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What will I learn?

Why choose this course?

The Psychology MSc is a conversion course for graduates from disciplines other than Psychology who wish to gain GBC (Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership). This is the first step for those who wish to work as a Chartered Psychologist in the UK. GBC ensures that a student has sufficient knowledge, understanding and experience of academic Psychology before they apply for postgraduate professional training in areas such as clinical, occupational, educational or counselling psychology. The MSc Psychology is also appropriate for Psychology graduates who want to pursue postgraduate professional training in Psychology, but whose undergraduate degree is not accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

What you will study

You will cover all areas of Psychology required by the BPS. This will include extensive training in research skills and you will be encouraged to develop a critical and analytical approach to psychological models, theories and methodologies. You will conduct practical research exercises and produce a research-based dissertation in an area of psychology of interest to you (subject to supervisor availability).

Teaching and assessment

Assessment typically comprises exams (eg in-class tests, unseen examinations), practical assessments and coursework (eg essays, laboratory reports, dissertation).

Which department am I in?

Department of Psychology

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£15,400.00 (15,90,024) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

27 September 2021


Penrhyn Road Campus

Penrhyn Road,

Kingston upon Thames,


KT1 2EE, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must need 3.0 grade point average, with the following exception for the Faculty of Science Engineering and Computing, a bachelors degree with a good grade point average in relevant subjects. For certain courses work experience will also be required. For MBA students need to have Bachelors degree with a 3.0 grade point average with two years' work experience. IELTS score 6.5 overall and 5.5 in all elements, TOEFL Score 88.

For international students

Students must have obtained: normally an upper second class (2:1) honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in any discipline. In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate mathematical competence equivalent to grade C or above at GCSE level. Students must be able to demonstrate evidence of an interest and motivation in studying psychology. Experience or skills, in or related to psychology, will be considered an advantage. Applicants may be invited to an interview with the psychology MSc course director. International students based overseas can arrange for an interview by email or telephone. Overseas students will be required to demonstrate IELTS of 6.5 overall with 7.0 in writing and at least 5.5 in all other elements. TOEFL IBT with overall score of 88 with individual skills of R=22, L=21, S=23, W=22.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.