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    3 Years


See the world differently and develop a deeper understanding of the people you meet. There's no prior knowledge of psychology required for our online Masters. You will gain a deep understanding of this complex yet fascinating subject with this conversion course, which covers cognitive psychology, individual differences, human development and physiological psychology. 

This conversion programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is designed to provide you with a broad, critical awareness of psychological theory and practice. You will be provided with opportunities which allow you to focus on aspects of psychology with particular relevance to your own experience and interests.    

Upon graduating from our programme, you can apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS. With a GBC, you can then go on to further study in a specialist area and become a chartered psychologist. 

Our comprehensive Masters programme is ideal if you are looking to embark on a new venture in the study of human behaviour, or simply want to improve your career prospects in a wide range of industries. You will develop a set of practical and research skills that are sought by many employers. 

This MSc is designed to help you develop an enquiring, problem-oriented mind with sufficient awareness of important research and applications in psychology to enable successful pursuit of a career in psychology or related disciplines.

In addition, you will gain a range of generic intellectual and practical skills including initiative, self-reliance and critical ability, which are easily adaptable to the needs of the labour market. Plus, the flexible nature of our online course means you will be able to fit your studies around work and family commitments. 


  • Understand principal and specialised theories of psychology
  • Interpret and evaluate contemporary and historical research in psychology
  • Identify ethical issues raised when people participate in psychological research or receive treatment
  • Review contrasting perspectives on the nature of science and evaluate the extent to which psychology may be considered scientific
  • Investigate the influence of social, cultural and historical factors on psychological theory and research
  • Evaluate ways in which psychological theory can inform practice
  • Critically evaluate psychological research design and methodologies
  • Use a range of statistics and research methodologies appropriate to psychology
  • Plan and carry out independent psychology research projects, writing them up as journal-style reports
  • Design and conduct an original, significant empirical research project on a psychological topic
  • Identify, conceptualise and define new and abstract problems in psychology
  • Demonstrate original and creative responses to problems and issues within psychology
  • Critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills, practices and thinking in a discipline
  • Demonstrate written and graphical communication skills


This MSc can function as both a feeder for a PhD and as an industry-focused qualification.

On successful completion of the Masters you will be able to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. This will allow you to go on to further study in specialised areas of psychology. 

Graduates of this programme are well placed for careers in clinical and health psychology, educational psychology and teaching. The skills you gain are also readily transferable to other industries.


You will take eight core and two optional courses, followed by a research project/dissertation. You will also be allocated an academic supervisor to advise you on your individual research project.

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student Contract

  • EDUC5954Cognitive Psychology (Conversion) [Year 1]10 Credits

    The purpose of this course is to introduce you to key theories and experiments in cognitive psychology with a focus on the areas of language, memory, thinking and problem solving.

  • EDUC5955Human Development (Conversion) [Year 1]10 Credits

    This course explores development and its diversity across the lifespan including childhood, adolescence and ageing. You’ll learn about social and emotional development, cognitive development and their necessary interactions, and the impact of factors such as culture and context on these varied developments.

  • EDUC5960Individual Differences (Conversion) [Year 2]10 Credits

    Key topics include the field of ‘individual differences’ in ability, personality, emotion and cognition, including coverage of key concepts and theories in intelligence and the biological bases of personality.

  • PSYCH5078Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology (Conversion) [Year 1]10 Credits

    This course covers the recent history of psychology, focusing on the main schools of thought, key historical figures and events. There’s also a focus on important conceptual issues relevant to psychological research, linking present-day research with the underlying historical debates.

  • PSYCH5079Physiological Psychology (Conversion) [Year 1]10 Credits

    You’ll acquire a broad-based understanding of classic and contemporary theory and research in physiological psychology. Topics include the development of the nervous system; the biological basis of human and non-human animal behaviour, typical and atypical neuropsychology; evolutionary theories of behaviour; the roles of hormones and genetics in behaviour; the reward system and its relation to decision making; critical evaluation of cognitive neuroimaging techniques.

  • PSYCH5080Research Methods 1 (Conversion) [Year 1]20 Credits

    You will gain a critical understanding of research principles in psychological qualitative and quantitative research. You will complete a series of psychological research studies to gain practical experience of a range of research paradigms, data analysis techniques and principles in open science centred on questionnaire-based and qualitative methodologies. To achieve the course objectives, you will compose a research methods portfolio and write one independent qualitative report.

  • PSYCH5083Dissertation [Year 3]60 Credits

    Gain experience of performing a research project. As part of the project, you will carry out an extensive piece of empirical research, requiring you to demonstrate a range of research skills including planning, consideration of necessary ethical issues, analysis and dissemination of findings.

