MSc Psychology (Conversion)
Full time 1 year
Part time 2 years
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
Provides the training to enable you to work as a psychologist in a variety of fields
Opportunities to specialise in clinical or educational psychology
*We are currently in the process of applying to the British Psychology Society for accreditation for this programme. It is expected that accreditation will be confirmed before the start of the programme.
Why choose Exeter for Psychology?
- We are top 100 in the world for Psychology (QS World Rankings 2020)
- We are 7th for Psychology in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019
- We are home to an internationally respected and fast developing social, environmental and organisational psychology research group, and a major centre for cognitive, clinical and neuroscience research
- We have numerous external links with organisations including IBM, The Ministry of Defence, and a unique partnership with the NHS
- Our extensive research facilities include eye tracking, EEG/ERP, tDCS, TMS laboratories, audio-visual recording suite and an MRI scanner
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
Learning and teaching
How will I learn?
- Practical classes
- 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.
10 -12 hours per week on average
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.
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.
Students undertaking the optional Special Educational Needs: Teaching and Learning module could also be offered a short placement in an education context, allowing some application of their studies.
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.
Further information is available through the Careers pages of the University’s Postgraduate Study website.
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.
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.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees per year 2020/21
- UK/EU: £10,900 full-time; £5,450 part-time
- International: £22,500 full-time
Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.
UK government postgraduate loan scheme
Postgraduate loans of up to £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
The Scholarships, Bursaries and Studentships website has information on all available options for funding open to prospective students of taught Masters programmes. You can also use the searchable database of all Scholarships and Bursaries to find funding for which you are eligible.
Global Excellence Scholarship
We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2020.
Please note that this scholarship isn't offered for all our masters programmes.
If you have any queries about this programme, please contact:
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Phone: +44 (0) 1392 725818