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Broaden your mind with our Psychology MSc.

Whether you’re looking to change direction and start a career in the industry, or you’re eager to benefit from a stronger understanding of how people think, act and feel, our course will help you to unlock your potential.

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), this conversion course will ensure you develop the core knowledge of psychology needed by the BPS for Graduate Membership (GBC) – the first essential milestone on your journey towards a future as a chartered psychologist.

We’ve designed our Masters to be flexible. You can complete the course in around two years or take longer if you need to (up to four years). Plus, you’ll be free to study whenever and wherever you want, while still having access to great teaching and online facilities, and pay in module by module instalments. This is your Psychology course, your way. 

Got a question about this degree? Visit our course FAQ pages.

Course Information

Level of Study

Mode of Study
2 years part time
2 other options available


Northumberland Building, Newcastle City Campus


Academic Year 2020/21: October 20, January 21, April 21, July 21

Fee Information

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Learn more about the course from our academic lead, Dr Dan Jolley, and explore our Psychology department.

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Our BPS accredited conversion course will help you to change direction and take the essential first step towards a future career in psychology.

Aimed at graduates with degrees in an unrelated subject, you’ll develop the core knowledge of psychology needed by the BPS for Graduate Membership (GBC) - the first milestone on the journey towards a future as a chartered psychologist.

This course is also suitable if you’re working in a role outside the industry, but want to benefit from a stronger understanding of how the human mind works. Whether you’re in marketing, advertising, HR, law or social work – to name just a few – you’ll gain knowledge and skills that will enhance your career potential.

Our Masters is designed to be flexible. We recommend a study time of 15 hours a week for this course, making it ideal for working professionals.


We’ve designed this Masters in partnership with online experts to make sure you get the most flexible, most interactive and engaging experience possible.  As a distance learner, you’ll be free to study your course your way, while still benefiting from our excellent teaching and research.

The recommended study time for the course is 15 hours a week.

You’ll access your learning through our eLearning portal, Blackboard Ultra. This offers 24/7 access to an extensive range of online learning materials (from online readings to videos), in-course communication tools (including discussion forums) and advice and support services. You’ll also have regular assessments to help keep you on track and access to over half a million books and e-books through our online University Library Services.

You’ll be part of a supportive, engaging online community. During each module, you’ll participate in interactive seminars with tutors, group tasks with other students and more. You’ll even have a personal Student Success Advisor on hand to support you from day one through to graduation. Whether you need pastoral guidance, help with assessments or advice about fees, they will be with you at every step.


Distance Learning Experience

Learn more about learning online at Northumbria, studying online versus on campus and our Student Success Team.

Our Psychology department is a thriving, research-rich community. In fact, we’re in the UK top 20 for the outstanding reach and significance of our psychology research impact on individuals and communities (REF 2014).

Research is embedded into the core of this degree. From the very beginning, you will learn how knowledge in Psychology is developed through research, and how to design and carry out research studies using a range of methodologies.

We’ll help you to develop advanced research skills and critical understanding, encouraging you to ask innovative questions and reflect upon the process of research and knowledge creation. All of this will culminate in you writing your own Masters level thesis in the final stages of the programme.


We’re proud to be the home of inspirational staff, who are dedicated to the discovery of knowledge. We hold an international reputation for research – the department has delivered more than £5 million of externally funded research in the last five years – and all of our staff have extensive industry experience too; the perfect balance to inform your learning.

All of our research fits into our overarching, specialist theme of ‘Psychology of Health and Wellbeing’. Our current projects include cognitive development, attention and perception; ageing; human interactions through digital technologies; wakefulness and sleep-related disorders; the psychobiology of stress; nutrition and mental health; mating behaviours and preferences, and hoarding disorders.

Get to know some of the tutors you may learn from below or explore the rest of the department.


Meet The Tutors

Discover more about our online Psychology MSc from the Head of Department or meet some of the tutors you may learn from.

The field of psychology offers a number of highly rewarding career paths. Completion of this BPS accredited course will help you gain GBC status – the first step you need to take in your journey towards becoming a chartered psychologist in any specialism. 

As a Northumbria University student, you’ll be able to tap into our Careers and Employment Service, which offers a range of resources and support online.


Careers in educational, counselling or clinical psychology:

If you want to specialise in counselling, educational or clinical psychology, you will need to apply for a doctoral programme after gaining GBC status.

These programmes are competitive and practical experience will be needed to gain a place. Our conversion MSc could help you qualify for a role as an assistant psychologist.


Careers in other psychology fields:

If you’re looking to move into another field, such as health, forensic, occupational or sport psychology, you’ll need to complete a specialist Stage 1 Masters after gaining GBC status.

Discover the specialist Masters in Psychology offered at Northumbria University.

After this, you’ll be required to undertake a Stage 2 practical qualification while in employment, before ultimately registering as a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) practitioner.


Research careers:

If you are interested in becoming a lecturer and carrying out psychological research in a university setting, you could apply for our MRes in Psychology and subsequently a Postgraduate Research Degree after graduation.  


Careers outside the industry:

This Psychology MSc has been designed with your employability in mind, and will prove invaluable even if you decide to pursue a career outside psychology. You will gain a number of skills, including a critical approach to analysing qualitative and quantitative data, which will equip you to make informed decisions – one of the most important aspects of leadership.

Graduates from our on campus programme have secured specialist roles in management, advertising, marketing and human resources, with many moving into the public sector for careers in the police and prison services, health and social services or education.


Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit

English Language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 6.0 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

Full UK Fee: £7,170

Full EU Fee: £7,170

Full International Fee: £7,170


There are no Additional Costs

Scholarships and discounts

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Our Application Process

Applying for this course is quick and easy, and can be done using our online applicant portal.


As part of the application process, you’ll need to upload a selection of important documents including:

  • Your Bachelor’s degree certificate
  • A copy of your degree transcript (if this was awarded in a language other than English, you’ll need an official translation too)
  • Evidence of any other postgraduate or professional qualifications
  • An updated CV/resume
  • Proof of your English Language proficiency (if English is your second language)
  • A 500 word personal statement

If you are a non standard applicant, you will also need to send us two professional / personal references on headed paper.


After receiving your application, our Applicant Services team will aim to respond to you as soon as possible.


You are advised to apply early to secure your place and organise any sponsorship, scholarships or funding.


Useful application advice:

Our decision making process

Application advice for disabled students

Applying as an international student



The University reserves the right at any stage to request applicants and enrolling students to provide additional information about any aspect of their application or enrolment. In the event of any student providing false or inaccurate information at any stage, and/or failing to provide additional information when requested to do so, the University further reserves the right to refuse to consider an application, to withdraw registration, rescind home fees status where applicable, and/or demand payment of any fees or monies due to the University.


Study Options

The following alternative study options are available for this course:

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