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):

  • Cognitive Neuropsychology.
  • Advanced Topics in Memory.
  • Forensic Psychology.
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Occupational and Work Psychology
Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 MSc Psychology
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 MSc 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.

To find out more about this course you can come to one of our Postgraduate Open events or listen to a course talk online at our webinar (online meeting).

We also have a thriving research community of staff and students alike.

View course leaflet for MSc Psychology Conversion Course MSc,

Key staff

Dr Lucy Annett
Programme Tutor
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Professional Accreditations

Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) [formerly known as Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR)] with the British Psychological Society.

Course details

Careers

This course provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society, which is the first necessary step towards becoming a professional psychologist. Having obtained GBC, students can then pursue a career in specialist area such as Clinical, Forensic, Health, Occupational, Counselling, Sport and Exercise, or Educational and Child Psychology with a view to becoming a Chartered Clinical, Forensic, Health, Occupational, or Counselling Psychologist.

Teaching methods

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.

Structure

  • Year 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Advanced Psychology Project 60 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
    Using Data to Address Research Questions 15 Credits Compulsory
    Methods of Collecting Data in Psychology 15 Credits Compulsory
    Occupational and Work Psychology 15 Credits Optional
    Forensic Psychology 15 Credits Optional
    Clinical Psychology 15 Credits Optional
    Cognitive Neuropsychology 15 Credits Optional
    Advanced Topics in Memory 15 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £8400 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £700 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12650 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1050 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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    Entry requirements

    All successful applicants must normally:

    (a) Have a good honours degree (normally a 2.1) from a UK institution, or an equivalent overseas qualification. However, in exceptional circumstances, we will consider students with a lower second class (2.2). Exceptionally highly motivated students may be accepted if they can demonstrate appropriate academic competencies.

    (b) We welcome applications from UK, EU, and international students. For country specific international qualifications please check here. International students should have an IELTS of 6.5If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 1 Years
    • Part Time, 2 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2019

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/201925/09/2020Apply online (Full Time)
    28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)

    2020

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/202025/09/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/202125/09/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Part Time)
    We welcome applications from international and EU students