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Course summary

Do you have a real interest in the discipline of psychology, but studied your undergraduate degree in a different area? Do you often find yourself wondering why people think, feel and behave in the way that they do? Then our new MSc Psychology (Conversion) course is for you, with its contemporary curriculum and the diverse application of psychology to the modern world. If you have completed an undergraduate degree and now want to build on your academic skills acquired in an area more fitting to your current interests and future goals, our MSc Psychology (Conversion) course is designed to meet professional body standards and help you take that next step into your dream career. Within this innovative curriculum, you will critically explore a range of core psychological perspectives to help you better understand human mind and behaviour and along the way, you will be able to develop your critical reflective skills to understand more about the application of psychology to yourself, preparing you to reach your future goals. Alongside exploring psychological theory in the classroom and its application to contemporary societal challenges, you will have practical opportunities to develop your research and experimental skills in our new state-of-the-art psychology lab. Our practitioner academics and partners from across the region, who work in psychology related fields, will equip you to work in a diverse range of jobs or progress to study on one of our applied postgraduate courses if you wish to pursue a registered psychologist route. Your modules will build to help you understand problems in the real world and how psychological knowledge can be applied to help us address them. WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

  • PROFESSIONAL BODY STANDARDS – This course has been written to the standards set by the professional body for psychology and accreditation will be applied for before the course starts in September 2024
  • INDUSTRY-FOCUSED MODULES – You will be exposed to modules shaped to develop the skills valued by employers, with applied practice to give you real understanding of using psychology in industry environments. You will get to conduct research you are passionate about, develop your interpersonal skills through client interaction and benefit from authentic assessments
  • EXPERT TUITION – Learn from our highly-qualified teaching staff, who have extensive knowledge and experience in the field of psychology, including forensic, sport and exercise psychology
FACILITIES As a psychology student, you will have access to our state-of-the-art psychology lab. Here you can develop your research skills and put some of your theoretical learning to the test, measuring psychophysiological responses to stimulus with our range of specialist equipment. As psychologists rarely work in isolation, this will be embedded in your course, so you will gain valuable knowledge and experience in multidisciplinary teams and environments across the university. This may include shadowing disciplines such as sport and nutrition, health and social care, nursing and physiotherapy to gain a holistic understanding of the role of psychology in different populations and with different stakeholders. CAREERS AND PROGRESSION Examples of careers you could pursue following this course:
  • Psychotherapist
  • Counsellor
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Further education teacher
  • Social worker
  • Forensic psychology
You could also progress onto one of our postgraduate courses at University College Birmingham. - Please refer to our website www.ucb.ac.uk for the latest updates to this course

Modules

Brain, Mind and Behaviour - Personality and Individual Differences - MSc Quantitative Research Methods - MSc Qualitative Research Methods - Social and Community Psychology - Lifespan Psychology - MSc Psychology Dissertation (60 credits)

Assessment method

Students will experience various teaching methods and settings including:

  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) - electronic resources to facilitate face-to-face learning
  • Weekly Graduate Advantage sessions
Small seminar groups will allow you to apply lecture material and build confidence in designing your own projects with support from your lecturers and technician. You will make use of our specialist software packages and equipment to help make sense of complex societal problems. A range of authentic assessment methods are available to students, which reflect workplace scenarios, including evaluation and critical analysis. Central to these will be the student’s ability to engage in reflective practice. There will also be a dissertation component, where students can carry out a project of their choosing. Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.


Entry requirements

- Applicants must have an Honours Degree (2:2 or above) in a non-psychology subject (this will usually be social science, health or science-related subject) - Applicants will be required to attend interview for this course - Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the programme leader - English and maths GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent). Non-standard entry applicants will be considered on their merits. Evidence of qualification must be submitted - Applicants must supply a full transcript and two academic references at the point of application


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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Psychology (Conversion) at University College Birmingham - UCAS