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Psychology Conversion MSc

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October 2020
EU/INT induction: September 2020
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
£9,200 (UK/EU) *
£14,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Jean Waugh

This course aims to provide you with a sound knowledge of psychology, having been developed to impart the advanced knowledge required to serve your interests and career aspirations. Based at our Hendon Campus in London, you will benefit from the experience of our dedicated and enthusiastic staff. You will have access to some of the best and most up-to-date psychology facilities for teaching and research in the UK.

Why study MSc Psychology Conversion at Middlesex?

This conversion course is for graduates intending to pursue a career in psychology who wish to acquire the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society. You may have a degree in another subject but wish to either change career or pursue your interest in psychology in more depth. Students are introduced to the broad range of theoretical and methodological approaches to psychology and are encouraged to develop a critical approach to studies, evaluating theory and evidence accordingly.

By the end of this course, you will be able to perform quantitative and qualitative data analyses and use statistical software to analyse complex data. You will design, implement, analyse and communicate independent and group project work to an advanced level culminating in a dissertation on an agreed topic. You will also be able to design and run experiments and use psycho-physiological equipment to gather and interpret data. You will have gained knowledge in the core areas in psychology and be able to apply research skills across domains.

Course highlights

  • We have excellent employment results with over 90% of our psychology graduates are employed within six months of completing their degree
  • This course complies with the QAA benchmarks and is accredited with the BPS for eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC)
  • Our psychology teaching and research facilities are unrivalled. They include fully equipped lecture theatres and tutorial spaces, a psychophysiology laboratory, social observation laboratories, an auditory cognition laboratory, and testing cubicles
  • Our academics are regularly and widely published, and 95% of our research is internationally recognised. Read more our staff here
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

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What you will study on the MSc Psychology Conversion?

You will learn cognitive skills through class discussion, guided independent study and lecturer feedback, as well as learning practical skills through presenting your ideas in written and oral form along with participation in practical classes.

You will gain an in-depth understanding of your subject through attendance and participation in teaching sessions and independent research, with tutor support. Your learning will also be supported with online self-study materials.

  • Modules

    • Research: Practice and Reporting (60 Credits) - Compulsory

      To provide students with an opportunity for an in-depth, advanced study in a specific area of applied psychology, pertinent to the degree for which they are registered, guided by, but largely independent of, tutor support. To enable students to apply appropriate principles of empirical research to an issue of their choice within the subject area of their degree registration. To enable students to present their research study in the form of a written thesis, using appropriate styles and conventions.

    • Brain, Body and Mind (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to give you an overview of the biological bases of behaviour and the cognitive approach to psychology. After initial study of the anatomy physiology of the nervous system, attention is focused on aspects of behaviour that have a clear biological component. Through a series of practical laboratory sessions, you will investigate specific central and peripheral nervous system variables and their relation to behaviour. In the second half of the module, the nature of the cognitivist approach to psychology will be outlined and key theories relating to major cognitive faculties explored. Understanding of these is enhanced through a series of interactive seminars.

    • Research and Issues in Applied Psychology (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of the module is to provide an intellectual setting within which students can both develop a fuller appreciation of substantive areas of applied psychology and improve their practical and analytical skills. The main aim is to direct students to develop an appreciation of the controversies and issues related to traditional and contemporary research, ethical issues, and up-to-date knowledge in the domain of applied psychology such as neuropsychology, infertility, sports and exercise and literacy acquisition.

    • Advanced Research Methods (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module conforms with the statistics and methodology requirements of the British Psychological Society s Graduate Basis for Registration. The module enables students to understand critically evaluate psychological research to understand how research design relates to research questions. It provides students with advanced skills in a variety of statistical analyses and enables them to conduct ethical psychological research at masters level utilising quantitative and qualitative methods. It provides skills in interpretation critical discussion of published psychological research. It prepares students for their dissertation and enables them to choose appropriate methodologies and analyses for research.

    • Social, Personality and Individual Differences (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to develop the depth and breadth of students understanding of theory and research in social psychology and personality psychology. Central themes and concerns in both areas are discussed through the delivery requirements of the BPS Qualifying Syllabus.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How is the MSc Psychology Conversion taught?

The MSc programme can be studied over 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time. Part-time students take 60 taught credits in year 1, and 60 taught credits with the dissertation in year 2. The programme is assessed at 180 credit points. Each 30 credit module represents approximately 300 hours of student study time, with two-four hours of contact time per week. The postgraduate dissertation module is 60 credits and encourages students to work independently, develop expertise in a particular area of psychology and demonstrate advanced research skills.

You will attend laboratory sessions, lectures, seminars and workshops, where you will take part in class discussions, and work on research projects, group assignments and critical analyses. For three of the taught modules you will attend some lectures in common with our undergraduate students. All modules include small group teaching sessions which are specifically designed and exclusive for the MSc Psychology conversion students. Staff are also available for individual tutorials. You will supplement all this with your own independent study and will submit a dissertation. There is a specific module on research methods for the conversion students and the course also aims to improve your analytical, statistical and IT skills.


A major part of your assessment will be your 7,000 to 10,000-word report in the style of a journal article. A wide variety of assessment methods are employed on the course including laboratory reports, essays, poster presentations, other written assignments and seen and unseen examinations. We will be looking, among other things, at your ability to look critically at both theory and empirical research, and material from different sources. You will receive regular feedback on your work.

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How can the MSc Psychology Conversion support your career?

There are strong employment prospects for Psychology graduates and salaries in this field are excellent. The range of professional skills that psychology graduates develop ensures that they are highly valued across the economy.

The MSc is accredited by the British Psychological Society and successful completion of the programme to the required standard provides students with GBC (Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership) with the society. This is a requirement for students wishing to apply for BPS accredited masters courses in a variety of specialist areas in psychology. As such the MSc Psychology (conversion) provides a solid foundation for a career in psychology.

Graduates from this programme will have the opportunity to develop the skills of data research, critical analysis, oral, written and visual communication, reasoned debate, understanding theoretical concepts, and policy analysis. These are highly transferrable and are valued by employers across all sectors.

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