The MA in Psychology offers an excellent opportunity to gain insight and in-depth knowledge of contemporary topics in Psychology.
This course offers a unique mix of modules that, unlike a more typical MSc, focuses on integrating knowledge in Psychology and communicating those ideas to the public. The course also provides students with a range of transferable skills that are needed to succeed in a wide range of research-knowledge positions. The course is particularly aimed at students who do not want to actively conduct lab-based research, and would prefer to focus on extending their understanding of Psychology and synthesizing current knowledge in new and meaningful ways. Students have the opportunity to build in-depth knowledge in at least two areas of contemporary Psychology, to develop their critical analysis skills, and to hone their science writing and communication skills.
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.
Download the MA in Psychology course brochure (PDF 107KB)
Download programme question and answer document (PDF 26KB)
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
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
- Transferable Skills
- 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)
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:
When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages
The course is comprised of taught modules, research seminars, public engagement activities (events focused on communicating science to the broader public) and a substantial literature review.
Core modules include Foundations in Critical Thinking, Current Research, Transferable Skills, Research Review and Public Engagement with Psychological Research. Students complete a substantial literature based review which will form their research dissertation.
Students will also take two psychology topics or skills based optional modules to support their learning.
A wide range of careers are open to students graduating with an MA in Psychology. The MA develops key skills that are highly attractive to employers, namely critical analysis skills, presentation and science writing skills, as well as public engagement (communicating science to the public) skills.
Our students are excellent candidates for research knowledge related employment in both private and public sector organisations including roles in research support and knowledge transfer and positions in industry, the media and with non-clinical employers.
This MA is also excellent preparation for PhD or other advanced degree positions.
Birmingham is one of Europe's most exciting cities. If you are already based here you know what this vibrant, forward-thinking, international city has to offer. If you are moving here you are going to have great fun finding out. It is more than somewhere to study; it is somewhere to build a successful future.
Whoever you are, wherever you come from, we'll make sure you have all the support you need to make the most of your time at Birmingham. We have a student mentor scheme and offer other support, such as disability and dyslexia advice and support, childcare and nursery facilities and financial advice.
Postgraduate and Mature Student Association (PGMSA)
If you are a mature student it's worth considering joining the Postgraduate and Mature Student Association (PGMSA). This voluntary, student-led group has an active Facebook group where you can keep up with all the events and activities on offer.
Are you an International Student?
The University of Birmingham has one of the largest international student communities within the UK. The mix of nationalities and cultures on campus greatly enriches our learning and teaching environment and will help you feel at home during your time with us. Find out more at our international student website
Living in Birmingham
Whether you are looking for university accommodation or a rented property in the private sector, our accommodation services team, 'Living', can help you find the right place.
The City of Birmingham
One of Europe's most exciting destinations, Birmingham is brimming with life and culture, making it a wonderful place to live, study and work.
Our students fall in love with the city - around 40% of our graduates choose to make Birmingham their home.