Moreover, the conversion course provides a sound knowledge of the diverse approaches to the study of behaviour encompassed within the core areas of psychology. Finally, the course emphasises the development of transferable knowledge, analytic expertise and research skills, which will be useful across the diverse areas of employment that attract psychology graduates and as a basis for further advanced study within the discipline (e.g. PhD, ClinPsyD, DEdPsy).
Psychology is defined as the study of mind and behaviour. Psychology is simultaneously a biological science and a social science, providing an exceptionally broad range of conceptual perspectives and empirical skills that will enable students to compete effectively in the workforce upon graduation.
The Applied Psychology Applied Psychology programme aims to provide students with:
- Coverage of all of the requirements for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership in Psychology within the British Psychological Society (BPS).
- A comprehensive understanding, and critical awareness, of how the theories, methods, and research findings of psychology draw upon and contribute to the natural sciences and the social sciences alike.
- A comprehensive and systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current issues relating to important concepts, theoretical issues, research findings, historical issues, recent advances, and research methods in psychology.
- Comprehensive knowledge and systematic understanding of relevant concepts, theoretical issues, research findings, recent advances, and research methods in biological psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, individual differences, and social psychology that are critical for research in psychology.
- The opportunity to acquire comprehensive knowledge and systematic understanding of a particular topic in psychology and to conduct an original empirical research project in that area.
- The opportunity to acquire important transferable, advanced research skills (e.g. research design, data analysis, report preparation).
According to the BPS publication, Your Journey into Psychology (2014), “Studying psychology can help you pursue postgraduate training as well as finding employment in a variety of sectors including education, business, health and the media.” (p. 12).
In a recent study conducted by the Higher Education Careers Service Unit and the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services, more than 55% of UK students with Psychology undergraduate degrees gain employment within six months of obtaining their BSc degrees; and an additional 10% of UK students with Psychology undergraduate degrees go on to PhD Psychology programmes.
We anticipate that these figures will be even higher for graduates of the proposed MSc Psychological Sciences conversion course (i.e. well over two-third of the students in our MSc Psychological Sciences conversion course are expected to gain employment or to pursue higher degrees within six months after graduating).
Within the public health sector, the main intended graduate destinations include organisations that are committed to the delivery of mental health services; roles include assistant psychologists, counsellors, and therapists. Within the education sector, the main intended graduate destinations include organisations that are committed to the delivery of information exchange; roles include teachers, lecturers, and researchers. Within the business sector, the main intended graduate destinations include organisations that are committed to the delivery of personnel training; job roles include occupational, organisational, and industrial psychologists. These are just a few sectors for which formal training in psychology is desirable, if not necessary, for job advancement.
- Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- Individual Differences
- Social Psychology
- Statistics in Psychology
- Biological Psychology
- Cognitive Psychology
- Research Methods in Psychology
- Psychology Research Methods in Practice
- Research Methods
- Biological and Cognitive Psychology
You can apply until:
Always verify the dates on the programme website.
You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
You need the following IELTS score:
Minimum required score:
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You need the following GPA score:
Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower 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).
A UK first or second class (2:2) Honours degree, or equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in a Natural Science, Social Science, or a non-BPS accredited degree in Psychology.Applicants will be required to show evidence of GCSE Grade C (or Grade 4) (or equivalent) in Maths. Applicants with other degrees and subjects, with relevant work experience, will be considered on an individual basis.
UK/EU students: £4,375
International students: £7,400
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Our graduates who register for a postgraduate course or research programme on a self-funding basis will be eligible for a 15% discount on their tuition fees. They may also be able to claim additional scholarships towards postgraduate study: for more information visit our scholarships, studentships and bursaries page.
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