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Psychology MSc

University of Gloucestershire

What is Psychology MSc?

This conversion programme is designed for graduates in any area who would like to pursue a career in professional psychology. As the programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), those completing with an overall grade of 50% or above, will be eligible for graduate basis for registration with the BPS.  This will enable you to pursue further training in psychology, in specialisms such as forensic, occupational, educational, clinical sports and health psychology in addition to psychological research via a PhD.

Whether you have studied psychology but did not gain accreditation with the BPS, or you are looking to change career paths after studying another subject, this could be the course for you. To help you make this transition, we provide pre-sessional materials which provide a foundation in some of the key aspects that will underpin the degree.

Study style

The course takes a strongly applied approach, drawing upon the experiences and insight of team of Psychologists who are committed to offering an excellent student experience. You’ll learn through interactive sessions, with opportunities for guided discussions around the topic.  The course will assess you in applied formats that you are likely to encounter in a future career in psychology. As such, you will complete research reports, essays, presentations and a dissertation.

Whilst, by nature, the MSc Psychology programme is intense (to include the relevant BPS curriculum), it has been carefully designed to build your knowledge and skillset throughout the different modules informed by the most up-to-date pedagogical research. We have an excellent sense of community on the course, with a strong peer network between students, and supportive relationships with expert staff. 

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Entry requirements

    • Applicants should have a degree level qualification equivalent to 2.2 or above in any subject. Those who do not meet the minimum entry criteria of 2:2 or above but have previously studied psychology and not achieved Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS will be considered, dependant upon experience.

    • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent.

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

Students usually support themselves through the postgraduate loan, private savings, family support or sponsorship from an employer. For advice and guidance on your funding options, contact the Money Advice team at or call 01242 714535.

UoG graduates receive up to 20% off postgraduate tuition fees. Terms apply.

Start date Location Course code Total Fee (UK) Total Fee (international)
Sep 2024 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham £9,150 £17,100
Sep 2025 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham TBC TBC

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Possible careers

Graduates from this course can progress to further postgraduate study and training to become a Chartered Psychologist in a specific field of psychology – such as forensic, educational or clinical.

Popular continuation routes include:

Work towards becoming chartered

This is the first step to becoming a chartered Psychologist. Our syllabus gives you the skills and knowledge to progress into a professional psychology career or continue your training in forensic psychology or research.

Enjoy excellent teaching and student support

To help you get to grips with the core BPS curriculum in this timeframe, you’ll learn face-to-face in the classroom and the lab – with plenty of opportunities to question, discuss and explore key concepts and methods with your lecturers and other students.

Explore your own interests

Through your dissertation you can focus on a research topic that particularly interests you. This is an opportunity to develop specialist knowledge in an area relevant to your intended career – and prepare for the next stage of your training as a professional Psychologist.

Endless possibilities with a master’s degree

Increase your pay potential, specialise in the subject you love, or pursue your passion and switch careers.

UoG students can benefit from an alumni discount. Receive 20% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees as a 2022 graduate.

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