Psychology MSc

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MSc

  • MSc Psychology, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 1 year
    • Pound 10200 per year
  • MSc Psychology, home applicant, part time

    • Home Applicant
    • Part time, 2 years
    • Pound 1700 per 30 credit module
  • MSc Psychology, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 1 year
    • Pound 15960 per year

Accreditation

Accredited by The British Psychological Society

Course modules

NOTE: Modules are subject to change. For those studying part time courses the modules may vary.

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Your future career

Your future career

The MSc in Psychology can be used in a variety of ways. For some careers (clinical psychology, educational psychology, or counselling psychology for example), a BPS-accredited qualification in psychology is a prerequisite for entry into professional training courses.

For others, such as occupational psychology, the qualification can be used towards eventual Chartership in the field. In this case please check the relevant entry criteria for these careers (e.g. by visiting the British Psychology Society web pages).

If you find the academic side of psychology more appealing, you will be ideally placed to apply for research positions, having completed your own research project on this course. This can be used as a stepping stone to a research doctorate.

Finally, we are a school with a tradition of teaching that goes back more than 50 years. The skills you gain here are transferable to a wide range of careers, including that of an applied researcher.

Although the lectures are in concentrated form, this degree is demanding and you will have to put in your own extra work and reading time. This all helps to develop your organisational skills.

Our MSc conversion degree is studied by people from a broad spectrum of employment. Our students return to jobs in the City, in healthcare, education, advertising, the media, or HR.  In fact, this course is likely to have a positive effect on any career.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

Psychology Staff - Mary-Jane Budd
One of the valuable things you will find about MSc Psychology is your fellow students. Recently we have had solicitors, health professionals, marketing directors and people who run their own companies, as well as those with PhDs in areas such as history, anthropology and even astronomy.
Dr Mary-Jane Budd, lecturer, Department of Psychological Sciences

How we support your career ambitions

We offer dedicated careers support, and further opportunities to thrive, such as volunteering and industry networking. Our courses are created in collaboration with employers and industry to ensure they accurately reflect the real-life practices of your future career and provide you with the essential skills needed. You can focus on building interpersonal skills through group work and benefit from our investment in the latest cutting-edge technologies and facilities.

Career Zone

Our dedicated and award-winning team provide you with careers and employability resources, including:

  • Online jobs board for internships, placements, graduate opportunities, flexible part-time work.
  • Mentoring programmes for insight with industry experts 
  • 1-2-1 career coaching services 
  • Careers workshops and employer events 
  • Learning pathways to gain new skills and industry insight

Mental Wealth programme

Our Professional Fitness and Mental Wealth programme which issues you with a Careers Passport to track the skills you’ve mastered. Some of these are externally validated by corporations like Amazon and Microsoft.

Our Mental Wealth programme

We are careers first

Our teaching methods and geographical location put us right up top

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship support 
  • We are ranked 6th for graduate start-ups 
  • Networking and visits to leading organisations 
  • Support in starting a new business, freelancing and self-employment 
  • London on our doorstep

What you'll learn

Psychology is an empirical science that aims to understand how and why humans and animals act in the ways they do and to apply that knowledge in a wide variety of settings.

The discipline is very wide-ranging, spanning from the observations of basic neural mechanisms to analyses of complex human and social relationships.

This course is designed to develop your knowledge, understanding, research, and practical skills in psychology. 

That is achieved through the following topics: Biological Psychology; Cognitive Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Origins and Concepts of Psychology; Individual Differences; and Social Psychology, along with two Research Methods modules. You will also undertake an independent research project under the supervision of one of our members of staff.

If you are unable to complete the full MSc course, there are intermediate awards involving escalating amounts of study.

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up to date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change. 

How you'll learn

We are now recognised as one of the UK's leading modern universities for psychology research. Our teaching is regularly audited and our School of Psychology offers more sub-disciplines than many other universities.

You will have the opportunity to participate in innovative research with specialists in their fields as part of your research dissertation.

And the wide spectrum of research being conducted means you will have a broad range of choices for your project's subject area.

Lectures and seminars are accompanied by comprehensive lecture notes and an extensive range of online materials. Students are also allocated dedicated MSc personal tutors who will give them support and answer academic queries.

The course uses a variety of teaching and learning methods that will help you reflect on practice and attain the learning outcomes for each module.

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, group exercises, peer study groups, and individual supervision.

There are also interactive online materials that you can access, and there will be individual reading, exercises, and assignments to complete.

Learning resources include IT and general psychology laboratories (which include specialist research hardware and software), access to electronic journals and databases, and specialist library facilities.

Our London location, the intensive nature of our study, and having two points of entry - September or January - mean this course meets the needs of a diverse range of students.

We are also one of few institutions where our MSc Psychology students are taught entirely as an MSc cohort with no overlap in teaching with our undergraduate students. So your class will be made up of entirely MSc students, and be designed for MSc students only. 

How you will be assessed

We use a wide range of assessment procedures. Exams and coursework are moderated, while dissertations are double marked. Assessments will include coursework, written unseen exams and a written research dissertation.

Campus and facilities

Water Lane, Stratford