The MSc in Psychology and Education (Conversion) is a unique, intensive, one-year full-time programme accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). It is designed specifically for students with no previous formal Psychology qualification to:
- cover all aspects of the Psychology BPS curriculum including biological, cognitive, developmental and social psychology, individual differences, theory and history of psychology and research methods;
- allow you to apply for the Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and be awarded the title of C.Psychol.;
- focus on international and multi-cultural aspects of educational psychology, so you will gain a thorough insight into global perspectives;
- acquire a wide range of expertise through theory-focussed and practical sessions and an original research project.
Many of our graduates will wish to become Educational and Child Psychologists and on satisfactory completion of all aspects of the MSc you will fulfil the academic entry requirements of BPS professional training programmes in Educational and Child Psychology.
The core curriculum of the MSc in Psychology and Education (Conversion) is enriched by the ethos and culture of the School of Education as well as the critical research, theoretical and practical orientation of our Educational Psychology team. In particular, the School of Education and Educational Psychology team share a commitment to working with disadvantaged communities.
We offer an unrivalled opportunity to be part of a dynamic and vibrant scholarly community, you will work closely with leading academic experts with demonstrated expertise in these areas:
- research and publications in matters relating to marginalisation, psychopathologies and disability across psychology and education in a variety of cultural settings;
- our work in national, regional and service policy making;
- our ongoing professional practice with young people up to 25 year olds, their families and schools in diverse communities across various geographical areas.
Teaching will take place in the form of 8 consecutive 15-credit compulsory modules each of which will last for an average of two or three weeks. These modules entail theory and practical sessions covering the core curriculum areas: biological, cognitive, developmental and social psychology, individual differences, theory and history of psychology, research methods. The programme concludes with an original research project of your choice (dissertation) that spans several months (15-20000 words).
The MSc Psychology and Education (Conversion) is an intensive programme of study, there is a strong taught component and a requirement of an active contribution throughout the duration of the programme.
As potential practitioners you need to become accustomed to the notion of reflexive practices which require you to engage with aspects of your own life experiences in relation to the content and concepts contained within the MSc programme.
During the programme you will be required to consider and understand the psychological processes involved for potentially vulnerable clienteles in situations which have been presented and discussed as part of the programme (e.g. Safeguarding; young people looked after; ‘minority’ groups).
Our staff team are highly experienced in dealing with such issues and the complex matters which can arise during the course of our teaching, and will be able to provide responsive pastoral support at the level of the individual student if required.
There is considerable generic support for employability available for students across the Faculty and the School of Education, however, due to the intensive demands of the BPS core curriculum the programme does not provide opportunities for placements and/or study abroad. It would be expected that students would gain such experience following completion of the MSc.
There are 4 compulsory modules in the Autumn Semester and 4 compulsory modules in the Spring Semester followed by a dissertation. Each module is awarded 15 credits, the dissertation is awarded 60 credits.
Social, Historical, Cultural & Institutional Contexts of Psychology
Neuroscience, Psychology & Education
Research Dissertation (60 credits)
On completion of all 8 modules you will be awarded 120 credits and will be eligible for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology and Education.
If on completion of all 8 modules you have attained 60 credits, you will be eligible for the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology and Education.
You are required to pass a minimum of 4 out of 8 modules at the first attempt in order to proceed to the dissertation. The Head of School may require a student who has not satisfied this requirement to become instead a student for the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology and Education.
In order to quality for Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS) you must pass the empirical project and gain the equivalent of at least a 2.2 overall.
Assessment will take place every two or three weeks and you will be given feedback regularly so that you have plenty of possibilities for further improvement. The programme concludes with an independent research project (dissertation) that spans several months.
A variety of assessment devices will be used to evaluate the learning outcomes in accordance with the professional standards mentioned above:
On satisfactory completion of the MSc Psychology and Education (Conversion) programme students have acquired the knowledge and experience to:
Programme Director and teaching staff
Throughout the duration of the course you will be taught and supervised by experienced academics and practitioners all of whom are either Chartered Members of the BPS or are eligible for membership. Our Psychology and Education staff team have a wealth of specialist knowledge, experience, and professional contacts having worked as academics, researchers or as practitioners, with vast experience of either working or researching directly with diverse communities in education, psychology and mental health services throughout the region, across the UK and globally.
Some members of the team continue to practise as educational and child psychologists and are thus cognisant of the issues involved when working at the interface between current policies (national, local, professional), research evidence and professional practices. This specialist knowledge and experience will be utilized throughout the programme to enable you to constantly critique and juxtapose theory, research data and the best interests of the people who are the subjects of professional practices.
The curriculum of this course builds on research taking place at the Centre for Critical Psychology and Education:
Centre for Critical Psychology and Education
The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of changes the University will consult and inform students in good time and will take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.