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MSc Psychology (Conversion)

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Full time | University of Bolton | 18 months | SEP

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Full time


18 months

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Psychology (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Our MSc Psychology (Conversion) is a great way to develop and enhance your critical understanding of psychological theories, methods and debates. What’s more, you can achieve eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Course Details

If you’re looking to pursue a psychology-related career or further professional training in psychology, this highly regarded conversion course is ideal. Maybe you’re considering a future in educational, occupational or clinical psychology, but don’t have enough credits in psychology at undergraduate level. Or perhaps your psychology degree didn’t come with eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartership of the British Psychological Society. Either way, this course is a great solution.

The programme modules cover specific areas of psychology equivalent to those in the British Psychological Society‘s qualification exam, and will give you an opportunity to achieve a firm grounding in psychological theories, approaches and research methods.

Course Highlights:

  • You can enjoy support from approachable staff with a diverse range of research interests.
  • Our well-equipped department is home to innovative methods of teaching and assessment.
  • You’ll have the chance to learn how to apply advanced critical analysis and evidence-based reasoning to current research and methodology.
  • We’ll support you to develop much sought-after transferable skills as you prepare for postgraduate employment or training.

Career Opportunities

The MSc Psychology (Conversion) is a conversion course for graduates who wish to pursue a professional career in psychology; for instance, in educational, occupational or clinical psychology.

On successful completion of the course, you’ll possess enhanced intellectual and thinking skills, problem solving, interpersonal awareness, communication skills and the ability to develop arguments supported by relevant evidence, team work and IT and data handling skills.

What Can I Do With This Qualification?

There are numerous career paths available to psychology graduates with British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation. The more traditional careers include counselling and clinical psychology, occupational or educational psychology, mental health, forensic psychology, cognitive behavioural therapy, and sport and exercise psychology. In addition, there are broader career options, including personnel management, research, teaching, social work and health.

Postgraduate options include further studies at Master’s or PhD level. Graduates can also progress to graduate schemes, which are long term employment contracts usually with a large corporate company offering advanced training packages.


This module will introduce you to new topics within social psychology, but arguably more importantly new perspectives by which to view these topics. The module will develop your understanding of key perspectives and approaches within social psychology; explore the historical development of contemporary perspectives/debates within social psychology; and examine alternatives to mainstream contemporary (social) psychology. This module also serves to develop employability skills with particular emphasis on the following: 1. Communication (D, A) 2. Organisation and Planning (D) 3. Problem Solving (D) 4. Self-awareness (D) 5. Internationalisation (D, T) 6. Social, pubic and ethical responsibility (D, T)

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Entry requirements

Normally, you should have at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree (2.1) in a relevant subject; for instance, social science or science.

University information

The University of Bolton has a long history of providing high-quality education in the northwest of England. Founded in 1825, today it offers students a contemporary campus just a short distance from the town centre. Home to 11,000 students, the University of Bolton is ranked number one in the North West for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2021). Postgraduate study is a challenging, exhilarating and rewarding advancement,...more

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