School of Psychology

MSc Psychology

The MSc Psychology is designed to confer Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). GBC is the form of professional accreditation that is required for many careers that you may pursue with a psychology degree, as well as for advanced professional training in psychology. This is a conversion course. You do not need an undergraduate psychology degree but you'll need an honours degree.

Key features

  • Ensure you have the necessary qualifications for many types of further training in psychology, as well as for licensing as a professional psychologist.
  • Participate in this one-year intensive programme. You’ll become eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), which normally requires a three year honours degree in psychology.  
  • Benefit from the expertise of the School of Psychology which has received national recognition for both its teaching and research activities, earning a rating of five in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise and a score of 23 out of 24 in the last Teaching Quality Assessment. These qualities mark Plymouth as one of the top psychology departments in the UK.
  • Obtain a background in the major theoretical approaches in all of the principal areas of psychology - biological, cognitive, social, developmental, and individual differences.
  • Gain an understanding of a wide variety of research paradigms, including research methods and measurement techniques.
  • Explore the newly refurbished laboratory and teaching space including electrophysiology (ERP), Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS), virtual reality and eye‑tracking laboratories.

Course details

  • Programme overview
  • Drawing on Plymouth's existing British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited programmes, you’ll gain access to the curriculum essential for obtaining GBC, a critical step in becoming a chartered psychologist. The programme includes a number of opportunities for advanced study. You’ll learn through an exciting blend of lectures and regular interaction with staff and fellow students, as well as through independent reading and research. You’re challenged to investigate classic and contemporary issues in the field of psychology at an intensive and analytical level. A unique feature of this MSc is its incorporation of student-directed seminar groups, which employ various learning approaches, for example you may take part in small group discussions where you explore and critically analyse the literature relevant to a current issue of practical significance. You’ll develop and carry out an independent research project under the supervision of a member of academic staff.

    The MSc dissertation is completed at the end of the academic year (August) and the degree conferred the following November.

    Part-time study
    An option to study part-time over two years is available. Please contact the course coordinator for details.
    Core modules
    • PSYC501 Project

      This module is the dissertation associated with the Masters programme. It comprises an independent piece of research work conducted by the student and written up as a research report.

    • PSYC502 Social and Individual Influences on Behaviour

      This module examines the influence of social (interpersonal and intergroup) and individual (intrapersonal) factors ¿ and their interactions ¿ in determining perception, judgment and behaviour in a social context

    • PSYC503 Psychology of Normal and Atypical Development

      This module includes an exploration of topics in developmental and clinical psychology. Issues such as social, cognitive and language development in infancy and childhood, and clinical approaches to psychological disorders and their treatment, will be included

    • PSYC504 Cognitive Psychology

      This module covers perception and attention (visual and auditory processing), language (language comprehension and production), memory, and thinking and reasoning

    • PSYC505 Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology

      To explore the contribution of biological processes to the genesis and maintenance of behaviour and psychological experience; to provide an understanding of the methods and understanding developed using neuropsychological research. To foster critical thinking about issues in this area.

    • PSYC506 Methods and Practice of Research in Psychology

      PSYC506 prepares students for their independent research project, and provides: i) a grounding in core concepts in research methods and statistics; ii) an overview of the philosophical challenges facing psychological researchers, and a historical perspective on the development of psychological science; iii) practical guidance in the conduct of research in their chosen field; and iv) support to engage with the research literature on their chosen topic and the process of generating a novel research question and design.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc Psychology 3371

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

You must have successfully completed a first degree (at university level) prior to enrolling on this programme.

The programme is ideal if you’re wishing to make a career change into psychology, or if you have overseas qualifications and wish to convert your psychology degree into one approved by the BPS.

If you have overseas qualifications you can check their comparability with the UK equivalent through the UK National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC), who provide an advisory service. 

English language requirements

If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required. For further advice on the appropriateness of overseas qualification and proficiency in the use of English, please contact our International Office.

The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is 6.5.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU £6,500 To be confirmed
International £13,250 £14,000
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Part time (International) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

How to apply

Applying for postgraduate taught study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Postgraduate Admissions and Enquiries team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

If you would like any further information please contact the Postgraduate and Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858

Email: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk 


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

 

Applying for postgraduate research study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. The Doctoral College is available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.  If  you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk

If you would like any further information please contact the Doctoral College:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 587640

Email: doctoralcollege@plymouth.ac.uk


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

MSc Psychology

Plymouth is one of the top Psychology departments in the UK. The programme will run in conjunction with the School’s existing taught programmes, including its BPS-accredited BSc (Hons) Psychology and MSc in Psychological Research Methods programmes.

These programmes are delivered by over 30 members of staff with a range of expertise in various areas of psychology.

Meet the Programme Manager - Dr Alison Bacon

Alison is the Programme Manager for MSc Psychology. She is a member of the School of Psychology and the Centre for Research in Brain, Cognition and Behaviour.

Find out more about the Programme Manager

Facilities in the School of Psychology

Make the most of our specialist facilities – we’re a well equipped department ready to support your research.

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PhD opportunities in the School of Psychology

Your chance to study a topic of your choice over three years with support and supervision from an expert in their field.

Find out about studying for a PhD with us

Further study and employment opportunities

Many psychology students seek further specialised training in the applied sectors of the field (e.g. forensic psychology, counselling psychology, and organisational psychology). This programme will qualify you for entry into such training programmes.

A recent survey of university graduates in the UK indicated that psychology students enter into a wide variety of professions.

Find out more about the variety of professions available

Psychology staff - qualified to teach

80 per cent of staff in the School of Psychology have teaching qualifications, and many are Higher Education Academy Fellows. All new staff are required to qualify for a fellowship of the HEA.

Nationally only 38 per cent of university academics are qualified to teach - you deserve better than that.

Find out what qualifications our staff have

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