost will vary depending on your topic and individual project and you could choose to undertake a project that does not have any associated costs or conduct it in a cost-effective manner)
Optional Costs

Other study-related expenses to consider: materials that you will need to complete your course such as books (whilst the library provides access to readings recommended for your modules, you may wish to purchase your own copies of some books) you can also make suggestions for books to be added to Library stock placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs) student visas (international students only) printing, photocopying and stationery (you may need to pay for multiple copies of your dissertation or final project to be printed and bound) events associated with your course such as field trips study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations). Other costs could include academic conferences (travel costs) and professional-body membership (where applicable). The costs you will need to cover for graduation will include gown hire and guest tickets, and optional extras such as professional photography.

As well as your mobile phone, you will also need access to a desktop computer and/or laptop to complete assignments and access university online services such as MyBeckett, your virtual learning environment. You can book and borrow AV equipment through the media equipment service accessed online via the student hub and located in the library at each campus. Equipment includes: 360 Cameras, iPads, GoPros, MacBooks, portable data projectors, portable projection screens, flipchart stands, remote presenters, digital cameras and camcorders, SLR cameras, speakers, microphones, headphones, headsets, tripods, digital audio recorders and PC/laptops (a laptop loans service is provided on campus in the library on both campuses). Student laptops are also available from the laptop lockers located in the libraries.

This list is not exhaustive, costs are approximate and will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental, travel or living costs are also in addition to your course fees. If you choose to study via distance learning, you may not be able to access all of the facilities listed if you are not able to visit us on campus.


Qualification Minimum grade
a bachelor's degree / Specialist Diploma3.5 or above

If you already hold a postgraduate qualification, please see our Applying for additional postgraduate degrees Help and Advice article.

If you don't meet our standard entry requirements, you can take one of the foundation pathways at our partners ONCAMPUS Sunderland. Find out more information and whether your course is eligible on our ONCAMPUS page.

If your qualification is not listed above, please contact the Student Administration team at [email protected] for further advice.

We usually require applicants to hold at least a second class honours degree in any subject. This course is designed to be a conversion course for those who do not already hold the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society.

The course is therefore not suitable if you have already achieved an honours degree in psychology.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.


Careers

This course provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society, which is the first necessary step towards becoming a professional psychologist. Having obtained GBC, students can then pursue a career in specialist area such as Clinical, Forensic, Health, Occupational, Counselling, Sport and Exercise, or Educational and Child Psychology with a view to becoming a Chartered Clinical, Forensic, Health, Occupational, or Counselling Psychologist.


Modules

There are four compulsory modules in each semester plus a dissertation in the spring semester. Each module is worth 15 credits. The dissertation is worth 60 credits.

Social, Historical, Cultural and Institutional Contexts of Psychology

This module explores the scientific underpinnings of psychology as a discipline, its historical origins, development, socio-cultural & institutional contexts and limitations. The module introduces students to the multiple paradigms, theoretical perspectives and methods of analysis in psychology and explores the differences and/or complementarities between them as well as relevant ethical issues. Module content includes: - Psychology as a science: Conceptual and historical paradigms & models. - Social and cultural contexts of psychology & indigenous and cross-cultural approaches. - Ethical issues in psychology and education. - Institutional contexts, feminism & socio-political issues in psychology and education.

The module explores different paradigms of psychological and educational research, with a focus on qualitative methodologies and research designs, such as interviews, content and discourse analysis, case studies, observation and visual methods. It also considers research ethics. Module content includes: - Epistemological paradigms and general methodological principles: Positivism, empiricism, interpretivism. - Classic approaches, recent trends, case studies, action research, longitudinal research, big data. - Research proposals, research questions and research designs. - Ethics. - Collecting oral data: interviews and focus group discussions - Coding & analysing interview data: grounded theory, content and discourse analysis - Observation, visual methods and mixed-methodological designs.

