Why choose this course

The science of behaviour and mind, feeling and thought - psychology is a fast-moving and engaging subject. Our intensive and competitive MSc in Psychology (Conversion) sets you on the path for an exciting career change as you immerse yourself into the fascinating world of 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.

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

What you will study

Our MSc in Psychology (Conversion) will develop your knowledge of the theories and practical applications of contemporary psychology. We place particular emphasis on how Psychology is applied to real-world problems.

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

Key information

Start date: October 2019

Full-time: 1 year

Professional recognition

MSc - 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, and you will need to demonstrate resilience, maturity and the ability to cope with a challenging course when you apply. You’ll be expected to spend approximately 40 hours a week on your coursework, independent learning and research-related activities. The course begins in October and runs to September the following year.

What does teaching consist of?

You’ll be expected to engage in a series of absorbing 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 a mark of 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 your own research ideas and or join existing projects. At the start of Semester 1, you’ll be assigned one of our dissertation supervisors. They are active researchers themselves and, where possible, you will be matched with a supervisor with related or similar research interests.

How will I be supported during the course?

We will support you throughout your studies and our course harbours a culture of collaboration and a strong sense of belonging. You’ll enjoy your experience with us while we help you to achieve your maximum potential. 

Programme leader

GRANDISON Alexandra (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 (PDF) 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.


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

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

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:


Course 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, Academic Skills and Development and the Disability and Neurodiversity Service which can help develop your learning.

Academic Skills and Development

Academic Skills and Development 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.

Disability and Neurodiversity Service

The University’s Disability and Neurodiversity Service supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.

We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.

Find out more about the support available or contact the team directly for further information.

English language support

Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:1 UK honours degree, or a recognised international equivalent. 

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

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

This is a regulated course that requires declaration of criminal convictions at the application stage, please visit our criminal convictions webpage for more information.

View entry requirements by country

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 7.0 with 6.5 in each component.

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.

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. The statement should demonstrate your understanding of psychology as a subject, the areas of psychology that interest you, any relevant work experience, and how you wish to use the course in a future career.
  • 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.


Start date: October 2019


UK/EU £10,000

Overseas £20,400

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2019-20 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 courses.

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.


Course location and contact details

Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

University of Surrey

University of Surrey
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