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Psychology

MSc
Duration: 1 year
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: MSc
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Social Sciences
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Overview

The MSc and PG Diploma in Psychology offer a fast-track route to eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society, provided a minimum standard of 50% is achieved.

This means that applicants will normally already have studied some psychology at undergraduate level in a previous degree programme and now wish to undertake further study in order to allow the opportunity for specialisation in psychology in the future.

This is therefore the first step towards further postgraduate training for those wanting to pursue a professional career in Psychology.

Programme Aims:

These courses aim to provide you with the knowledge and skills to allow you to progress in further specialist and applied areas of psychology. They aim to facilitate an understanding of the main domains of the scientific and empirical study of psychology, and a critical appreciation of the contribution of psychology to understanding behaviour and experience. You will be given the opportunity to engage in practical work and will use the extensive psychological laboratory provision in the Centre for Psychology Studies. You will also be given the opportunity to engage in advanced theoretical debates relevant to the understanding of contemporary issues in society.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

  • The programme is accredited as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society provided an average of 50% is achieved
  • These are 'conversion awards' for those who need Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society

Entry requirements

  • A degree in Psychology which has not been accredited by the BPS; OR
  • A degree in a subject other than Psychology (if applying for MSc)
  • A degree in a subject other than Psychology with at least 60 credits in Psychology (if applying for PGDip).

English language requirements:

IELTS at 6.5 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

Modules

The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Find more information on our module descriptors page.

Total: 180 credits.

If you choose to study for the MSc in Psychology you will not undertake the 20 credit Psychology Project module, but will study one 20 credit optional module at level six and a 60 credit Psychology Masters Dissertation module.

Postgraduate Certificate in Psychological Studies

  • Cognitive Psychology. 20 credits, core
    Gain insight into human cognitive processes including how people reason, think and perceive, and how we use language to communicate with others.
  • Social Psychology. 20 credits, core
    Description and explanation of human behaviour in situations where people are interacting with others.
  • Research Methods in Psychology. 20 credits, core
    Gain a critical understanding of a range of different empirical research methods in psychology.

Students will be eligible to exit with the award of Postgraduate Certificate if they have successfully completed 60 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.

This award does not confer eligibility for the graduate basis for chartered membership with the British Psychological Society.

Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Studies

  • Psychobiology and Neuroscience. 20 credits, core
    Investigate the structure of the nervous system, actions of neurotransmitters and the drugs that affect them.
  • Developmental Psychology. 20 credits, core
    This module aims to build on issues studied in Becoming a Person 1 and 2.
  • Psychology of Health and Eating. 20 credits option
    Become familiar with contemporary theoretical and methodological issues in health psychology and in the psychology of eating.
  • Forensic Psychology. 20 credits option
    Explore the concept of 'crime', who commits crime, assessment and treatment of criminal behaviour, legal psychology and psychology and the courts.
  • Psychology Life Skills and Employability. 20 credits option
    A structured opportunity for professional development through the provision of support, feedback and supervision in an applied setting.

Students will be eligible to exit with the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Studies if they have successfully completed at least 120 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.

This award does not confer eligibility for the graduate basis for chartered membership with the British Psychological Society.

Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology

  • Psychobiology and Neuroscience. 20 credits, core
    Gain insight into human cognitive processes including how people reason, think and perceive, and how we use language to communicate with others.
  • Developmental Psychology. 20 credits, core
    This module builds on issues studied in Becoming a Person 1 and 2.
  • Research Project in Psychology. 40 credits, core (for PGD only)

Students will be eligible to exit with the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology if they have successfully completed at least 120 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.

This award does confer eligibility for graduate basis for chartered membership with the British Psychological Society providing the research project in Psychology is passed and a minimum overall mark of 50% is achieved. 

Degree of Master

  • Psychology Dissertation 60 credits, core
    Produce a 13,000-word dissertation reporting a piece of original empirical research, conducted under appropriate supervision.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

This is the first step towards further postgraduate training for those wanting to pursue a professional career in Psychology.

Facilities

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

2018/19:

  • Home / EU: £6,680
  • International: £15,650

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to put towards your fees and living costs. Find out more on our Fees and Financial Support website.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email admissions@bradford.ac.uk to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

International students

If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.

They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.

Further information is available on our International Office website.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.