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Postgraduate course
MSc

Psychology (Conversion Award & Distance Learning)

Psychology (Conversion Award & Distance Learning)

Psychology (Conversion Award & Distance Learning)

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 in psychology 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 to work in psychology, 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 a 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.

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.

To study this course, you will require broadband internet connection with a speed of 2mbps and working speakers. You will need Windows 7 / Mac OSX 10.8 or above and have access to Chrome v63 or higher (recommended), Edge v42+, Firefox v57+ or Safari v6+. Java and Adobe Acrobat Reader will need to be enabled and you will need a minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768.

Visit our distance learning guide for a complete list of technical requirements.

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MSc Psychology Conversion Lecturer Lydia Windisch
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Entry 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

SELECTION CRITERIA:

We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

IELTS:

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. All students will be considered through the contextual admissions policy described above. If you do not meet the requirements through the contextual admissions policy, we may still be able to make you an offer if you have recent relevant work experience through our ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ policy. Please ensure that you list both your qualifications and any relevant work experience in your application so that we can consider you under both schemes where applicable..

All applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, for example we accept some Functional Skills Tests. 

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

SELECTION CRITERIA:

We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

IELTS:

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.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

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.
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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

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.

 

 

You will experience a blended approach to teaching and learning - this is a mix of face-to-face, on campus and remote teaching and learning. The learning content you receive will be as planned for the academic year 2020/2021 before the Covid-19 outbreak. To find out more about teaching on your course visit the Leeds School of Social Sciences - Teaching 2020-21 page.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Dr Lydia Windisch
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.
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Fees & funding

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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 modules have a credit point value of 20. The tuition fee for students entering in in 2020/21 on this course is £777.80 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 £38.89. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation.

Additional course costs

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

    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 essential costs
    • Summer School visit: you will need to cover the cost of travel and accommodation for a one-week summer school in order to complete compulsory lab time to obtain British Psychological Society (BPS) Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC)
    Optional costs
    • Student membership of the BPS (approximately £25 per year)

    Other study-related expenses to consider: materials that you will need to complete your course such as books (whilst the library provides access to readings recommended for your modules, you may wish to purchase your own copies of some books); you can also make suggestions for books to be added to Library stock; placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery (you may need to pay for multiple copies of your dissertation or final project to be printed and bound); events associated with your course such as field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations). Other costs could include academic conferences (travel costs) and professional-body membership (where applicable). The costs you will need to cover for graduation will include gown hire and guest tickets, and optional extras such as professional photography.

    As well as your mobile phone, you will also need access to a desktop computer and/or laptop to complete assignments and access university online services such as MyBeckett, your virtual learning environment. You can book and borrow AV equipment through the media equipment service accessed online via the student hub and located in the library at each campus. Equipment includes: 360 Cameras, iPads, GoPros, MacBooks, portable data projectors, portable projection screens, flipchart stands, remote presenters, digital cameras and camcorders, SLR cameras, speakers, microphones, headphones, headsets, tripods, digital audio recorders and PC/laptops (a laptop loans service is provided on campus in the library on both campuses). Student laptops are also available from the laptop lockers located in the libraries.

    This list is not exhaustive, costs are approximate and will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental, travel or living costs are also in addition to your course fees. If you choose to study via distance learning, you may not be able to access all of the facilities listed if you are not able to visit us on campus.

    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 modules have a credit point value of 20. The tuition fee for students entering in in 2020/21 on this course is £777.80 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 £38.89. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation.

    Additional course costs

    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

    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.

    Essential Costs
    • Summer School visit: you will need to cover the cost of travel and accommodation for a one-week summer school in order to complete compulsory lab time to obtain British Psychological Society (BPS) Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC)
    Optional Costs
    • Student membership of the BPS (approximately £25 per year)

    Other study-related expenses to consider: materials that you will need to complete your course such as books (whilst the library provides access to readings recommended for your modules, you may wish to purchase your own copies of some books); you can also make suggestions for books to be added to Library stock; placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery (you may need to pay for multiple copies of your dissertation or final project to be printed and bound); events associated with your course such as field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations). Other costs could include academic conferences (travel costs) and professional-body membership (where applicable). The costs you will need to cover for graduation will include gown hire and guest tickets, and optional extras such as professional photography.

