Postgraduate study

Course overview

Our MSc Psychology is designed to enable graduates from disciplines other than psychology to develop subject-specific knowledge and the practical and professional skills related to the discipline as well as further developing your general transferable cognitive, intellectual and academic skills.

This course provides you with a deep understanding of the scope of the discipline through active learning experiences to consider how psychological concepts can be applied in practice. Research training will also be provided which will allow you to undertake your own research under supervision in the field of psychology and prepare you for professional development as academic or practitioner psychologists.

For full time study you cover seven modules (180 level 7 credits) across a calendar year starting in September or January. The full time programme involves 60 credits per semester with the Psychology Project module taking place in the final semester. For part-time study the programme runs over two calendar years. You complete four modules in the first year and the remaining three modules in your second year, including the Psychology Project.


Course details

Course structure

Core modules

Biological and Social Psychology

The module is divided into two halves: biopsychology and social psychology. Biological, neurological and social explanations for a series of identified psychological topics are explored, as well as introducing the concept of evolutionary explanations for human behaviour and the scientific approach to the study of our social behaviour.

Cognitive Psychology

This module introduces students to a range of areas of cognitive psychology. Specific topics covered include aspects such as attention, perception, memory, language, emotion and reasoning. Consideration is given to the key models along with supporting evidence from experimental psychology, neuropsychological case studies and cognitive neuroscience. Students will develop an in-depth knowledge of these areas along with the necessary skills to distinguish between theories and to critically evaluate them.

Project Planning

You explore research methodologies and processes to allow you to plan and develop a research project in an area of psychology.

Psychology of Development and Individual Differences

This core module is divided into two halves: Developmental Psychology and Individual Differences. Both halves cover competing perspectives, contemporary debates, historical perspectives and applied topics. Key theoretical perspectives in developmental psychology are studied using a lifespan perspective. This module develops your understanding and skills in developmental psychology and individual differences.

Psychology Project

You work closely with an allocated supervisor to conduct research into an area of psychology. You review relevant literature, select appropriate research methodology and methods, collect and analyse data to produce a dissertation.

Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis

This module is designed to explore and contextualise the use of qualitative research methods based on an understanding of the theoretical philosophical underpinnings of qualitative methodologies.

Quantitative Research Methods and Analysis

You gain an understanding of experimental and observational approaches to research and methods of data collection. You focus on statistical techniques available to analyse data, with emphasis on identifying the appropriate test/method and assessing the underlying assumptions associated with it. It enables you to critically interpret results and findings. If you are involved in the design of investigations and the collection, presentation, analysis and interpretation of quantitative data this module will be of interest to you.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

You engage in full cohort lectures with seminars, workshops, lab classes in smaller groups. E-learning, group discussions, critical evaluations, data analysis, data collection, peer review will also be an integrated aspect of teaching and learning across the programme.

The course aims are effectively mapped to learning outcomes which are assessed across the modules. Professional skills are addressed by consideration of ethical issues in both research and practice. Research, knowledge and cognitive skills are addressed through a focus on the application of theory to practice and the development of critical thinking and analytical skills.

Research training is a core component of the programme and is embedded throughout the curriculum. As well as underpinning module content across the course, specific research methods and analysis modules enable you to develop knowledge and skills in the application of a range of both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, culminating in the production of an independent research project at the end of the course. The development of personal and transferable skills is embedded throughout the course via a range of assessments.

Cross-cultural understanding is promoted throughout the curriculum and embedded within core modules to enable you to examine how this contributes to the development of psychological theory and concepts, as well as the implications for research and practice.

Modules are based on the communication of current topic knowledge and the research which underpins this knowledge. As they are delivered by staff experienced in the relevant areas, many lecturers include their own research within their teaching, as well as introducing you to specific research methodologies which are particular strengths of the team.

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is supported through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment, which adheres as a minimum to the University’s Threshold Quality Standards. Modules include electronic submission, assessment and feedback. A range of learning resources are provided by Student & Library Services.

How you are assessed

Assessments are innovative and varied and the assessment strategy contains a broad range of assessments including: exams, essays and critical reviews, research proposals and reports.

Reflective practice is also encouraged to allow you to identify progress and achievements, as well as areas for future development. The sequencing and form of assessments across the modules enables you to receive feedback on key transferable skills which you can use to enhance future assessments.

Modules include formative assessments which provide feedback which you can use to develop your summative assessments. Some modules adopt a formative assessment strategy where you engage in and receive feedback on activities completed during classes each week, whilst others adopt an approach whereby you submit a piece of formative assessment closely aligned to the summative assessment and receive specific feedback on how to develop the work. Formative feedback is provided in a range of modes, including verbal, written, tutor and peer feedback.


Entry requirements

Applicants should have:
A minimum of a 2:2 honours undergraduate degree in any discipline.

International students:
International students should have the equivalent of a 2:2 undergraduate degree in any discipline and a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 6 in each component (or approved equivalent).

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2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£6,500 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£12,045 a year

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  • Length: September enrolment: 1 year, January enrolment: 16 months (including a summer break)
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2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£722 for each 20 credits

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  • Length: 2 years
  • Enrolment date: September
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