Psychology MSc 2020/21 entry

Course code:

HLST236

Study options:

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

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:

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Course code:

HLST236

Study options:

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

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:

Get in touch

Recruitment and Admissions Office

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
Request information

Course code:

HLST236

Study options:

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

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:

Get in touch

Recruitment and Admissions Office

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
Request information

Overview

Currently 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.

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).

*This course is currently 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.

The University’s accreditation with BPS shall be up for renewal in February 2020 We hope and anticipate that any renewal would be successful, however if the renewal were to be unsuccessful, we would seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

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.

To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. For courses due to start in September 2020, in light of Covid-19, we are currently preparing for courses to be delivered in a variety of forms, subject to Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority will be staff and student safety.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

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Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

British Psychological Society (BPS)

British Psychological Society (BPS)

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

Graduates must achieve an overall pass mark of at least 50 per cent on the MSc Psychology conversion programme to be eligible for GBC (BPS Standards for the Accreditation of the Masters Programme in Psychology, January 2019). 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.

Hospital Wards

Hospital Wards

We have two fully-equipped mock hospital wards, each containing 4 beds. The wards are built to NHS standards and contain moveable beds, first aid equipment and patient monitoring tools.

Simulation Ambulance

Ambulance

Our facilities include a mock ambulance, which students can use as part of their studies, to help simulate the patient journey. This gives students the opportunity to learn in situations that mirror real life scenarios.

Strength and Conditioning Suite

Strength and Conditioning Suite

Our multi-purpose suite is equipped with multiple Olympic lifting platforms, a 20m gait analysis track, an anti-gravity treadmill and even a 3D motion capture system!

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

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) on successful completion.

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, providing you with the opportunity to developyour knowledge and skills in planning, carrying out, analysing and writing about research in applied psychology. You should 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 you will have the chance to develop transferrable skills, such as IT, group work, communication, report writing, numeracy and presentation skills.

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Modules

Overview

As a one year conversion course, the course is designed to give you the chance to have an intensive but rewarding journey through each semester, as we cover the key approachs to psychology, and explore practical research skills in your journey towards producing your own independent research project. Additionally, this course includes the Professional Development module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)** Professional Development module.

**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. Whilst Coventry University hopes and anticipates that these reviews will continue to be successful, if they were to be unsuccessful, this relevant module in this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    Full-time route:

    • Research Methods in Psychology 1: The focus of the module is designed to give you the chance to gain direct practical experience of how to design, conduct, and report psychological research with specific focus on an experimental methodology. The module will progress from exploring the conceptual understanding that is necessary to develop research proposals, through the practical considerations involved in the design and implementation of research designs, to exploring the skills and knowledge required to summarise, analyse and present research findings.
    • Biological Psychology: This module aims to explore the inter-relationship between behaviour and biological processes. We 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. Students will be encouraged to develop their 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.
    • Origins and Concepts of Psychology: The aim of the module is to introduce students 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 the students 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 their research dissertation.

  • Semester 2

    • Research Methods in Psychology 2: The dual aim of this module is to provide students with a firm grounding in qualitative and non-experimental methods and techniques commonly used in applied psychology. The module will focus on encouraging students to develop a critical knowledge and understanding of different selected qualitative designs and analytical approaches used in applied psychology research. To this end, students should 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 provide students with the opportunity to gain a critical appreciation of correlational designs, psychometric scale development, reliability and validation processes, and regression-based techniques utilised in contemporary psychology research.
    • Cognitive Psychology: This module aims to develop student’s understanding of key cognitive processes such as memory, attention and problem solving. Contemporary research and theory will be considered and students will be encouraged to develop evaluative and critical thinking skills when considering this. An emphasis will be placed on exploring how cognitive psychological theory can be applied in everyday settings. 
    • Social Psychology: This module is designed to give an in-depth exploration of applied topics in social psychology. Students will consider and explore both the traditional and critical philosophies underlying contemporary social psychological research and a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives. Students will be encouraged to develop their critical evaluation skills and to develop a critical understanding of modern social psychology. 
    • Applying Psychology: The main aims of this module are to introduce students 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; to provide career information surrounding professional practice in those areas. Within each area, students will explore issues of current interest in the field, and will have the opportunity to develop skills which would be useful to a psychologist practising in the field. Applied areas presented may vary from year to year according to the expertise available within the department 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 previous psychological knowledge by explaining the nature of the developed individual as seen from various perspectives. These perspectives 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 3

    • Independent Psychology Project:  The aim of this project is to engage students in supervised but independently undertaken empirical research at an advanced level. Students will be encouraged to integrate and practice the skills acquired during the course and to investigate in depth at Masters level an area of specific interest to them. Additionally, students 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.
    • Global Professional Development - Creativity, Change and Innovation: The aim of this module is to give students the opportunity to apply a range of strategy and leadership problem solving techniques to situations where change is required. Students will be given the opportunity 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. They will explore and should consider how tools can be used to analyse, implement and monitor change initiatives. Students will also be taught about strategic leadership: the role of vision, mission and values , as well as topics such as leadership style and ethics. In doing so, students will explore and should consider how leaders shape the environment for change. 

     

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.

In more detail...

  • Upon successful completion, 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.
  • An opportunity to explore 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).
  • Upon successful completion, can provide appropriate academic evidence for further study on our BPS currently 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, upon successful completion of the course.
  • £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.

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 have the opportunity to 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: Aims to develop your understanding of key cognitive processes, such as memory, attention and problem solving. We’ll explore how people perceive, remember, think and solve problems in everyday settings.
  • Developmental Psychology: Explores 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 explore 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 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.

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.

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.

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, presentation, 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 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 (HLST236): 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. 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 online 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 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.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

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


21,000

and counting

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

12

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

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.

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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.

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

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


September 2020

£9,200 (per year)


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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Fee


September 2020

£9,200 (per year)


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.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£14,700 (per year)


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.

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

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

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.

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 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. Past 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 Psychology, graduated in 2016
Disclaimer

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.