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.
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.
Mature ApplicantsOur 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.
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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
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.
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.
Fees & funding
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