Psychology (Conversion) MSc

Postgraduate ( full-time)


January, September

Course duration: 1 year (September starts) or 16 months (January starts).


Enhance your knowledge and skills on our MSc Psychology, which is accredited by the British Psychological Society. Our Masters course is perfect if you have an undergraduate degree, and want to get Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society - or simply learn more about psychology.

Read more about MSc Psychology (Conversion)


A postgraduate degree in psychology is highly valued by most employers, and our MSc has the added benefit of being accredited by the British Psychological Society.

As a graduate, you'll be able to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society.

What can I do after a Conversion course in MSc Psychology?
By graduating in MSc Psychology (Conversion) you'll gain an analytical approach to tasks, an understanding of people, and the underlying management skills associated with project work.

Sectors that you could progress into include:

  • health and social care
  • marketing and PR
  • management and human resources
  • education
  • public sector work.

With further study you can also continue into clinical psychology settings.

You could even continue your study with us through an MPhil/PhD Psychology.

Modules & assessment

  • Psychology requires you to develop a critical understanding of the principles of quantitative data collection and analysis, whilst considering the theory behind various methods. You will cover theoretical, conceptual, and ethical issues during lectures, with emphasis on the logic behind the techniques you are learning, enabling you to see when it’s appropriate to use a particular approach. The ideas covered in your lectures are brought to life by the use of associated practical and computer examples, helping you to understand how the research choices you make affect your data analysis options and the power of your statistical tests. You will get hands-on experience with data analysis, gaining skills in using and interpreting output from SPSS.
  • This module is designed to include the main British Psychological Society taught content in terms of social psychology, developmental psychology and individual differences. The module will invite students to understand how certain behaviours are shaped through our individual development and through different social contexts. This will challenge the students to think across these different subject areas and will present a coherent view of a person in which our social and developmental changes are related to the actual, imagined or implied presence of others. This module will be topic based and will be focusing on an issue (e.g. attraction, relationships) and consider each topic issue from an individual, social and developmental view. Key areas within the main subject areas will be covered. The module will also develop transferrable skills by engaging students with group work and problem based learning in the practical classes.
  • The aim of this module is to explore the unique solutions and approaches that psychologists and psychological research can bring to analysing contemporary real-world problems. For example, issues such as welfare, climate change, political conflict, behaviour in a health pandemic, and the effects of social media, are all public policy issues that psychologists can contribute to. Many current concerns of environmental and social welfare are strongly influenced by psychological factors, and could benefit from psychological analysis. The module will provide you with a grounding in key skills and research that address considering people, and their psychology, in relation to issues of contemporary concern and policy making. There are two strands to these skills: (a) critical understanding of psychological research methods and ethics, and (b) specific psychological knowledge and approaches relevant to policy making. Regarding the latter, some examples would be knowledge about the roles of self-regulation, motivation, identity, emotion, and culture, amongst other factors. The specific topics of the module vary depending on issues of contemporary concern but some examples would be: identity politics, wellbeing economics, political populism, disaster preparedness, social media, nationalism, conspiracy theories, and pandemic behaviour. In summary, the module looks at several topics of contemporary relevance and examines how psychologists can contribute to our understanding of them and what practical advice psychologists could give to policy makers.
  • Research is key to psychology. Here you will learn the qualitative methods in psychology, looking at the design, collection, and analysis of qualitative data and key aspects of a qualitative approach, such as reflexivity and epistemology. You will analyse qualitative data and use this to formulate research questions. As part of this, you will develop an awareness of the ethical and practical implications of conducting professional research.
  • Brain, Body and Mind draws heavily on psychology, neuroscience, individual differences and evolutionary approaches to provide a critical understanding of mind and behaviour. The module provides a comprehensive and critical synthesis of how biology and evolutionary theory underpin all human and animal behaviour before examining cognitive and individual difference models of the mind and behaviour. Students are challenged to analyse areas of human psychology from the multiple perspectives examined and to show an integrated understanding of the area. The module is largely topic based and students will address a key areas of psychology from a variety of perspectives: Current cognitive theory, the biological underpinnings, evolutionary and genetic perspectives, individual differences and clinical issues. Topics will include areas such as: perception, learning, memory, language, problem solving & decision making and consciousness and meta-cognition, intelligence and social cognition.
  • Here you’ll be introduced to diagnosis and formulation in mental health as well as a variety of mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, psychosis, post-traumatic stress disorder and personality disorders. You’ll focus on developing your knowledge of the diagnostic criteria for mental health problems, looking at the diagnostic classification systems, and also establishing an understanding of current the view of mental health problems through formulation. You will also be introduced to key theories believed to underpin and maintain mental health problems, including biological, psychological and social factors. You’ll be taught the importance of understanding the individual beyond diagnosis, enabling them to understand formulation through applying theories to case studies.
  • This module requires you to undertake a significant research project in the chosen field of study and to present the results of that research in a thesis prepared to the highest scientific professional standards. The research will normally be based on preparatory work undertaken in modules: Issues in Psychological Research and either Quantitative Research Methods or Qualitative Research Methods. The topic may be drawn mainly from a selection of suggested topics related to School research groups (professional subject of interest will be considered provided that a strong case is made and suitable supervision is available). The project topics will be assessed for suitability to ensure that it has the potential for sufficient academic challenge. You will be assigned a supervisor, or, if appropriate, a supervisory team. You'll be expected to make regular reports on the state and progress of your work. These reports will normally be in a written format suitable for incorporation into the final thesis.


The assessment on this course is varied and innovative. You will be assessed via traditional coursework essay and exams, as well as portfolios, case study reports, multiple choice questionnaires, book reviews and, of course, a dissertation.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science, technology and engineering fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK students starting 2023/24 (full-time, per year)


International students starting 2023/24 (full-time, per year)


How do I pay my fees?

UK students

You can pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments – though you won't need to pay until you've accepted an offer to study with us. Find out more about paying your fees.

International students

You can pay your fees upfront, in full or in two instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit of £4,000 or a sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.

Funding for postgraduate students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our finance guide for postgraduate students to learn more about postgraduate loans and other funding options.

We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships and bursaries, which provide extra financial support while you're at university. These include an Alumni Scholarship, worth 20% off fees for ARU graduates.

International students

As well as a number of scholarships, we offer an early payment discount. Explore your options:

Entry requirements

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements.

Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course; please email for further information. Applicants to undergraduate courses can also check our information about undergraduate entry qualifications.

You'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting a course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.

Teaching at ARU

We offer face-to-face campus teaching (with the exception of Distance Learning courses), supported by our established online learning systems, which provide additional support for individual study and engagement. The number of contact hours varies course by course, and you can contact us for further information.

In the event that there are restrictions that are put into place due to the pandemic by the government - we will endeavour to retain face to face teaching as much as possible but will respond accordingly to the restrictions placed on the University.

International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

You'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting a course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.

Check the section 'Standard entry requirements' for IELTS requirements for this course.

Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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