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Course details

Subject area

Psychology

Start date(s)

2020, 2021

Study mode(s)

Full time (1 year) Part time (2 years)

Course overview

This is an MSc Psychology (Conversion) programme, not an MSc Psychology programme. As such, this course is aimed primarily 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) of the British Psychological Society (BPS), enabling further training and a career as a Psychologist. No prior knowledge of psychology is expected.

The Student Contract

Your health and wellbeing is important to us which means that we may need to adjust elements of our courses to take into account COVID-19-related government restrictions. However, please be assured that we will do our utmost to limit any impact this has on your university experience. If you have any questions about your course, please contact us at hello@leedstrinity.ac.uk

Financial support

You may be eligible for a scholarship or discount to help fund your postgraduate studies.

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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 seek out further training and progress towards a career as a Psychologist.

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Modules

The module details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

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.

Clinical Psychology (15 credits) 

Clinical psychology is 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.

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 readily explained by the interactions between body and mind. This module takes a behavioural and endocrinological (hormonal) approach, investigating the ways in which hormones can influence specific behaviours. We will look at basic neuroanatomy before introducing topics such as trust, sexual orientation, stress appraisal, aggression and human attraction.

Personality and Individual Differences (15 credits) 

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. 

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. 

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 psychology. You will complete a thorough literature search of the previous research relevant to your chosen subject area, before applying the knowledge and skills developed in Psychological Research Methods to test your hypothesis.

Course structure: full-time one year

Semester one (1.5 days per week)

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Personality and Individual Differences
  • Psychological Research Methods
  • Social Psychology

Semester two (1.5 days per week)

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Hormones and Behaviour

January - September

  • MSc Thesis (journal format). One-to-one meetings with your personal tutor, arranged at your convenience

Course structure: part-time two years

Year one semester one (2 x 0.5 days per week)

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychological Research Methods

Year one semester two (2 x 0.5 days per week)

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Hormones and Behaviour

Year two semester one (0.5 days per week)

  • Personality and Individual Differences
  • Social Psychology

January - September

  • MSc Thesis (journal format). One-to-one meetings with your personal tutor, arranged at your convenience

Learning and teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping you achieve your academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum.

The key themes of our strategy are:

  • student confidence
  • professionalism
  • social responsibility.

To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.

For over 50 years, we have developed a strong reputation for the quality of our teaching.

We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:

  • Personalised support
  • Expert lecturers
  • Strong connections with employers
  • An international outlook
  • The right tools and technology
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Assessment

Assessment within the programme employs a full range of written forms, presentations and practical activities, in order to reflect the academic and employability skills being developed within the programme.

Employability-relevant forms of assessment – including posters, information leaflets and evidence-based briefs – are used to assess the outcomes from both individual and group-based learning. We have ensured a good variety and balance of assessment forms and that there are opportunities for you to exercise an element of choice in the form of assessment undertaken. There are class tests, but these are never worth more than 20% of a module.

There are no exams.

Entry Requirements

Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

The following information is designed to give you a general overview of the qualifications we accept. If you are taking qualifications that are not included below, please contact our Admissions Office who will be happy to advise you.

The MSc Psychology (Conversion) is specifically designed for graduates with a minimum 2:2 classification degree in any subject area other than Psychology.

Student Finance

UK & EU Students:

For information about our tuition fees please visit our Student Fees and Finance pages.

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.

International Students:

Visit our web page for international students.

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

Additional costs

We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own.
  • Field trips may occur during this course and they will be either fully or partly subsidised by the University. More details will be provided at the start of the course.
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure.
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online

How to apply

Please contact us for an application form and the latest information regarding availability of places on this popular programme.

admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk 

Admissions Team
Leeds Trinity University
Horsforth
Leeds
LS18 5HD

What happens next?

They will acknowledge receipt of your application by email, process it, and forward to the relevant Programme Leader within three days.

The programme leader will either make a decision based on your application or invite you to attend an interview day.

If you're selected for an interview, you'll be contacted with details within ten days of your application being processed.

The admissions team will notify you of your interview outcome in writing within five working days of receiving a decision from the Programme Leader.

Made an offer?

You should accept or decline your offer by emailing admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk.

If you accept, you'll need to prove you satisfy the conditions outlined in your offer letter.

This will usually be by presenting the relevant supporting documentation in person to the student administration office (AM36) on campus.

Receive an alumni discount

If you studied your undergraduate degree at Leeds Trinity University, you may be eligible for a discount of up to 50% on the cost of your MSc Psychology (Conversion) tuition fees.

See our Student Finance pages for more information.

Your path to a career in Clinical Psychology

As a university, we pride ourselves on our personal approach to higher education. We listen to what students want, so when they told us that they wanted a course that included Clinical Psychology content, we delivered. We’ve carefully designed our programme so that it covers all the
content needed for BPS-accreditation, as well as a module on Clinical Psychology that is rarely found in a Psychology conversion course. As a result, you’ll be prepared to take your first steps towards a career in Clinical Psychology if this is what interests you.