MSc Psychology [Conversion]

This MSc is designed for graduates who want a career in, or closely related to, psychology or who are interested in gaining a postgraduate degree in Psychology. It is also ideal for graduates who have a non-Psychology degree or insufficient credits in Psychology from their first degree to qualify for the Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

The MSc Psychology [Conversion] degree is awarded by BPP University.

Programme details

London Waterloo

Start date

September and January

Length of programme

12/15 months (for Sep/Jan entry, full-time)
24/30 months (for Sep/Jan entry, part-time)

Modes of study

Pre-recorded Lectures and Classroom-based Seminars


Unseen exams, essays, research reports, presentations and 10,000 word dissertation

How to apply

To apply online, please apply direct or for more information request a call back


Key Information

  • Accredited by the British Psychological Society
  • Approximately 70% of programme delivery is based on classroom-based interactive workshops that consolidate knowledge gained from the lectures
  • Provides a mixture of theoretical and practical knowledge necessary for those wishing to become Chartered Psychologists
  • Prepares students for a wide range of career opportunities through the development of a range of professional, practical, and academic skills
  • Provides weekly pre-recorded lectures for all modules that can be downloaded, played and stored, allowing for greater flexibility in learning
  • Taught by research active academics in psychology covering a broad spectrum of research areas
  • Provides students with a critical understanding of the theories, research evidence and research methodologies relevant to all core fields of psychology
  • Personal tutorial scheme ensuring each student has a dedicated personal tutor for pastoral and academic support

Your degree

The BPP University MSc Psychology [Conversion] programme is taught by research-active staff through a mix of tutor-led presentations, student-led sessions and discussions, work in small groups, student presentations, independent learning and project work.

The programme makes use of both structured learning opportunities and supported independent learning strategies. Importantly, the programme aims to develop a peer approach in which staff model good practice and draw on their experiences of research, scholarly activity and professional activity. Students are expected to demonstrate understanding of a wide range of research methodologies as well as the ability to explore the limitations of existing research strategies. In addition, students are expected to demonstrate competence in relation to the design, implementation and evaluation of a piece of original supervised research. Independent learning includes hours engaged with essential reading, case study preparation, assignment preparation and completion. Teaching and learning strategies will encourage students' original and creative thinking. This will be facilitated by drawing upon students' own experiences and practices to interrogate theory.

The programme is supported by a wide range of online facilities based on an interactive e-learning environment that uses computer assisted technology to enhance the learning process. This is accomplished by establishing both a study centre and an online learning environment that exposes students to new information in a safe setting; so new ideas can be expressed, new skills can be practised and all learners can engage in cooperative and supportive interactions with lecturers, tutors and other students. In addition, the learning and teaching will benefit participants both personally and professionally by being relevant and applicable to real world settings.

There are 12 contact hours per week (four hours of online lectures and eight hours of classroom-based seminars) in the autumn and spring terms of your MSc and you are expected to spend an average of four hours preparation and follow up work for each seminar per week. In some weeks you will be expected to spend longer, in addition to having coursework, presentations and group work to complete. You will also need to consolidate as you progress through each module and on average you will be expected to spend approximately 38 hours per week on contact and independent study.


Our weekly lectures will be delivered by way of pre-recorded lectures, presentations, or podcasts that can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week via the Virtual Learning Environment in preparation for weekly classroom-based seminars. Lectures are accessible in a variety of formats making them available via computer, smartphone, e.g. iPhone or mp3 player. Lectures last for one hour and cover the core information relevant to each week of study.


The lectures are followed by classroom-based seminars involving various tasks which will enable you to reflect on advanced topics related to the latest developments, research evidence and applicability to real-world settings. The learning and teaching strategy of the postgraduate degree programme will address the paradigm shift within Higher Education away from content-based towards skills-based methodologies where practically possible.

During seminars you will discuss the content of the lecture and will be required to take part in various tasks which will enable you to reflect on advanced topics related to the latest developments, research evidence and applicability to real-world settings.

Methodologies will include lecturer-led presentations, including, the application of audio visual material; student led sessions and discussions; small group work and student presentations, as well as independent learning and project work which will utilise online facilities as appropriate.

