Psychology MSc 2020/21 entry

Course code:

HLST237

Study options:

2 years part-time

 

Location:

100% online study

Starting:

May 2021

 

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Course code:

HLST237

Study options:

2 years part-time

 

Location:

100% online study

Starting:

May 2021

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321


Request information

Course code:

HLST237

Study options:

2 years part-time

 

Location:

100% online study

Starting:

May 2021

 

Fees:

£13,800 (MA)

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321


Request information

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. Studied 100% online, you’ll gain a thorough grounding in core psychological theories and methodologies, as well as their origins, history and development.

You’ll be taught by our highly respected and experienced course team, which currently 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). (staff subject to change)

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

COVID-19

The University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

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Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

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Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is recognised by the following bodies:

British Psychological Society (BPS)

British Psychological Society (BPS)

This course is currently accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) for the 2020/21 intake and confers eligibility to apply for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), which is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Graduates must achieve a 50% average for all modules contributing to the accredited MSc Psychology Conversion degree (BPS Standards for the Accreditation of the Masters Programme in Psychology, October 2019). Graduates who do not meet this requirement will exit with a non-accredited award. To achieve the necessary number of credits for all awards (accredited and non-accredited), graduates must achieve the necessary 40% pass mark for all modules contributing to the award.


Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

The course includes the Creativity, Change and Innovation module, accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Please visit the CMI website for full details on the CMI accreditation.

Coventry University’s accreditation with CMI is currently ongoing for the relevant modules, but is frequently reviewed and monitored by the CMI through their quality systems. If any changes occur with respect to our accreditation related to these modules, we will seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

What our students say

Undertaking the MSc in Psychology as an older student has been a fabulous experience. Not only has it reinvigorated a love of learning and promoted confidence in tackling new challenges, it has developed many new skills not least in accessing and critically evaluating resources, creative problem solving, and academic writing.

The diverse content of the course has been fascinating, ranging from history and origins of psychology, through its biological and cognitive aspects, research methods and its real-life applications. Working on an independent project was hugely fulfilling, providing the opportunity to engage with a topic of interest in great depth devising and organising real-world research related to it. Undertaking the course part-time ensured I could fit study around the needs of my family. Through the course I have made great new friends and broadened my skills whilst redirecting my career interests.

Anne Hamilton, MSc Psychology (online), quoted in 2020

Course information

This 100% online 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). Please see Accreditation and Professional Recognition section above.

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 deceive participants. You will also have the chance to 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, online group work, communication, report writing, numeracy and presentation skills.

As a two-year conversion course you will have an intensive yet rewarding journey through each semester as we cover the key approachs to psychology and learn practical research skills in your journey towards producing your own independent research project. Additionally, this course includes the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Professional Development module in Creativity, Change and Innovation. Please see Accreditation and Professional Recognition section above.

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Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Semester One:

    All modules are mandatory.

    • Biological Psychology - This module aims to explore the inter-relationship between behaviour and biological processes. We aim to review basic principles of nervous and endocrine system structure and function before considering specific areas of interest to the biological psychologist such as the role of sleep, the nature of addiction, behavioural genetics and pain.
    • Developmental Psychology - This module examines psychological development from the pre-natal period through to adolescence drawing on key theoretical concepts and research findings. You will be encouraged to develop your critical evaluation skills and to develop a critical understanding of modern developmental psychology. An emphasis will be placed on the application of developmental psychological theory to applied settings and real world issues such as education and the identification of developmental problems and the development of interventions to help children with developmental problems.

  • Semester Two:

    • Research Methods in Psychology 1: The focus of the module is direct practical experience of how to design, conduct, and report psychological research with specific focus on an experimental methodology. The module will progress from the conceptual understanding that is necessary to develop research proposals, through the practical considerations involved in the design and implementation of research designs, to the skills and knowledge required to summarise, analyse and present research findings.
    • Cognitive Psychology: This module aims to develop your understanding of key cognitive processes such as memory, attention and problem solving. Contemporary research and theory will be considered and you will be encouraged to develop evaluative and critical thinking skills when considering this. An emphasis will be placed on how cognitive psychological theory can be applied in everyday settings.

  • Semester Three:

    • Research Methods in Psychology 2: The dual aim of this module is to provide you with a firm grounding in qualitative and non-experimental methods and techniques commonly used in applied psychology. The module will focus on developing a critical knowledge and understanding of different selected qualitative designs and analytical approaches used in applied psychology research. To this end, you will have the opportunity to learn how to analyse, report, interpret and write-up qualitiative research in line with the BPS code of ethical conduct. The second aim of the module is to gain a critical appreciation of correlational designs, psychometric scale development, reliability and validation processes, and regression-based techniques utilised in contemporary psychology research.
    • Social Psychology: This module is designed to give you an in-depth exploration of applied topics in social psychology. You will consider both the traditional and critical philosophies underlying contemporary social psychological research and a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives. You will be encouraged to develop your critical evaluation skills and to develop a critical understanding of modern social psychology.

Overview

Modules

  • Semester One:

    • Origins and Concepts of Psychology: The aim of the module is to introduce you to the historical and philosophical issues which provide a context for the modern study of psychology. The module outlines the field 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.
    • Project Planning and Ethics in Psychology: The aim of the module is to enable you to conceive a topic for dissertation, conduct background literature reviews on this topic, and develop a complete and approved proposal including consideration of ethics for your research dissertation.
    • Global Professional Development: Creativity, Change and Innovation - The aim of this module is to give you the opportunity to apply a range of strategy and leadership problem-solving techniques to situations where change is required. You will have the chance to critically evaluate and develop solutions to complex, inter-related, multi-faceted issues that can be found in a variety of organisations and professional contexts. You will consider how tools can be used to analyse, implement and monitor change initiatives. You will also have the opportunity to learn about strategic leadership: the role of vision, mission and values will be studied as well as topics such as leadership style and ethics. In doing so, you will consider how leaders shape the environment for change.

