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MSc Psychology (Conversion)

Thinking of a career in psychology? Or just want to expand your knowledge in the field? Our MSc Psychology (Conversion) is a great place to start. Specifically designed for non-psychology graduates, this course is a great introduction to critical psychological skills, knowledge and values applied to real world contexts.

Successful completion of this course will allow you to pursue further education in the field of psychology (like a PhD), or enhance your employability in areas such as health, education, management or policing, and beyond. And we're in the process of applying for accreditation from the British Psychological Society (BPS), allowing you to progress to become a Chartered Psychologist after graduation.

Applications for this on-campus course are now open for October 2023. You can also study online from February or June 2023.

International Students: we are no longer accepting applications from people who need a Student Route visa for full-time courses that start before July 2023.

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Key Facts

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above in any discipline (or equivalent).


Full requirements


Leeds and Online

Next start date

October 2023

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If you're looking for a more flexible approach to your studies, why not consider our online study option?


Unique modules such as Professional Development and Applications of Professional Psychology enhance your future career prospects.

We have an overall 5 Star rating from QS World University Rankings and 5 stars in Teaching, Employability, Online Learning, Academic Development and Inclusiveness.

94% of postgraduate students in employment were in Highly Skilled Occupations 15 months after graduating (2019/20 Graduate Outcomes data).

Course Details

MSc Psychology (Conversion)

If you’re looking to make the change to psychological study and already have an undergraduate degree in another discipline, then our Master’s in Psychology Conversion course is your place to start.

On completion, you’ll be equipped with core knowledge and understanding of key psychological theories, principles and concepts, that can be applied to everyday life as well as a professional setting. You’ll have also built skills in scientific reasoning, be able to understand the role of evidence and make critical judgements in psychological arguments.

Employability is embedded into this course from the beginning. Our unique Professional Development and Applications of Professional Psychology modules will allow you to explore and prepare for your career while you study.

You’ll graduate with skills such as problem solving, research, communication and self-evaluation – competencies that can be applied to future studies, as well as enhancing your professional skills.

Why study the MSc Psychology (Conversion) with us?

  • Experts in conversion: We have a track record of converting students from one discipline to another – we’re the largest GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law) provider in the UK
  • Multiple study options: Choose from full-time and part-time (roughly 2 days per week), study online or at one of our campuses, so you can flex your studies around your lifestyle
  • Excellent employment prospects: 94% of postgraduate students in employment were in Highly Skilled Occupations 15 months after graduating (2018/19 Graduate Outcomes data)
  • Award-winning Employability support: From day one to beyond graduation, you’ll have access to 1:1 support from our experienced Employability Service.

Course Structure

  • Neuroscience of Behaviour
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Personality and Individual Differences
  • Social and Critical Psychology
  • Lifespan Development
  • Applications of Professional Psychology
  • Professional Development
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Year one

  • Social and Critical Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Lifespan Development
  • Professional Development

Year two

  • Neuroscience of Behaviour
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Applications of Professional Psychology
  • Personality and Individual Differences
  • Dissertation

A distinctive element of the course is our in-built Employability module, designed with our conversion students in mind. On this module you’ll be guided through identifying industry relevant experiences, building up a professional network, recognising and articulating your strengths and presenting these via your CV, professional applications, interviews and more. By the end of the module candidates will feel confident to approach graduate level employers and further education opportunities.

Course Start Dates

  • MSc Psychology (Conversion)
    • Full-time: Leeds
    • Part-time: Leeds


Study MSc Psychology (Conversion) Online starting February 2023, June 2023 or October 2023

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Study Online

You can study this course online starting February 2023. Applications are also open for June 2023 and October 2023 online.

The online version of this course covers the same content as the on campus version, while still offering you the same high level of professional tutor support.

If you’re looking for a more flexible approach to your studies, why not consider our online study option?

MSc Psychology (Conversion) Online ➔

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Course Information


To get a full picture of how you can fit the online courses around your existing commitments, we'll shortly share our course dates.

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On this course, you’ll sit no exams. Instead, we use a variety of formative and summative assessments designed to meet the overall course and individual module learning outcomes, as well as allow you to demonstrate your knowledge in a variety of innovative formats. Assessment methods will include:

Written assignments
Research proposals
Practical reports
VLog assignments
Education leaflets

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  • Terms one and two are for taught modules.
  • Term three is for the research and writing up of your dissertation.
  • In Term three you will also do our Professional Development module, which is non-credit bearing.
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Employability We Set You Up For Success

We care about your career, which is why we offer support with job applications and other work experience opportunities as soon as you accept your place.

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Fees and Applying


Applications for this course for October 2023 are now open.

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Course fees

2022/23: UK £9,000

2023/24: UK £9,000
2023/24: International £14,500


By studying for a Master's degree you could be eligible for a Student Loans Company Postgraduate Loan of up to £11,570.

See full details of course fees and payment structures on the fees and funding page.



We have students from over 120 different countries throughout our campuses, with a dedicated team to help international students.

If you are an international student and are coming to the UK to study, then you must apply to the Home Office for a visa. In most cases you will need to obtain a Student Route visa. In order to apply for this visa you must be sponsored by an education provider which is licensed by the UK Home Office.

The Home Office has also introduced a Graduate Work visa which allows Graduates to work flexibly, switch jobs and develop their career in the UK for 2 years post completion of a UK degree. The Graduate route is an unsponsored visa, meaning students will not need a job offer to apply for this visa.

Please note that the University does not currently provide visa sponsorship to students for part-time study. We also cannot sponsor students for online courses due to Home Office regulations.

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