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Courses: MSc / PGDip Psychology

Course duration: 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time (MSc); 9 months full-time or 18 months part-time (Postgraduate Diploma)

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Organised by:
The School of Social Sciences, Nottingham Trent University

Our British Psychological Society (BPS) conversion courses are designed for graduates of other disciplines or whose first degree is not recognised by the BPS.

Entry on to the MSc Psychology does not require you to have studied any psychology previously. The British Psychological Society stipulates that a minimum of 180 credits of Psychology are required to obtain the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership and the MSc Psychology provides all 180 credits. The PG Dip differs in that it involves 120 credits only and therefore is a shorter course, designed for those people who already have 60 credits of Psychology from prior study at degree level.

Both courses show that you can work successfully at postgraduate level but the MSc is a higher status qualification. The MSc covers the same modules as the PG Dip plus an additional 60 credits. These include 20 credits of optional modules in contemporary psychology, a specialist essay in an area of the student?s own choice and an extended research project. In this way, the MSc provides students with a greater opportunity for following their own interests.

Modules studied include:

  • Biological Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Historical and Conceptual Issues
  • Individual Differences
  • Research Methods
  • Statistics
  • Research Project
  • Contemporary Psychology (MSc only)
  • Specialist Psychology Essay (MSc only)
  • Delivery and assessment


Research-informed teaching:
Research is central to the work of the Psychology Division. We have a focus on real life practical research and this is integrated into our teaching. Our research strengths cover the core academic areas of the discipline as well as applied areas. To find out more about the Division please visit our website.

Career opportunities:
These BPS accredited courses provide non-psychology graduates with the first step towards becoming a professional psychologist. Psychologists work in a diverse number of settings including prisons, schools, hospitals, industry, commerce and the media.

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