MSc Psychology

Gain a new understanding of the complexities and capabilities of the human mind


Psychology is described as the scientific study of the mind and how it affects behaviour. Simply put, by exploring psychology, we aim to understand why we think, feel, and act in certain ways.

It’s a complex field that touches almost every aspect of human life – and like any rich, nuanced subject, it needs to be approached from different perspectives. This is where you come in.

For example, companies and government bodies are showing a growing interest in predicting and influencing the behaviour of collaborators, competitors, and the public. It’s essential that people in such positions of power have experts who can train and advise them on ethical means of doing so.

Alternatively, your interests may lie in being able to help people with their wellbeing. The exacerbation of mental health challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic means that more and more individuals require support from qualified professionals.

Wherever you see yourself driving change in the future, your journey begins here, with your MSc Psychology degree.

Contact an Agent

Share your details in order to receive information about this high quality online masters course.

Course Details

3 start dates per year: January, May and September

Next welcome week: 18 September 2023

Next course start date: 25 September 2023

Application deadline: 11 September 2023. Apply as soon as possible to secure your place.

Duration: 2 years (part time)

Format: Online, with optional face-to-face events.

Total course fees: £9,400 (including a £250 acceptance fee).

Tailored support: Contact our course adviser team today for application advice

Application form: Start your application for September 2023 now

Why this course?

Through taking this course, you’ll learn how to study a person’s mind and behaviour by examining their cultural environment, upbringing, mental processes, and personality.

Each of these perspectives use a variety of research methods, some being scientific and objective, and others being experiential and subjective. You’ll gain hands on experience with the most relevant and influential of these, and further your skills by conducting your own research studies as well.

You’ll be supported by our distinguished Psychology Department, which follows a philosophy of research-led teaching. The content you receive will have been designed by research-active members of staff who are working at the forefront of their fields, meaning you can look forward to receiving a truly exceptional education. 

As a conversion course, our programme is open to people from all industries and careers. We know how common it is to only discover your interests after spending some time in the real world, which is why we welcome applicants regardless of what they studied as undergraduates. 

Our commitment to your growth is further evidenced by our Teaching Excellence Framework gold award and by our Research Excellence Framework results, where 67% of our psychology research outputs were given the highest classifications of world leading and internationally excellent. 


You will study the following compulsory modules.
Module 1 - The Science of Psychology (30 credits)

This first module will give you all the skills and contexts, both historical and contemporary, to begin your transition to the field of psychology. 

We’ll begin by discussing the different perspectives (such as behavioural, cognitive, clinical, etc.) that dominate the field. Through this, you’ll understand what it means to be a psychologist in current times, as well as the impact psychologists have on our day-to-day lives. 

Following this, the module will equip you with the fundamental skills needed to conduct scientific research within psychology – which you’ll build on throughout your degree. 

Module 2 - Brain, Mind, and Cognition (30 credits)

During this module, you can look forward to examining the biological mechanisms underlying human behaviours. 

Your studies will have you explore both biological and cognitive explanations of processes associated with perception, learning, language, memory, and emotions. 

Module 3 - Social and Developmental Influences in Psychology (30 credits)

At this point of the course, we’ll look at two key sub-domains of psychology: social psychology and developmental psychology.

You’ll learn about changes in theoretical approaches, as well as the concepts and values that have influenced methodology and discussion in each domain.

Module 4 - Individual Differences: Personality, Intelligence, and Mental Health (30 credits)

This module will introduce you to major classical theories on the development and nature of individual differences, using personality as an example.

We’ll discuss the application of these theories to contemporary research, and explore theoretical issues in intelligence and personality assessment, along with the practical application of psychometric tests.

Your studies here will also be supplemented with drop-in surgeries (optional tutorials).

Module 5 - Research Project in Psychology (60 credits)

The MSc Psychology research project will challenge you to draw upon the research methods you’ve learnt to address a specific psychological issue or question.

This final phase of your course will have you present the rationale for your study, the adopted research methodology and your findings as an extended report. You’ll also share a verbal justification for your study and approach adopted in the form of a project interview assessment.

You’ll be allocated a project supervisor at the very start of the course to support you via regular meetings. This module also contains an integrated personal tutorial system.

