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Psychology (conversion), M.Sc.

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  • 12 months
Northampton, United Kingdom
This Psychology (conversion) programme at the University of Northampton is designed for those without an undergraduate degree in Psychology, who have an interest in the subject of Psychology or are looking for a new career in Psychology.
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You will be taught by academics from the Division of Psychology with a wide ranging area of research expertise, engaging you with a diverse range of perspectives. The Psychology (conversion) programme is designed to equip you with key theoretical perspectives and practical knowledge within some of the core areas of psychology.

MSc Psychology Conversion programme at the University of Northampton is designed to equip you with key theoretical perspectives and practical knowledge within some of the core areas of psychology at Masters level.

You will study from a core curriculum within some of the key areas within psychology, through a range of modules which allow them to develop further capabilities already achieved through studying at undergraduate level such as undertaking independent research projects. The core curriculum will also provide you with a sound knowledge of theoretical, professional and policy issues in psychology.

The course is available full time or part-time. The part-time option is two years with the dissertation being submitted in January following the two years of the study. However, if you wish, and with the agreement of your supervisor, you can submit the dissertation in October of the final year of study. 

The course is flexible, and offers you choices within their programmes in accordance with personal and professional requirements. This includes a variety of modes of study and attendance through which awards can be gained.

Career opportunities

Successful completion of the programme is a recognised pathway into careers within the areas of psychological professional practice and for undertaking further academic qualifications in Psychology, i.e. PhD, Professional Doctorates.

In addition, the research skills/core modules are beneficial for student careers within both public sector and private sector organisations. Students can progress into teaching Psychology at Secondary Institutions/Further Education Institutions (please note additional teaching qualifications may be necessary). 


This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Individual Differences 
  • Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology
  • Advanced Developmental Psychology 
  • Cognitive, Biological and Neuroscience
  • Applied and Critical Social Psychology
  • Research Skills

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

     Most courses do not have formal closing dates but you are advised to apply as early as possible to secure your place.

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • You will be required to provide evidence of a GCSE Grade ‘C’ in Mathematics (or internationally recognised equivalent.)
  • You will be required to apply for a DBS check before being permitted to engage in the dissertation research project if necessary.  DBS checks may also be required if you wish to engage in Changemaker and/or STEAM events.
  • A personal statement demonstrating self-awareness, self-reflection, sensitivity to issues of difference and equality as well as commitment to anti-oppressive practice will be required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12750 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7300 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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UK/EU: Part Time: £1,215 per 30 Credits

Living costs for Northampton

  • 796 - 1510 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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