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Psychology MSc

This course is for university graduates who wish to pursue a professional career or postgraduate study in psychology but who do not hold an Honours Degree in psychology.

The MSc Psychology is a conversion programme that enables you to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). GBC is a necessary first step towards a career in one of the professional branches of psychology.

The MSc Psychology aims to convert graduates from other disciplines and those with unrecognised psychology degrees into GBC recognised Psychology graduates. It hopes to recruit from those students who wish to obtain a GBC recognised qualification, which will enable them to progress into a career in psychology. Hence it hopes to attract those who wish to further their interest in psychology along with those that wish to change their career path to a specific area in psychology. The course allows graduates to apply for a large range of professional training in psychology for example, clinical, occupational, educational, forensic, and counselling psychology.

You’ll examine all the core areas in Psychology, as required by the British Psychological Society and develop masters level skills and knowledge in Psychology.

The MSc can be completed on a full-time (typically one year) or part-time (typically two years) basis and you must start in Semester 1 of the academic year.

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How to Apply

Apply for September 2017 enrolment at the University of Worcester

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Entry requirements

An honours degree, 2.1 or above, which has not been accredited by the British Psychological Society and the equivalent of at least 60 credits of Psychology at level 4 or above;


where students do not have prior Psychology experience but have at least a 2i first degree with honours in another subject, they must complete the Foundation course (60 credits, with 30 being at Level 4 and 30 at Level  5) to ensure they meet the above requirements prior to entry to the conversion programme.

Study options

You must start in Semester 1. The programme can be completed on a full or part-time basis.

Two intermediate awards, the Postgraduate Certificate and the Postgraduate Diploma, are available should you be unable to commit the time required to gain the Master’s award. The Certificate requires successful completion of three modules and the Diploma six modules.

Neither of the intermediary awards confers eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society, and students must complete the full masters programme to achieve this.

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Dr Mahoney
Course Leader



Future careers in professional psychology may include educational, clinical and occupational psychology. Psychologists are also welcome in many other contexts, such as human resource and general management, marketing and as members of research or design teams producing new products.

In addition to eligibility for postgraduate training as a professional psychologist, you will also leave the course with good communication and IT skills and a sound understanding of behavioural research – a useful combination for a variety of subsequent careers.

Course content


There are seven mandatory areas for British Psychological Society accreditation:

Cognitive Psychology
Social Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Individual Differences
Advanced Research Methods

All conversion students must gain credit in each of these areas by passing a module in that area, or by demonstrating eligibility for exemption through Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning (APL/APEL), for up to a maximum of 50% of the programme. All students must take and pass the Dissertation.


Learning is structured around group seminars, lectures, individual tutorials and online resources.

Several modules offer different kinds of assessment, including research analyses, portfolios of documents, research reports, data analyses, seminar papers and presentations.

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