  • PSYCH5086Research Methods 2 (Conversion) [Year 2]20 Credits

    Build on the knowledge and skills gained in Research Methods 1 to gain critical understanding of research principles in psychological observational and experimental research. You’ll complete a series of psychological research studies to gain practical experience of a range of research paradigms. You will advance your use and understanding of statistics, data analysis and principles in open science. To achieve the course objectives, you will compose a research methods portfolio and write one independent quantitative report.

  • PSYCH5087Social Psychology (Conversion) [Year 2]10 Credits

    The aims of this course are to provide a broad-based critical understanding of classic and contemporary psychological theory and research in social psychology, which will cover key research in social thinking, influence, and inter-group behaviour.

  • EDUC5961 Applied Qualitative Methods (Conversion) [Year 2]10 Credits

    Introducing the range of epistemological and practical issues underpinning the successful and rigorous use of qualitative methods. This course will explore the theoretical and practical aspects of different qualitative approaches in terms of data collection methods and process of analysis. It reviews the emerging field of internet-mediated research and highlights opportunities for conducting secondary qualitative research.

  • EDUC5962Clinical Health Psychology [Year 2]10 Credits

    Critically exploring the field of clinical health psychology. You will discover an evidence base of theory and research in order to understand how the practice (theory, methods and interventions) of clinical health psychology can reduce distress and enhance the psychological and physical well-being of individuals. You will also learn how the findings from the psychological study of health and well-being can be disseminated to wider audiences through health promotion campaigns and public engagement opportunities.

  • EDUC5963Counselling Psychology (Conversion) [Year 2]10 Credits

    This course is designed to provide you with a theoretical and philosophical background, knowledge of historical and contemporary concepts and processes in counselling psychology. You’ll be encouraged to critically evaluate the major counselling models (e.g. person-centred approach, cognitive behavioural therapy).

  • PSYCH5081Development, Difference & Diversity (Conversion) [Year 2]10 Credits

    You’ll gain an understanding of the abilities of children whose development is in some way different from the norm. You will examine the origins and identification of different forms of atypical development and investigate the psychological and social impact for children.

  • PSYCH5082Current Issues in Psychology (Conversion) [Year 2]10 Credits

    This course links psychological theory with application in an exploration of a range of important and current topic areas. Explore the latest and most significant developments in psychological theory and application. You’ll be encouraged to critically evaluate psychological theory in the context of important applications in a range of scientific and clinical content areas.

  • PSYCH5084Forensic Psychology (Conversion) [Year 2]10 Credits

    During this course, you’ll investigate and evaluate areas where psychology has been influential in understanding criminal behaviour (e.g. personality, mental health).

  • EDUC5964Educational Psychology [Year 2]10 Credits

    Exploring and investigating how psychological theories underpin educational practice, i.e. teaching, learning and assessment. Discussions will cover the experiences of typical pupils and those with learning and behavioural difficulties. This course will also consider how educational psychology is understood and practiced in the UK.

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this programme, you must have:

  1. 2:1 honours degree or equivalent qualification (e.g. GPA 3.0 or above)
  2. For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training); overall score 6.5 | no sub-test less than 6.5 | or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification

To apply to this programme:

You must apply online for this Masters. As part of your online application, you need to submit the following:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s), if you have already completed your degree
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • One reference letter on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)

Please check you meet the entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.

You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents, such as your final transcript or your language test.

Key Dates UK/EU

Application Deadline
Start Date
14 Sep 2020
21 Sep 2020

Tuition & Fees

  • Home/EU: £15,000*
  • International: £15,000*

*Total cost, incremental payment schedule available. Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only.

How much does this programme cost?

Part-time fees 1,667 per 20 credits

Can I get help to fund my studies?

You may be eligible for help with the cost of the programme.

What it's like to study online

100% online for complete flexibility
Our part-time online programmes are ideal if you're working full-time or have family commitments.
Connect to campus from anywhere
All you need for our online programmes is a device with internet access.
Gain a global perspective
As an online student, you'll be part of an international community of academics and learners.
Learn from the experts
Our world-class teaching and research staff will help you realise your potential.
Interact with everyone
Community building and collaborative learning is a key focus of our online programmes.
Access a multitude of resources
Study using a range of materials, including recorded lectures, live seminars, videos, interactive quizzes, journal articles and ebooks.
Regular Assessments
During each course you will be assessed in a variety of ways which could include essays, discussions, blogs, online presentations, interactive quizzes, assignments or group work.

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