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MSc Psychology (Conversion)

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Full time | University of Bolton | 1 year | 20-SEP-21

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Full time


1 year

Start date


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.


The module provides students with an opportunity to undertake a substantial and independent piece of research. It allows students to synthesise their academic knowledge acquired from the taught MSc modules and to produce a document that demonstrates evaluative and critical discussion of an issue relevant to Psychology. This module is an educational device through which students are encouraged to explore issues of their own choice through methods of their own choice (limited only by good research practice), with appropriate guidance and support from their supervisor. Approaches and topic areas are encouraged from a wide spectrum of contemporary psychology topics. Students must attend further research classes, during semester two, in order to develop their grounding in either qualitative or quantitative research methods. In this way, they will be supported with the design, implementation and write up of their dissertation.

Tuition fees

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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 dates back to 1825 and has a long and distinguished history of providing a quality education. Situated on a modern friendly campus near the centre of Bolton, the University is home to 11,000 students who have ranked the University as No.1 for student satisfaction in the North West, Complete University Guide 2020. Many of our Postgraduate courses are professionally accredited. Postgraduate study is challenging,...more

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