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Course summary

This British Psychological Society (BPS) conversion course is designed for graduates of other disciplines who wish to pursue a career in psychology but whose first degree is not recognised by the BPS. Entry on to the course does not require you to have studied any psychology previously. Successful completion of either qualification confers the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS. The PG Dip and MSc students are taught together, with the MSc students taking their additional modules from term two onwards. This means that, assuming you meet the entry criteria for both courses, it is easy to transfer from one to the other at any point in the first term. This course attracts a range of students including those who have recently completed an undergraduate degree in a subject other than psychology or a non-accredited degree and also applicants who have come from jobs in the public and private sector, who are looking for a career change.


MSc Psychology and PG Diploma students complete core modules in: Biological Psychology; Social Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Cognitive Psychology; Individual Differences; Historical and Conceptual Issues; Research Methods; Statistics; Psychology Research Project. In addition, MSc Psychology students complete a Specialist Psychological Essay, as well as 20 credits of 'Contemporary Psychology' selected from a list of available option choices.

Assessment method

You will be assessed in a variety of ways and on a modular basis; through examination (both seen and unseen exams are used), coursework (including essays, laboratory reports and literature reviews), oral presentation and via your research project.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • British Psychological Society

Entry requirements

For both the MSc and the PG Dip, you will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate Honours degree (minimum 2.1). Applicants without such qualifications will be considered on an individual basis, but will be required to demonstrate how their experiences and knowledge would enable them to study this course at Masters Level in their personal statement. Additionally, for the Postgraduate Diploma in psychology (PGDip) applicants must have a minimum 60 credits of psychology from prior study at degree level.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

The School of Social Sciences offers a number of competitive scholarships for full-time and part-time Masters courses. These include: School of Social Sciences Masters scholarships (for UK, EU and International students) and Nottingham Trent University International Scholarship Scheme.

Psychology at Nottingham Trent University - UCAS