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Full time | Staffordshire University (Stoke-on-Trent Campus) | 10 months | 26-SEP-22

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Full time


10 months

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Psychology (General)

Course type


Course Summary

This conversion course is for students who wish to pursue a career in psychology but who have an undergraduate degree in another subject, or have a Psychology degree that isn’t accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Our Psychology MSc conversion course covers all core areas of psychology as defined by the BPS, and successful completion of the course will make you eligible to apply for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from the BPS. You’ll also be able to choose a specialist option module.

You can complete the course in one academic year, between September and July, enabling you to apply for work or further study in the September following enrolment.

You’ll receive high levels of support from our staff, including our award-winning technicians, and will benefit from the lab facilities at our multi-million pound Science Centre, including:

The Psychological Human Sciences Suite (including EEG, galvanic skin response, hormone assessment and pain stimulation)
Cognitive Laboratories and Observation Suites (with eye-tracking and specialist software, video and audio recording facilities)

Our staff research activity underpins the course delivery, with many modules reflecting their interests and expertise.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Psychology.

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) for the purpose of eligibility to apply for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).

Successful completion of the course will enable you to register with the British Psychological Society for Graduate Basis for Chartership, which is required for entry to professional applied psychology training courses.


We want you to be responsible, reflective and progressive learners. Our teaching and learning methods encourage you, as you move through your studies, to become more evaluative and more independent in your learning.

We recognise that not all people learn in the same way, so we use a range of different methods including group work, individual work, lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes and workshops. We combine more innovative methods (e.g. problem-based learning) with traditional methods (e.g. lectures).


Forms of assessment include essays and seen or unseen examinations. All 30-credit modules which run across two semesters have an assessment at the end of each semester.

Depending on your option choice you may also be required to do case-study analyses, short-answer study packs or submit material online. These use enquiry-based learning, and you’ll be guided through them by your tutors.


After completing this course you’ll be eligible for postgraduate and/or training to become a qualified psychologist.

Psychologists can be employed to serve educational establishments at all levels, from primary school to university; or within the NHS, including Primary Care Trusts. Some psychologists work in prisons and some in clinical settings.


The module will provide you with an introduction to, and development of, a variety of research methods commonly used in the investigation of psychological phenomena. It will introduce research ethics, design, conduct, analysis, interpretation and reporting of empirical research in psychology.The module will introduce qualitative research methods such as interviewing, designing interview studies, coding of interview data, and thematic analyses. The module will also focus on introducing quantitative research methods used in psychological research. It will cover experimental and correlational designs, and the hypotheses associated with these designs. It will also cover how to conduct, interpret and report appropriate inferential statistical tests based on these designs. The importance of effect size and power will also be emphasised. Throughout, you will focus on the application of appropriate methods in order to address specific research questions. You will also develop your practical skills in the collection and reporting of psychological data as part of a group, and gain familiarity with statistical software.
Further Research Methods In Psychology (15 Credits) - Core

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Entry requirements

Students normally need: A minimum 2:2 Honours degree in Psychology not accredited by the BPS or A minimum 2:2 Honours degree in a discipline other than Psychology.

University information

Based in the West Midlands, Staffordshire University has decades of experience providing first-rate postgraduate education across a broad range of disciplines. The award-winning institution offers courses designed in collaboration with leading industry experts in a bid to provide solutions to the challenges of tomorrow. With a history dating back to the early part of the 20th century, Staffordshire University gained its university status in...more

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