Psychology Conversion MSc

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What is special about this course?

Are you interested in the science of human behaviour and thought? Are you thinking about a career change or interested in how psychology might contribute to your existing career or interest? If so, this MSc Psychology Conversion* is ideal.

This intense, online course will provide you with a broad and critical awareness of psychological theory and practice. Throughout the course you will develop an understanding of what drives people's behaviour, why we are unique and in what ways we are the same, and explore the theories which explain human behaviour and how they are relevant in today's society.

You will examine the core fields of psychology including biological, individual differences, cognitive, and social and developmental psychology, as set out by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Alongside acquiring the key concepts and core knowledge of psychology, you will build strong project management, analytical and report writing skills. Your learning experience will culminate in a substantial research project/dissertation, for which you will have support from your supervisor.

Application for accreditation by the BPS has been submitted*. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Two face-to-face, long-weekend residentials are held in Inverness in August/September and March/April. You must attend these to be eligible for BPS registration on graduation.

*subject to validation/accreditation

Special features

  • The course is delivered online which means you can fit your studies around your work and personal commitments wherever you are 
  • An access route is available for those who have less than 60 credits in psychology in their original degree 
  • On successful accreditation by the British Psychological Society, the degree will confer Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GB) with the British Psychological Society

Entry requirements

  • An undergraduate honours degree in any subject
  • An ordinary degree with at least 120 credits of masters level study will also be considered
  • Applicants with less than 60 credits in psychology in their original degree are strongly advised to undertake the Access to Psychology programme
  • You must be resident in the UK during term-time
  • This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in Scotland.

PgCert/Access to Psychology Conversion

You will choose three of the following core modules:

  • The individual in contemporary society
  • Cognitive psychology and intelligence
  • Social and evolutionary psych
  • Behavioural neuroscience
  • Developmental psychology: from conception to death
  • Advanced research methods

Applicants with less than 60 credits in psychology are strongly advised, but not required, to undertake three modules of 20 credits each at level 10 to 'top-up' their psychological knowledge and understanding, and the practice of research. The selection of modules will be negotiated on the basis of your previous academic experience.


You will choose the remaining three modules from those listed in the PgCert.


To achieve the award of MSc you must complete a research project or dissertation.

How will I study my course?

  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Full Time
  • Part Time (Structured)
  • Part Time (Unstructured)
  • You will have regular support from your tutors and peers through online discussions
  • You must attend the two residential weekends to be eligible for BPS* registration on graduation

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time (structured): 2 years
  • Part-time (unstructured): 4 years

Where can I study my course?

Start date

  • September


For information on costs of this course please contact the college at which you wish to study.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On accreditation and successful completion of the masters you will be eligible to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartership (GB) with the British Psychological Society. This allows you to go on to further masters level study in specialised areas of psychology.

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I want to start in Aug/Sep 2018

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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