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

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.)

Master of Research opportunity

If you already have quite a clear idea about a particular topic you’d like to explore, or you’re interested in a research-based career, then you might want to consider our Psychology MRes.

Find out more about studying an MRes at Northumbria here.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
2 years part-time
3 other options available

Department
Psychology

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Fee Information

Module Information

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Entry Requirements 2021/22

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 2021/22 Entry

Full UK Fee: £8,400

Full EU Fee: £16,000

Full International Fee: £16,000



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Modules

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

PY0792 -

Biological, Cognitive and Developmental Psychology (Core,30 Credits)

You will learn about three key domains within the discipline of psychology, biological systems and processes, cognitive processes and developmental processes, and how they provide an understanding 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. Several health behaviours (feeding, stress, sleep) will also be examined in depth from a biological perspective.

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.

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, in all three components, learners will have the opportunity to develop psychological research skills.

More information

PY0793 -

Individual Differences, Psychometrics and Social Psychology (Core,30 Credits)

You will learn about three key domains within the discipline of psychology, individual differences, psychometrics, and social psychology processes, and how they provide an understanding to human behaviour.
The Individual Differences 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.
The Social Psychology 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.
Thus, in all topics you will have the opportunity to critically consider applications of the constructs.

More information

PY0776 -

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.

More information

PY0790 -

Quantitative Research Methods (Core,30 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 quantitative methodologies. 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.
In parallel, you will acquire an understanding of the following basic principles in statistics: levels of measurement; standardised effect size measures; sample distributions, standard errors and confidence intervals; meta-analysis; statistical significance testing, publication bias, and the problems they cause. From this knowledge base, you will independently read advanced literature on statistics to further your understanding. You will also learn when and how to use a range of frequently used data analysis techniques (e.g. estimation of standardised effect sizes; meta-analysis; ANOVA and ANCOVA; multiple regression; and chi2 to analyse proportions) in order to inform your critical judgement about your own research and that of others. Finally, you will learn about the limitations of statistical inference in some important real-world settings.

More information

PY0791 -

Historical Psychology and Qualitative Research Methods (Core,30 Credits)

You will have the opportunity to learn about the historical development of psychology as a discipline and to gain experience in understanding the methodology and analyses of qualitative research in Psychology.

Historical Psychology: 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.
Qualitative Research Methods: In this component you will be able to consider a range of qualitative methodologies, thematic analysis, Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA), grounded theory, the use of focus groups, and discourse analysis. A session will be dedicated to examining issues on quality and rigour in qualitative review and providing you with experience of critically reviewing a selection of research papers You will also have the opportunity to collect data and choose an appropriate analysis approach in order to interrogate the data.

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.

PY0792 -

Biological, Cognitive and Developmental Psychology (Core,30 Credits)

You will learn about three key domains within the discipline of psychology, biological systems and processes, cognitive processes and developmental processes, and how they provide an understanding 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. Several health behaviours (feeding, stress, sleep) will also be examined in depth from a biological perspective.

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.

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, in all three components, learners will have the opportunity to develop psychological research skills.

More information

PY0793 -

Individual Differences, Psychometrics and Social Psychology (Core,30 Credits)

You will learn about three key domains within the discipline of psychology, individual differences, psychometrics, and social psychology processes, and how they provide an understanding to human behaviour.
The Individual Differences 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.
The Social Psychology 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.
Thus, in all topics you will have the opportunity to critically consider applications of the constructs.

More information

PY0776 -

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.

More information

PY0790 -

Quantitative Research Methods (Core,30 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 quantitative methodologies. 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.
In parallel, you will acquire an understanding of the following basic principles in statistics: levels of measurement; standardised effect size measures; sample distributions, standard errors and confidence intervals; meta-analysis; statistical significance testing, publication bias, and the problems they cause. From this knowledge base, you will independently read advanced literature on statistics to further your understanding. You will also learn when and how to use a range of frequently used data analysis techniques (e.g. estimation of standardised effect sizes; meta-analysis; ANOVA and ANCOVA; multiple regression; and chi2 to analyse proportions) in order to inform your critical judgement about your own research and that of others. Finally, you will learn about the limitations of statistical inference in some important real-world settings.

More information

PY0791 -

Historical Psychology and Qualitative Research Methods (Core,30 Credits)

You will have the opportunity to learn about the historical development of psychology as a discipline and to gain experience in understanding the methodology and analyses of qualitative research in Psychology.

Historical Psychology: 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.
Qualitative Research Methods: In this component you will be able to consider a range of qualitative methodologies, thematic analysis, Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA), grounded theory, the use of focus groups, and discourse analysis. A session will be dedicated to examining issues on quality and rigour in qualitative review and providing you with experience of critically reviewing a selection of research papers You will also have the opportunity to collect data and choose an appropriate analysis approach in order to interrogate the data.

More information

Study Options

The following alternative study options are available for this course:

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All information on this course page is accurate at the time of viewing.

Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of face to face and online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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