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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Psychology (General)

Course type


Course Summary

This course will allow you to progress into more advanced study or to graduate level roles in professional areas of psychology requiring further study at doctoral level. The University of Bolton was one of the first to establish a degree course in the subject of psychology and the Department has a well-respected, vibrant learning and research culture. This course offers you the opportunity to build on the knowledge and understanding gained from your undergraduate studies, develop your intellectual and thinking skills to a very high standard and enhance your independent research abilities. The course is designed to enhance your practice, providing you with employment and career progression opportunities for a diverse range of careers, including psychology and therapy, the helping or health professions, social work, education, private practice, human resources and retail management.

Course Highlights: You’ll have the opportunity to develop and master a high level of complex specialist knowledge and skills in the field of psychology. You’ll also have the chance to employ these skills to conduct research or advanced technical and professional activity; The department operates an effective academic personal tuition system providing encouragement and support to students at all levels to ensure they achieve their highest potential. Graduates are welcome to attend the research seminar programme and become active postgraduates within the University; Tutors may also introduce techniques which they view as especially suitable in aiding learning in their specialist area. Areas of study are regularly updated to reflect the research activity within the department. The department employs a clinical psychologist and a forensic psychologist offering you the opportunity to work with practising psychologists as well as academics.

Key Features: Teaching staff on this course hold postgraduate qualifications in research and have experience of publishing in peer reviewed journals. We prefer to keep teaching groups fairly small to encourage interaction and in-depth discussion of ideas and specialist knowledge. Some academic supervision is one-to-one, ensuring there is close contact between tutor and student. The degree is very flexible with options for independent study to meet your needs; for example, in regard to your interests, career development or personal circumstances. You can study any module offered independently or study in an area of personal interest; for instance, in a job related field. You’ll be encouraged to develop your intellectual and thinking skills to a very high academic standard, which will be reflected in your studies, in particular your dissertation. The course can also support the development of your personal and transferable skills commensurate with postgraduate study, a practitioner doctorate or an academic career.

Career Opportunities: The MSc Psychology is for psychology graduates who wish to develop their knowledge to an advanced level or are particularly interested in enhancing their skill set in preparation for a career in psychology. By studying on this course you can develop an advanced critical appreciation of contemporary methods, theories and issues in psychology, and build upon and enhance the skills you acquired from your undergraduate studies. Students will also achieve PGDip and PGCert.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


18 months

Start date



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Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Students need to pay £11,250 per year for 2018/19 entry. There will be a slight increase in 2019/20 entry.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have an Upper Second Class (2.1) Honours degree (or higher) in Psychology, which is accredited by the British Psychology Society for Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) of the British Psychological Society (BPS). If they have a Lower Second Class (2:2) Honours degree in Psychology, then they may be accepted on to the programme following a successful interview. We may also ask you to provide a portfolio of your work, as part of the application process. Relevant work experience can also provide an advantage.

University information

The University of Bolton dates back to 1825 and has a long and distinguished history of providing quality education. Situated on a modern campus in the centre of Bolton, the University is home to 11,000 students who are very happy with their experience, proved by their number one ranking for student satisfaction in Greater Manchester in the Complete University Guide 2019. The university is split into nine faculties: Bolton School of...more