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Psychological Sciences (Conversion) MSc

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Subject area: Psychology
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1-year full-time; 2-year part-time

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Minimum 2 days per week

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Brunel University London campus

Postgraduate Open Evening: 22 May 2019

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Psychology is both a biological science and a social science that provides an exceptionally broad range of conceptual perspectives and skills related to analysis of the human mind. It is a subject that offers many options for career progression in specialist areas.

The Psychological Sciences conversion course provides sound knowledge of different approaches to the study of behaviour within the core areas of psychology. You will develop analytic expertise and research skills, creating a solid basis for further advanced study within the discipline (e.g. PhD, ClinPsyD, DEdPsy).

This psychology master’s conversion course leads to a postgraduate qualification for students who have not studied psychology at undergraduate level and students who have studied a psychology degree without the BPS accreditation.

With this, you will be eligible to apply for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS). This is an entry requirement for all further postgraduate training programmes such as a PhD, ClinPsyD, or DEdPsy that lead to chartered status; for example, those accredited by the regulatory body, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).


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Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)

Course content

This conversion course has been tailored to provide you with a firm foundation in core psychology theory, research methods and statistics. Following this, you can pursue areas of particular interest in your dissertation.

Your dissertation will be a maximum of 12,000 words, which enables you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of a specialist area in psychology. It will show your ability to interpret primary source material and integrate sound findings into your final report. This is your chance to develop a unique perspective on your chosen topic and work independently of others, consistent with BPS guidelines.

Compulsory modules

  • Biological Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Research Methods and Academic Skills for the Life Sciences
  • Introduction to Psychological Science
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Individual Differences
  • Social Psychology
  • Dissertation

Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.


Careers and your future

Your BPS accredited Psychological Sciences (Conversion) MSc degree at Brunel is the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist. In addition to clinical psychology, this course will give you the skills that are attractive to employers in a wide variety of sectors such as media, marketing, HR, law enforcement, finance, government, health and education.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

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Entry criteria 2019/20

  • A UK first or second class (2:2) Honours degree, or equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in a Natural Science, Social Science, or a non-BPS accredited degree in Psychology.
  • Applicants will be required to show evidence of GCSE grade C (or grade 4) (or equivalent) in Maths. 
  • Applicants with other degrees and subjects, with relevant work experience, will be considered on an individual basis.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

International and EU entry requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.

We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.

Teaching and learning

Home to a wide range of diverse and innovative research activities, the department of Psychology was recognised by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which rated our research environment as 100% internationally excellent. At Brunel, you will find a space for inspired thinking. Our academics’ passion for research is reflected in their style of teaching and the sharing of knowledge.

Studying a Psychological Sciences conversion Master’s combines lectures and seminars, but also a lot of self-directed learning. This prepares you for further study and research which requires that you manage your time accordingly. You will work on essays, statistics assignments, written research methods tests and laboratory reports. Exams will test your understanding, and your final major task will be to submit a dissertation.

Your dissertation supervisor will organise individual meetings with you to support your exploration of major theories and analysis of results from studies that relate to your dissertation topic. You will be encouraged to convey an understanding of the larger, real-world context and application of the dissertation topic to show awareness of current issues and provide relevancy.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

Assessment and feedback

You will be assessed on a combination of coursework including essays, quantitative report- writing and interpretation, and presentations. There will also be exams and a dissertation exploring an advanced piece of research. Deadlines are distributed through the year, allowing time for constructive feedback.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2019/20 entry

UK/EU students: £9,100 full-time; £4,550 part-time

International students: £15,400 full-time; £7,700 part-time

Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.

Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International and postgraduate fees will increase annually in line with RPI, or 5%, whichever is the lesser.

There is a range of financial support available to help you fund your studies. Find out about postgraduate student funding options.