Why choose Herts?
Professional Accreditation: You will become a professional psychologist eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society.
Teaching Excellence: You will be taught by expert teaching staff currently engaged in cutting-edge research. See key staff section.
Industry-Focused Course Content: Research projects include investigations relating to autism, psychosis, spatial memory, behaviour change, cyber psychology, and the psychology of luck
Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) [formerly known as Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR)] with the British Psychological Society.
About the course
The Masters in Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire is for people who have degrees in other subjects, but who wish to obtain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) [formerly known as Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) with the British Psychological Society, which is the first necessary step towards becoming a professional psychologist.
On successfully completing the course, you will:
- Have demonstrated sufficient knowledge of psychological theories and literature to be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society;
- Have developed a more detailed knowledge of the literature, theories, and issues relevant to your career ambitions;
- Be able to design, carry out, and evaluate psychological research using a variety of methodologies, including the ability to conduct an advanced research project;
- Be able to conduct ethically sensitive research.
Students enrolled on the MSc programme will study core modules covering the broader psychological principles of developmental, social and cognitive psychology and the biological basis of psychology. This will be contextualised by historical issues in psychology and individual research methods and analysis.
The MSc programme is flexible enough to allow individual tailoring to particular interests or career aspirations. Masters students have to study two additional modules, selected from the following modules (subject to availability):
- Forensic Psychology
- Clinical Psychology
- Occupational and Work Psychology
- Educational Psychology
- Sports Psychology
Why choose this course?
This course provides an intensive route into gaining a psychology qualification recognised by the British Psychological Society, allowing to pursue a professional career in psychology.
Psychology ranked joint first nationally for research impact, obtaining 100% outstanding rating (Research Excellence Framework, 2021).
To find out more about this course you can come to one of our Postgraduate Open events.
We also have a thriving research community of staff and students alike.
What will I study?
Teaching and learning methods include lectures, seminars and tutorials. Students will develop the ability to design, carry out and evaluate psychological research, using a variety of methodologies, including the ability to conduct a research project and ethically sensitive research. Assessment for the programme is by examination, coursework, demonstration of a series of competencies and completion of the research project.
|Research Planning||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Using Data to Address Research Questions||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Methods of Collecting Data in Psychology||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Advanced Psychology Project||45 Credits||Compulsory|
|Development, Social and Cognitive Psychology||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|The Biological Basis of Psychology||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Individual Differences and Conceptual/Historical Issues in Psychology||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Forensic Psychology||15 Credits||Optional|
|Clinical Psychology||15 Credits||Optional|
|Educational Psychology||15 Credits||Optional|
|Sports Psychology||15 Credits||Optional|
|Occupational Psychology||15 Credits||Optional|
|Cognitive Neuropsychology||15 Credits||Optional|
Dr Nicholas Shipp
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Further course information
|Course fact sheets|
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