The module explores different paradigms of psychological and educational research, with a focus on quantitative methodologies and research designs, such as statistical analysis experimental and quasi-experimental designs, psychometric theories and scale construction, and surveys. Module content includes: - Quantitative research principles, research variables, survey, questionnaire design & quantitative data collection - Experimental and quasi-experimental research designs - General principles of psychometrics, test theory, item response theory, measurement techniques & scale development - SPSS, inferential and descriptive statistics parametric and non-parametric tests, - Correlational design, ANOVA, Two-way ANOVA and factor analysis Mixed-methodological designs

This module explores major theories and key debates concerning the study of human mind and cognition. It considers psychometric measures of cognitive performance as well as case studies requiring contextual analysis and ethical understanding. Module content includes: - Perception, attention, memory - Thinking & language, problem solving and decision making- Cognitive styles, intelligence & cognitive psychological testing - Consciousness, social cognition & emotion - Metacognition, current debates & implications for learning & education

This module explores the fundamental biological mechanisms underlying human and animal behaviour. It also considers laboratory research methodologies and critically examines the relevance of bio-psychological and neuroscientific knowledge for education. Module content includes: - Introduction: Education & neuroscience - Behavioural genetics, heredity, comparative and evolutionary psychology - Psychobiology, biological bases of human & non-human behaviour, hormones and behaviour, socio-biology - Neuroimaging, cognitive & evolutionary neuroscience

This module explores multiple perspectives to psychology and education relating to the study of human difference, personality, disability and gender, race and ethnicity. It also considers practical, theoretical and ethical issues associated with the use of personality tests. Module content includes: - Personality theory, measurements & applications - Individual differences - Motivation - Mood disorders/ mental health: biological, cognitive & socio-cultural dimensions - Disability, impairment and SEN - Gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity - Difference & ethics in educational settings

This module explores major theories and key aspects of human development from infancy to adulthood in a variety of cultural settings. It also considers case studies & key developmental tests and the application of developmental psychological knowledge in contemporary multi-cultural and global educational, upbringing and institutional contexts. Module content includes: - Emotional development & parenting cultures - Cognitive development, learning & language - Moral development - Typical and atypical development in multi-cultural societies

This module explores classic and recent social psychological theory and research. It examines social psychological processes in a variety of educational, psychological, multi-professional and digital contexts as well as the implications of psychological research for social policy and professional practice. Module content includes: - Attitudes, perception of the self, social perception, attribution - Group processes and intergroup relations - Identities, social cognition, social constructionism and professional services in on/offline spaces - Leadership & multi-professional teamwork for integrated children’s services & ethical issues

In this module, students are supported in planning and carrying out a piece of original research and in writing a dissertation of 15,000 to 20,000 words in length. The research will be empirical, utilize either qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods and explore psychological topics in relation to education and upbringing. The dissertation offers a space for synthesising knowledge from the different modules, and pursuing in more detail an area of interest for the student.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research funding changes professional accreditation requirements student or employer feedback outcomes of reviews and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.


Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.

Teaching format

You will be taught through a combination of formal lectures, seminars, practical exercises and workshops.

You will spend time working on your own, reading assigned texts and researching supporting materials, as well as working with others in seminars to discuss and present your work.

There will also be opportunities to attend seminars from visiting scholars on a wide variety of topics in Education.

A member of teaching staff will act as your supervisor throughout the degree to help guide your studies and monitor your progress.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Department of Education on Campus West. Teaching for this course takes place at various locations on Campus West, including Alcuin and Derwent Colleges, the Department of Biology, the Library and the Spring Lane teaching building.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

We use a number of assessment types including:

Throughout your course you'll complete assignments and exercises which don't count towards your final grade. The marks and feedback you receive for these will help you understand your strengths and identify areas for improvement.


A postgraduate qualification is an investment in your future. There is no doubt that studying for a postgraduate qualification can help your career prospects &ndash you will gain the deeper knowledge and high end skills and that will set you apart. Studying with us gives a clear signal to employers. It demonstrates that you have the spark, ambition and commitment to take your career to the next level. Your employer will also benefit directly from your newly acquired understanding and capabilities.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you &ndash by email, phone or skype &ndash with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience and more. From registration to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.


