MSc Psychology (Conversion) – Richmond University
  • Tuition Fee

    £7,000 (EU)
    £12,000 (INTERNATIONAL)

  • Duration

    1 Year (Full-time)

  • Accreditation

    Richmond University QAA

    Middle States Commission of Higher Education (US)

  • Location

    Kensington Campus

Programme Overview

For those who wish to pursue a career in psychology, this MSc Conversion Psychology programme will offer the opportunity to obtain the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS)

During the past five years, Psychology has seen a spiral rise in choice and popularity among students studying in the UK. The popularity of Psychology as a field of study is mainly associated with employability; Psychology is a discipline which allows students to develop a broad range of analytical and reasoning skills, highly valued by employers. In fact, around two thirds of Psychology graduates are in employment in the UK within six months after graduating, while almost a quarter undertake further study or combine further study with work. Richmond’s MSc Psychology (Conversion) programme promotes the acquisition and demonstration of conceptual knowledge in the core areas of the Psychology discipline such as conceptual and historical paradigms/ models, development, personality theory, clinical and individual differences, biological psychology, social psychology, cognition, and research methods. Students are expected to integrate theoretical perspectives and empirical findings, use appropriately a variety of research approaches and apply psychological principles in a variety of professional settings such as clinical, counselling, educational and legal.

Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology
Richmond is the only university or organisation in the UK to have official membership of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology which aims to encourage excellence in scholarship and advance the science of psychology. All of our Psychology students have a unique opportunity to benefit from this membership, from helping obtain psychology -related careers to networking, access to publication submission, online resources and funding research opportunities.

Top 5 reasons to study this programme:

  • Gain highly prestigious Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS) which will enhance your career prospects
  • Develop an understanding of the broad range of theoretical and methodological approaches to psychology
  • Foster the development of a critical approach to knowledge, and an ability to evaluate theory and evidence accordingly
  • Gain research skills through research design, analysis and dissemination
  • Develop your written and oral communication skills, and the capacity for independent work

Modules* Breakdown

Core Modules & Electives

Fall Semester (12 Credits)

Research Methods I

Clinical and Individual Differences

Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology

Spring Semester (12 Credits)

Research Methods II

Social and Developmental Psychology

Cognitive and Biological psychology

Summer Semester (12 credits)

Empirical Dissertation

* subject to availability

  • Who this programme is relevant for

    • Graduates in disciplines other than Psychology
    • Graduates with an undergraduate Psychology minor
    • Graduates with an undergraduate Psychology degree not accredited by the BPS
    • Professionals who want to enhance their career prospects or make a career change
    • Those applying for a PhD in applied psychology areas: health, clinical, counselling, educational, forensic, occupational, or sport and exercise psychology
  • After you graduate

    Career Paths

    Students have a wide range of employment offers, destinations and opportunities when they complete this programme, including Clinical Psychology, Counselling, Neuroscience and Criminology, Forensic Psychology, Market Research, Teaching, Education and Management.

  • Career Support

    We offer career support and advice through our Careers & Internships Office that will assist and guide you in your study choices to make sure you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Through internships you will gain business acumen, beneficial work experiences and transferable skills which will give you a competitive advantage in a fast-paced working environment.

Entry requirements

A first degree in any discipline with a minimum classification of 2.2 (Lower Second Class Honours) or its international equivalent

English Language Requirements (Non Native English Speakers)

Please refer to our Postgraduate How to Apply page for details on English Language requirements.

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Useful links

For further info contact the Programme Director:

Dr Mark Horne

Dr Mark Horne

MSc Psychology (Conversion) Programme Leader

Postgraduate Prospectus

Where to find us

Kensington Campus

1 St. Alban’s Grove
W8 5PN

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7368 8500