- 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
Please note, due to the high level of demand for this programme we encourage you to apply early.
6th in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research in Education and influencer of national education policy
Top 75 in the world for Psychology
QS World University Rankings 2022
85% of research classified as world-leading or internationally excellent
Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* or 3*
Top 15 for Psychology
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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.
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
Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.
Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.
58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.
Interaction is key to sustaining and building all relationships and a key motivator too. Online learning can be a very rewarding and satisfying experience.
You get out of relationships what you put in – online learning is no exception to this. The people at Exeter gave me the feeling that they were without exception, deeply committed to their side of this relationship.
Online Masters student
This course is specifically designed for graduates with non-psychology degrees to obtain a British Psychological Society - accredited postgraduate degree.
Completion of this course enables you to gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS, allowing you to work as a psychologist in a variety of different fields, including education, clinical, forensic and organisational.
The course offers general training in psychology, making it of value to people with a broad range of aspirations, but also provides the option of specialising in clinical or educational psychology.
Fully online, it enables students to study in their own time, and without needing to attend campus.
Fees and funding
September 2022 entry:
£15,000 in total
The fee shows the total amount it will cost if you complete the degree if you take the minimum time of two years. If you take longer than two years, for example, because you take one or more breaks between modules, the total fee you pay may increase slightly due to inflation.
Pay as you study
To make it easier to budget, you don’t need to pay the total fee upfront. Instead, you can pay for each module as you are about to start studying it. You can pay for the whole year if you prefer, but the minimum payment is at least the cost of the module(s) you are taking that term. Please note that if your payment has not reached us by the end of week one of a module, you will have to wait until the next term to start.
How to pay
You can pay online using a credit or debit card. We are unable to give you access to your study materials before your payment reaches us so it’s important to have your finances in place and pay when prompted to ensure you can access your studies at the start of each term.
Other costs to consider
As well as your fees, there are some potential additional costs to be aware of to ensure that you give yourself the best chance of success. These include a suitable computer or device to study and work from, an adequate internet connection to access your learning materials and connect with others, and a comfortable place to study.
While our online programmes do not require any attendance on campus, as a student of the University of Exeter you are always welcome to visit. You may also be offered the chance to attend a graduation ceremony in person, for which travel costs and gown hire will apply.
Help with paying for your studies
If you are struggling to afford your chosen programme of study, some help may be available from either the government or the university. This includes:
- Postgraduate student loans. If you live in the UK, you may be able to access a loan to help pay for your online degree fees and living costs while you study. To be eligible, you must not already have a Masters degree (or above). For information on how to apply and your student finance entitlement, please visit the following links depending on whether you live in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.
If you are awaiting the approval of a postgraduate loan to pay for the course and evidence is provided through the Admissions application gateway, access to learning material will be provided prior to receipt of payment.
- Disabled Student Allowance (DSA).
Most UK students with a physical disability or mental health difficulty, long term health condition or specific learning difficulty will be able to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance which can help towards the cost of specialist equipment, one-to-one support and other costs associated with your condition. If you feel this applies to you, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible as the whole process can take up to 12 weeks. If you complete an application and are not eligible for DSA, please make an appointment with the AccessAbility Team to discuss alternative funding and support. This step-by-step guide to applying for DSA will give you all the information you need on applying.
- Success for All fund. Some financial support may be possible through our Success for All fund as assessed on a case-by-case basis providing eligibility criteria are met. Fully online students are not automatically eligible for an IT bursary, but exceptions may be made in some circumstances. However, please note the University would expect students to have made reasonable provision to support themselves during their studies prior to enrolling on a module.
- Employer sponsorship. Your employer or another organisation you are associated with may be happy to pay all or part of your fee. If you are getting financial support in this way, we can invoice them directly for the value that they have agreed to support before you start your studies. You will have to pay any balance so that the module you are studying is paid in full before you start.
- Student discounts. Our online students are fully registered students of the university, and therefore can ask for an Exeter Unicard, which can be used to access a wide range of student discounts on everyday items including food and clothing. You can also apply for student discounts on products and services through the UniDays card.
Teaching and learning
How will I learn?
All your learning will be accessed online in our all-encompassing Exeter Learning Environment (ELE), including:
- Teaching materials – as written, recorded, or animated content
- Quizzes to check your learning and understanding
- Videos, podcasts, articles to read
- Access to electronic books
Your learning will be divided up into a weekly schedule so you can see what work you should aim to get through on a weekly basis. We’ve built in time for preparation and submission of any assessments you have and then time for you to get feedback on those before you decide to sign up and pay for your next module.
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. Our department is in the top 100 worldwide for Psychology* and we are committed to providing an outstanding learning experience, generating high-quality academic research and advancing clinical practice.
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).
Members of staff have strong research links with universities in other countries and we work in partnership with a variety of public and private-sector organisations to ensure our research is relevant to policymakers.
*QS World University Rankings 2021
Employer-valued skills this course develops
This programme is specifically designed to enable students with a non-psychology background to pursue a career in psychology, many of which require a BPS-accredited degree for further training. This degree will help prepare graduates for a subsequent career in, for example, clinical psychology, educational psychology, organisational and occupational psychology, and forensic psychology.
Studying with us not only offers outstanding opportunities for career development, but also the chance to tap into a worldwide peer and research network. Additionally, learning in a virtual environment both enhances and demonstrates vital skills that employers are seeking in the modern workplace, such as communication and time-management skills, the ability to self-motivate and direct, and an ease with digital technologies.