Modules

Positive Psychology and Wellbeing

Psychology has historically focused on what we call ‘a deficit approach’ to understanding human behaviour. This means that we tend to focus on what is going wrong and try to fix that problem. This approach, however, ignores a vast wealth of positive experiences. New thinking in the field has triggered a shift in focus towards developing a greater understanding of what works. In this module students will explore positive psychological phenomena such as resilience, growth, flow and how those relate to personal well-being and performance.

Social Psychology

This module is designed to offer an insight into how people construct a notion of who they are – their self, and how that self operates in a social world. You will critically explore classic studies in light of ethical and methodological issues with a view to understanding how observations, interpretations and reactions to social situations influence self-development and ongoing behaviour. By exploring the roles that attitudes and conformity play in determining which feature of the self is present in different situations, you will learn to understand why some parts of ‘the self’ are consistent across all situations.

Applying critical thinking, this module will also assess the role of persuasion and conformity in modern behaviour, for example through the lens of fake news, through an examination of the self in group situations such as teams, cults and sports groups or through an examination of the self in times of negative interactions (e.g., divorce). A common thread across all these explorations will be to adopt innovative assessment and current theories as a means of understanding applied behaviour, whilst considering more traditional approaches and qualitative analyses to understand human social interaction.

The module will equip you with knowledge and critical thinking skills that are adaptable to many different human exchanges and interactions. Developing both a breadth and depth of understanding, you will be able to apply your knowledge to your own self-identity, personal branding and relationships with others.

Personality, Ability and Individual Differences

What makes us tick? Have you ever noticed that you approach some things in your life differently to other people? Have you ever watched a celebrity and wondered why they do the things they do or keep making the same mistakes? By taking a critical look at issues such as personality, our preferred ways of looking at and approaching the world, intelligence, emotions, and persuasion this module will consider what has changed since the study of this extensive field began and delve into ideas about what makes us unique and what unites us as human beings. Through examining issues like contemporary approaches to measuring intelligence and personality, you will gain a critical understanding of the ways in which humans are likely to behave in certain situations. You will also gain an understanding of contemporary issues in behavioural change and understand how we might go about getting someone to change their behaviour (and if that is even possible).

The Psychology of Learning

This module will take you on a journey through historical approaches to learning through to how learning occurs in contemporary settings across the lifespan. You will discover a range of approaches to learning, evaluating their evidence base in light of the diverse needs and approaches of the learners themselves. You will explore a range of culturally and socially diverse educational settings and interventions from the vantage point of both learners and educators, and critically consider the evidence base for educational interventions.

The Psychology of Everyday Life

Often, psychologists have been referred to as ivory tower thinkers who are busy coming up with theories that are very focused on specific human behaviours. In this module, you will learn to use those theories to consider a range of human behaviours in a very applied and combined psychological approach. You will apply a critical theoretical approach to individually driven behaviours such as addictions, dieting, eating and exercising, but will also explore behaviours such as aggression and violence. Using cognitive, biological and neuropsychological approaches, questions of why some people are more predisposed to the psychological experiences of stress and anxiety than others, and if there are social constructs that drive them will be considered.
You will further explore the applicability of this integrated approach in understanding less focused and more generalised everyday behaviours such as pet ownership and shopping. This will give you an insight into the transferability of ‘ivory tower thinking’ in explaining a range of everyday human activities and develop in you the lateral and design thinking skills, essential for the future job market.

The Psychology of Social Interaction

Have you ever wondered what psychological features play a role in all of your relationships? This module will help you unpick all of the different types of relationships humans hold those between two, a few, and a large group of people. You will explore what role individual characteristics play in who you choose as a life partner, a friend or even a ‘frenemy’. You will use historical and modern theories to explore the differences between friendships, romantic relationships and group dynamics as well as exploring how humans move these relationships between online and offline spaces. Looking at modern applied social interaction theories, you will consider the human need to belong across all types of relationship in general. You will also learn how to apply theories to more specific types of relationships such as those within a sports team. Exploring inter-relational facets of human relationships alongside dilemmas such as loneliness and social isolation, on completion of this module, you will have gained a critical understanding of how relationships are made, maintained and dissolved.

