• Study mode: Part Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2021

Course Overview

The MSc Psychology is a programme that offers you the opportunity to convert your existing qualifications and learning to a postgraduate psychology award.

In order to enrol on this course you will need to have already have passed an undergraduate degree in psychology or achieved at least a 2:1 in a non-psychology degree.

What will this course cover?

You will cover all the core areas of psychology such as; personality, social, cognitive, developmental, biopsychology. In addition you will learn in detail about applying various research methods to an empirical project. In your second semester, you will also have a single option to allow specialisation in one of a number of sub-disciplines of psychology.

The Psychology Department at Bucks New University actively promotes the involvement of local agencies, companies and individuals in delivering sessions to all our students. These exciting opportunities to hear from, and liaise with, external experts include HM Prison and Probation Staff, Counselling Psychologists, Senior Police Officers, Neuropsychologists, Occupational Psychologists etc. There are also frequently external visits to relevant museums, prisons, courts and sports venues to see psychology in an applied context.

You can choose to study MSc Psychology Conversion either full-time or part-time.

Course Details

The course can either be taken full-time over one year or part-time over two years. The structure of the course allows you to specialise in a psychology sub-discipline in the second semester by taking an optional component taught by one of our departmental experts. For example: Investigative and Forensic Psychology; Counselling Psychology; Evolutionary Psychology; Business and Organisational Psychology. This could also form the basis of the Dissertation. In addition, the Research Methods module provides a substantive amount of online material throughout the year, to further support the research methods component of the course.

In workshops and lectures, we’ll take you through the various techniques you need to analyse data. You’ll focus on the practical use of the statistics software package SPSS, used by social scientists to analyse and present quantitative data. And you’ll have the opportunity to use the observation laboratory and to use specialist equipment such as Biopac©, allowing measurement of the activity of the cardiovascular system, brain, autonomic nervous system and more, Tobii eye tracking equipment and HTC Vive, virtual reality software.

Teaching and Assessment

A variety of assessments are incorporated into the course such as essays, exams, reflective reports, group and individual presentations, risk assessment and portfolio work.

In each module (except Research Methods) you will be taught in a lecture/seminar format consisting of either one or two hour lectures with a one or two hour seminar. In the optional modules in the second semester, the teaching will be in a three hour workshop based session.

Although MSc students complete Level 7 assignments and are working with a more intensive timetable, you will also sit in lectures with second and third year students and may also work in group settings with such students.

What are the course entry requirements?

In order to enrol on this course you will need to have already have passed an undergraduate degree in psychology or achieved at least a 2:1 in a non-psychology degree. International students will require an IELTS with 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and no other skill below 5.5.

Course Modules


  • Business and Organisational Psychology (optional)
  • Evolutionary Psychology (optional)
  • Counselling Psychology (optional)
  • Exceptional Human Experience (optional)
  • Investigative and Forensic Psychology (optional)
  • Biopsychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Personality and Individual Differences
  • Cognitive Processes in Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Postgraduate Dissertation
  • Methods and Analysis in Psychology


How much does it cost

Part Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £3,450 for Year 1; £6,550 for Year 2

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks

Teaching team


What are my career prospects

The MSc Psychology will enable you to embark upon a variety of careers in psychology. Thus, the programme is suitable for both recent graduates and individuals wishing to pursue a career change.

The MSc is also an ideal programme for teachers in pre-tertiary education who are currently teaching Psychology A-level, without a formal academic qualification in the subject.

It is also recognised that many Psychology students will choose from a wide range of graduate career options, not all of which will entail the title ‘psychologist’. Consequently, the programme is designed to inspire and facilitate the development of a variety of desirably transferable skills that will enhance employability in any future career.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.

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