MSc in Psychology

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Course contact

Dr Gillian Bruce
+44 (0)141 848 3780

Qualifications and durations

MSc (Full-time / Part-time) 1 year / 2 years


Start date(s)

  • September

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.
Designed for graduates with an honours degree in a discipline other than psychology or a non-accredited psychology honours degree who wish to specialise in psychology.
An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in any subject area, or a non-accredited psychology Honours degree.

Overseas students must also meet UWS English language requirements.
This Masters degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), which means that on completion of the programme you will be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS. This in turn offers the possibility of pursuing a career pathway in psychology.

A strong applied focus reflects the teaching and research strengths of the psychology group, with emphasis on the importance of employability. We support students in developing and recognising both generic and transferable skills.

UWS secured investment of over £300k, resulting in new equipment and dedicated teaching facilities to enhance delivery of the psychology programme.

Trimester 1

  • Individual Differences in the Workplace – introduces the topics of personality, motivation and emotional intelligence
  • Research Methods in Psychology – introduces and develops the key topics and issues of research design and quantitative methodologies
  • Developmental Psychology – develops your understanding of child development by examining the individual from conception through to adolescence

Trimester 2

  • Cognition – addresses topics and concepts of contemporary cognitive psychology
  • Biopsychology – examines psychology from a biological perspective
  • Advanced Social Psychology – provides in-depth knowledge of the theories and current research in the core areas of social psychology


Trimester 2 & 3

Psychology Research Dissertation – introduces you to independent empirical research in psychology. Under supervision you will design, implement and report on an extended piece of psychology research.

Students choosing not to proceed who have successfully completed three core modules (60 credits), including Research Methods in Psychology, can exit with the Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology. Students who successfully complete the six core modules in trimesters 1 and 2 and who elect not to proceed to the dissertation, can exit with the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology.
You will possess the skills that the BPS identify as employment essentials in various sectors including education, business, health and the media. You may continue postgraduate training in educational, clinical and occupational psychology, or consider PhD research.

Completion of the MSc programme provides the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS*

* NB the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma are not accredited by the British Psychological Society

I have a passion for research and the work I am doing at UWS. The guidance I am receiving from my colleagues and supervisors will help me long-term to secure a position in academia. To be a successful postgraduate student you have to enjoy learning and have a real desire to improve and want the best out of yourself.
Mike Eynon, PhD student

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