Cyberpsychology

Using the Internet for all types of human behaviour, from school to work, to gaming and social interactions, has never been more prevalent than in a current post-pandemic modern world. Cyberpsychology is arguably the newest subject area within psychology to emerge to make sense of humans’ increasing use of, interaction with, and reliance on, all forms of technology.

This module explores different approaches to explaining peoples’ digital behaviours, the influences of people on technology and vice versa. You will explore why we need a wide and varied psychological approach to understanding the different things people do online by learning about both the more well-known online behaviours such as social networking, social media, and online relationships, and by developing your knowledge of why digital behaviour can vary hugely from offline behaviour. You will analyse how online interactions can facilitate a wide range of favourable relationships and social interactions, but also the whys and wherefores of the nefarious intentions and the motivations that drive more negative activities associated with cybercrime. Given the diversity of skills needed to understand online behaviour, you will also gain an insight into the psychology related to software development and keeping people safe online.

Distance Leadership and Virtual Teams

What is different about virtual teamwork and leadership? Many of us have recently experienced a situation novel to us when having to interact with our teams and managers in a virtual environment, but businesses have utilised distance leadership and virtual teams for decades, with varying degrees of success. There are many reasons why an organisation may need to operate with geographically dispersed teams, with many historical practices being driven more by organisational needs and resources than a sound evidence base. The global Covid-19 pandemic has thrown telecommuting, technological advances and personal and psychological challenges into the limelight. This module will critically examine the evidence base for distance leadership practices as well as working in virtual teams and ask what organisations can do to enhance distance leadership and virtual team working.

Development Through the Human Lifespan

Across the lifespan, people face several changes to their thinking style and reasoning, from infancy and early childhood, right through to adulthood and old age. It is natural to be curious about how these changes differ between cultures and groups, and how our individual circumstances shape how we approach the world. This module not only presents theories of typical and atypical development across the lifespan, but also how circumstances such as adversity, culture and sexual orientation can shape our experiences throughout our lives as we develop and age.

Research Methods and Statistics

This module will equip you with knowledge and training to be able to conduct psychological research ethically and responsibly. It introduces the use of critical thinking to develop independent research and study design that can be used to inform your self-directed dissertation project. You will learn how to statistically analyse human behaviour through research and will gain transferable skills that will be useful to a wide range of professions.

Dissertation

You will conduct your own piece of psychological research, investigating a phenomenon of psychological interest that is developed into an answerable research question. Working with a supervisor to design and conduct research of the highest ethical standards, you will learn how to critically evaluate an existing evidence base, gather data and apply comprehensive analysis techniques to establish your findings, resulting in a report of your research ready for dissemination.

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)

Qualification Minimum grade
a bachelor's degree / Specialist Diploma3.5 or above

If you already hold a postgraduate qualification, please see our Applying for additional postgraduate degrees Help and Advice article.

If you don't meet our standard entry requirements, you can take one of the foundation pathways at our partners ONCAMPUS Sunderland. Find out more information and whether your course is eligible on our ONCAMPUS page.

If your qualification is not listed above, please contact the Student Administration team at [email protected] for further advice.

We usually require applicants to hold at least a second class honours degree in any subject. This course is designed to be a conversion course for those who do not already hold the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society.

The course is therefore not suitable if you have already achieved an honours degree in psychology.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.


Psychology MSc

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), our online MSc Psychology course is ideally suited to anyone who is looking to take the next step and pursue a career in psychology, bringing you one step closer to becoming a chartered psychologist.

Our online MSc Psychology conversion programme is designed for those who wish to specialise in psychology, giving you the opportunity to learn the distinctive range, depth and integration of skills, knowledge and applications of psychology. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the core areas of psychology required by the BPS including biological, cognitive, developmental, individual differences, and social psychology and the links between them.

This course alone will not allow you to practice but provides an opportunity for a non-psychology graduate, or a graduate from a non-BPS accredited course, to meet one of the entry requirements for a postgraduate programme of professional training in Health, Sport, Clinical, Counselling, Occupational, Educational or Forensic Psychology. By completing this course you will be conferred Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). You may also be looking to study this course as part of your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) or to enhance your career employability and general knowledge.

