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Psychology MSc 2017/18 entry

Course code:

HLST092 (Classroom)
HLST121 (Blended)

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time (UK/EU only)

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2018
May 2018

Fees:

Get in touch

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321


Overview

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), this is a specialist conversion course designed for non-Psychology graduates who wish to pursue a career as a psychologist. It confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), which is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

You’ll gain a thorough grounding in core psychological theories and methodologies, as well as their origins, history and development. In addition to the traditional full or part-time campus-based course, we offer a more flexible, blended learning experience, which incorporates a mixture of online and short residential study.

You’ll be taught by our highly respected and experienced course team, which includes Chartered Members and Associate Fellows of the BPS on the Register of Qualified Level A Psychometric Practitioners and those who sit on the Board of the Psychology Teaching Review. Their teaching excellence has been recognised as Associate Fellows, Fellows or Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).








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Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

British Psychological Society (BPS)

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), which is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Graduates must achieve the necessary 50% pass mark for all modules contributing to the accredited MSc degree (BPS Standards for the Accreditation of the Masters Programme in Psychology, October 2017). Graduates who do not meet this requirement will exit with a non-accredited award. To achieve the necessary number of credits for all non-accredited awards, graduates must achieve the necessary 40% pass mark for all modules contributing to the award.

What our students say...

Studying for the MSc in Psychology has been an intellectually stimulating experience and an enjoyable one. The course has developed my critical and creative thinking as each module presented the opportunity to investigate the topic in a great depth through a variety of projects and discussions. I very much appreciate the high quality of teaching and the tutors’ enthusiasm and overall support during this course.

Agnieszka Czarnecka, Poland, MSc Psychology (blended learning), current second year student in 2016/17

Course information

The course has been designed to meet the accreditation criteria of the British Psychological Society (BPS) to confer eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).

You will have the opportunity to build the knowledge and skills necessary to fully appreciate the depth and breadth essential to the study of psychology, encompassing traditional and contemporary psychological models, theories and methodologies. Some of the specialist modules allow us to look at how psychology is applied in specific contexts. For example, the ‘Applied Psychology’ module considers its impact within the modern-day world – in counselling, clinical, forensic, educational, sport, work and health psychology.

We place a significant emphasis on professional research methods, developing your knowledge and skills in planning, carrying out, analysing and writing about research in applied psychology. You’ll gain a sophisticated awareness of problems, issues and ethics in applied research in psychology, such as evaluating a counselling intervention to target victims of domestic violence or considering  whether it is acceptable to trick (deceive) participants. You will also conduct a number of practical research exercises and will produce an extensive piece of independent research on a topic of your choice – anything from understanding the variables that influence attribution of blame towards rape victims to the pre and post entry barriers to disabled individuals obtaining senior management positions.

Throughout the course there is an emphasis on developing transferrable skills, such as IT, group work, communication, report writing, numeracy and presentation skills.

Modules

Overview

This course includes the Global Professional Development module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Global Professional Development module.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    Full-time route:

    • Research Methods in Psychology 1
    • Biological Psychology
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Origins and Concepts of Psychology
    • Project Planning and Ethics in Psychology 
  • Semester 2

    • Research Methods in Psychology 2 
    • Cognitive Psychology
    • Social Psychology 
    • Applying Psychology
    • Individual Differences in Psychology
  • Semester 3

    • Independent Psychology Project 
    • Global Professional Development - Creativity, Change and Innovation

     

In more detail...

  • Apply for and achieve additional certification in British Psychological Society (BPS) psychometric testing.
  • 91% of students felt staff are enthusiastic about what they teach in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016.
  • Learn to act in accordance with the legal, ethical and professional standards and regulations of the BPS and the Health and Care Professions Care Council (HCPC).
  • Outstanding track record for graduate employability – 100% of our students were in work or continuing their studies within six months of graduation (DLHE 2014/15).
  • Provides appropriate academic evidence for further study on our BPS accredited masters’ degree programmes in Forensic Psychology, Forensic Psychology, and Crime, Occupational Psychology or Health Psychology.
  • Confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered (GBC) Membership with the British Psychological Society, which forms part of the first stage training requirements in becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
  • £60m refurbishment of Health and Life Sciences facilities includes new specialist teaching facilities in the Richard Crossman building – light and dark multisensory laboratories and ‘mock’ prison cells, to complement the existing mock hospital ward and operating theatre.
  • Regular expert guest lecturers from practising Business Psychologists and staff from the University Research Centres, including Centre for Technology Enabled Health Research and Psychology Behaviour and Achievement. Recent topics have covered returning to the workplace after cancer, occupational health in action, stress management theory and practice.

