University of Hertfordshire - MSc Psychology

University of Hertfordshire

MSc Psychology

The Masters in Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire is for people who have degrees in other subjects, but who wish to obtain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) [formerly known as Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) with the British Psychological Society, which is the first necessary step towards becoming a professional psychologist.

On successfully completing the course, you will:

  • Have demonstrated sufficient knowledge of psychological theories and literature to be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society;
  • Have developed a more detailed knowledge of the literature, theories, and issues relevant to your career ambitions;
  • Be able to design, carry out, and evaluate psychological research using a variety of methodologies, including the ability to conduct an advanced research project;
  • Be able to conduct ethically sensitive research.

Students enrolled on the MSc programme will study core modules covering the broader psychological principles of developmental, social and cognitive psychology and the biological basis of psychology. This will be contextualised by historical issues in psychology and individual research methods and analysis.

The MSc programme is flexible enough to allow individual tailoring to particular interests or career aspirations. Masters students have to study two additional modules, selected from the following modules (subject to availability):

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Occupational and Work Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Sports Psychology

Entry Requirements

All successful applicants must normally:

(a) Have a good honours degree (normally a 2.1) from a UK institution, or an equivalent overseas qualification. However, in exceptional circumstances, we will consider students with a lower second class (2.2). Exceptionally highly motivated students may be accepted if they can demonstrate appropriate academic competencies.

(b) We welcome applications from UK, EU, and international students. For country specific international qualifications please check here. International students should have an IELTS of 6.5If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

Career Prospects

This course provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society, which is the first necessary step towards becoming a professional psychologist. Having obtained GBC, students can then pursue a career in specialist area such as Clinical, Forensic, Health, Occupational, Counselling, Sport and Exercise, or Educational and Child Psychology with a view to becoming a Chartered Clinical, Forensic, Health, Occupational, or Counselling Psychologist.

Course Details

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, seminars and tutorials. Students will develop the ability to design, carry out and evaluate psychological research, using a variety of methodologies, including the ability to conduct a research project and ethically sensitive research. Assessment for the programme is by examination, coursework, demonstration of a series of competencies and completion of the research project.

Advanced psychology project
Development, social and cognitive psychology
The biological basis of psychology
Individual differences and conceptual/historical issues in psychology
Using data to address research questions
Methods of collecting data in psychology

Optional modules
Forensic psychology
Clinical psychology
Educational psychology
Sports psychology
Occupational psychology
Cognitive neuropsychology

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