Postgraduate taught 

Psychology (conversion) MSc: Online distance learning

In this programme you will learn to see the world differently and develop a deeper understanding of the human mind. Regardless of your prior experience with psychology, you will explore this complex yet fascinating subject to develop a broad and critical awareness of psychological theory and practice, as well as practical experience in innovative research methods. Our aim is to help students develop enquiring, problem-oriented minds with sufficient awareness of important research and applications in psychology to enable successful pursuit of careers in psychology and related disciplines.

  • MSc: 30 months part‑time

Why this programme

  • This conversion programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is designed to provide you with an opportunity to develop intellectual, practical, and professional skills that will be helpful in your future career, whatever that may be.
  • Upon graduating from our programme, you can apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS. With a GBC, you can then go on to further study in a specialist area and become a chartered psychologist.

This programme is taught jointly by the Schools of Psychology and Education. Psychology at the University of Glasgow is rated very highly for both teaching and research. For teaching, we are consistently ranked 1st in Scotland and in the top 5 in the UK in national league tables, such as second in the Guardian Universities Guide and the Times Good University Guide. In the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework, Psychology at Glasgow was ranked UK's top 1 in research intensity (jointly with UCL) according to the Times Higher Education. The School of Education is also ranked 1st in the UK on the Times Good University Guide (2019), 1st in the UK on the Complete University Guide (2019) and in the top 50 in the world in the QS World University Rankings (2019). 

Programme structure

You will take eight core and two optional courses, followed by a research project/dissertation. You will also be allocated an academic supervisor to advise you on your individual research project.

Core courses

Optional courses

Programme outcomes

  • Critically evaluate principal and specialised theories of psychology.
  • Identify, interpret and evaluate contemporary and historical research in psychology.  
  • Evaluate ways in which psychological theory can inform practice.   
  • Identify the ethical issues raised when people participate in psychological research or receive psychological treatment.  
  • Review the contrasting perspectives as to the nature of science and critically evaluate the extent to which Psychology may be considered scientific.  
  • Critically evaluate the influence of social, cultural and historical factors on psychological theory and research.  
  • Evaluate psychological research design and methodologies   
  • Use a range of statistics and research methodologies appropriate to psychology  
  • Demonstrate programming skills in R  
  • Design and conduct an original, significant empirical research project on a psychological topic.

Further details about the programme:

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

This MSc can function as both a feeder for a PhD, Clinical Psychology Doctorate, or as an industry-focused qualification.

On successful completion of the Masters you will be able to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. This will allow you to go on to further study in specialised areas of psychology.  

Graduates of this programme are well placed for careers in clinical and health psychology, educational psychology and teaching. The skills you gain are also readily transferable to other industries. 

Fees & funding

Tuition fees for 2021-22

MSc

Online Distance Learning:

UK / EU / International: £15,000 (total cost)

  • £1667 per 20 credits
  • 60 credits per year over 3 years

Additional fees

  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £370
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £350
  • Registration/exam only fee: £170

Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only

Entry requirements

  1. 2:1 honours degree or equivalent qualification (e.g. GPA 3.0 or above)
  2. For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training); overall score 6.5 | no sub-test less than 6.5 | or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification

English language requirements

Important information for entry in Autumn 2020 and January 2021

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English):  176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form


 

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form

How to apply

To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We cannot accept applications any other way.

Please check you meet the Entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.

Documents

As part of your online application, you also need to submit the following supporting documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • One reference letter on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process.

You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

For more information about submitting documents or other topics related to applying to a postgraduate taught programme, check Frequently Asked Questions

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately; they are also available within the help section of the online application form. 

If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.

Reference: Please provide one reference. This should typically be an academic reference but in cases where this is not possible then a reference from a current employer may be accepted instead. Certain programmes, such as the MBA programme, may also accept an employer reference. If you already have a copy of a reference on letter headed paper then please upload this to your application. If you do not already have a reference to upload then please enter your refereeā€™s name and contact details on the online application and we will contact your referee directly.

Application deadlines

All applications: 14 September 2020

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