Acquiring key skills is integral to all activities within the programme. You will develop skills in the use of collecting, analysing and applying information. Seminars will provide a means of developing all key skills, with a particular emphasis on communication skills and working with others.

Throughout individual modules there will be an emphasis upon participation and student interaction. The lecturer is a learning facilitator and, therefore, you will be expected to arrive with questions/ideas, to have prepared with prior readings and to lead parts of the session. It is through this method that ideas can best be examined, defended, justified and reflected upon.

Overall the learning and teaching strategies aim to encourage the skills and culture of independent learning and actively discourage learner dependence. To achieve this, development of student-based activity will build students' confidence and assist in their development as independent learners with diminishing levels of supervision over your period of study.

A range of subject-specific learning strategies will be deployed to achieve this with the main approaches to teaching and learning on the programme being summarised as:

  • An emphasis on the role of learners in acquiring knowledge and understanding;
  • The need to move from content towards skills-based methodologies specifically the skills of self-managed learning;
  • Recognition of the role of progression (evidence) through subject integration.

A feature of the learning and teaching strategy of the programme will be the use of 'real world' activities to provide a student-centred approach which will engage students in problem solving activities in a ‘real world’ context.

BPP University Psychology research

The Psychology Department at BPP University conducts research under three main themes. These are:

Brief information about each theme, group members and selected, recent publications can be found on our Psychology Research page.


Autumn Term

Modules Credits
Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology  15
Cognitive Psychology 15
Developmental Psychology 15
Statistics and Quantitative Data Analysis in Psychology  15


Spring Term

Moules Credits
Research Methods and Qualitative Data Analysis in Psychology  15
Social Psychology 15
Biological Psychology 15
Personality and Individual Differences 15

Autumn and Spring Term

Modules Credits
MSc Dissertation 60


The Autumn and Spring Terms consist of eight modules of 15 credits each. Each term consists of 4 modules. All eight modules are compulsory and student can choose to enter the Programme either in September or January.

The dissertation runs through the whole programme and students are advised that they should begin as early as possible and within their first term.

Entry requirements

Educational background

You should hold a minimum:

  • Lower second class honours degree (or international equivalent) in any discipline
  • GSCE Maths at grade C or above

English language

  • IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent

Our International Office can assess your certificates and advise if you meet the entry requirements. You can also visit our website for a list of entry requirements from your country. If you do not think you meet the entry requirements, but have other qualifications or work experience, please contact us.

Study locations

You can study the MSc Psychology [Conversion] at our centrally-located study centre in:


Paying for your programme

Fees from January 2017

  • Full-time EU: £8,000
  • Part-time EU: £4,000 (per year)
  • Full-time Non EU: £10,000

Flexible payment plans

To help with your fees, we also offer a number of instalment options. For details of instalment payment schemes and dates, please contact the Student Finance Office:

Additional charges

In addition to your programme fees, there may be additional charges associated with your studies, which include:

Resit fees for assessments £75
Resit fees to repeat a 15-credit module £400
Resit fees to repeat a 20-credit module £530
Resit fees to repeat a 30-credit module £800

Postgraduate Loans

Postgraduate Loans are available for eligible Master's courses, allowing you to apply for a loan towards your course and living costs. 

You can apply for a Postgraduate Loan up to a maximum of £10,280

You can apply online at or for further information visit our student finance section

* BPP University’s School of Health is offering a 25% discount on tuition fees on certain Masters programmes (MSc) to all alumni who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree with BPP University. Students must apply for a relevant MSc programme with BPP University’s School of Health to participate in this discount and no cash alternative will be offered. To be eligible applicants must have completed a full time two (if accelerated) or three years on an undergraduate degree with BPP University. This discount applies to MSc Psychology at any of BPP University’s London Waterloo, London City or Manchester study centres. Start date of this discount is 12.02.2014 and the offer of this discount may be withdrawn at any time. Students may be required to send a scanned copy of their undergraduate degree certificate as proof of their graduation from BPP University. Discount applies to those MSc programmes and centres listed and cannot be redeemed on any other programmes. This discount does not apply if any other offers are being redeemed on the MSc programme(s). This discount is offered by BPP University Limited having registered address BPP House, Aldine Place, 142-144 Uxbridge Road, London W12 8AA.