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 programme is ideal.

This British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited 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. You will 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, social, and developmental psychology, as set out by the British Psychological Society. Learning in these core domains will be supported by an exploration of research methods.

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

On successful completion of the programme you will be eligible to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS. This allows you to apply for further masters-level study in specialised vocational areas of psychology.

The majority of the course is held online, but there are also two face-to-face blocks which are held in Inverness in August/September (two days) and March/April (up to five days). Attendance at these is compulsory to be eligible for BPS registration on graduation.

Special features

  • The course is mainly delivered online, which means you can fit your studies around your work and personal commitments wherever you are, with the exception of the two face-to-face elements
  • The written Learning Resources are supplemented by online discussions and tutorials, which help to reinforce your understanding of topics. You should allow time to take part in these regularly.
  • On successful completion of the full MSc programme you will be eligible to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS. This allows you to go on to further masters-level study in specialised vocational areas of psychology.

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
  • 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

British Psychological Society - Accredited Conversion Award

PgCert

You will study three core modules:

  • The individual in contemporary society OR another option module at Level 10 or 11 (dependent on your previous psychological study)
  • Social and evolutionary psychology OR Development psychology: Birth to Death
  • Advance research methods

 

PgDip

You will study three core modules:

  • Cognitive psychology and intelligence
  • Developmental psychology: from birth to death OR Social and evolutionary psychology
  • Behavioural neuroscience

MSc

To achieve the award of MSc you must complete the six core modules for the PgCert and PgDip, plus a research project or dissertation.

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

As your course was designed to be fully online and has run successfully for many years in this way, we can confirm that there will be no change to how the course will be delivered next year. You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have an online induction at the start of the course and will be able to meet your fellow students, lecturers and personal academic tutor through video conferencing. The one-week compulsory residential requirement for BPS registration held in semester two may be a virtual event this year depending on the Scottish Government guidance over the next few months. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all staff and students.
  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will have regular support from your tutors and peers through online discussions and tutorials for each module. You will be expected to contribute to these on a weekly basis as part of your learning
  • You must attend two face-to-face, taught components. The first, your induction, is held in August/September and takes place over a Friday and Saturday. The second, known as the residential, takes place at the end of March, usually from Monday to Thursday. Part-time students will be required to attend the residential during their second year of study; unstructured part-time students are not required to attend but may do so in their third year if they choose to.
  • The induction and residential are held in Inverness and attendance is compulsory for completion of your degree to meet the requirements of the British Psychological Society. You will be responsible for your travel and accommodation costs.

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 18 months
  • Part-time (structured): 3 years

There is a maximum period of six years for completion of masters-level study.

You should allow 30-45 hours a week for full-time study, with the higher time commitment being particularly necessary around assignment submission times.


Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI

Start date

  • September

Fees

Fees payable for this online postgraduate course depend on your assessed fee status:

2020-21Scottish (SC) or EU*Rest of UK (RUKO)
Per module (20 credits) £560 £650
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,680 £1,950
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,360 £3,900
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £5,000 £5,850

*EU students with a term-time address in Scotland.

2019-20Scottish (SC) or EU*Rest of UK (RUKO)
Per module £560 £650
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,680 £1,950
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,360 £3,900
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £5,000 £5,850

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

This course is not available to students domiciled outside of the UK or for international students requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK. For students living in the UK and assessed as international fee status, the following fees will apply:

  INTOINTO
  2019-20 2020-21
Per module (20 credits) £960 £980
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £2,880 £2,940
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £5,760 £5,880
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £8,640 £8,820

Funding

Full details of funding support for eligible Scotland-domiciled students studying part-time or full-time can be found on the SAAS website.

Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company.

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact Inverness College for more information.

Additional Costs

  • The induction and residential are held in Inverness and are compulsory for completion of your degree to meet the requirements of the British Psychological Society. You will be responsible for your travel and accommodation costs.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On 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 vocational areas of psychology or to apply for posts requiring an undergradate degree in Psychology.

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