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MSc Psychology

Why choose Herts?

Professional Accreditation: Successful graduates are eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. This is your first step to pursue a professional career as a chartered psychologist.

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 into various areas of psychology such as autism, psychosis, spatial memory, behaviour change, cyber psychology, and the psychology of luck.

Alumni Stories

Farrell Masterson

Meet Farrell Masterson, who has founded an award-winning boxing training business.

Read more stories MSc Psychology
Current job roleFounder and Lead Coach at the Combination Club
Year of graduation2020
Course of studyMSc Psychology
Farrell Masterson

Farrell’s Flare journey 

Farrell won the award for lifestyle business of the year in the University’s Flare awards 2022. Flare is the University’s highly competitive annual enterprise competition giving budding Herts students and graduates the opportunity to access entrepreneurial support and training to bring their business ideas to life.

Farrell’s business, The Combination Club is a boxing for fitness chain of classes operating across Hertfordshire. Farrell says, ‘The aim of the company is to teach boxing to as many people as possible and give people the chance to be part of a great community. I want to create a community where people can listen to great music, lose weight, learn boxing, and have fun. I am at the stage of developing my business into a full-time venture and the Flare competition has helped me reach this milestone.’

‘I really enjoyed the Flare competition, I had to write a business plan and then present it to business experts. This is something I had never done before and it was a very valuable experience as it helped me better understand the strengths and weaknesses of my business. I am ambitious and I hope to open my own boxing gym one day.’

An enterprising student experience

‘My studies at Herts have helped me in my entrepreneurial journey. I studied MSc Psychology and the subject made me think deeply about human nature, the mind and what is important to people. My current business is people focussed so understanding the fundamentals of psychology really helped me with developing ideas for my business. I also really enjoyed meeting and interacting with lots of new people on my course.’

‘My advice to other enterprising students would be to say yes to new opportunities!’

Professional Accreditations

Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society.

About the course

The Masters in Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire is typically for individuals who have degrees in other (non-psychology) subjects, but who wish to obtain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) British Psychological Society. 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, cognitive and biological psychology. This will be contextualised by historical issues in psychology along with research methods and statistical 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 Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuropsychology

Why choose this course?

This course provides an intensive route into gaining a psychology qualification recognised by the British Psychological Society, allowing you to pursue a professional career in psychology.

Psychology ranked joint first nationally for research impact, obtaining 100% outstanding rating (Research Excellence Framework, 2021).

Ranked 10th for psychology in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES, Advance HE, 2023).

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.

  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    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
  • Key staff

    Caroline Heard
    Programme Lead
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    Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    MSc Psychology Download
    MSc Psychology Download
    Programme specifications
    MSc Psychology Download
    MSc Psychology Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year


    Applications open to international and EU students


    Student experience

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