How you will learn

Benefits of learning online with us

How you'll learn with us
Our part-time, online courses fit around you. Forget visas and moving costs, with our online degree programmes, you can access your course from anywhere in the world. You’ll need to spend approximately 20-25 hours studying every week. As all course materials are available on demand, you can revise on the days and times that suit you best. We know you have a busy life, so to keep things manageable, your course modules are broken down into weekly segments. This allows you to fit your studies around your work, family, and social life.
All our modules, learning activities, and assessments are delivered online. We do this via Moodle, our easy-to-use Digital Learning Environment (DLE). All you need is regular access to a computer and an internet connection. Through Moodle, you'll have access to discussion forums where you can chat to your online tutors and other students about the course. Watch our short video to find out more about Moodle and then book a personalised demo with our Course Advisers, at a time to suit you.
What does a typical week look like?
Weekly topic Build your course-specific knowledge Challenge activities Apply your studies in learning activities Discussion forums Reinforce your knowledge by sharing ideas with other students Weekly webinar Discuss the week’s topic with your tutor and other students
Additional support 
Studying at Master’s level requires significant independent study, and self-motivation is vital. There are support services available for you to access throughout your studies, these include: University student services, such as IT Support, Student Support, study skills training, and the Library Your Student Adviser Team, who can answer practical and pastoral questions throughout your studies.

How students study with us

• No visas or moving costs
• Access course from anywhere in the world
• Spend approx. 20-25 hours studying each week
• All course materials are available on demand
• Revise on the days and times that suit you best
• Course modules broken down into weekly
• Fit studies around work, family and social life
• Support with non-academic queries from a
student adviser team

Additional Support

As one of our students, you’ll have access to a range of services designed to support your studies and make your time with us as enjoyable as possible. -Our comprehensive online library of books, journals, and resources -A Student Advisor team to answer non-academic queries -Online software tutorials via LinkedIn Learning -The Students’ Union community -Career advice, CV creation, practice interviews, and more via our careers platform

Career prospects and opportunities

Earning your MSc in Psychology is your start to a brand-new career path. Psychologists are employed across a multitude of areas – including healthcare, policy making, education, criminal justice, animal welfare, sports and coaching, design, marketing, and many more.

To help establish yourself in the field that matters to you, this conversion course will empower you to develop a range of versatile skills. From knowledge of statistical software to data analysis, teamwork, critical thinking, and presentation skills, you’ll be well-equipped to succeed.

These capabilities, coupled with the support you can receive from our excellent Careers and Employability Service, will help position you as a valuable hire to employers across the world.

As this course has BPS accreditation, graduates of the programme will be able to explore a number of exciting roles, such as: health psychologist, clinical psychologist, educational psychologist, academia and research psychologist, occupational psychologist, counselling psychologist, neuropsychologist, sport and exercise psychologist, and forensic psychologist.

Your future career

After gaining your MSc in Psychology, you’ll be well on your way to building a career in your field of choice.

Our online, part-time course will have helped you develop the subject expertise, research skills, and confidence needed to take on more advanced training in your selected specialisation.

Different countries will have their own progression paths for becoming a recognised psychologist. For example, in the US you’ll need to follow your MSc with an internship or postdoctoral programme – where you’ll work directly alongside licensed professionals before applying for your own licence.

As this course has BPS accreditation, graduates of the programme will be able to explore a number of exciting roles, such as: health psychologist, clinical psychologist, educational psychologist, academia and research psychologist, occupational psychologist, counselling psychologist, neuropsychologist, sport and exercise psychologist and forensic psychologist.

Additional career paths:

Your MSc in Psychology complements a wide range of roles outside of this subject area as well.

The capabilities you’ll develop around investigating and understanding human experience and behaviour can give you a distinct advantage in multiple fields. Some alternative areas you can explore include: market research, mediation, HR, learning and development, academia and social research.

How to apply

Benefits of learning online with us

Our MSc Psychology is a conversion course, which means that it was designed to train you in this subject regardless of what you studied at undergraduate level.

To join this course, you must have:

  • A lower second-class honours degree, masters degree or equivalent (in any academic subject)
  • English language proficiency at IELTS level 6.5 with no component score below 6.0 (or other acceptable proof), if English is not your first language.

When applying, you will also be required to submit:

  • Two references
  • A personal statement.

If you’re unsure whether you’re eligible to apply, please get in touch with our  course adviser team for advice.

Contact an Agent

Share your details in order to receive information about this high quality online masters course.

You’ve got the potential for success. Now’s the time for action.