MSc Psychology (Conversion)


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Program Description

Why choose this course

The science of behaviour and mind, feeling and thought - psychology is a fast-moving and engaging subject. Our intensive and competitive MSc in Psychology (Conversion) sets you on the path for an exciting career change as you immerse yourself into the fascinating world of psychology.

We also welcome applications if you already have a degree in psychology and need another degree to gain the graduate basis for chartered membership with the British Psychological Society.

This course is accredited by the British Psychology Society and meets the Society’s high standards.

What you will study

Our MSc in Psychology (Conversion) will develop your knowledge of the theories and practical applications of contemporary psychology. We place particular emphasis on how psychology is applied in practice. You will learn about the core areas of psychology, such as social, developmental and cognitive psychology, the biological bases of psychology, and individual differences.

You will also develop the research and statistical skills you need to conduct independent research projects under our expert supervision.

Professional recognition

MSc - British Psychological Society (BPS)

Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Further course information

How intensive is the course?

The course is intensive. Therefore, you will need to demonstrate resilience, maturity and the ability to manage a challenging course when applying. You will be expected to spend approximately 40 hours a week on coursework, independent learning and research-related activities. The course begins in October and runs to September the following year.

What does teaching consist of?

Teaching consists of a series of lectures, seminars, and workshops, as well as smaller-sized tutorials. We support our teaching through technology wherever possible.

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed through a combination of written and verbal coursework, presentations, end-of-semester exams, and through your MSc dissertation. You must achieve a mark of 50 per cent or higher in every individual unit of assessment in order to pass and to receive an MSc degree. You will then be eligible to apply for chartered membership with the BPS.

Is there any recommended reading for the course?

No, we do not recommend any specific reading before the start of the course. However, you can prepare for the course by familiarising yourself with the literature relevant to your areas of research in view of the dissertation.

What is an MSc dissertation?

The MSc dissertation is a research project conducted under expert supervision in a variety of fields related to psychology. It is a year-long project, where you will be able to propose your own research ideas and or join existing projects. This will be decided together with your supervisor, to whom you will be assigned at the start of the year. Where possible, you will be matched with a supervisor with related or similar research interests. All supervisors are active researchers themselves.

How will I be supported during the course?

We will support you throughout your studies and our course harbours a culture of collaboration and a strong sense of belonging. You will enjoy your experience with us while we help you to achieve your maximum potential.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 UK honours degree, or a recognised international equivalent.
  • A degree in human or natural sciences, human resources, medicine, social sciences, or social work is preferred.
  • GCSE Maths and English (Language/Literature) C are also required.
  • Applications with other degree subjects, or those without relevant GCSEs, to be considered by the Faculty on a case-by-case basis.
Last updated Apr 2020

About the School

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The University of Surrey was established on 9 September 1966 with the grant of its Royal Charter, but its roots go back to a late 19th-century concern to provide greater access to further and higher education for the poorer inhabitants of London. Read less