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 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, 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.

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.

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

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

Special features

  • The course is delivered online which means you can fit your studies around your work and personal commitments wherever you are
  • On successful completion of the programme you will be eligible to apply for Graduate Basis 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


You will study three core modules:

  • The individual in contemporary society OR another option module (dependent on your previous psychological study)
  • Social and evolutionary psych
  • Advance research methods



You will study three core modules:

  • Cognitive psychology and intelligence
  • Developmental psychology: from conception to death
  • Behavioural neuroscience


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 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, the pre-dissertation residential, takes place at the end of March from Monday to Thursday. Students are required to attend the pre-dissertation residential prior to starting the dissertation project.
  • The induction and pre-dissertation residentials are held in Inverness and are necessary 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
  • Part-time (unstructured): Less than 60 credits in any one academic year

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI

Start date

  • September


The following fees apply to this taught postgraduate course :

2019-20Scottish onlineRest of UK online (inc EU)
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

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


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 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.

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