Psychology (Conversion) MSc

This masters programme is a conversion course for those who wish to obtain a qualification in psychology with British Psychology Society (BPS) accreditation. This programme is ideal if you have a Bachelors degree with some element of psychology, and wish to achieve British Psychology Society (BPS) accreditation.  Your study will be an intellectually rigourous one of contemporary education, developing an understanding of the theory, practice, and methods of psychology. 

When you complete this programme you will be able to satisfy the accreditation requirements of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Course type

Full-time

Course format

No placements

Duration

1 Year

UCAS code(s)

N/A

Start date

Course outline and modules

This masters programme is a conversion course for those who wish to obtain a qualification in psychology with British Psychology Society (BPS) accreditation. This programme is ideal if you have a Bachelors degree with some element of psychology, and wish to achieve British Psychology Society (BPS) accreditation.  Your study will be an intellectually rigourous one of contemporary education, developing an understanding of the theory, practice, and methods of psychology. 

When you complete this programme you will be able to satisfy the accreditation requirements of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Psychology is a fascinating subject that aims to understand why people behave in the way that they do, by considering the complex interplay between biological, psychological, environmental, cultural and social influences on behaviour.

This academic discipline encompasses a wide range of topics including: how changes in the brain influence behaviour, why false memories occur, why people behave differently when they are in a group, how language influences thinking, how we learn to understand others' intentions, how psychological distress can be alleviated, why we identify with some people and not others, how subconscious processes influence our behaviour, and how our thinking develops as we grow from children to adults.  

Studying Psychology at Aston University will provide you with the basis for understanding why people act in certain ways, and insight into methods of changing their behaviour.

By choosing to study at Aston you will gain a degree accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), and be taught by leading experts from a range of specialist psychological fields.

You will be taught a range of modules spanning the breadth of Psychology and the core components required by the British Psychological Society for the Graduate Basis for Chartership. You will learn about both qualitative and quantitative research designs utilising a range of methods including experiments, psychometric tools, and interviews.

In addition, you will complete a research project with the support of a supervisor. You have a choice of two pathways: health psychology-focused projects or research into cognitive and affective disorders.

Modules
 

Core modules
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis
  • Applied Psychology and Professional Skills
  • Social Psychology
  • Brain and Behaviour
  • Lifespan Development
  • Individual Differences, Health and Personality
  • Cognition and Cognitive Neuropsychology


Dissertation

  • Research Project in Health Psychology, or
  • Research Dissertation in Cognitive and Affective Disorders
Optional modules
  • Psychology and Wellbeing
  • Neuroscience in the Real World

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.2 Bachelors degree which includes some prior study of the subject of psychology.

International: IELTS above 6.5 with no component below 6.0.

Entry requirements for each individual student will be stated in their offer letter.

Learning, teaching and assessment

The programme will be assessed through a combination of written and oral examinations, class tests, individual and group coursework, projects, presentations and practical assessments.

Course Director: Dr Dan Shepperd

Academic teaching staff: Dr Lou Atkinson, Professor Jacqueline Blissett, Professor Adrian Burgess, Dr Sarah Carrington, Dr Katharine Chisholm, Professor Claire Farrow, Dr Martin Jüttner, Dr Rebecca Knibb, Dr Gemma Mansell, Dr Kate Nicholls, Dr Andrew Schofield, Dr Laura Shapiro, Dr Daniel Shaw, Dr Rachel Shaw, Dr Dan Shepperd, Dr Jason Michael Thomas, Nicola-Jayne Tuck, Dr Ed Walford

Fees and scholarships

UK students (2022/23)

£9,550

EU/International students (2022/23)

£19,700

UK postgraduate loans

If you’re starting a masters course on or after 1 August 2021, you can apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £11,570 to help with course fees and living costs.

UK postgraduate loans are now open

Scholarships

At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs. Find out more about our scholarships here.

20 per cent postgraduate alumni scholarship

Career prospects

Successful completion of this programme will open up opportunities in clinical or counselling psychology (note doctoral-level entry for chartered status).

You will also be eligible for research careers within universities, local councils, the civil service, NGOs, or market research.

You could also continue in further education though PhD or practitioner doctorates for specialisms such as educational psychology, sports psychology, developmental psychology.

Frequently asked questions

Why study Psychology (Conversion) MSc at Aston University?

Psychology is a fascinating subject that aims to understand why people behave in the way that they do, by considering the complex interplay between biological, psychological, environmental, cultural, and social influences on behaviour.

This academic discipline encompasses a wide range of topics including: how changes in the brain influence behaviour, why false memories occur, why people behave differently when they are in a group, how language influences thinking, how we learn to understand other’s intentions, how psychological distress can be alleviated, why we identify with some people and not others, how subconscious processes influence our behaviour, and how our thinking develops as we grow from children to adults.  

Studying psychology at Aston University will provide you with the basis for understanding why people act in certain ways, and insight into methods of changing their behaviour.

By choosing to study at Aston you will gain a degree accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), and be taught by leading experts from a range of specialist psychological fields.

How is the course delivered?

The course is full-time, and delivered through a combination of lectures, group work, workshops and independent study. All lectures happen on campus.

Is this course accredited?

Yes. This course is fully accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

 

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