Obtaining GBC keeps open the widest range of training, development and employment opportunities in psychology. Completion of an accredited programme, moreover, offers graduates a clear route to Society membership, and therefore access to the full range of membership benefits, including services, publications, conferences, training and networking opportunities.

Choose an online MSc in Psychology to obtain GBC

The MSc can be completed in 2-3 years and gives you the opportunity to further explore the breadth of this exciting subject by studying one of our optional modules*. Completion of this programme will confer Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). You may also be looking to study our Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology before completing the full MSc in Psychology.

What skills will I develop?

During the course you will gain a scientific understanding of the mind, brain and behaviour, and how they interact with the complex environments in which they exist. You will be given the ability to critically evaluate methodologies and collect and interpret primary and secondary empirical data, using both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

You will also learn how to apply critical, analytical and creative abilities in scholarly thinking, problem solving, and communication to course material, and develop a comprehensive understanding of the scientific underpinnings of psychology as a discipline, its historical origins, development, and limitations.

Free student membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS)

To show our commitment to our students, we are always looking for new ways to improve our students’ experience. By enrolling onto the programme, you will be eligible for free full BPS student membership for the duration of your studies.

Please note: Free BPS membership is not available to students in receipt of Ministry of Defence Enhanced Learning Credit Scheme (ELC).

A talk from our Academic Lead

Our Academic Lead for Psychology, Dr Gulcan Garip, talks about our Psychology Postgraduate Diploma course in this video.


Everything you need to know

Entry requirements

Applicants should have at least a second class honours degree and Maths, English Language & Science GCSE grade C or an equivalent award. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional you can download our reference template for completion. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements.

Psychology (Conversion Award & Distance Learning)

Entry requirements

Applicants should have at least a second class honours degree and Maths, English Language & Science GCSE grade C or an equivalent award. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional you can download our reference template for completion. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements.

Selection Criteria

We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

IELTS

IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.

Mature Applicants:

Our university welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. If you have recent relevant work experience and/or professional qualifications, we may be able to consider you for entry through our &lsquoRecognition of Prior Learning&rsquo policy. Please ensure that you list both your qualifications and relevant work experience in your application.

All applicants should meet our standard entry requirements of GCSE grade C in English language and, where specified, Maths. Alternative qualifications such as functional skills are accepted in lieu of GCSEs for most courses.

Teaching & Learning

Independent study is a crucial part of learning at university and you will be required to undertake many hours of self-directed research and reading, and preparation and writing of assessments. Your course is delivered through a number of modules, which will help you to plan your time and establish a study routine. Outside of your lectures, workshops and tutorials, a range of support is available to assist with your independent study. Our subject-specific librarians will be on hand to direct you to the specialist learning and study-skill resources. You&rsquoll also be assigned an academic advisor to give you tailored feedback and support.

Our silver status in the latest Teaching Excellence Framework, reflects our commitment to deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.

Psychology (Conversion Award & Distance Learning)

Teaching & Learning

Overall workload

Each module on our distance learning courses is individually designed to maximise your learning so study requirements will vary. As a guideline you will need to allocate around 10 hours per week to complete each module plus a further five hours for additional reading and assignments. These 10 hours of teaching and learning will be delivered using a range of interactive resources, this typically includes audio and video content, group discussions, reflective exercises, quizzes, online reading and much more. All these resources are delivered through our Virtual Learning Environment and can be accessed at a time and place that suits you.

Distance learning

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

To study this course, you will require broadband internet connection with a speed of 2mbps and working speakers. You will need Windows 7 / Mac OSX 10.8 or above and have access to Chrome v64=3 or higher (recommended). Edge v42+, Firefox v57+ or Safari v6+. Java and Adobe Reader will need to be enabled and you will need a minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768.

Complete technical requirements are detail in the full guide. Visit our distance learning website

What you'll learn

Fees & Funding

Studying part-time gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace. Because of this, our tuition fees are calculated using credit points. Each module you study has a credit point value. Most modules have a credit point value of 20. The tuition fee for students entering in in 2021/22 on this course is £833.40 for each 20 credit point module. For modules with a different credit point value their cost can be calculated by multiplying the credit value of the module by the cost per credit point of £41.67. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation.

