MSc in Psychology

General

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Programme Description

The MSc in Psychology offers a fast-track route to eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society, provided a minimum standard of 50% is achieved.

This means that applicants will normally already have studied some psychology at the undergraduate level in a previous degree programme and now wish to undertake further study in order to allow the opportunity for specialisation in psychology in the future.

This is, therefore, the first step towards further postgraduate training for those wanting to pursue a professional career in Psychology.

You will be given the opportunity to engage in practical work and will use the extensive psychological laboratory provision in the Centre for Psychology Studies. You will also be given the opportunity to engage in advanced theoretical debates relevant to the understanding of contemporary issues in society.

Professional accreditation

The programme is accredited as conferring eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society provided an average of 50% is achieved.

These are 'conversion awards' for those who need Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society.

Rankings

The University of Bradford is ranked 301-400 in the world for Social Sciences in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Entry requirements

  • A degree in Psychology which has not been accredited by the BPS OR a degree in a subject other than Psychology (if applying for MSc)
  • A minimum 2:2 classification is required
  • Maths and English GCSE Grade C (or equivalent)

English language requirements

  • IELTS at 6.5 or the equivalent

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course.

What you will study

Please note that for 2020 entry, the module information is subject to change.

Modules

Core

  • Cognitive Psychology (PSY7010-B)
  • Social Psychology (Level 7) (PSY7011-B)
  • Research Methods in Psychology (PSY7004-B)
  • Psychobiology and Neuroscience (PSY7012-B)
  • Developmental Psychology (PSY7013-B)
  • Research Project in Psychology (PSY7007-B)
  • Dissertation - Psychology (PSY7008-B)

Option

  • The Psychology of Health and Eating (PSY6005-B)
  • Forensic Psychology (PSY6001-B)

Learning and assessment

Teaching on the programme includes lectures, small group seminars, workshops and laboratory-based practicals.

You will explore theories in current debates, and develop experience and confidence to make a considered contribution to an argument. Throughout the programme, you will acquire skills in knowledge acquisition, presentation, discussion and debate that will be useful in your future career progression.

Assessment will usually focus on the written expression of your skills through essays, examinations or journal writing. You will also develop skills in presenting research findings and in the production of laboratory reports.

The Psychology Master Dissertation gives you the opportunity to carry out an empirical piece of research investigating one area in depth, using the skills developed during the programme. This study will help to further develop your ability to work independently and rigorously, whilst benefiting from the support of a member of staff with experience in a similar area.

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes, there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

This is a fast-track route to eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society. It is, therefore, an important step towards a professional career in Psychology.

Last updated Mar 2020

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