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Masters courses

We offer a variety of full-time taught Masters courses. You can also choose to undertake your MSc by dissertation with us.

Conversion courses

Our MSc Psychology is a conversion course, enabling students of other disciplines to study psychology and become eligible for membership of the British Psychological Society.

  • MSc Psychology

    Our MSc Psychology is a fast-track (one-year) conversion degree that makes you eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society. This course is ideal if you studied a different subject at undergraduate level and now wish to pursue psychology, or if you studied psychology but not on a BPS-accredited course. Registration with the BPS is a minimum requirement to pursue further training as a professional psychologist (e.g. Clinical, Occupational, Counselling, Forensic, Educational Psychologist).

    You may also take the course as an end in itself if you wish to obtain a Psychology Degree in one year. The course provides you with critical and detailed understanding of the core areas of psychology (developmental, cognitive, social, biological, personality) plus training in research methods and statistics.

    Following this course will normally qualify you to move on to our specialist Masters courses or to a Masters in Research Methods or by research (MSD).

    All elements are required and applicants with a non-science background should be aware of the requirement to pass statistics. You will also learn research methods to an extent that will enable you to devise, carry out, analyse and write up an empirical research project during the last part of the course.

    The course involves attendance at lectures, seminars and practical classes (approx. 12-16 hours per week during the autumn and spring terms), private study, and submission of coursework, coursework tests and examinations (you will be required to submit approximately 15 pieces of coursework during the year). Most taught modules will include joint lectures with Undergraduate Students with additional postgraduate level seminars. Your research project will be completed during the summer and submitted in mid-September.

Specialist Masters courses

Our specialist Masters courses are ideal if you want to extend the knowledge of psychology that you gained from your undergraduate degree, or if you wish to learn the advanced research skills required for further study, such as a PhD.

  • MSc Advanced Psychology

    Aimed at Psychology graduates who want to further their broader knowledge of the subject, our MSc Advanced Psychology provides advanced and specialist training across a broad range of core areas in the field, such as developmental psychology, neuroscience and neuropsychology, perception and cognition, and social psychology.

  • MSc Cognitive Neuropsychology

    Cognitive neuropsychology is a branch of cognitive psychology that aims to understand how the structure and function of the brain relates to specific psychological processes. It places a particular emphasis on studying the cognitive effects of brain injury or neurological illness with a view to developing models of normal cognitive functioning. Evidence is based on case studies of individual brain damaged patients who show deficits in brain areas and from patients who exhibit double dissociations. This course covers the core subjects of cognitive neuropsychological theories. You will gain an advanced knowledge of appropriate statistical methodology and neuropsychological research methods. It is a suitable foundation for graduates wishing to proceed to a programme of further postgraduate study such as a PhD. In addition it provides training in transferable skills necessary to meet the current requirements of graduate employers.

  • MSc Cognitive Neuroscience

    Cognitive neuroscience is the scientific study of biological substrates underlying cognition, with a focus on the neural substrates of mental processes. You will look at how psychological functions are produced by the brain. Cognitive neuroscience is a branch of both psychology and neuroscience, overlapping with disciplines such as physiological psychology, cognitive psychology and neuropsychology. This course provides a thorough grounding in the scientific investigation of the neural mechanisms underlying human behaviour with a particular reference to cognitive processes. You will be taught the theoretical and biological foundations of cognitive science, and undertake advanced statistical training. A central feature is extensive instruction covering the physiological bases and practical applications of cognitive neuroscience techniques. This core knowledge will be integrated with knowledge in related areas: experimental psychology, cognitive neuropsychology and connectionist modelling.

  • MSc Research Methods in Psychology

    This course provides research training for students who intend to pursue a career as research psychologists, or who wish to take a research degree. You will extend your theoretical knowledge through advanced study, while developing a critical awareness of psychological science in relation to its philosophical and biological contexts, and in relation to research in the natural and social sciences. The knowledge and skills you acquire will prepare you for an academic career as well as a wide range of alternative careers. The course consists of seven taught modules of which four are compulsory and three optional (taken from a range of advance level modules). You will also take an advanced module in Research Methods and Statistics which will run throughout the year, and complete an empirical research project in the summer term.

  • MSc Language and the Brain

    Our MSc Language and the Brain will offer you an opportunity to take full advantage of the intersecting research interests and areas of expertise within the Department of Psychology and Department of Language and Linguistics at our University. This enables you to identify generalisations about the brain that account for patterns of language use and vice versa..