An intensive one year Master’s course with accreditation from the British Psychological Society, enabling you to pursue a career in this area even if your background is in another discipline.
Why this course?
This conversion course will appeal to you if you do not already have a psychology degree.
It is approved and accredited by the British Psychological Society, (it confers the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership), which means you’ll have the essential knowledge to undertake professional training.
This intensive programme means with focused work and preparation, you will get a fully accredited course in the space of 12 rewarding months.
Who are you?
You might be a recent graduate or someone who’s been at work for a while and wants to change direction.
You’ll be fascinated by how psychology underpins everything we do and aids our understanding of behaviour – not just of people, but of animals too.
Please note that the MSc Psychological Science (Conversion) programme is intended for students who have completed a degree in a subject other than Psychology, to undertake an intensive foundational course and achieve a Psychology qualification which is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and entails Graduate Membership of the BPS. It is not an advanced specialism degree in Psychology, but rather covers the core areas of Psychology and associated research skills as required for BPS accreditation.
We ask that you take note of this when considering your application. If you require further information about the content or structure of the MSc Psychological Science (Conversion) programme, please feel free to contact the course director, Dr Mihalis Doumas.
Please note: Applications for this course received after 30th June 2021 may not be accepted. In addition, a deposit will be required to secure a place.
Psychological Science Highlights
The School has specialised facilities for human experimental psychology, movement and perception, individual differences, social psychology, child development, psychophysiology and animal behaviour.
Internationally Renowned Experts
Research in the School has been judged to be ‘world-leading’ and ‘outstanding’ by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
Students may enrol on a full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years) basis. Taught modules are delivered over two semesters.
Full-time students follow taught modules in Semester 1 (Autumn) and Semester 2 (Spring) and they carry out an independent research project and write their MSc thesis (dissertation) in the summer.
Part-time students complete three taught modules in year 1, and one taught module and a research thesis (dissertation) in year 2.
The MSc is awarded to students who successfully complete four taught modules (120 CATS points) and a 7,000-word research dissertation (60 CATS points).
One other exit qualification is available: students may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma by successfully completing 120 CATS points from taught modules.
The course is tailored towards analysing data in the real world.
You’ll learn methodological analysis skills and the core principles of psychology:
You’ll learn everything from how people behave as social groups to how the brain works.
Your research project will take place over the summer.
The programme will provide a contemporary curriculum that covers the core topics in psychology, using a variety of teaching methods and assessments that is informed by current research, scholarship and application.
The programme will develop a critical awareness of issues in the scientific and applied areas of psychology and the methodological skills to critically examine and interrogate the discipline of psychology in all its facets.
There are two modules per semester, and the proportional mix of time spent in classes, tutorials/seminars/labs, and private study in a teaching semester is approximately 30% lectures and lecture-related activities, 20%/Labs/Tutorials and 50% private study.
Core Psychology I: Social, Individual Differences, Cognition and Psychobiology
Applications of psychology in the ‘real world’
Core Psychology II: Developmental, Conceptual & Historical Issues, Applied & Professional and Perception.
Methods, Design and Analysis in Psychology
Research Thesis Psychology
Teaching takes place in the morning and some afternoons; there are between 12-15 contact teaching hours per week.
The degree confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society and many graduates will go on to complete training in one of the 7 registered professions of psychology as well as undertaking many other jobs, (management, HR, analysts) where a psychology degree is of benefit.
Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts help our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
Employment after the Course
Where could you be in five years time?
You might have your eye on a career in clinical or educational psychology.
The qualification you’ll gain allows you to go on and undertake training to qualify as a professional psychologist, e.g. clinical, educational, forensic, etc.
Or you could return to your existing job with a valuable qualification and a greater understanding of what underpins the world around you.
But the applications of this course are far-reaching. We at Queen’s created a spin-out company, Adoreboard, which analyses customer data to help brands understand how people feel about them online.
Learning and Teaching
Your tutors are experts in their subject areas and are active researchers in those subjects. They have used various aspects of psychology in the real world, so you’ll be getting a practical as well as a theoretical flavour.
You’ll work on your thesis as part of a research team. We’re moving away from individual supervision into more of a team approach, with post-doctoral and postgraduate students all working together, mimicking project work in real-world employment situations.
Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:
Practical lab work
Independent thesis report
Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or above in any subject or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.
This is a very popular course and applicants are advised to apply as early as possible, since it may be necessary to implement an application cut-off date.
In such circumstances, applications will be considered in date order, with priority given to those submitted earliest and prior to the cut-off date. Please note: a non-refundable deposit (which will be deducted from tuition fees) of £400 is required.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for the English language for visa purposes.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.
International Students – Graduate Diploma Programmes INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities. These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.
Northern Ireland (NI) 1
Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1
EU Other 3
Terms and Conditions for Postgraduate applications
Due to high demand, there is a deadline for applications.
You will be required to pay a deposit of £400 pounds to secure your place on the course.
This condition of the offer is in addition to any academic or English language requirements.
1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled or pre-settled status, are expected to be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident, however, this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly Student Fees Regulations. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB are expected to be charged the GB fee, however, this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.
2 It is expected that EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI will be eligible for NI tuition fees, in line with the Common Travel Agreement arrangements. The tuition fee set out above is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.
3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.
All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2021-22 and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase unless explicitly stated otherwise.
Additional course costs
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs that are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.
Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.
Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.
If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.
Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.
There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
Psychological Science costs
There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.
How do I fund my study?
The Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study.
A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.