Psychological Science (Conversion) (MSc)

In Belfast City

£ 4,000 + VAT


  • Typology


  • Location

    Belfast city (Northern Ireland)

  • Duration

    1 Year

  • Start

    Different dates available


An intensive one year Master’s course with accreditation from the British Psychological Society, enabling you to pursue a career in this area even if your background is in another discipline. WHY THIS COURSE?

This new conversion course will appeal to you if you do not already have a psychology degree. It is approved and accredited by the British Psychological Society, (it confers the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership), which means you’ll have the essential knowledge to undertake professional training.

If you’re from overseas, this is your passport to practise in the UK. This intensive programme means with focused work and preparation, you will get a fully-accredited course in the space of 12 rewarding months. WHO ARE YOU?

You might be: a recent graduate someone who’s been in work for a while and wants to change direction. You’ll be fascinated by how psychology underpins everything we do and aids our understanding of behaviour – not just of people, but of animals too. One bursary of £2,000 is available for students to apply for once they are accepted onto the programme. Why Queen's? The School has specialised facilities for human experimental psychology, movement and perception, individual differences, social psychology,child development, psychophysiology and animal behaviour. Research in the School has been judged to be ‘world-leading’ and ‘outstanding’ by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). Did you know? We hold a prestigous Gold Award by Athena SWAN in recognition of good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women. We are the first School of Psychology in the UK to achieve this.




Belfast City (County Antrim)
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University Road, BT7 1NN


Different dates availableNow taking bookings

To take into account

Applicants must normally possess or expect to possess by admission to the course, at least a 2nd class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above in any subject, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. If the programme is oversubscribed, applications will be ranked based on quality of academic performance, references and relevant experience. INTERNATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students...

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Course programme

Course Details

The programme will provide a contemporary curriculum which covers the core topics in psychology, using a variety of teaching methods and assessments that is informed by current research, scholarship and application.

The programme will develop critical awareness of issues in the scientific and applied areas of psychology and the methodological skills to critically examine and interrogate the discipline of psychology in all its facets.

The course is tailored towards analysing data in the real world.

You’ll learn methodological analysis skills and the core principles of psychology:

  • Psychobiology
  • Developmental
  • Social
  • Individual differences
  • Cognitive psychology.

You’ll learning everything from Freudian principles to how the brain works.

Your research project will take place over the summer.

There are five modules per semester, and the proportional mix of time spent in classes, tutorials/seminars/labs, and private study in a teaching semester is approximately 30% lectures, 20% Labs/tutorials and 50% private study.

  • Core Psychology I: Social, Individual Differences, Conceptual & Historical Issues, Perception
    (30 CATS, Semester 1 & 2, Assessment 60% coursework, 40% exam)
  • Core Psychology II: Developmental, Cognition, Psychobiology and Applied & Professional Psychology
    (30 CATS, Semester 1 & 2, Assessment 60% coursework, 40% exam)
  • Applications of psychology in the ‘real world’
    (30 CATS, Semester 1 & 2, Assessment 40% coursework, Practical 40%, , 40% exam)
  • Methods, Design and Analysis in Psychology
    (30 CATS, Semester 1 & 2, Assessment 35% Coursework, 65% Exam)
  • Research Thesis Psychology
    (30 CATS, Semester 1 & 2 & 3 Thesis, Assessment 1005 Practical)

Assessment & Feedback

Our students are assessed through coursework essays, exams, multiple choice questions, practical lab work, group work, presentations, literature review and an independent thesis report.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching takes place in the morning and some afternoons; there are between 15-20 contact teaching hours per week.

Your tutors are experts in their subject areas and are active researchers in those subjects. They have used various aspects of psychology in the real world, so you’ll be getting a practical as well as a theoretical flavour.

You’ll work on your thesis as part of a research team. We’re moving away from individual supervision into more of a team approach, with post-doctoral and postgraduate students all working together, mimicking project work in the real-world employment situations.

Additional information

The degree confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered  Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society and many graduates will go on to complete training in one of the 7 registered professions of psychology as well as undertaking many other jobs, (management, HR, analysts) where a psychology degree is of benefit. WHERE COULD YOU BE IN FIVE YEARS TIME? You might have your eye on a career in clinical psychology. The qualification you’ll gain allows you to go on and undertake training to qualify as a professional...

Psychological Science (Conversion) (MSc)

£ 4,000 + VAT