Experienced teaching staff have worked with a range of well-known organisations, including Oxfam, the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training, NHS and local authorities.

Your main study themes are:

  • Biological Psychology: Explores the inter-relationship between behaviour and biological processes, in other words, the relationship between the brain, the body and behaviour. We’ll consider some of the specific areas of interest to the biological psychologist, such as the role of sleep, the nature of addiction, behavioural genetics and pain.

  • Social Psychology: You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the traditional and critical philosophies underlying modern social psychology, which considers how an individual’s behaviour is affected by the presence of others. We’ll look at a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives as they apply to real world issues and settings.

  • Cognitive Psychology: Develops your understanding of key cognitive processes, such as memory, attention and problem solving. We’ll examine how people perceive, remember, think and solve problems in everyday settings.

  • Developmental Psychology: Examines how people’s thinking and their social behaviour changes with age, exploring psychological development from the pre-natal period through to adolescence. An emphasis will be placed on the application of developmental psychological theory in real-life, such as the identification of children’s developmental problems in education and the interventions to help them.

  • Individual Differences: Looks at how people differ from one another, for example, in terms of their intelligence and personality. We examine the nature of the developed individual as seen from various perspectives, including the psychoanalytic, behavioural, cognitive, biological and humanistic.

  • Origins and Concepts of Psychology: Introduces you to the historical and philosophical issues which provide a context for the modern study of psychology, from its origins in the philosophy and the natural sciences of the 18th century through to the perspectives and sub-disciplines of psychology as a modern, scientific and applied discipline.

This course has two principle methods of delivery – through campus-based or blended learning. Teaching sessions typically start no earlier than 9am and finish no later than 6pm.

Campus-based learning (HLST092): This course starts in September with the full-time route requiring two days' attendance per week over one year, and the part-time route requiring one day of attendance per week over two years.

Blended learning (HLST121): This course typically starts in January and May, so please confirm your preference when you enquire. You will study online over two years, combined with a three-day classroom-based residential in Year One and a two-day residential in Year Two. The residential schools are a mandatory part of this course and must be attended by all students.

This course is taught using a mixture of lectures, small group seminars and practical, ‘hands-on’ skills workshops. Core course content will be delivered during the interactive lectures, while the associated seminars and workshops offer opportunities for you to explore topics more independently, receive guidance on coursework assignments, begin to apply your knowledge and develop your academic and transferrable skills.

We consciously embrace a variety of learning styles, using PowerPoint lecture notes, videos and media clips, discussion based group work and student-led presentations. You will often be provided with recommended reading materials to engage with prior to, and outside of teaching sessions, such as book chapters, journal articles or other web resources.

All modes of study feature guest lecturers from industry, which are video recorded and often provided as podcasts. Past speakers from industry have included a Professor of Health Psychology, senior researcher, health psychologist, leadership trainer, counsellor and performance coach. Where possible, we endeavour to highlight the many different applied areas of Psychology, with past students hearing from an ex-police hostage and crisis negotiator from West Midlands Police, as well as educational and forensic psychologists.

Each individual module on the course has some form of assessment and there is generally a 50/50 split between coursework, which can be worked on over a period of weeks, and examinations. The form of assessment is wide-ranging – most include essays, but there are also practical reports and multiple choice tests along with a test development exercise, case study, presentation, and even an annotated bibliography. You will receive guidance on how to tackle each assessment during the course.

Typically, students will be assessed on their ability to practically and effectively apply the principles, theories and research of psychology to a workplace case study. We will also look for a critical and nuanced understanding of the relevant psychological literature.

In order to obtain eligibility for GBC, students must successfully pass the MSc Psychology and obtain an overall average pass mark of 50% or above. Your final grade assessment will typically comprise two-thirds coursework and one-third formal examinations.

On the successful completion of 180 level masters credits, awards may be made with a ‘Distinction’ or ‘Merit’, based on the achievement of an average mark of at least 70% or 60% respectively. Students may be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) if they achieve 120 credits and a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) if they achieve 60 credits. Students may only progress to the final stage of masters programmes after meeting the requirements for award of a Postgraduate Diploma.

