Northumbria University Newcastle - Psychology MSc

Northumbria University Newcastle

Psychology MSc

This British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited conversion Psychology MSc is an essential step on your journey towards a career in Psychology.

You will learn from passionate academic staff, who are involved in cutting-edge research. With almost three-quarters of Northumbria’s psychology research being judged to have outstanding reach and significance for its impact (REF 2014).  

You will learn in a professional research environment, with access to state-of-the-art laboratories which are equipped with industry standard equipment. You will learn from those at the forefront of their fields. In fact, our strength in psychology research has significantly increased. We are currently placed second in the Alliance group of universities for world-leading research (REF 2014).

You will develop an advanced understanding of

  • cognitive and developmental Psychology
  • biological and social Psychology
  • individual differences
  • and psychological research methods

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in any discipline.

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 6 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

Career Prospects

Psychology can offer you a hugely rewarding career, and this course – which will give you the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the BPS – is an essential first step. 

If you want to specialise in Health, Occupational or Sport and Exercise Psychology then your next step will be a Stage 1 Masters, which we also offer here at Northumbria. We can offer you a fast track graduation so that you can move straight on to your Stage 1 qualification, and progress in your career as quickly as possible. 

If you want to specialise in Counselling, Educational or Clinical Psychology then you will need to apply for a highly competitive doctoral programme. You are likely to need substantial experience to be successful in gaining a place, and at Northumbria we will support you in finding that experience. We will open doors to the many volunteering opportunities at the University and within the sector, and the MSc will also qualify you to apply for a valuable Assistant Psychologist role. 

Course Details

You will develop a comprehensive knowledge of Psychology through exploring social, developmental, cognitive and biological Psychology. You will also study individual differences, philosophies and research methods. You will learn through discussion-based sessions, interactive lectures, tutorials and online discussions.

Research workshops will allow you to develop and enhance your qualitative and quantitative methods competence, data collection and analysis. You will be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning, demonstrating applied understanding and knowledge at the forefront of the discipline. You will learn to defend your work effectively to a wide range of audiences. Assessment is varied, either seen-exam based or through written assignments such as laboratory reports, research article critiques, data analysis assignments, presentations or conventional essays.

Year One

Academic Language Skills (ALS) for PG Psychology Students (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)
MSc Thesis (Core,60 Credits)
Quantitative Research Methods (Core,30 Credits)
Historical Psychology and Qualitative Research Methods (Core,30 Credits)
Biological, Cognitive and Developmental Psychology (Core,30 Credits)
Individual Differences, Psychometrics and Social Psychology

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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