Psychology MSc

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

Our Psychology MSc course provides graduates who have some knowledge of psychology from their undergraduate degree, with the opportunity to ultimately pursue a career as a professional psychologist.

Start date

17 September 2018


1 year full-time

Places available (subject to change)


Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472272

About the course

This course provides a high quality, broad based education in psychology. It is a conversion course designed for graduates whose undergraduate degree was not accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

The course critically assesses the contribution of psychology to contemporary society. You will be taught by a team with research interests in applied psychology across six major content areas; Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, Psychobiology, Individual Differences and Conceptual and Historical Issues.

The course also has some optional choices, which provide an insight into professional careers including forensic, educational and health psychology for example.

You will also have the opportunity to undertake training in research methods and data analysis, plus the chance to carry out your own research project, supported by a subject matter expert.

This course has been specifically designed for graduates of any discipline and those who have previously studied some psychology in their undergraduate degree, which was not a course accredited by the BPS. Successful completion of the course currently leads to a qualification that confers eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC) with the BPS. For those who wish to undertake professional training in psychology, the GBC allows application for entry on to all accredited postgraduate courses with the BPS.

Entry requirements

You must satisfy the following requirements as defined by the BPS and have either:

  • An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in Psychology (or a similar subject) that has not been accredited by the BPS as leading to the GBC.
  • Or an Honours degree (2:2 minimum) in a subject other than Psychology and GCSE Maths (or the equivalent at grade C or above.

The course also welcomes overseas applicants who meet the required entry criteria. If you were educated outside the UK, you are required to have International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at a score of 6.5 with no lower than 6.0 in any component.

Due to the BPS requirements, it is not possible for you to gain accreditation for your prior learning.

Course Detail

Brain-Behaviour and Cognition

This module provides the opportunity for you to develop a critical understanding of cognitive and biological explanations of human behaviour. You will explore a diverse range of topics including psychopharmacology, behavioural genetics, memory and human perception. You will be assessed through two pieces of coursework. This involves producing an empirical report of an area of research in biopsychology and another empirical report in an area of research in cognition.

Developmental and Social Psychology

You will explore and apply contemporary perspectives in both developmental and social psychology. Through developing and applying your knowledge and understanding, with a critical focus you will research and offer solutions to current ‘real-world’ topical issues. You will be assessed through two pieces of coursework. These will consist of your solutions to a ‘real-world’ topical issue, the first will be pre-dominantly relevant to human development and the second will be pre-dominantly relevant to human social life.

Individual Differences

You will study a range of approaches to understanding individual differences and how these have been applied in education, clinical practise and the workplace. Critically examining different psychological explanations of motivation, emotion and the self; you will consider the application of theory in applied contexts. You will be assessed through submission of two pieces of coursework, where you will critically evaluate an approach to understanding individual differences of your choosing, and consider how theory and research in individual differences has been applied in a real world context.

Research and Analysis Skills in Psychology

This module provides the opportunity for you to acquire a critical understanding of the range of quantitative approaches to research in Psychology, including experimental, quasi-experimental and non-experimental. You will also have the chance to develop the ability to define appropriate sampling procedures, understand the purposes and limitations of specific statistical techniques, as well as how to apply appropriate statistical methods to data from various designs and interpret the results, using relevant statistical packages, appropriate methods of data collection and statistical tests. You will be assessed through coursework where you will carry out analysis in lab exercises, which you will then apply to an assignment.

Research Proposal in Psychology

This module helps to support you in the development of your ideas for your research proposal, in readiness for the project module. In addition you will explore how to complete a submission of the proposal for ethical approval for research involving human participants or data derived from them. Your learning will be assessed through three pieces of coursework, a critical contrast of research approaches in your chosen area, a submission to the school’s ethics panel and a research proposal, detailing the study you will carry out in the project module.

Research Project in Psychology

In this module you will carry out an independent piece of research under the supervision of a member of Psychology staff who has Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS). You will have the opportunity to develop the ability to manage the process of constructing and carrying out a piece of research, analysing and interpreting the empirical data derived from it and communicating your findings in an appropriate report format. This will be assessed through a report. You will also experience what its like to be a participant in other research that is available through the web-based human subject pool management software SONA.

Teaching and Assessment

Learning and teaching is delivered through a variety of methods including lectures, tutorials, group work and practical sessions within laboratories. You will be allocated a supervisor for one to one support during the first term. The nature of assessment varies across modules but includes a combination of essays, reports, presentations and examinations.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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