MSc / PGDip in Psychology

Nottingham Trent University School of Social Sciences

Program Description

MSc / PGDip in Psychology

Nottingham Trent University School of Social Sciences

Our British Psychological Society (BPS) conversion courses are designed for graduates of other disciplines who wish to pursue a career in psychology but whose first degree is not recognised by the BPS. Entry on to the MSc Psychology does not require you to have studied any psychology previously.

The MSc Psychology and PGDip Psychology are British Psychological Society (BPS) approved conversion courses. They are designed for graduates of any discipline whose first (i.e. undergraduate) degree is not recognised by the BPS. Successful completion of either qualification confers the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS. MSc Psychology is a 180-credit qualification which requires no previous experience or study of psychology. PGDip is a 120-credit qualification which requires that you have already completed 60 credits of study in psychology.

The PG Dip and MSc students are taught together, with the MSc students taking their additional modules from term two onwards. This means that, assuming you meet the entry criteria for both courses, it's easy to transfer from one to the other at any point in the first term.

This course attracts a range of students including those who have recently completed an undergraduate degree in a subject other than psychology or a non-accredited degree and also applicants who have come from jobs in the public and private sector, who are looking for a career change.

Accreditation by the British Psychological Society (BPS)

This course is accredited by the BPS as a psychology conversion course conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Registration. This is the first step towards becoming a chartered Psychologist and provides the basis for further professional training in psychology.

As a Graduate member of the BPS you will also receive additional benefits including:

  • using the designated graduate member title MBPsS
  • creating contacts and other networking opportunities by joining professional and membership groups
  • free online access to the Society's academic journals
  • reduced rates for our members for conferences and events.

A supportive and active research environment

Throughout the course you will benefit from research-informed teaching. You may be interested in finding out about our psychology research, including the Cognition and Perception research group.

Psychology at NTU has an established international research reputation and is one of the top risers in the REF 2014 research rankings. The 2014 Assessment also showed:

  • 60% of our research outputs were considered to be internationally excellent or world leading in REF 2014.
  • 100% of our research impact is internationally excellent with 73% described as world leading.

Our research impact and output is the highest of any UK psychology department with an equivalent research environment.


With the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS secured, you will be eligible upon graduation to undertake further training as a professional psychologist (in areas such as clinical, forensic, educational, occupational, counselling, or sport psychology).

Alternatively you might choose to pursue an academic and/or research career in various areas of psychology (by working as a research assistant or associate or by completing a dedicated Research Methods Masters or studying for a PhD), or you may choose to exploit the transferable skills you have learned on the course to pursue a career outside of psychology.

Psychology qualifications tend to be very popular with all employers because you have to be able to write essays and reports, you have to have some basic mastery of research and data analysis, and because they assume you know quite a lot about people!

Entry requirements

Entry on to the MSc Psychology does not require any previous study of Psychology.

  • You will need an undergraduate degree (minimum 2.1) or other recognised equivalent qualification.
  • Applicants whose undergraduate degree is a 2.2 or applicants with ordinary degrees and / or alternative equivalent life skills and experiences will also be considered but will be required to demonstrate their motivation and ability to study at the required academic level in their Personal Statement.


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Last updated October 13, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
1 - 2 years
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Start date Sept. 2017
United Kingdom Nottingham, England
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