The MA in Psychology offers a unique mix of topic-based, applied and impact-based modules. Students have the opportunity to build their knowledge in at least one area of contemporary Psychology, develop their critical analysis skills and hone their science writing and communication skills. The programme offers students the opportunity to develop their specific interests whilst at the same time developing the technical and transferable skills they need to succeed in a wide range of research-knowledge positions.
Is this course accredited through the British Psychological Society?
The MA in Psychology is not a Psychology conversion course and is therefore not suitable for students who seek to acquire UK GBC (Graduate Charter Membership of the BPS).
The following text is recommended reading for students interested in the MA in Psychology:
Gleitman H, Gross J, Reisberg D. (2010) Psychology (8th Edition). W. W. Norton & Company
Why study this course
This course is aimed at students who wish to extend their understanding of Psychology, to become better prepared for a quality employment situation, or who wish to aim for a further degree. It is specifically aimed at those who do not want to actively conduct lab-based research, and would prefer to focus on synthesizing current knowledge in new and meaningful ways. The course is run by one of the largest and most active Psychology departments in Britain with an excellent reputation for both teaching and research.
You will gain insight and in-depth knowledge of contemporary topics in Psychology
This course will uniquely give you skills and experience with activities that promote public engagement with science (communicating science to the public)
You will develop the skills to allow you to both critique and communicate psychological research
You will develop key transferable skills
You do not need a degree in Psychology (we only ask that your first degree has some Psychology content)
The MA in Psychology comprises a unique mix of topic-based, applied and impact-based modules. This range of modules offers students the opportunity to develop their specific interests whilst at the same time developing the technical and transferable skills they need to succeed in a wide range of research-knowledge positions.
Students undertake the following compulsory taught modules:
Foundations in critical thinking
Current research 1
Current research 2
Research review 1
Public Engagement with Psychological Research
Research project (based on a significant literature review)
See the attached full list of compulsory modules and descriptions (PDF 64 KB)
Students also take two psychology topics or skills based optional modules to support their learning. Possible optional modules include (please note options may change annually):
Design and analysis 1; Computer Use; Adaptive Behaviour; Lying Brain; Understanding Emotion; Visual Cognitive Neuroscience and Art; Why We Eat What We Eat; Communities and Social Action; Clinical Psychology of Severe Intellectual Disability; Sleep; Speaking and Reading; Developmental Disorders of Language in Children; Parental Cognition; Adult Neuropsychological Syndromes
See the attached full list of optional modules and descriptions (PDF 66 KB)
Fees and funding
This course is aimed at students who have obtained a good undergraduate degree (at least 2:1 or equivalent) either in Psychology or in any discipline with some Psychology content and wish to extend their understanding of Psychology.
Learn more about entry requirements
We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
How to apply
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