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What makes Psychology at Worcester special?

Our Psychology Masters is a conversion course for those with a non-Psychology degree who want to pursue a career in psychology. You will convert your qualification and learning to an award that confers eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society.

At Worcester the course is delivered by chartered psychologists who have extensive academic, researcher and practitioner skills in delivering professionally accredited courses.

Key features

  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society
  • Inventive blend of learning and teaching methods including a dedicated weekly seminar programme
  • Opportunities to learn alongside other psychology postgraduates on accredited courses

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

The MSc Psychology is open to students with a non-Psychology degree who have:

Either all of the following:

  • Honours degree, 2:1 or above, in a subject other than Psychology
  • GCSE in Maths and GCSE in English
  • IELTS 6.5 or better (for overseas students where English is not your first language)

Or all of the following:

  • 2:2 honours degree in a subject other than Psychology
  • 60 PSY credits at level 4 or above
  • GCSE in Maths and GCSE  in English
  • IELTS 6.5 or better (for overseas students where English is not your first language)

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com   

Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Advanced Research Methods

MPSY4002

This module aims to consolidate undergraduate research abilities, and equip the student with the skills necessary to undertake Masters level research. As a core module of the course, research design and advanced statistical analysis are covered, using both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Social Psychology

MPSY4150

This module aims to develop students critical understanding of the major theories, paradigms, and research methods used within social psychology taking a multifactorial approach to understanding social processes and relationships.  The learning and teaching activities of the module reflect the more advanced nature of the module (e.g. students will be required to complete significant amounts of self-directed reading; lectures will act as signposts to key issues).  Also, students will get the opportunity to complete a practical assignment on one aspect of social psychology.

Developmental Psychology

MPSY4151

The module aims to develop students critical understanding of the major theories, paradigms, and research methods used to identify and explain the development of representational ability and identity across the lifespan. This includes not only the nature/nurture issue, but the comparative contributions of socio-cultural, information processing and constructivist accounts of human development.

BioPsychology

MPSY4152

The module aims to develop students understanding of the physiological basis of behaviour in terms of models and theories of psychological functioning from a biological perspective, including neuropsychology, evolution, memory and perception. In particular, students are encouraged to think critically about the contributions of biological psychology to our understanding of core aspects of human behaviour.

Cognitive Psychology

MPSY4153

The module aims to develop students understanding of cognitive phenomena, and critical thinking about models and theories of cognitive phenomena. This includes consideration of human perception, language, learning and memory, and how this knowledge is applied in a number of 'real world' domains. A group based practice exercise in one of the above areas is reported for the continuous assessment. An overview of Cognitive Science is provided indicating its connections with Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Neuropsychology.

Individual differences

MPSY4154

The module aims to provide students with an overview of the fundamental issues and main approaches to individual differences. Students are encouraged to think critically about the key assumptions of research on normative and non-normative personality development, self, and self-regulation from a range of perspectives and the paradigm tensions implicit in these.  The module will also focus on the social and policy implications of individual differences in intelligence, in addition to those in health, education, relationships, and occupational choices. Students will be expected to complete a small research study as part of the summative assessment, and thus engage with some aspects of the decision making and accountability of the research process.

Dissertation

MPSY4000

The dissertation is designed to allow students to develop, design, run and report a major piece of empirical research independently. Students are encouraged to conduct a project on a topic that reflects their professional interests in Psychology.

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching approach

The programme modules are taught either through weekly lectures or blocks, a module block being two blocks of two days (Friday and Saturday).  A variety of teaching and learning methods are used to create an opportunity for students to identify the relevance of learning to their own professional/personal development agenda. The teaching group sizes are small and allow for students to really engage with the teaching staff to enhance their learning, as does the weekly seminar programme.

Assessment

A wide range of assessment techniques are employed in the course. Current assessment methods include essays, systematic review, position papers, examinations and research projects. The programme includes both formative and summative assignments designed to support your learning.

Experienced staff

The course team are enthusiastic, supportive and have a wealth of experience in delivering professionally accredited courses in Psychology, and using their research and practitioner expertise to inform this.

Staff regularly attend academic and practitioner conferences in the UK and internationally and actively publish research in peer-reviewed journals and text books. The research active nature of the staff means that teaching is enriched and students benefit from up-to-date knowledge and contemporary perspectives.

