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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 as little as 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 page.

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Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
2 years part time
2 other options available

Department
Psychology

Location
Northumberland Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
January 2020, April 2020, July 2020 or October 2020

Fee Information

Module Information

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.

*Following a Memorandum of Cooperation between the Psychological Society of Ireland and BPS, those who have gained an academic award accredited by the BPS are eligible for Graduate Membership of the PSI.

 

 

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.

 

 

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 here.

 

 

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.

 

Becoming a chartered psychologist – next steps

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.

Click here to see 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.

 

Alternative routes

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.

 

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.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

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 www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

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 www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

Full UK Fee: £6,990

Full EU Fee: £6,990

Full International Fee: £6,990

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Scholarships and Discounts

Click here for UK and EU Masters funding and scholarships information.

Click here for International Masters funding and scholarships information.

 

 

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.

 

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

PE7025 -

Psychological Data Analysis (Core,20 Credits)

This module provides you with an introduction to quantitative and qualitative data analysis. The main focus is on the analysis of quantitative data, which arise from measurement. Quantitative analysis, also known as statistics, makes up about 75% of the module. In this part you will gain a good understanding of fundamental concepts and principles in statistics. These include levels of measurement; standardised effect size measures; sample distributions, standard errors and confidence intervals; and statistical significance testing and the problems it causes. This basic understanding will allow you to independently read advanced literature on statistics to further your own understanding. In addition to basic principles, you will also learn about a range of frequently used techniques for data analysis. For each of them you will learn to identify when it is suitable to use; how to run the analysis; how to report its results to experts and lay people; and how to use these result to inform your critical judgement about your own research and that of others. The techniques you will learn about include the estimation of standardised effect sizes; meta-analysis; ANOVA and ANCOVA; multiple regression; and chi-squared to analyse proportions. Finally, you will learn about the limitations of statistical inference in some important real-world settings.
In the qualitative data analysis part (about 25% of the module) you will learn about thematic analysis to analyse verbal data, from interviews, panel discussions and similar.

More information

PE7026 -

Biological and Social Psychology (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about two key perspectives within the discipline of psychology and how they provide an understanding of how biological systems and social processes contribute to human behaviour. ‘Biological Psychology’: This component will cover the fundamentals of biological psychology and demonstrate the importance of biological systems in human behaviour. This will include knowledge of the biological systems of the body (the brain and nervous and endocrine systems) and communication between these systems via neurons, and hormones; the techniques used to assess brain structure and function; individual differences in their functioning and pharmacological interventions that can affect the functioning of these systems. ‘Social Psychology’: This component will provide you with an understanding of the human as a social being. Topics may include some of the most renowned studies in psychology regarding issues of conformity, aggression, prejudice and interpersonal relationships. Methodological and ethical issues related to the studies that inform social psychology will also be explored.

More information

PE7027 -

Cognitive and Developmental Psychology (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will have the opportunity to learn about two key fields within the discipline of psychology and gain an understanding of how cognitive and developmental processes contribute to human behaviour.
Developmental: This component will cover the historical foundations of child development and fundamental aspects of social and cognitive development in young children and adolescents. Topics may include research methods and ethics, cognitive development, theoretical perspectives including Piaget and Vygotsky, emotional development, attachment theory and developmental disorders. Learners will have the opportunity to develop their research critique skills within the context of an oral presentation.
Cognitive; This component will familiarise students with the core areas of cognitive psychology and will demonstrate the importance and relevance of cognitive processes when trying to understand human behaviour within both theoretical and applied contexts. Topics will be drawn from; perception; attention; memory; problem solving; decision making and language. As in the Developmental component there will be an initial emphasis, where relevant, of the historical development of the constructs discussed.