    As well as your mobile phone, you will also need access to a desktop computer and/or laptop to complete assignments and access university online services such as MyBeckett, your virtual learning environment. You can book and borrow AV equipment through the media equipment service accessed online via the student hub and located in the library at each campus. Equipment includes: 360 Cameras, iPads, GoPros, MacBooks, portable data projectors, portable projection screens, flipchart stands, remote presenters, digital cameras and camcorders, SLR cameras, speakers, microphones, headphones, headsets, tripods, digital audio recorders and PC/laptops (a laptop loans service is provided on campus in the library on both campuses). Student laptops are also available from the laptop lockers located in the libraries.

    This list is not exhaustive, costs are approximate and will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental, travel or living costs are also in addition to your course fees. If you choose to study via distance learning, you may not be able to access all of the facilities listed if you are not able to visit us on campus.

    Additional course costs

    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

      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 essential costs
      • Summer School visit: you will need to pay the cost of travel and accommodation for a one-week summer school at our City Campus in order to complete compulsory lab time to obtain British Psychological Society (BPS) Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC)
      • Travel, accommodation and sustenance associated with your dissertation, research projects or data collection (the cost will vary depending on your topic and individual project and you could choose to undertake a project that does not have any associated costs or conduct it in a cost-effective manner)
      Optional costs
      • Student membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS) (£25 per year)

      Other study-related expenses to consider: materials that you will need to complete your course such as books (whilst the library provides access to readings recommended for your modules, you may wish to purchase your own copies of some books); you can also make suggestions for books to be added to Library stock; placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery (you may need to pay for multiple copies of your dissertation or final project to be printed and bound); events associated with your course such as field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations). Other costs could include academic conferences (travel costs) and professional-body membership (where applicable). The costs you will need to cover for graduation will include gown hire and guest tickets, and optional extras such as professional photography.

      As well as your mobile phone, you will also need access to a desktop computer and/or laptop to complete assignments and access university online services such as MyBeckett, your virtual learning environment. You can book and borrow AV equipment through the media equipment service accessed online via the student hub and located in the library at each campus. Equipment includes: 360 Cameras, iPads, GoPros, MacBooks, portable data projectors, portable projection screens, flipchart stands, remote presenters, digital cameras and camcorders, SLR cameras, speakers, microphones, headphones, headsets, tripods, digital audio recorders and PC/laptops (a laptop loans service is provided on campus in the library on both campuses). Student laptops are also available from the laptop lockers located in the libraries.

      This list is not exhaustive, costs are approximate and will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental, travel or living costs are also in addition to your course fees. If you choose to study via distance learning, you may not be able to access all of the facilities listed if you are not able to visit us on campus.

      Additional course costs

      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

      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.

      Essential Costs
      • Summer School visit: you will need to pay the cost of travel and accommodation for a one-week summer school at our City Campus in order to complete compulsory lab time to obtain British Psychological Society (BPS) Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC)
      • Travel, accommodation and sustenance associated with your dissertation, research projects or data collection (the cost will vary depending on your topic and individual project and you could choose to undertake a project that does not have any associated costs or conduct it in a cost-effective manner)
      Optional Costs
      • Student membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS) (£25 per year)

      Other study-related expenses to consider: materials that you will need to complete your course such as books (whilst the library provides access to readings recommended for your modules, you may wish to purchase your own copies of some books); you can also make suggestions for books to be added to Library stock; placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery (you may need to pay for multiple copies of your dissertation or final project to be printed and bound); events associated with your course such as field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations). Other costs could include academic conferences (travel costs) and professional-body membership (where applicable). The costs you will need to cover for graduation will include gown hire and guest tickets, and optional extras such as professional photography.

      As well as your mobile phone, you will also need access to a desktop computer and/or laptop to complete assignments and access university online services such as MyBeckett, your virtual learning environment. You can book and borrow AV equipment through the media equipment service accessed online via the student hub and located in the library at each campus. Equipment includes: 360 Cameras, iPads, GoPros, MacBooks, portable data projectors, portable projection screens, flipchart stands, remote presenters, digital cameras and camcorders, SLR cameras, speakers, microphones, headphones, headsets, tripods, digital audio recorders and PC/laptops (a laptop loans service is provided on campus in the library on both campuses). Student laptops are also available from the laptop lockers located in the libraries.

      This list is not exhaustive, costs are approximate and will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental, travel or living costs are also in addition to your course fees. If you choose to study via distance learning, you may not be able to access all of the facilities listed if you are not able to visit us on campus.

      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.

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