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Psychology (Conversion Award)
Postgraduate course
MSc

Psychology (Conversion Award)

International Scholarships available

Overview

If you have little or no experience of psychology, this course will give you the essential knowledge, skills and experience needed for a first step towards a career in this exciting field. The course has been accredited by British Psychological Society (BPS) and if you graduate with an average mark of 50 per cent or more you will be able to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS.

You will gain a comprehensive and critical understanding of cognitive, social, developmental and biological psychology, individual differences and conceptual and historical issues in psychology. In preparation for completing your dissertation, you will also develop the research skills necessary for designing and conducting quality research beyond that expected of graduates.

This course is relevant to graduates who have not studied psychology before, who have completed an undergraduate degree with a psychology component or who have undertaken an undergraduate psychology course not accredited by the BPS.

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: 40% of our research in the Psychology unit was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent.

Accredited by:

We have a wealth of experience in providing courses accredited by the British Psychological Society, an excellent reputation for enthusiastic and highly motivating teaching and support for our students, and innovative forms of assessment. All our teaching staff are research active, and well qualified to support your studies.

Our course will provide you with added value in a competitive employment market and in applying for places on courses conferring Chartership, as well as in a wide range of careers in the public and private sectors requiring these research skills. Employability and career planning is emphasised throughout our course with appropriate support built-in to your learning. The research skills that you'll develop also provide ideal preparation for studying for a PhD.

Our course comprises 180 credits (90 ECTS credits) at Level 7: (7 x 20 credit modules, plus a 40 credit Masters research project). Each 20 credit module is the equivalent of 200 hours of student learning of which about 30 hours may be direct contact hours, with the remaining time allocated to student-centred learning. Lectures take place over one or two days per week, depending on whether you are studying part-time or full-time. Your masters project dissertation will be completed over semester 2 and the summer period.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

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MSc Psychology Conversion Lecturer Lydia Windisch

Entry Requirements

Requirements

Applicants should have at least a second class honours degree and Maths, English Language & Science GCSE grade C or an equivalent award. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Requirements

Applicants should have at least a second class honours degree and Maths, English Language & Science GCSE grade C or an equivalent award. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


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Careers

Katie Oxtoby

Careers

Katie Oxtoby
Course graduate

Msc Psychology (Conversion)

“The fact that I did not need any previous knowledge of psychology to do my course was really appealing. Studying psychology totally changes your world view. It is such a rewarding and interesting course that enriches your life in many ways, as you are learning about human behaviour to better understand yourself and those around you. It has allowed me to grow and develop beyond what I thought I was capable of, personally and professionally.

Teaching and learning

Please note that the modules listed below are correct for students joining us in 2018/19. If you are hoping to study this course in 2019/20, there may be changes to the modules offered.

Study this British Psychological Society accredited course and you will begin to demonstrate a detailed and critical basic understanding of a range of contemporary topics, research methodologies and practice in Developmental, Social and Individual Differences Psychology. You will also show originality and creativity in the application of knowledge and an understanding of how knowledge in Developmental, Social and Individual Differences Psychology, is discovered and developed.

Gain a foundation in psychology as a science, by examining the methods of research used, and the influence of hypothesis testing and inferential statistics within deployments of methods. You will engage in the designing and planning of research and collecting and analysing data using quantitative and qualitative methods.

Interactively learn and understand a range of topics in the field of Biological, Cognitive and related Individual Differences Psychology, and unify these areas back into the body, rather than being esoterically set in the mind. The module aims to provide you with the competency to critically evaluate core themes, concepts, theoretical approaches and research methodologies within Biopsychology, Cognition and Mental Illness and to develop an appreciation of the many applications of these ideas.

You will be encouraged to critically understand and evaluate the relationships between brain and behaviour, both for contemporary behaviour, and through our evolution. You will explore the cognitive and biological basis of memory, thinking, learning, emotion, and consciousness, for humans, and where there is evidence, for some of these processes in nonhuman animals.

Develop ideas in social, developmental and related individual differences psychology, and critically examine some of the major areas of current research interest and debate in the area of social, developmental and related individual differences psychology.

Explore the different routes to recognition as a Chartered Psychologist - you will be assisted in developing a PDP portfolio and career plan early in your career. You will be able to critically examine some application of psychology research to a possible or intended career domain. The module will assist in your drawing together of themes across the MSc, especially professional and research ethics, application of psychology theory to real world practice and research methods for evaluation.

This module will develop your knowledge and skills in research design and both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis methods, building upon the skills and knowledge acquired within the module Psychological research and statistics. It will develop your skills necessary for the planning and execution of Dissertation research, and the production of the Dissertation.

Undertake a research project in psychology, and demonstrate the skills you have developed in research methods modules. In addition, this module has a strong emphasis on self-management and provides the opportunity to demonstrate your skills in project management, problem-solving, and independent thought.

Leeds Beckett University
Dr Lydia Windisch
Course Director
Lydia is a cross-cultural psychologist, with particular research interests in acculturation processes, the effects of discrimination, and family functioning. While completing her PhD in Psychology at Monash University, Australia, Lydia worked as a Researcher and Lecturer in marketing departments. Amongst researching more traditional areas of marketing such as brands and product placement, Lydia also looked at materialism, corporate reputation, health marketing, and corporate social responsibility.
Having taught psychology across different institutions in three countries, I now have the wonderful opportunity to bring to my teaching at Leeds Beckett the ideas and innovation from a diverse array of cultures and students. Opening up the fascinating world of psychology to my students makes my work meaningful and enjoyable.
Play MSc Psychology Kurt Lindley Video
MSc Psychology Kurt Lindley
Play MSc Psychology Conversion Lecturer Lydia Windisch Video
MSc Psychology Conversion Lecturer Lydia Windisch

Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £5950. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies.

Tuition fees

Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Additional costs

In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific optional costs

Study materials

We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.

Voluntary field trips

Free or low-cost optional trips may be organised from time to time.

Printing costs

Students will normally be required to print and bind two copies of their Dissertation or Final Project. This is mostly optional – the majority of assessment submissions are now on Turnitin so require no printing.

Membership of the BPS

Approximately £25 per year

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £11500. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Tuition fees

Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Additional costs

In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific optional costs

Study materials

We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.

Voluntary field trips

Free or low-cost optional trips may be organised from time to time.

Printing costs

Students will normally be required to print and bind two copies of their Dissertation or Final Project. This is mostly optional – the majority of assessment submissions are now on Turnitin so require no printing.

Membership of the BPS

Approximately £25 per year

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Biopsychology Laboratory
    Biopsychology Laboratory

    In our ‘CogBio’ lab, you’ll find PCs with specialist software to help you learn how to undertake data analysis and cognitive and biological psychology work.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Interpersonal Skills Suite
    Interpersonal Skills Suite

    We have plenty of private rooms to allow you to try out your counselling skills. They come equipped with recording facilities so you’re able to reflect on and improve your practice.

Location

City Campus

City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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