More information

PE7028 -

Individual Differences (Core,20 Credits)

In this module you will have the opportunity to learn about psychological approaches to intelligence and personality, and how psychologists have evaluated the methods and tools employed in their assessment. The intelligence component will examine a range of topics, e.g. historical approaches to intelligence with an emphasis upon contemporary cognitive approaches such as working memory, intelligence and cognitive interventions, and individual differences in cognition such as lifespan differences. Personality topics will consider the construct of personality, factors in personality, and applications. Psychometric aspects of the module will consider topics such as test classification and development, standardisation, reliability, validity, interpretation and applications.

More information

PE7024 -

Psychological Research Experience (Optional,20 Credits)

You will learn how knowledge in psychology is developed through research. You will learn how to design and carry out research studies using a range of methodologies. The analysis and interpretation of data that you collect will build on knowledge acquired on other modules. The skills in writing reports in line with current conventions in the psychological literature will be developed through practice and detailed formative and summative feedback. The importance of ethical considerations will be constant theme throughout the module and the completion of documentation required for ethical research will be covered in depth.

More information

PE7029 -

Research Philosophies and Planning (Optional,20 Credits)

This module firstly brings you a historical perspective on psychology. It introduces the research approaches and techniques in the different branches of psychology as a precursor to a process of developing and presenting your own research plan. You will be introduced to a series of ‘classic’ studies and asked to evaluate and debate the way that psychological knowledge, methods and ethical approaches may have changed since that original study. Each classic study represents a pathway in the discipline of psychology, embracing diverse areas such as social, developmental, cognitive and health psychology. For each pathway, you will be asked to reflect critically on the original epistemological and methodological assumptions made within the discipline and consider the major changes in the development of the discipline. This module will then equip you to think more critically about the design of your own research programme and so can be used to explore thesis ideas. In the second semester this will become an explicit focus of the module and you will be asked to develop and present a research proposal that gives evidence of critical thinking around research design.

More information

PE7030 -

MSc Thesis (Optional,60 Credits)

On this module you will have the opportunity to independently conceptualise, plan and undertake a novel piece of research that contributes to psychological knowledge and understanding. You will critically evaluate current theories and evidence in order to generate your own research question. You will engage with the relevant ethical guidelines to design a feasible project plan. You will develop your independent research skills during this module as well as identifying points of collaboration with supervisors, research staff and other potential stakeholders. You will use a variety of relevant skills, techniques and research methods in order to implement your study and finally you will have the opportunity to disseminate your findings in written form.

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

PE7025 -

Psychological Data Analysis (Optional,20 Credits)

This module provides you with an introduction to quantitative and qualitative data analysis. The main focus is on the analysis of quantitative data, which arise from measurement. Quantitative analysis, also known as statistics, makes up about 75% of the module. In this part you will gain a good understanding of fundamental concepts and principles in statistics. These include levels of measurement; standardised effect size measures; sample distributions, standard errors and confidence intervals; and statistical significance testing and the problems it causes. This basic understanding will allow you to independently read advanced literature on statistics to further your own understanding. In addition to basic principles, you will also learn about a range of frequently used techniques for data analysis. For each of them you will learn to identify when it is suitable to use; how to run the analysis; how to report its results to experts and lay people; and how to use these result to inform your critical judgement about your own research and that of others. The techniques you will learn about include the estimation of standardised effect sizes; meta-analysis; ANOVA and ANCOVA; multiple regression; and chi-squared to analyse proportions. Finally, you will learn about the limitations of statistical inference in some important real-world settings.
In the qualitative data analysis part (about 25% of the module) you will learn about thematic analysis to analyse verbal data, from interviews, panel discussions and similar.

