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Psychology (Conversion)

Master of Science

Accredited by British Psychological Society (Conversion)

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Psychology (Conversion)

Master of Science



    Year of entry: Sept 2020 
  • Course Type:  Full time (1 year)
    Part time (2 years)
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Course Overview

This is an MSc Psychology (Conversion) programme, not an MSc Psychology programme. As such, this course is aimed at non-Psychology graduates who wish to undertake further training as a Psychologist, but do not wish to undertake a second undergraduate degree.

Effectively, you will be undertaking one half of an undergraduate psychology degree in one third of the time, and for one fifth of the cost, before graduating with an MSc Psychology (Conversion) degree. Successful graduation will see you gain eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS), enabling further training and a career as a Psychologist. No prior knowledge of Psychology is expected.

Why study with us?

Accredited by the British Psychological Society. This means that you'll be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership when you graduate – your first step to becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

A reputation for excellence in Psychology. We were extremely proud to be ranked 1st out of all UK universities in the Guardian University Guide 2019 for satisfaction with the teaching on our undergraduate Psychology courses.

Bespoke lectures for MSc students. You'll cover much of the same principles of psychology. But unlike many conversion courses, we develop completely bespoke lecture content for our MSc students. This means you'll spend your time focusing on new subject content, rather than learning about academic skills you'll have already developed at an undergraduate level.

Passionate lecturers with national reputations. Our lecturers are nationally (and internationally) active researchers, specialising in a range of topics including: stress hormone secretion, cross-cultural psychology, behavioural change, student mental health and wellbeing, human memory, and children's drawing development - all areas that relate to what you'll learn on this programme.

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Course Information

About this course >

Aided by active researchers in the field of Psychology, you will cover all of the important areas within the discipline, and develop a broad understanding of human behaviour and interaction. Content will be taught through a mix of traditional lectures, student-led workshops, and a broad array of assessments.

There will be a strong element of research design, encouraging critical thought and enabling a thorough and practical experience of the research process. You will be encouraged to take ownership of a valued research topic and to write up your MSc Thesis in a journal format that may lead to publication of impressive work.

By the time you graduate, even without previous experience of Psychology, you will be well-placed to progress seek out further training and progress towards a career as a Psychologist.

Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. 

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Further Study
Accredited by British Psychological Society (Conversion)

​This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for Graduate Membership of the Society with the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, provided the minimum standard of qualification of a second class honours is achieved. This is the first step to becoming a Chartered Psychologist.​

This accreditation is important as it is a benchmark of quality, as defined by psychologists. GBC is an entry requirement for many BPS accredited postgraduate training courses, for example: Clinical, Forensic, Counselling, Educational, Occupational or Sport Psychology, one of the routes to becoming a practitioner as, for example, a Clinical Psychologist, a Forensic Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist, Educational Psychologist, Occupational Psychologist or a Sport Psychologist. These specialisms form part of the route to becoming a Chartered Psychologist (C. Psychol.).​

Structure >

You can take the course over one year full-time or two years part-time, depending on your circumstances.


Semester 1: Cognitive Psychology; Personality and Individual Differences; Psychological Research Methods and Social Psychology - 1.5 days a week

Semester 2: Clinical Psychology; Development Psychology and Hormones and Behaviour - 1.5 days a week

January - September: MSc Thesis (journal format) - One-to-one meetings with your personal tutor will arranged at your convenience


Year 1

Semester 1: Cognitive Psychology and Psychological Research Methods - 2x 0.5 days a week

Semester 2: Clinical Psychology; Development Psychology and Hormones and Behaviour - 2x 0.5 days a week

Year 2

Semester 1: Personality and Individual Differences; Social Psychology - 0.5 days a week

January - September: MSc Thesis (journal format) - One-to-one meetings with your personal tutor will arranged at your convenience #expand#


Cognitive Psychology (15 credits): You will critically examine how cognitive psychology draws upon different theoretical perspectives and methods of inquiry. You'll study topics such as memory, perception, thinking and language as inter-related cognitive processes. You'll critically examine historical development and theoretical explanations and consider a variety of investigative methods and approaches, gaining an understanding of the careers to which Cognitive Psychology could be applied. In particular, you'll focus on the application of cognitive psychology to the real world (both past and present) including international and cultural perspectives.

Clinical Psychology (15 credits): Clinical psychology the application of psychological science to help address human problems. We'll introduce the profession and explore clinical psychology through critical examination and evaluation of psychopathology (including a history of mental health in relation to psychiatry and psychology), diagnostic frameworks, psychology versus psychiatry, and mental health through the lifespan. You'll also gain an overview of various mental health conditions and interventions, the topic of mental health, race and culture, and get an introduction to the service user movement and service user-led research. Through a mixture of lectures, workshops and interactive activities, you will learn about human behaviour and how, through the application of psychological science, we can help individuals overcome complex problems, promote change and achieve mental wellbeing.

