- 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 from experts in their field, 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
- Choose from a range of modules and opportunities to specialise in clinical or educational psychology
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
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
International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.
This programme is specifically designed for graduates who have not previously taken a psychology degree. You will be able to study at a Russell Group university and 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. You will have the option to choose from a wide range of modules across the field of psychology.
Studying MSc Psychology Conversion, you will also have the opportunity to conduct high-quality research and work with academics who are experts in their field.
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.
As part of your studies you will be required to complete a Dissertation which will count towards your final mark. You will be allocated a supervisor who will support you from start to finish. Your allocated supervisor will be from either of our Psychology or Education departments.
The MSc Psychology Conversion course was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The lecturers in each module made sure to teach at a pace that was suitable for all students, regardless of whether they had a psychology background or not. I’m leaving this course with a sense of preparedness for a career in Psychology, and a whole new arena of knowledge.
We studied a range of subjects, from the biological aspect of psychology to education-based subjects. This holistic approach to the course allowed me to explore and determine the field of psychology that I’m interested in pursuing.
I also had support from my lecturers and personal tutor whenever I required it. All of our modules provided us with the skills required for our thesis, and further research in the field.
MSc Psychology (Conversion)
UK fees per year:
£13,000 full-time; £6,500 part-time
International fees per year:
£26,500 full-time; £13,250 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* 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 you'll learn
- Practical classes
- Research project
- Convenor-led discussions
- Talks from external speaker
- Student presentations
- Group discussions
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 courses.
10 -12 hours per week on average.
You will be allocated a personal tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies. You 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 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 course you will learn to critically evaluate this research, identifying its strengths and weaknesses. The course 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 policymakers.
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.
You will acquire a number of skills on completion of the programme, including enhancing your ability to think critically and solve problems, to learn through teamwork and be engaged in a student-led project. You will also become an engaged and participative leader in debates on psychological issues, and the diversity of assignments you will complete will make you adaptable and resilient.
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.