  • Semester Two:

    • Applying Psychology: The main aims of this module are: to introduce you to a selection of applied areas in psychology; to include various psychological theories as they are applied to the area, and examples of types of research that are appropriate to those areas; and to provide career information leading to professional practice in those areas. Within each area, you will explore issues of current interest in the field, and develop skills which would be useful to a psychologist practising in the field. Applied areas presented may vary from year to year but may include occupational psychology, forensic psychology, health psychology, educational psychology, clinical psychology, counselling psychology and developmental psychology.
    • Individual Differences in Psychology: This module aims to focus attention on the role of the individual within the study and development of psychology. The module integrates your previous psychological knowledge by explaining the nature of the developed individual as seen from various perspectives. These perspectives may include the psychoanalytic, behavioural, cognitive, biological and humanistic. It also summarises attempts to measure human psychological characteristics and covers the main areas of theory, research and debate concerning individual differences. Finally, it investigates the philosophical implication of these attempts by questioning the original scientific paradigm of psychologists involved in attempting such measurement and explanation.

  • Semester Three:

    • Independent Psychology Project: The aim of this project is to engage you in supervised but independently undertaken empirical research at an advanced level. You will be encouraged to integrate and practice the skills acquired during the course and to investigate in depth at master’s level an area of specific interest to you. Additionally, you will be expected to demonstrate a critical and evaluative understanding of the research process including the ethics, issues and problems in conducting empirical research in psychology.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

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  • 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 (please see Accreditation and Professional Recognition section for further details and requirements)
  • 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)
  • Provides appropriate academic evidence for further study on our BPS accredited master’s degree programmes in Forensic Psychology, Forensic Psychology, and Crime, Occupational Psychology or Health Psychology

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.

Online learning: This course typically starts in January and May, so please confirm your preference when you enquire. You will study online over two years part-time.

This course is taught using a mixture of online pre-recorded lectures and practical, ‘hands-on’ skills activities. Core course content will be delivered during the lectures, while the associated workshop activities 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 and discussions through online forums. 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.

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 (subject to availability)

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include essays, practical reports, multiple choice tests, a test development exercise, case study, online presentations, and an annotated bibliography.
The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion, you will 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.

This online course has been designed specifically to allow you to study when it is convenient for you. The materials should be available any time of the day or night. The course material is presented online and contains interactive activities, such as student discussion forums and presentations 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 students should expect to spend up to 2.5 days a week studying including teaching.

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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 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

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.

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The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


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What our students say

Undertaking the MSc in Psychology as an older student has been a fabulous experience. Not only has it reinvigorated a love of learning and promoted confidence in tackling new challenges, it has developed many new skills not least in accessing and critically evaluating resources, creative problem solving, and academic writing.

The diverse content of the course has been fascinating, ranging from history and origins of psychology, through its biological and cognitive aspects, research methods and its real-life applications. Working on an independent project was hugely fulfilling, providing the opportunity to engage with a topic of interest in great depth devising and organising real-world research related to it. Undertaking the course part-time ensured I could fit study around the needs of my family. Through the course I have made great new friends and broadened my skills whilst redirecting my career interests.

Anne Hamilton, Msc Psychology (online), quoted in 2020

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. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit in the coming years, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance amongst other things. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force from time to time.

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.

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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.

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.

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What our students say...

I always wanted to combine my interest in human resources and marketing with the psychological background. With this course I felt that I didn’t have to decide which I most preferred, but could study exactly what I wanted and would be able to work in both areas afterwards.

I really enjoy the close contact with the lecturers and my class members. We are a small group of students and it feels like we are a family, which has helped me to settle down in this new country. I feel like a person, not only a student ID number. Since induction, our lecturers have always been there to answer questions, help with issues and take as much stress away from us as they could.

Kristine Pris, on-campus student, MSc Business and Organisational Psychology

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.

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May 2021

£7,700


UK 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.

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May 2021

£7,700


Scholarships

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

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May 2021

£13,800 (MA)


Scholarships

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

What our students say...

I always wanted to combine my interest in human resources and marketing with the psychological background. With this course I felt that I didn’t have to decide which I most preferred, but could study exactly what I wanted and would be able to work in both areas afterwards.

I really enjoy the close contact with the lecturers and my class members. We are a small group of students and it feels like we are a family, which has helped me to settle down in this new country. I feel like a person, not only a student ID number. Since induction, our lecturers have always been there to answer questions, help with issues and take as much stress away from us as they could.

Kristine Pris, on-campus student, MSc Business and Organisational Psychology

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

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.

Coventry University is committed to helping you to prepare for your future career and aims to give you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Talent 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

Undertaking the MSc in Psychology as an older student has been a fabulous experience. Not only has it reinvigorated a love of learning and promoted confidence in tackling new challenges, it has developed many new skills not least in accessing and critically evaluating resources, creative problem solving, and academic writing.

The diverse content of the course has been fascinating, ranging from history and origins of psychology, through its biological and cognitive aspects, research methods and its real-life applications. Working on an independent project was hugely fulfilling, providing the opportunity to engage with a topic of interest in great depth devising and organising real-world research related to it. Undertaking the course part-time ensured I could fit study around the needs of my family. Through the course I have made great new friends and broadened my skills whilst redirecting my career interests.

Anne Hamilton, MSc Psychology (online) quoted in 2020
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By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2020/21 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.