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 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 in practice. You will learn about the core areas of psychology, such as social, developmental and cognitive psychology, the biological bases of psychology, and individual differences.
You will also develop the research and statistical skills you need to conduct independent research projects under our expert supervision.
Further course information
How intensive is the course?
The course is intensive. Therefore, you will need to demonstrate resilience, maturity and the ability to manage a challenging course when applying. You will be expected to spend approximately 40 hours a week on coursework, independent learning and research-related activities. The course begins in October and runs to September the following year.
What does teaching consist of?
Teaching consists of a series of lectures, seminars, and workshops, as well as smaller-sized tutorials. We support our teaching through technology wherever possible.
How is the course assessed?
The course is assessed through a combination of written and verbal coursework, presentations, end-of-semester exams, and through your MSc dissertation. You must achieve a mark of 50 per cent or higher in every individual unit of assessment in order to pass and to receive an MSc degree. You will then be eligible to apply for chartered membership with the BPS.
Is there any recommended reading for the course?
No, we do not recommend any specific reading before the start of the course. 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 expert supervision in a variety of fields related to psychology. It is a year-long project, where you will be able to propose your own research ideas and or join existing projects. This will be decided together with your supervisor, to whom you will be assigned at the start of the year. Where possible, you will be matched with a supervisor with related or similar research interests. All supervisors are active researchers themselves.
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 will enjoy your experience with us while we help you to achieve your maximum potential.
MSc - British Psychological Society (BPS)
Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
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).
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, or social work is preferred.
GCSE Maths and English (Language/Literature) C 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.
This is a regulated course that requires declaration of criminal convictions at the application stage, please visit our criminal convictions webpage for more information.
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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.
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).
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.
- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2020-21 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.
- Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.
You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about student finance.
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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.