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Are you fascinated by the human mind? Hoping to change direction after an undergraduate degree in a different subject? This British Psychological Society (BPS)-accredited conversion Masters is an essential step on your journey towards a career in Psychology.

Delivered by passionate academic staff who are involved in cutting-edge research, you will develop an advanced understanding of cognitive and developmental Psychology, biological and social Psychology, individual differences and psychological research methods.

Successful completion of the MSc will provide you with the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the BPS – the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Study pattern

The timetable for the full-time programme is two full days (9am-5pm) per week on a Monday and Tuesday, and for the part-time programme it is one full day per week (Tuesday for year 1, Monday for year 2).

When deciding on which programme to apply for, we would ask applicants to consider carefully the time commitments for the course taking into account work and any other personal commitments. For full-time students we would expect a commitment of approximately 35 hours per week and for part time around 17.5 hours per week. (For both programmes these hours include hours of study on campus.)

Please feel free to contact the programme leader, Colin Hamilton (colin.hamilton@northumbria.ac.uk) if you are unsure which study mode would be best for your circumstances.

Are you fascinated by the human mind? Hoping to change direction after an undergraduate degree in a different subject? This British Psychological Society (BPS)-accredited conversion Masters is an essential step on your journey towards a career in Psychology.

Delivered by passionate academic staff who are involved in cutting-edge research, you will develop an advanced understanding of cognitive and developmental Psychology, biological and social Psychology, individual differences and psychological research methods.

Successful completion of the MSc will provide you with the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the BPS – the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Study pattern

The timetable for the full-time programme is two full days (9am-5pm) per week on a Monday and Tuesday, and for the part-time programme it is one full day per week (Tuesday for year 1, Monday for year 2).

When deciding on which programme to apply for, we would ask applicants to consider carefully the time commitments for the course taking into account work and any other personal commitments. For full-time students we would expect a commitment of approximately 35 hours per week and for part time around 17.5 hours per week. (For both programmes these hours include hours of study on campus.)

Please feel free to contact the programme leader, Colin Hamilton (colin.hamilton@northumbria.ac.uk) if you are unsure which study mode would be best for your circumstances.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time
1 other options available

Department
Psychology

Location
Northumberland Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

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You will develop a comprehensive knowledge of Psychology, exploring social, developmental, cognitive and biological Psychology, as well as individual differences, philosophies and research methods. You will learn through discussion-based sessions, interactive lectures, tutorials and online discussions.

You will develop a comprehensive knowledge of Psychology, exploring social, developmental, cognitive and biological Psychology, as well as individual differences, philosophies and research methods. You will learn through discussion-based sessions, interactive lectures, tutorials and online discussions.

Research workshops will allow you to develop and enhance your qualitative and quantitative methods competence, data collection and analysis. You will be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning, demonstrating applied understanding and knowledge at the forefront of the discipline. You will learn to defend your work effectively to a wide range of audiences.

Assessment is varied, either seen-exam based or through written assignments such as laboratory reports, research article critiques, data analysis assignments, presentations or conventional essays.

You will also undertake a major research thesis, on a topic of your choice. The breadth of expertise amongst our staff gives us a good chance of supporting your interests, wherever they may lead.

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Our staff are active researchers; passionate about their subject and dedicated to the discovery of new knowledge through innovative and exciting research projects.

You will learn from those at the forefront of their fields. In fact, our strength in Psychology research has significantly increased, with Northumbria ranked top 20 in the UK for research which has outstanding reach and significant impact on individuals and communities (REF 2014).

You will learn from dedicated academics extensive research and teaching backgrounds. Current staff research projects include working memory, neurocognitive performance and function, psychobiological pathways and the psychobiology of stress and the nutritional influences on performance and mood.

Teaching Staff / Profiles

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You will learn in a professional research environment, with access to state-of-the-art laboratories equipped with industry-standard equipment. You will be able to collect and analyse your data using the most up-to-date software tools. 

You’ll spend much of your time in the Experimental Psychology Lab, which has been designed to facilitate group work, and will have access to a designated working space for Masters students. You’ll make constant use of the eLearning Portal, where electronic reading lists, lecture capture and online submission and feedback tools will support your learning.

Depending on which area you choose to explore for your thesis, you will have access to the facilities in one of Northumbria’s innovative research centres including the Brain Performance and Nutrition Research Centre and The Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research.

Facilities / Department of Psychology

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Research is embedded into the structure of this degree, and from the very beginning you will experience a mix of research-led, research-tutored and research-based teaching.

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. Developing your own advanced research skills and critical understanding, you will have the opportunity to work alongside active researchers at the forefront of research in the Psychology fields. You will be encouraged to ask and explore innovative research questions, reflecting upon the research process and knowledge creation, culminating in the production of a research thesis.

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Psychology can offer you a hugely rewarding career, and this course – which will give you the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the BPS – is an essential first step. 

If you want to specialise in Health, Occupational or Sport and Exercise Psychology then your next step will be a Stage 1 Masters, which we also offer here at Northumbria. We can offer you a fast track graduation so that you can move straight on to your Stage 1 qualification, and progress in your career as quickly as possible. You’ll complete your Stage 2 qualification in employment, and ultimately register as a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) practitioner. (This is also the route to Forensic Psychology, which is offered at other local universities.)

If you want to specialise in Counselling, Educational or Clinical Psychology then you will need to apply for a highly competitive doctoral programme. You are likely to need substantial experience to be successful in gaining a place, and at Northumbria we will support you in finding that experience. We will open doors to the many volunteering opportunities at the University and within the sector, and the MSc will also qualify you to apply for a valuable Assistant Psychologist role. 

The third route to a career in Psychology is the academic route, and we can support interested students in applying for our MRes and subsequently a PhD. This would qualify you to lecture and carry our psychological research in a university setting.

Our MSc Psychology has been designed with your employability in mind, and will prove valuable even if you decide not to pursue a career in Psychology. You will develop a critical approach to analysing qualitative and quantitative data, which will equip you to make sound informed decisions – one of the most important aspects of leadership. Our previous graduates 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.

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Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in any discipline.

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 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: £7,995

Full EU Fee: £7,995

Full International Fee: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

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Modules Overview

Modules

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

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Psychological Research Experience (Core, 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.

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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 85% 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 chi2 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 15% of the module) you will learn a number of techniques and the theories behind them to analyse verbal data, as they arise from interviews, panel discussions and similar.

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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 nutritional 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. This module meets criteria set by the British Psychological Society for the core areas of biological and social fields.

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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, Some of these issues will be considered in depth. 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. Additionally, learners will have the opportunity to further develop psychological research critique skills.

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Individual Differences (Core, 20 Credits)

In this module you will have the opportunity to learn about psychological approaches to intelligence, intelligence and cognition, personality, and how psychologists have evaluated the methods and tools employed in their assessment. The intelligence sessions 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 sessions will consider the construct of personality, factors in personality, and applications. The psychometric sessions of the module will consider topics such as test classification and development, standardisation, reliability, validity, interpretation and applications. Thus, in both semesters you will have the opportunity to critically consider applications of the constructs.

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Research Philosophies and Planning (Core, 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.

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MSc Thesis (Core, 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.

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Study Options

The following alternative study options are available for this course:

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