Psychology (Conversion) MSc

Why choose this course

Our intensive and competitive MSc Psychology (Conversion) course is designed to let you pursue a career change into psychology. We also welcome applications if you already have a degree in psychology and need another degree to gain the graduate basis for chartered membership with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

This course is accredited by the British Psychology Society, and meets the Society’s high standards.

What you will study

Our MSc Psychology (Conversion) course will give you a grounding in the theories and research practice of contemporary psychology. The course puts particular emphasis on how we apply psychology to real-world problems, based on a combination of pure and applied research.

You’ll learn about the core areas of psychology, such as social, developmental and cognitive psychology, biological bases of psychology, and individual differences. You’ll also develop the statistical and research methods skills you need to conduct independent research projects, under our expert supervision.

Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Placement Start date
MSc Full-time 12 months October 2018

Professional recognition

British Psychological Society (BPS)
Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Further course information

How intensive is the course?

The course is intensive, which is why we ask you to demonstrate your resilience, maturity and ability to cope with a challenging programme when you apply.  You’ll be expected to spend approximately 40 hours a week on your coursework, independent learning and research-related activities. Overall, the course runs from October to September the following year.

What does teaching consist of?

You’ll be expected to actively engage in a series of large-group lectures, seminars, and workshops, as well as smaller-sized tutorials.  We support our teaching through technology wherever possible.

How is the course assessed?

You’ll be assessed through a combination of written and verbal coursework, presentations, end-of-semester exams, and through your MSc dissertation.

You have to achieve 50 per cent or higher in every assessment to receive the MSc and to be eligible to apply for chartered membership with the BPS.

Is there any recommended reading for the course?

We don’t recommend any specific reading before you start. However, you can prepare for the course by familiarising yourself with the literature relevant to your areas of research in view of the dissertation.

What is a MSc dissertation?

The MSc dissertation is a research project conducted under minimal but expert supervision in a variety of fields related to psychology.  You can propose their own research ideas and/or join existing projects.  At the start of Semester 1 you’ll be assigned one of our dissertation supervisors, who are research active themselves, who where possible will match your research interest.

How will I be supported during the course?

The School of Psychology prides itself in ensuring that students are efficiently supported during their academic year.  Our goal is to encourage a sense of belonging to the course and help you achieve your maximum potential, whilst still enjoying your experience with us.

Programme leader

MULLER C Dr (Psychology)

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.


This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.


Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.


Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Learning and disability

We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree in any subject from a UK university (or equivalent overseas qualification).

A degree in human or natural sciences, human resources, medicine, social sciences, and social work is preferred.

GCSE Maths and English (Language/Literature) B are also required.

Applications with other degree subjects, or those without relevant GCSEs, to be considered by the Faculty on a case-by-case basis.

View entry requirements by country

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall, 6.5 in each component (or equivalent).

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

Selection process

Applicants will need to submit:

  • Copies of academic transcripts and degree certificates showing how you meet the entry requirements
  • CV showing previous work experience
  • A personal statement outlying your strengths, weaknesses and motivation
  • Contact details of two references (preferably including at least one academic reference).

Credit transfer

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.


Study mode Start date Placement UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time October 2018 £9,800 £19,800

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2018-19 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
  • If you are on a two-year full-time Euromasters or MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught programmes.

Admission information

Our postgraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

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