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MSc Psychology (Conversion) Online

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 are delighted to have this course accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), allowing you to progress to become a Chartered Psychologist after graduation.

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Key Facts

Entry requirements

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

Undergraduate Psychology degrees accredited by the BPS cannot be accepted for this programme.

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Entry requirements

Duration options

12 months (full-time)

24 months (part-time, 2 days per week as a guide)

Next start date

June 2024

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You can apply directly with The University of Law to study one of our online courses.


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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.

Get to know our lecturers' unique areas of research, explore their specialisms and unique journeys through the field of Psychology.

Course Details

MSc Psychology (Conversion) Online

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) Online with us?

  • British Psychological Society (BPS) Course Accreditation: Giving you the opportunity to apply for Student Membership with the British Psychological Society.
  • 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.
  • Award-winning Employability support: From day one to beyond graduation, you’ll have access to 1:1 support from our experienced Employability Service.
  • Lecturer expertise: Our expert lecturers teach with a focus on real world application ensuring you are well prepared for life after your course. You will have the opportunity to explore their research specialisms and unique journeys through the field of Psychology. Get to know our lecturers here
  • Enjoy Flexibility: Studying at our online campus gives you the opportunity to work at your own pace and around your other commitments, within given deadlines, and at your preferred time of day, with the benefit of our expertise, experience and employability focus.
  • Uncompromised quality: Our programmes will save you the time and money on commuting to and from campus and allow you to study anywhere, across devices. However you can be reassured that the course won’t be compromised on quality or be less demanding than our on campus courses.

Upcoming application deadlines for our June 2024 intake:

  • International students applying outside the UK requiring a Student Route Visa: Monday 8th April 2024.
  • International students applying within the UK requiring a Student Route Visa: Monday 20th May 2024.
  • Domestic students: Friday Friday 7th June 2024.

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

Neuroscience of Behaviour

This module is the study of the biological bases of human behaviour, using quantitative design and analysis and considering ethics. You will use methods including the recording of physiological signals and brain-imaging techniques to address questions such as: What is the relationship between genes and behaviour or bodily reactions and emotion? What is the purpose of sleep? How are memories stored in the brain?

Cognitive Psychology

In this module you will develop knowledge of theories, concepts, and research about human cognition. Covering a range of topics and approaches to understanding Cognition, including the historical roots, conceptual aspects to the subject area, social cognition, mental representation, decision making, memory, language, and consciousness.

Personality and Individual Differences

Reviewing the main theories of personality and using contemporary empirical evidence you will explore the complex relationship between personality and behaviour. With sessions focusing on personality disorders and problems assessing and classifying such disorders, the module will also enable you to examine some of the broader societal issues relating to individual differences in personality.

Social and Critical Psychology

This module will introduce you to new topics within social psychology, but arguably more importantly, new perspectives by which to view topics such as social constructionism, social psychology of the self, problems of experimental social psychology, group performance and decision making, and crowd behaviour.

Lifespan Development

Exploring key theories of psychological development throughout the lifespan you will learn to think critically about these theories and consider how psychological wellbeing could be enhanced at every stage of a person’s development.

Applications of Professional Psychology

In this module you will consider the pragmatic, ethical and methodological aspects of applying psychological principles and knowledge to real-life contexts by learning how psychology is used in a range of professional practices, such as health, education, sport and may other professional psychology careers, helping to inform your own future career choices.

Research Methods

By developing your ability to design psychological investigations and assess the data collected, and understanding the ethical implications of various methods used, on this module you will develop a range of transferable skills that are highly valued in employment settings, including communication, numeracy and critical thinking.


This module involves an independent research study in a clearly defined area of psychology involving both a theoretical and an empirical component. You will be supported by tutors to develop the study in an area that you are passionate about, helping bring to life the knowledge you have gained throughout the course with confidence.

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

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Course requirements

The course demands show you the requirements, prior knowledge and commitments our course will involve.

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Study On Campus

If you’re looking for a more traditional university experience, why not consider studying on campus? You can study this course in Leeds, and from September 2024 in London Bloomsbury.

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Course Information


To get a full picture of how you can fit the online courses around your existing commitments, take a look at our course date breakdown.



Assessments are designed to meet the programme and module learning outcomes and are both formative and summative. The formative assessments include the preparation and feedback from teaching sessions (e.g. lectures, seminars, workshops and presentations). Summative assessment that contributes to the grade, may include written assignment, group work/studies, project and possibly exams.


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Full-time study

  • 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.

Part-time study

  • Terms one to four are for taught modules.
  • Terms five and six are for the research and writing up of your dissertation.
  • In Term five 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


You can apply for the MSc Psychology (Conversion) Online directly with the University.

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2023/24 Course Fee (for courses starting on or after 1 July 2023)

Online: £9,000

2024/25 Course Fee (for courses starting on or after 1 July 2024)

Online: £9,450

By studying a Master's degree you could be eligible for a Postgraduate Loan.

If you’re a ULaw alumnus, you may be eligible to receive our £1000 Academic Master's Alumni Discount.

We also have a range of scholarships and bursaries available to help you invest in your future.



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

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