MSc Psychology (Conversion)

Course details

  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 2 YRS (PT)
  • Location Wrexham
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Course Highlights

Accredited

by the British Psychological Society. 

Blended

learning with a mix of flexible self-directed study at home, with rich face-to-face teaching experiences.

Access

to state-of-the-art facilities. 

Why choose this course?

This programme has been designed for those who hold an undergraduate degree that is not in psychology, but who wish to change direction and study or pursue a career in psychology.

  • To embark on formal training as a psychologist, you will need to hold a BPS accredited undergraduate degree in psychology. However, choosing to complete a second degree can be costly for many people, both financially and in terms of time. This programme offers you an alternative, providing you with the opportunity to receive a master’s qualification whilst studying all the core areas that would be covered in a usual psychology undergraduate degree.
  • This is a blended learning programme, meaning that some teaching will be face-to-face in a classroom, but the majority of learning will take place via online tutorials. 
  • The programme will include three residential weekends per academic year at Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden near Chester, where formal teaching will take place. In addition, two ‘on campus’ days per week will take place at the university’s Plas Coch campus in Wrexham. 

 

Key course features

  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society.
  • Become part of a diverse community of students. 
  • A perfect mix of online learning with face-to-face teaching.
  • Take part in our engaging residential weekends at Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden (subject to availability).
  • Acheieve a recognised masters qualification to help start your career in psychology. 

What you will study

As a student of this programme, you will study 6 core taught modules advised by the British Psychological Society, focusing on a range of key areas which are normally covered in undergraduate psychology degrees.

MODULES

  • Research Methods
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Individual Differences
  • Biological Psychology

Alongside the above modules, you will also complete an academic research project with the support of a supervisor, and explore conceptual and historical issues in psychology.

The order of the modules you study is dependent on the year you start your course. Students will study three modules per academic year, and complete their research project alongside their second-year modules.

At each residential event, you will have the opportunity to stay at Gladstone’s Library (subject to availability), interact with other students on your programme, and get involved in philosophical debates in the common room. As a resident at Gladstone’s Library, you will also have access to the library in the evenings and around teaching time, to make the most of your learning experience. There is also an on-site restaurant.  

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

Applicants will need to have completed and passed a bachelor’s degree in any subject prior to enrolling on the programme. Ideally, applicants will have at least a 2:1, although students with a 2:2 will also be considered.

Applicants will need to demonstrate a keen interest in learning about key psychological theories, and possess the ability to undertake a piece of research.

We welcome people from a range of different subject backgrounds to apply. Successful applicants will be invited for an interview, which can also take place via an online video conferencing platform such as Skype if you do not live locally to the university.  

Successful applicants will need to complete 3 free short courses which run in July and August for entry to the programme (in limited cases there may be an exemption from one of them, this will be determined at interview).

 

Teaching & Assessment

Students will be expected to attend face-to-face teaching across three residential teaching weekends per academic year (running between Saturday noon-Monday noon, different timings apply). Students will also be expected to attend two ‘on campus’ days per academic year. During this contact time, students will engage in lectures, seminars and workshops aimed at enhancing their knowledge in a particular module. Each residential weekend will be focused on a different core module (e.g. developmental psychology). The remainder of the study will be self-directed distance learning from home.

Study at home will include reading, the completion of set assignments, the viewing of webinar material and engagement in online forum discussions.

Assignments include the completion of essays, reports, poster presentations, oral presentations and coursework.

Teaching & Learning

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential. We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

Career prospects

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

This course would be ideal for those who wish to progress onto formal training to become a psychologist, or who wish to pursue a career in academia in psychology.

Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 are TBC.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & funding pages.

Programme specification

You can see the full programme specification here.