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of psychological theory, debates and concepts; a range of quantitative and qualitative psychological research methods and ethical principles; the core areas of psychology; a range of research and theory within specialist topic areas; the selective application of research methodologies in psychological investigations.
  • Demonstrate competence in interpreting and evaluating psychological theories and research.
  • Select and apply to psychological research questions, a variety of research methods and techniques.
  • Reason scientifically and demonstrate the relationship between theory and evidence.
  • Develop research questions and design an appropriate independent research project to investigate these questions.
  • Write a psychological report in a format consistent with professional psychological standards.
  • Use a range of research techniques appropriately.
  • Locate and retrieve relevant information from a range of psychological sources, including electronic databases. 

Campus-based learning (HLST092): On the full-time route, your ‘face-to-face’ teaching will take place two days per week over one year, with one day per week over two years on the part-time route.

Blended learning (HLST121): With the exception of the residential sessions, this course has been designed specifically to allow you to study when it is convenient for you. You can access materials any time of the day or night, seven days a week. The course material is presented online and contains interactive activities, such as student discussion forums and presentations via Skype and other formats.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake further self-directed study each week, for example, completing the recommended reading that accompanies your lectures, working on coursework assignments, taking part in group work and exam revision. Feedback from previous participants suggests full-time students should expect to spend up to five full days a week including teaching, about half of this for part-time and around 20 hours per week for blended learning students.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


What our students say...

Studying for the MSc in Psychology has been an intellectually stimulating experience and an enjoyable one. The course has developed my critical and creative thinking as each module presented the opportunity to investigate the topic in a great depth through a variety of projects and discussions. I very much appreciate the high quality of teaching and the tutors’ enthusiasm and overall support during this course.

Agnieszka Czarnecka, Poland, MSc Psychology (blended learning), current second year student in 2016/17

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold the equivalent of a 2:2 undergraduate degree.

Applicants should hold the equivalent of a 2:2 undergraduate degree.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Applicants should hold the equivalent of a 2:2 undergraduate degree.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our students say...

Studying for the MSc in Psychology has been an intellectually stimulating experience and an enjoyable one. The course has developed my critical and creative thinking as each module presented the opportunity to investigate the topic in a great depth through a variety of projects and discussions. I very much appreciate the high quality of teaching and the tutors’ enthusiasm and overall support during this course.

Agnieszka Czarnecka, Poland, MSc Psychology (blended learning), current second year student in 2016/17

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£6,212 (per year)


May 2018

£6,212 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£6,212 (per year)


May 2018

£6,212 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£11,846 (per year)


May 2018

£11,846 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

What our students say...

Studying for the MSc in Psychology has been an intellectually stimulating experience and an enjoyable one. The course has developed my critical and creative thinking as each module presented the opportunity to investigate the topic in a great depth through a variety of projects and discussions. I very much appreciate the high quality of teaching and the tutors’ enthusiasm and overall support during this course.

Agnieszka Czarnecka, Poland, MSc Psychology (blended learning), current second year student in 2016/17

Career prospects

Psychology is used professionally in all areas of life, from education and health, to the economy and crime. Psychologists help people of all ages – from young children to teenagers, adults and the elderly. They support people facing a wide range of circumstances, from the bereaved to those made redundant, victims of crime to the mentally ill.

There are two stages to becoming a Chartered Member of the BPS – requiring a combination of professional education and practice, during which you will choose to specialise in a particular area such as clinical psychology or educational psychology.

In the first instance, you need the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), which is achieved by completing a conversion course like this if you don’t already hold an accredited undergraduate degree. The next stage will involve professional practice and may require further Master’s study, depending on the field of psychology you wish to follow. Detailed guidance is available on the BPS website at www.bps org.

Coventry University is committed to helping you to prepare for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Our postgraduate degree may open the doors to a variety of positions. Recent graduates have gone to work in teaching, human resources, management and a children’s hospital school, also as a performance analyst, psychological wellbeing practitioner, human rights investigator and child development advisor. Others have chosen to become a trainee educational psychologist, trainee forensic psychologist, trainee clinical psychologist on Doctoral programmes, pursue a PhD and further their academic career as a lecturer or research assistant.

What our students say...

This course has developed my skills in ways I didn't even think I was capable of. Every module and assignment has pushed my limits analytically and technically, with lecturers and tutors who are passionate about their field – and believe in you.

Lucy Thomas, MSc Pscyhology, graduated in 2016
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