More information

PE7026 -

Biological and Social Psychology (Optional,20 Credits)

You will learn about two key perspectives within the discipline of psychology and how they provide an understanding of how biological systems and social processes contribute to human behaviour. ‘Biological Psychology’: This component will cover the fundamentals of biological psychology and demonstrate the importance of biological systems in human behaviour. This will include knowledge of the biological systems of the body (the brain and nervous and endocrine systems) and communication between these systems via neurons, and hormones; the techniques used to assess brain structure and function; individual differences in their functioning and pharmacological interventions that can affect the functioning of these systems. ‘Social Psychology’: This component will provide you with an understanding of the human as a social being. Topics may include some of the most renowned studies in psychology regarding issues of conformity, aggression, prejudice and interpersonal relationships. Methodological and ethical issues related to the studies that inform social psychology will also be explored.

More information

PE7027 -

Cognitive and Developmental Psychology (Optional,20 Credits)

In this module you will have the opportunity to learn about two key fields within the discipline of psychology and gain an understanding of how cognitive and developmental processes contribute to human behaviour.
Developmental: This component will cover the historical foundations of child development and fundamental aspects of social and cognitive development in young children and adolescents. Topics may include research methods and ethics, cognitive development, theoretical perspectives including Piaget and Vygotsky, emotional development, attachment theory and developmental disorders. Learners will have the opportunity to develop their research critique skills within the context of an oral presentation.
Cognitive; This component will familiarise students with the core areas of cognitive psychology and will demonstrate the importance and relevance of cognitive processes when trying to understand human behaviour within both theoretical and applied contexts. Topics will be drawn from; perception; attention; memory; problem solving; decision making and language. As in the Developmental component there will be an initial emphasis, where relevant, of the historical development of the constructs discussed.

More information

PE7028 -

Individual Differences (Optional,20 Credits)

In this module you will have the opportunity to learn about psychological approaches to intelligence and personality, and how psychologists have evaluated the methods and tools employed in their assessment. The intelligence component will examine a range of topics, e.g. historical approaches to intelligence with an emphasis upon contemporary cognitive approaches such as working memory, intelligence and cognitive interventions, and individual differences in cognition such as lifespan differences. Personality topics will consider the construct of personality, factors in personality, and applications. Psychometric aspects of the module will consider topics such as test classification and development, standardisation, reliability, validity, interpretation and applications.

More information

PE7024 -

Psychological Research Experience (Optional,20 Credits)

You will learn how knowledge in psychology is developed through research. You will learn how to design and carry out research studies using a range of methodologies. The analysis and interpretation of data that you collect will build on knowledge acquired on other modules. The skills in writing reports in line with current conventions in the psychological literature will be developed through practice and detailed formative and summative feedback. The importance of ethical considerations will be constant theme throughout the module and the completion of documentation required for ethical research will be covered in depth.

More information

PE7029 -

Research Philosophies and Planning (Optional,20 Credits)

This module firstly brings you a historical perspective on psychology. It introduces the research approaches and techniques in the different branches of psychology as a precursor to a process of developing and presenting your own research plan. You will be introduced to a series of ‘classic’ studies and asked to evaluate and debate the way that psychological knowledge, methods and ethical approaches may have changed since that original study. Each classic study represents a pathway in the discipline of psychology, embracing diverse areas such as social, developmental, cognitive and health psychology. For each pathway, you will be asked to reflect critically on the original epistemological and methodological assumptions made within the discipline and consider the major changes in the development of the discipline. This module will then equip you to think more critically about the design of your own research programme and so can be used to explore thesis ideas. In the second semester this will become an explicit focus of the module and you will be asked to develop and present a research proposal that gives evidence of critical thinking around research design.

More information

PE7030 -

MSc Thesis (Optional,60 Credits)

On this module you will have the opportunity to independently conceptualise, plan and undertake a novel piece of research that contributes to psychological knowledge and understanding. You will critically evaluate current theories and evidence in order to generate your own research question. You will engage with the relevant ethical guidelines to design a feasible project plan. You will develop your independent research skills during this module as well as identifying points of collaboration with supervisors, research staff and other potential stakeholders. You will use a variety of relevant skills, techniques and research methods in order to implement your study and finally you will have the opportunity to disseminate your findings in written form.

More information

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