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Psychology (Conversion Award & Distance Learning)
Postgraduate course
MSc

Psychology (Conversion Award & Distance Learning)

International Scholarships available

Overview

Better understand people and the world around you on this flexible course.

Whether you are already working in psychology, looking to forge a new career in the scientific study of people, the mind and behaviour or want to boost your prospects in any number of industries, a qualification accredited by the British Psychological Society can open up countless doors.

Requiring no prior knowledge of psychology, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of this challenging but stimulating discipline. You will explore theoretical and methodological approaches and analyse cognitive, educational, forensic, clinical and health psychology. You will learn established practical research techniques so you can observe the real world and collect and collate data effectively.

A distance learning course allows you to study from wherever you are in the world, and the flexible nature of this course means you will be able to fit your studies around your other commitments.

Rest assured, you will not be studying alone - you will take part in a week-long residential where you will work alongside your peers in workshops and experiments.

To be able to get the most from this course you will need to spend around 20 hours per week in study.

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Develop the skills and expertise required by the British Psychological Society, including how to conduct research and present data effectively. The Applying Psychology module will enable you to fine-tune your career path and chart your professional development to chartered psychologist status. You will have access to various course-specific software packages such as Qualtrics, which will enable you to conduct experiments and capture data remotely.

Although this is a distance learning course, you will be able to use our dedicated lab facilities should you need to when working on your dissertation. This course offers the opportunity to study for an accredited qualification that might otherwise not be possible because of your location, work or family commitments.

While other distance learning courses might require you to be on campus once a week, this course only requires your attendance for a one-week residential, where you will develop your support networks, share knowledge with your peers and demonstrate your communication skills. The flexible nature of this course means you can also slow the pace of your learning to fit with your other commitments, although you will have to complete the course within six years.

Because this is a distance learning course, you will not be charged our standard international student fees if you are from outside the EU.

NB: In order to gain accreditation from The British Psychological Society (BPS), you must attend a short summer school on campus. For further information, please contact the Course Leader.

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.

Visit our Distance Learning Website

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.

Play MSc Psychology Conversion Lecturer Lydia Windisch Video
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.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

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.

Overall workload

Each module on our distance learning courses is individually designed to maximise your learning so study requirements will vary. As a guideline you will need to allocate around 10 hours per week to complete each module plus a further five hours for additional reading and assignments. These 10 hours of teaching and learning will be delivered using a range of interactive resources, this typically includes audio and video content, group discussions, reflective exercises, quizzes, online reading and much more. All these resources are delivered through our Virtual Learning Environment and can be accessed at a time and place that suits you.

Develop an understanding of major theoretical and methodological approaches within developmental, social and individual differences psychology.

Gain an overview of research designs and their advantages and disadvantages. Learn how to identify research aims, select a sample and ensure your research is ethical.

Build upon the knowledge developed in the Psychological Research & Statistics module and develop expertise in research design, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis methods.

Demonstrate research, project management and problem-solving skills and illustrate an ability to think independently.

Critically examine and debate some of the major areas of current research interests centred on social, developmental and related individual differences psychology.

Investigate the cognitive and biological basis of memory, thinking, learning, emotion and consciousness in humans and, where there is evidence, examine some of these processes in animals.

Understand the different routes to chartered psychologist status and develop a personal portfolio and career plan.

Critically examine some of the major areas of current research interests and debate in the area of social, developmental and related individual differences psychology.

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.
Play MSc Psychology Conversion Lecturer Lydia Windisch Video
MSc Psychology Conversion Lecturer Lydia Windisch

Fees & funding

Studying part-time gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace. Because of this, our tuition fees are calculated using credit points. Each module you study has a credit point value. Most taught postgraduate modules have a credit point value of 20. The tuition fee for students entering in in 2018/19 on this course is £661 for each 20 credit point module. For modules with a different credit point value their cost can be calculated by multiplying the credit value of the module by the cost per credit point of £33.05. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with 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 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. All readings are available on the student learning portal, MyBeckett.

Summer School visit (compulsory)

Students must cover the cost of travel and accommodation for a one-week summer school in order to complete compulsory lab 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

Some students may be eligible to join the BPS as student members. Cost is 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.

Studying part-time gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace. Because of this, our tuition fees are calculated using credit points. Each module you study has a credit point value. Most taught postgraduate modules have a credit point value of 20. The tuition fee for students entering in in 2018/19 on this course is £661 for each 20 credit point module. For modules with a different credit point value their cost can be calculated by multiplying the credit value of the module by the cost per credit point of £33.05. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation.
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 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. All readings are available on the student learning portal, MyBeckett.

Summer School visit (compulsory)

Students must cover the cost of travel and accommodation for a one-week summer school in order to complete compulsory lab 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

Some students may be eligible to join the BPS as student members. Cost is 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

  • Clinical Skills Suite
    Clinical Skills Suite

    The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

  • 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

Distance Learning

Distance Learning

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 get can get involved in learning. Our flexible courses – internet-based learning and part-time options – give you more choice, 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.

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