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MSc Psychology (Conversion) - 2023 entry

Please note: The below is for 2023 entries. Click here for 2022 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
Entry year 2022

Streatham Campus and St Luke's Campus, Exeter

Discipline Psychology

Programme contacts: Dr Lamprini Psychogiou and Dr Sally Palmer
Web: Enquire online 
Phone: +44(0)1392 725818

Typical offer

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2:1 Honours degree

Contextual offers


Please note, due to the high level of demand this programme is now closed for new applications for September 2022 entry.

  • Intended for graduates who have not previously taken a psychology degree to obtain a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited degree
  • Gain an understanding of the core areas of psychology as required by the BPS
  • Benefit from the combined expertise of academics in Psychology and the Graduate School of Education
  • Provides the training to enable you to work as a psychologist in a variety of fields
  • Opportunities to specialise in clinical or educational psychology

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Programme contacts: Dr Lamprini Psychogiou and Dr Sally Palmer

Web: Enquire online

Phone: +44 (0)1392 72 72 72

Please note, due to the high level of demand this programme is now closed for new applications for September 2022 entry.

Top 75 in the world for Psychology

QS World University Rankings 2022

11th in the UK for internationally excellent research in Psychology

REF 2021 based on 4* and 3* research, submitted to UoA4 Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience

Top 10 for Psychology

The Complete University Guide 2023

Internationally-respected social, environmental and organisational psychology research group, and a major centre for cognitive, clinical and neuroscience research



This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society. BPS accreditation confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Entry requirements

We usually require a minimum 2:1 Honours degree. No specific subjects are required.

Please note, that for the optional module Special Educational Needs: Teaching and Learning and, in some circumstances, research projects as part of a dissertation, students will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements


Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

Course content

This programme is specifically designed for graduates who have not previously taken a psychology degree. The programme enables you to obtain a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited Psychology degree and gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS that will allow you to work as a psychologist in a variety of different fields (e.g, education, clinical, forensic, organisational).

The programme offers general training in social, biological, cognition and developmental psychology and personality and individual differences, as required by the BPS, but also provides the opportunity to specialise in clinical or educational psychology.


2022/23 entry

UK fees per year:

£12,000 full-time; £6,000 part-time

International fees per year:

£24,500 full-time; £12,250 part-time


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students and have over £2.5 million in scholarships available, including our Global Excellence Scholarships* and Green Futures Scholarships* for international fee paying students.

For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at the University of Exeter, please visit our dedicated funding page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

Teaching and research

How will I learn?

  • Lectures
  • Practical classes
  • Seminars
  • Research project
  • Convenor-led discussions
  • Talks from external speaker
  • Student presentations

Learning from experts

Our staff are recognised internationally for their academic excellence, high quality research and applied output. They actively research the areas of psychology they teach, so their expertise feeds directly into our research-led programmes.

Contact hours

10 -12 hours per week on average

Tutorial support

Each student is allocated a personal tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies. Students will also have access to specialist helpdesks for statistics and assessment feedback which are run by postgraduate tutors.


Assessments will comprise examinations, essays, critical reviews, reports, posters and oral presentations.


Throughout your study you will use a range of innovative teaching facilities, such as an online learning platform, various 24/7 computer pools and audio-visual suite, 24/7 library, study spaces and specialised equipment. There are also extensive research facilities including eye tracking, EEG/ERP, tDCS, TMS laboratories, audio-visual recording suite and an MRI scanner.

Research inspired learning

All the modules that you take will be underpinned by research-led learning. You will learn about classic studies as well as cutting edge research in the core areas of psychology (e.g., cognitive, biological, social, developmental psychology, personality and individual differences as well as potentially clinical and educational psychology). During the programme you will learn to critically evaluate this research, identifying its strengths and weaknesses. The programme will culminate with your undertaking a large-scale research project, making a novel contribution to a field of Psychology, under a supervisor who is an expert in that area.

Members of staff have strong research links with universities in other countries and there is a flourishing international community. We work in partnership with a variety of public and private sector organisations to ensure our research is relevant to policy makers.

Unlike most other leading departments, we provide postgraduate training and continuing professional development (CPD) courses for Clinical Psychology and other psychological practitioners on the same site as our PhD and Masters degrees.

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Employer-valued skills this course develops

This programme is specifically designed to enable students with a non-psychology background to pursue a psychology-based career, many of which require a BPS accredited degree for further training. This degree will therefore help prepare graduates for a subsequent career in, for example, clinical psychology, educational psychology, organisational and occupational psychology, and forensic psychology.

Graduates will acquire a number of skills on completion of the programme, including enhancing their ability to think critically and solve problems, to learn through team work and be engaged in a student-led project. They will also become an engaged and participative leader in debates on psychological issues, and the diversity of assignments they will complete will make them adaptable and resilient.

Careers services

Our careers teams at the Career Zone can help guide you through a wealth of information to match your skills and interests to a career that will suit you. Our staff work with regional, national and international employers to develop new work placement, project and graduate opportunities.

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