Developmental Psychology (15 credits): You'll explore the defining characteristics, methods and scope of major topic areas in developmental psychology. Topics include perspectives on development from a wide range of research areas: the bio-psychosocial approach, temperament and personality, cognitive development, the family, emotions and attachment, peer relationships, and gender identity.

Hormones and Behaviour (15 credits): Human behaviour is complex, but can be at least partially explained by the interactions between various psychological and physiological components. This module takes a behavioural and endocrinological (i.e. hormonal) approach, investigating the ways in which hormones can influence specific behaviours such as trust, sexual determination, sexual orientation, neurological differentiation, homoregulation, aggression and stress appraisal. We will consider the historical breakthroughs in psychobiology that led to our current understanding, before considering the workings of the endocrine system and the hormones utilised. Hormones to be considered individually will include cortisol, oestrogen, oxytocin, progesterone and testosterone.

Personality and Individual Differences (15 credits): Individual differences are essential whenever we wish to explain how individuals differ in their behaviour. In everyday life, there are often minor and major differences between individuals, groups and populations. It is the focus of individual difference research to explore these differences and how this might impact upon behaviour and choices. Traditionally, individuals have been classified as differing in factors such as personality, intelligence, memory, or physical factors such as body size, sex and age (to name but a few). Importantly, individuals can also differ not only in their current state, but in the magnitude or even direction of response to a given stimulus depending upon their past experiences or the environment they find themselves in. This module aims to cover these fascinating topics of differences and similarities.

Psychological Research Methods (30 credits): The aim of this module is to introduce you to the foundations of Research Methods in Psychology. It is the structure upon which Psychology is built, and will enable you to approach your MSc Thesis with confidence. You will be guided through the process of research design, ethical applications, data collection and subsequent analysis. In addition to being the pinnacle of the programme, your increasing knowledge of research methodology will effectively prepare you for further postgraduate study in psychology and enable a stronger, broader, and more critical understanding of published academic work.

Social Psychology (15 credits): The module introduces you to the history of social psychology, core theories and research, and controversies and debates.  You'll explore the evolution of social psychology, social cognition, group processes and relations, and social influence.  The workshops within the course address specific issues within these areas, critically evaluating the research and applying them to real-life examples. The course also explores the cultural relativism of social psychological theories and research. 

MSc Thesis (60 credits): This module provides an opportunity for you to complete an original investigation within your chosen field of. You will complete a thorough literature search of the previous research relevant to their chosen subject area, before applying the knowledge and skills developed in Psychological Research Methods to test their hypothesis. You may choose any research methods appropriate to the particular area of enquiry. You will then write and present your findings in the form of an academic journal article. This will emphasise the importance of good design and the application of correct methodology, illustrating how effective research can further the cause of charities and other organisations.

You will work independently for much of the time, but your supervisors will be available at time-tabled hours to give guidance in the initial design process, ethical procedures, data collection, and, later, in the analysis and interpretation of the data and preparation of the report.

Learning and Teaching >

At Leeds Trinity, we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential.

Most of the modules on this course are delivered through a combination of lectures and small group tutorials/seminars. These modules include a variety of learning assessment methods including analysing ‘real world’ case studies, problem-based learning, leading seminars, poster presentations and mini conferences.


We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions with all module information and lecture slides posted. We also use e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus and these include access to over 1,600 psychology journal titles.

As emphasised in the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy, the department is committed to increasing the amount of contact time devoted to student-led enquiry. Students will engage with programme content and learn in an active fashion and in alignment with BPS standards. Assessment methods will be used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme – all of which include internationalisation and a historical perspective of the discipline, while promoting awareness of how psychology can be applied in the workplace and in the community.​

A variety of assessment methods is used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  On most programmes there is scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.​

Entry Requirements >

A minimum 2:2 classification degree in a subject area other than Psychology or a 3rd in Psychology and GCSE grade ‘C’ passes in English and Mathematics.

If English is not your first language IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any component) or equivalent is the minimum requirement.​

Please contact us for personalised advice on 0113 283 7123 or​​

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

The fee for this course is ​£5,500.

For information about our tuition fees please visit the Student finance page for UK and EU students

If you studied your undergraduate degree at Leeds Trinity University, you are eligible for a discount of up to 50% on the cost of your MA tuition fees. Find out more

International Students:

Visit the following page for International ​Fees and Funding information. 

Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa.​​

Additional Costs

The aim of this course is to provide Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). With GBC, further postgraduate psychology study is possible in all domains, leading to careers in: Clinical Psychology, Counselling Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Educational Occupational Psychology, and Sport and Exercise Psychology.​

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