Studying part-time gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace. Because of this, our tuition fees are calculated using credit points. Each module you study has a credit point value. Most modules have a credit point value of 20. The tuition fee for students entering in in 2021/22 on this course is £833.40 for each 20 credit point module. For modules with a different credit point value their cost can be calculated by multiplying the credit value of the module by the cost per credit point of £41.67. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation.

Psychology (Conversion Award & Distance Learning)

Fees & Funding

Studying part-time gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace. Because of this, our tuition fees are calculated using credit points. Each module you study has a credit point value. Most modules have a credit point value of 20. The tuition fee for students entering in in 2021/22 on this course is £833.40 for each 20 credit point module. For modules with a different credit point value their cost can be calculated by multiplying the credit value of the module by the cost per credit point of £41.67. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation.

Additional course costs

Tuition Fees

Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC,laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are &lsquoessential&rsquo additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or &lsquooptional&rsquo additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Essential Costs
  • Summer School visit: you will need to pay the cost of travel and accommodation for a one-week summer school at our City Campus in order to complete compulsory lab time to obtain British Psychological Society (BPS) Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC)
  • Travel, accommodation and sustenance associated with your dissertation, research projects or data collection (the cost will vary depending on your topic and individual project and you could choose to undertake a project that does not have any associated costs or conduct it in a cost-effective manner)
Optional Costs

Other study-related expenses to consider: materials that you will need to complete your course such as books (whilst the library provides access to readings recommended for your modules, you may wish to purchase your own copies of some books) you can also make suggestions for books to be added to Library stock placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs) student visas (international students only) printing, photocopying and stationery (you may need to pay for multiple copies of your dissertation or final project to be printed and bound) events associated with your course such as field trips study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations). Other costs could include academic conferences (travel costs) and professional-body membership (where applicable). The costs you will need to cover for graduation will include gown hire and guest tickets, and optional extras such as professional photography.

As well as your mobile phone, you will also need access to a desktop computer and/or laptop to complete assignments and access university online services such as MyBeckett, your virtual learning environment. You can book and borrow AV equipment through the media equipment service accessed online via the student hub and located in the library at each campus. Equipment includes: 360 Cameras, iPads, GoPros, MacBooks, portable data projectors, portable projection screens, flipchart stands, remote presenters, digital cameras and camcorders, SLR cameras, speakers, microphones, headphones, headsets, tripods, digital audio recorders and PC/laptops (a laptop loans service is provided on campus in the library on both campuses). Student laptops are also available from the laptop lockers located in the libraries.

This list is not exhaustive, costs are approximate and will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental, travel or living costs are also in addition to your course fees. If you choose to study via distance learning, you may not be able to access all of the facilities listed if you are not able to visit us on campus.


Psychology (Conversion) MSc

Enhance your knowledge and skills on our MSc Psychology, which is accredited by the British Psychological Society. Our Masters course is perfect if you have an undergraduate degree, and want to get Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society - or simply learn more about psychology.

Full description

Psychology and the exploration of the mind has been discussed for millennia, although it&rsquos still young as a practice. This course will help you develop the scientific understanding of the different perspectives and theoretical approaches within the core areas of psychology, and the relations between them.

You&rsquoll learn how psychology is influenced by many different factors. Through our modules you&rsquoll see how physiology can influence someone, with the way our bodies react to the chemicals they create, the impact of external influences, like society, how different languages change the way you look at the world, and the importance of childhood development.

You&rsquoll also learn how to design research projects, from the first idea through to how to make it work, explore different research methods, and gain the skills to manage a project ethically and professionally. You&rsquoll design and conduct your own research project, and acquire all the skills required by the British Psychological Society (BPS) to register with them as a graduate member (in order to be eligible to register you will need an overall pass mark of 50% in your degree).

Study under the guidance of research-active lecturers, with a passion for psychology and for helping their students reach their potential.

We welcome all students to this course, whether you have studied some psychology in the past or if you are new to this field. If you have studied some psychology in the past, you may be have to revisit some topics you have covered.