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MSc/PGDip/PGCert Psychology (Conversion)

MSc/PGDip/PGCert Psychology (Conversion)

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Full time | University of Roehampton | 1 year | SEP-23

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Psychology (General)

Course type


Course Summary


Develop a sound understanding in psychological theory and research, to convert your existing bachelor's degree into a master’s in psychology and take your first step towards a career as a psychologist.

On this MSc, you’ll learn the scientific underpinnings of the discipline of psychology across a range of key areas, including social, developmental, cognitive, and biological psychology. You’ll learn to critically evaluate psychological theory and research, as well as gain hands-on training in quantitative and qualitative research methods.

The programme is structured to offer both full-time (studying for 1 calendar year) and part-time (across 2 or 3 years) options. Both are delivered through blended learning, utilizing face-to-face campus classes primarily in the evening (currently two evenings, 6pm – 9pm per week, during Autumn and Spring semesters), and structured online learning (which includes recorded classes, participating in forum discussions and practice tests). Part-time students have a break from campus attendance approximately every third week. A year-long research project is taken with the guidance of a specialist supervisor leading to the submission of the MSc Dissertation.

The learning, teaching and assessment structure of the programme is designed to give you multiple opportunities to practice and demonstrate skills through authentic assessment tasks, e.g., practical reports which simulate the skills required of professional psychologists and researchers.

Teaching of research methods is embedded in most taught modules, to give you strong contextual understanding and the ability to apply methods into different contexts. You’ll learn a range of research skills and methods, to allow you to investigate behaviour and conduct psychological research as an integral part of applied psychology.

Career Options

This programme is predominantly directed at students who wish to embark on a career as a chartered psychologist through further professional study that require Graduate Basis for Chartership with the BPS. It is also an exciting opportunity for those who seek a career change, require psychological knowledge for career advancement or have a general interest in psychology as a discipline.

This programme reflects the needs of a dynamic, future-orientated job market and will teach you a range of skills including effective communication, reflective and critical thinking, creativity, data analysis, and interpersonal sensitivity and awareness.

The strong focus on applying psychological knowledge to benefit individuals in real-life contexts, as well as developing knowledge and judgement of ethical principles, will prepare you for employment in a range of different industries. You will also gain PGCert and PGDip awards in this course.


Making sense of the world around us involves numerous biological, cognitive and social processes. This module aims to give students a comprehensive grasp of the psychological processes that are involved in individual functioning, behavior and experience. Biological aspects of psychology investigate how the brain, nervous system and other physiological systems affect and are affected by mental functioning, behavior and experience. Cognitive psychology topics cover aspects of human mental processes such as the way we perceive, attend to information, remember and use language. Social processes refer to the individual in relation to others and consider how we understand how other people and think. By integrating these topics, this module aims to give the student a rounded systematic understanding of how typically and non-typically functioning individuals interact with the world and make sense of it.

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Entry requirements

Students must hold a Bachelor’s degree from a British University or equivalent as verified by NARIC. This can be in any subject, but for students with first degrees in non-STEM subjects there is an additional requirement to hold a GCSE grade C (or 4) or equivalent in Maths. Students with a BPS accredited first degree in Psychology, who achieved below a second-class honours degree and therefore failed to qualify for GBC, may be admitted in consultation with the programme convener.

University information

Located in South-West London, the University of Roehampton has a 54-acre parkland campus with state-of-the-art facilities, located within 30 minutes of central London. The university has a long history dating back over 180 years. Through its oldest College, Whitelands, it has provided higher education to women for longer than any university in the country. Today, it has a thriving range of postgraduate programmes and an excellent research...more

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