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MSc Psychology

Study a course that provides the qualifications and skills to pursue a career as a psychologist. Designed for non-psychology graduates, completing the course qualifies you for the Graduate Basis for Chartered (GBC) membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Course length 1-2 Year(s)
Location Collegiate Campus

Course description

This course is for non-psychology graduates with either no or limited study in the subject. For example you may wish to change career path or may have a psychology degree that is not accredited by the British Psychological Society and wish to develop a career as a psychologist.

The course gives you
• a thorough knowledge and scientific understanding of the British Psychological Society core areas of psychology
• Graduate Basis for Chartered membership
• the skills and knowledge needed for a career in psychology
• the skills needed to complete pyschology research
• improved independence and employability through enhanced evaluative and reflective skills
• learning opportunities addressing issues at the forefront of psychology
• a supportive, engaging, enjoyable and challenging learning experience

With an emphasis on research experience, this course is ideal if you are considering further training in areas such as educational or clinical psychology.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), provided you achieve an overall mark of at least 50 per cent and pass your dissertation. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

A 2:2 degree or above or equivalent in any subject.

We may consider graduates with relevant work experience.

You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

If you do not have these qualifications, or you are unsure whether you have the equivalent, please contact us.

International students
Typically you need qualifications equivalent to a UK undergraduate degree.

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with a minimum 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other skills. For equivalencies see our English language entry requirements web page.

If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

If you do not have these qualifications, or you are unsure whether you have the equivalent, please contact us.

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

Full-time – one day per week for one year
Part-time – typically one day per week for two years

Starts September

Typical modules may include

Course design

The modules you study reflect the core components of psychology as stipulated by the Britsh Psychology Society.


Cognitive psychobiology
You examine mental processes including how people • think • perceive • remember • learn • reason • speak • and understand.the relationship between brain and mind, studying the effect of biological influences on psychological functioning or mental processes.

Research issues in applied developmental psychology
You increase your awareness of the range and advancement of developmental theory, research designs, approaches and techniques, highlighting the challenges involved.You are introduced to examples of developmental theories, perspectives, research methods and empirical findings.

Social psychology and individual differences
You identify and evaluate key theoretical perspectives, understand central principles and examine core areas of research currently operating in the areas of Social Psychology and Individual Differences.

You look at quantitative and qualitative methods of research, including • data collection • analysis • interpretation • report writing.

Research dissertation and continuing professional development
You further develop your research skills, competences and reflective practice in order to enhance your employability prospects. You undertake a research project on a topic related to your course under the supervision of a member of the Psychology staff, write this up as a research paper and reflect on how this experience has contributed to your academic, personal and professional development.

Option modules
One from • clinical neuropsychopharmacology • theory and practice in counselling and psychotherapy • healthy and clinical ageing

Assessment Includes
  • research experiments
  • practical reports
  • presentations
  • coursework essays
  • examinations
  • information packs
  • research proforma
  • individual research project


This course gives you the skills and knowledge to
• begin a research career in psychology, such as research worker posts or doctoral research.
• progress on to further professional training routes including clinical, educational, forensic, occupational, counselling or even sports and exercise psychology.
• gain lecturing or teaching posts in psychology.

The major career routes you can choose as a qualified psychologist are in • clinical psychology • educational psychology • occupational psychology • health psychology • forensic psychology • counselling psychology • research.

Further work experience in a relevant setting is usually required before you can begin a postgraduate training course in one of these areas.

Our careers central website contains useful careers information for students studying psychology.


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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2016/17 academic year

Typically £6,300 for the course

Part-time – typically £4,200 in year 1, £2,100 in year 2

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available across the majority of subject areas.

2017/18 academic year

Typically £6,400 for the course

Part-time – typically £4,270 in year 1 and £2,135 in year 2 (subject to inflation)

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,800 for the course

2017/18 academic year

Typically £13,250 for the course

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This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs information

How to apply

Complete the application form available at www.shu.ac.uk/study/form

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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