  • Case study

    Andrew Kane

    "I previously worked in Further Education as a lecturer and Head of Department for nearly 20 years. Following redundancy, I enrolled on the Psychology conversion course.

    "My personal tutor and the course team have been excellent in their feedback and support. The assessments are varied and are relevant to the employability skills associated with Psychological practice and research.

    "I did not expect to learn as much as I have done in 18 months and to develop as quickly over a relatively short period. I am now nearly at the end of my MSc Psychology conversion course and I feel equipped with the skills, knowledge and confidence to enter into a new career. It has been an incredible journey following redundancy. I could not have predicted the opportunities that are now available to me and the experience and knowledge I have gained.

    "I am now applying for a Doctorate within Health Psychology and I am actively involved on the Midlands Health Psychology Network (MHPN) as a Committee member for events and supporting local interest groups. The course team have enabled me to pursue a new career direction and interest in Health Psychology. Thank you Worcester!"

  • Case study

    Rose Lea

    "I started the MSc in Psychology full time in 2014. This course is ideal if, like me, your first degree isn’t in psychology (mine was in biology) but you want a career in psychology.

    "As the MSc is a conversion course, you cover the topics and issues at the very core of psychology. It is a challenging course, but I loved having the opportunity to learn about topics in depth, and how to think critically. I particularly liked the diversity of the assessments (essays, reviews, exams, research projects, data analysis) which kept things interesting! The course team were really helpful and always happy to help with any queries. The cohort doesn’t tend to be huge so it’s all very friendly and there are ample opportunities to get one-on-one guidance and feedback.

    "When I started the course I wanted to use the MSc as a stepping stone towards a clinical psychology doctorate. However I found I really enjoyed the practical aspects of the course (especially the dissertation) and found my passion for research.

    "Since graduating, I secured a fully-funded 3-year PhD studentship (also at the University of Worcester) in which I am now planning and conducting my own research. I am also in the process of writing papers for publication in academic journals, and am presenting my work at conferences. After my PhD I hope to progress into a career as a researcher. I feel the knowledge, skills and experience from my MSc Psychology course at Worcester has equipped me well for this!"

  • Case study

    Joel Bennett

    "When enquiring about the MSc Psychology Conversion course, I was initially interested in developing my psychological knowledge and obtaining GBC membership for further specific clinical training. However, I gained more from the course than I was expecting. Since the course I feel much more confident in my direction in the psychology field and how I can make my own unique contributions.

    "I studied the course part-time. Whilst studying I was working in a professional role and commuting long distances, so it was vital for me to be flexible with my commitments. I felt this course accommodated part-time study well, and while intensive at times I was able to manage a good work, life and study balance.

    "While the course was challenging I felt it gave me a deeper understanding of psychological theory. This learning has been essential for my work as a therapist. I found learning about individual differences, developmental psychology and social psychology particularly fascinating and engaging. As students we are encouraged to take ownership of our own research, with just the right amount of support and direction.  I discovered areas that I felt passionate about, especially when writing my dissertation. I felt I was encouraged to make a contribution to an area of psychology I felt strongly about, which has still made an impact on how I work as a therapist to this day.

    "Since graduating I have been working as a senior anxiety and trauma specialist for a private healthcare company and a high intensity therapist for the NHS in London. I have also launched my own company providing therapy and training internationally and am considering a PhD in psychology.

    "My advice would be to embrace the course fully, connect and share with your peer group and explore your passions for psychology with your lecturers. You might be surprised with the outcome."

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

Future careers in professional psychology may include educational, clinical and occupational psychology. Our course team work with you and your individual career plan to support your professional development.

In addition to eligibility for postgraduate training as a professional psychologist, you will also leave the course with good communication and IT skills and a sound understanding of behavioural research – a useful combination for a variety of subsequent careers.

Costs

How much will it cost?

Course fees

For up-to-date course fee information visit the postgraduate section of our course fees page.

Postgraduate Loans

The Government will provide a loan of up to £10,000 per student for postgraduate Masters study. It will be at your own discretion whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs.

For full details visit our postgraduate loans page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk  

Course leader

Dr Berenice Mahoney 
b.mahoney@worc.ac.uk