Psychology (MSc)

This conversion programme is designed for graduates in any area who wish to pursue a career in professional psychology. Completing this programme will qualify you for entry to further training, in specialisms such as forensic, clinical and sports psychology.

Whether you’ve studied psychology but didn’t gain accreditation with the British Psychological Society (BPS), or you’re looking to change career paths after studying another subject, this programme is suitable for you.

Converting your degree to a new subject area can be a considerable challenge. Our philosophy on this course is to build on your existing graduate skills and attributes, and to focus on addressing your individual needs.  Participants on this course value the close and supportive relationship between staff and students, achieved via face-to-face interaction in the classroom and laboratory, and meetings with their personal tutor.   You will also find that the other graduates in your cohort provide an important source of social support as you all undergo this intensive learning experience together.

Taught by a team of psychologists who are committed to offering an excellent student experience, this course features a strong applied approach which draws upon the experiences and insight of all participants. Our philosophy is to build on your existing graduate skills and to focus on addressing your individual needs.


  • Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Human Development
  • Individual Differences
  • Social Psychology
  • Research Methods and Analysis

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Study style

  •  Learn through lectures, seminars, tutorials and lab sessions
  • Assessment is through research reports, essays, presentations and a dissertation

Course modules

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

  • At least an ordinary or honours degree in any subject, including degrees in psychology that are not accredited by the BPS.
  • Applicants without a degree may be considered if they can demonstrate substantial, relevant work experience
  • EU and international students need IELTs 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each component) or equivalent.


Fees - 2020/21 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £7500
International Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £14700

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full-time or part-time study; see also the details of potential extra costs. Please refer to the Tuition Fee and Bursary Policy for payment methods and timescales.


Progress to further postgraduate study and training to become a Chartered Psychologist in a specific field of psychology, such as forensic, educational or clinical.

Meet the Lecturer

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A step 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.  Popular continuation routes available at the University of Gloucestershire are the BPS-accredited MSc Forensic Psychology, and postgraduate research in cognitive psychology / neuroscience, social cognition, and health and wellbeing.

Student presentation

Student-focused, with excellent teaching and support

Getting to grips with the entire core BPS curriculum in one year is no mean feat.  To maximise your chance of success and ensure your learning is both meaningful and enjoyable, our course is delivered face-to-face in the classroom and the laboratory.  There are plenty of opportunities to question, discuss and explore key concepts and methods with your lecturers and other students.  Your personal tutor will monitor your progress and be able to provide support tailored to your particular needs.

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Pursue your own interests

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

School of Natural and Social Sciences

Our School of Natural and Social Sciences provides the best possible student experience with cutting-edge technology and strong practical elements to each course. You will work closely with lecturers and other students in the seminar room, the laboratory and the field.

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