MSc in Psychology

London South Bank University

Program Description

MSc in Psychology

London South Bank University

The MSc in Psychology is a conversion course for individuals already possessing an undergraduate degree in a field other than Psychology but who wish to develop a professional career in Psychology. The previous study of psychology is not required.

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and satisfies the requirements for the Graduate Basis of Chartership of the BPS.

By providing the requisite knowledge and skills for post-graduate education and training, this conversion course is the key gateway to a career in clinical, counseling, forensic, health, educational, occupational or other areas of Psychology.

Psychology is an exceptionally versatile degree because it offers an understanding of many aspects of human behavior, applicable to many sectors of society, such as education, health, business and social welfare. The course is amongst the first in the UK to teach the core curriculum in an integrated fashion, which brings together different approaches to psychology within each module and thereby provides a deeper and richer understanding of human behavior.

Having knowledge of the processes that underlie and influence learning, memory, social interactions, feelings, thinking, and communication, combined with the development of skills in critical thinking and research, will put you in an excellent position for further post-graduate training or future employment.

Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 1 year September Southwark Campus
Part-time 2 years September Southwark Campus


  • Emotion and human behavior
  • Perception, attention, and memory
  • Social behavior
  • Thinking, intelligence, and communication
  • Psychological Research Methods 1+2
  • Masters Empirical Research Project

We use a range of assessment methods within the Division of Psychology for different modules. The range of previously used methods are:

  • Essays
  • Practical/research reports
  • Unseen exams
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Scenario-based reports
  • Case studies
  • Posters and presentations
  • Executive reports
  • Portfolios
  • Group work folders


This conversion course, accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), together with an appropriate qualification within the specific field of psychology could lead you to a career as a Chartered Psychologist in clinical, forensic, educational or occupational psychology.

This course will teach you excellent written, analytical and numerical skills which will enable you to pursue a wide range of careers in areas such as counseling, teaching, the probation and court services, market research, human resources, and business.

Careers support

Our department provides careers support and advice for the time our students study with us and beyond. We organize various careers activities such as talks and seminars and have arranged work placements in collaboration with many organizations. For example:

  • NHS clinics and hospital units (psychosexual, forensic and clinical psychology units)
  • brain damage units
  • addiction rehabilitation units
  • charitable organizations working with stroke patients
  • children with disabilities
  • young offenders

We also hold an annual career fair for our second and third-year students and work closely with London South Bank University alumni who have gone on to successful careers in Psychology.

A career in psychology

The everyday duties of a psychologist vary depending on the specialty. An occupational psychologist would work to maximize the performance from employees and increase job satisfaction at different organizations. A clinical psychologist works to make positive changes to their clients' lives and offer various forms of treatment.

Excellent communication and listening skills, as well as the ability to build effective working relationships, are essential for Chartered Psychologists. Chartered psychologists in the NHS can earn £25,500-£34,000 a year, rising to £40,000+ with experience.

Career progression

Recent graduates have gone into roles such as Assistant Psychologist (Clinical), Research Assistant, Social Worker, Mental Health Support Worker, and Mental Health Nurse.

If you graduate from this course, you'll be able to apply for further study at postgraduate level. The academic strength of this course means that you can also consider entering the field of academic research (e.g. a recent student has just started studying for a Ph.D.)

If you gain significant professional practice experience you would be able to consider a practitioner MSc course such as our part-time MSc Addiction Psychology and Counselling.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market, you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students.
  • Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search.
  • mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Teaching and learning

Class contact time is typically 12 hours per week plus individual tutorial and independent study.

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirement is a recognized Honours degree with a minimum classification of 2:2.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate a strong interest in psychology as an academic discipline and provide a clear rationale for why they want to take the course.

No prior study in psychology is required but if it can be demonstrated that the specific learning outcomes of a module on the course have been met on the appropriate level then credit prior learning via APL may be given. Applicants will be able to claim APL for a maximum of 3 units (60 credits).

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 8, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
8,700 GBP
Full-time UK/EU fee: £8700; International fee: £13125. Year 1 Part-time UK/EU fee: £2900; International fee: £4375
United Kingdom - London, England
Start date : Sept. 2019
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