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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 4.43k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 15.6k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English


    * Applied emphasis, focusing on a variety of areas where knowledge of psychological theory and findings are a distinct advantage
    * Flexibility in the second semester for students to choose modules that best fit with their individual interests and career aspirations
    * Opportunity to be taught by, and work closely with, active researchers. Access to our psychology research laboratories and teaching labs, described as `exemplary´ in our most recent independent subject review
    * Professionally accredited by the British Psychological Society, conferring eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC)

    The MSc Psychology is designed to introduce graduates of other disciplines to the fascinating field of psychology. Students will be provided with the opportunity to study those topics which will confer eligibility for Graduate Basis of Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS) as long as a minimum level of performance is achieved. Psychology is a rewarding and valuable area of study. As a student of psychology one gains a scientific understanding of mind, brain, behaviour, experience, and of the complex interactions between these. The programme provides training in the scientific method and the history and philosophy of science to students. Psychology applies a rigorous scientific methodology to biological, linguistic, philosophical, socio-cultural, and anthropological topics. It is thus an inherently multidisciplinary subject.

    Psychology is the scientific study of the mind, brain, and behaviour. Psychology can be applied to a variety of real-life settings and is important to many careers and occupations.

    Semester 1 (September - December) introduces you to the six core areas of psychology: cognitive, social, biological, developmental, individual differences, and conceptual issues, which are especially beneficial for those students who did not study Psychology in their undergraduate degree.

    Semester 2 (January - May) concentrates on the way psychology is applied in real-world settings and different occupations. You may choose to study how witnesses of crime are interviewed (Investigative Psychology module), the role motivation plays in the sporting arena (Sport Psychology module), or the usefulness of psychometric testing in the workplace (Testing in the Workplace module), to name just a few of the possibilities.

    The core Research Methods module is studied in both semesters and introduces you to quantitative and qualitative methods. These analytical techniques provide you with the necessary skills to undertake your Masters project in the summer months (June - August).

    Those exiting the course after successful completion of the taught component (i.e. Postgraduate Diploma) would be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) Psychology.

    How you learnand are assessed

    An integrated programme of lectures, seminars, group discussion and lab work is used to enhance your understanding of the core areas of psychology. You will analyse how this knowledge is applied in real world settings and in a variety of occupations. Web-based learning provides a virtual learning environment that allows you to access teaching and library materials and to interact with staff and fellow students.

    A combination of written submissions, presentations, laboratory reports and formal examinations are used throughout the course. The research project is written in the style of a scientific research article.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    Applicants should hold at least a lower second class Honours degree or equivalent in any science, social science, or humanities subject. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 60 (Grade C) TOEFL iBT® test: 80 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.
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