Psychology (Conversion) at University of St Andrews - UCAS

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Course summary

The MSc in Psychology is a conversion route for students who hold an undergraduate Honours degree in a subject other than psychology. The programme provides a detailed knowledge of the core areas of psychology and principal theoretical and methodological issues in the field. The MSc in Psychology (Conversion) is a full-time taught postgraduate programme run by the School of Psychology and Neuroscience. Highlights

  • The course equips students with the necessary skills to pursue a research degree at MPhil or PhD level in the area of psychology or to go on to a clinical training programme.
  • Students have access to laboratories in neurophysiology, psychopharmacology, psychophysics, animal learning and cognition, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology and social psychology.
  • The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society and therefore fulfils the requirements for entry to most UK PhD programmes in psychology.

Modules

The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2023 entry. Compulsory

  • Assessment in Clinical Psychology: presents psychopathological conditions and provides a basic understanding of the underlying neuronal and cognitive-behavioural mechanisms.
  • Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience (provides an understanding of psychological knowledge in several inter-related domains concerned with the biological bases of behaviour) or Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology (provides an understanding of major evolutionary forces and how they have shaped animal and human behavioural capacities).
  • Conceptual Issues and Theoretical Perspectives: addresses the historical and philosophical background to current debates in psychology.
  • Developmental Psychology: offers a broad perspective spanning infancy to childhood, and a range of key topics in cognitive and social development.
  • Methods of Data Analysis in Psychology: advanced training in research design, statistics, qualitative methods and modelling.
  • Perception (develops an understanding of visual perception and its functions) or Cognition (develops an understanding of human memory and attention).
  • Quantitative Research in Social Science: provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts of quantitative analysis - underlying principles, research design, sampling strategies, uncertainty and missing data, and some statistical approaches to data analysis.
  • Review: develops the ability to write a good review on a particular topic within the field of psychology.
  • Social Psychology: explores in depth key topics across the breadth of social psychological enquiry.
Dissertation Student dissertations will be supervised by members of the teaching staff who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process. The completed dissertation of not more than 15,000 words must be submitted by a date specified in August.

Assessment method

Assessment comprises entirely of coursework; there are no exams.

Professional bodies

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

  • British Psychological Society

Entry requirements

- A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in a subject other than psychology. If you already possess an undergraduate degree in Psychology, the University offers a range of other psychology postgraduate programmes. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the University's international entry requirements. - Some knowledge of very basic mathematics is required for understanding the statistical techniques introduced in the programme. In most cases, secondary school algebra is sufficient.


English language requirements

For the current English Language requirements please visit the English language requirements for postgraduate students on the University of St Andrews website.

English language requirements for postgraduate students

https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/subjects/entry/language-requirements/postgraduate/


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

For the most current information on course fees please visit https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/postgraduate/taught/.

Sponsorship information

Applicants should visit the following webpages: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/pg/fees-and-funding/

Psychology (Conversion) at University of St Andrews - UCAS