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Psychological Sciences (Conversion) MSc

The Psychological Sciences (Conversion) MSc online has been created for students and working professionals from non-psychology backgrounds, who want to gain a comprehensive understanding of the practical applications of psychological sciences and their impact on society.

As a graduate, you’ll have acquired important transferable skills at an advanced level, such as research design, data analysis, and report preparation, whilst also building a solid basis to pursue a career as a professional psychologist through further study within the discipline (e.g. PhD, ClinPsyD, DEdPsy).

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration:
Part-time Duration:
1 year
2 years
Starting in: January, May, September
Tuition Fee: £11,120 per programme
Location: Online
Accreditation: BPS Accredited

The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), which means you’ll be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from the BPS, essential for pursuing a career in recognised psychology professions.

Take your first steps toward becoming a chartered psychologist with Brunel. Wherever you want to go in your career, this course is designed to build a strong foundation in the psychological knowledge and practical research skills needed to succeed.

You will learn to design, carry out, and critically evaluate empirical research tasks, and use current and emerging psychological knowledge to inform your studies.

Blending academic theory with practical application, this MSc course will provide you with advanced knowledge of the biological, cognitive, and social aspects of psychology, and build your skills in different research methods.

Programme structure

Brunel’s Psychological Sciences (Conversion) MSc online course contains nine compulsory modules preparing you for a career in psychological research and hypothesis testing. The compulsory modules cover topics ranging from qualitative research approaches to social determinants of health status, and includes a dissertation.

  • Introduction to Psychological Sciences
  • Historical and Conceptual Issues in Psychology
  • Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Individual Differences
  • Development Psychology
  • Empirical Psychology Project

Online Study

Studying online gives you the opportunity to earn an internationally-recognised UK master’s degree without leaving your home. You are not obliged to attend campus lectures, meaning you can watch them on the online platform at times that work for you. During the course of your studies, you’ll have access to:

  • Engaging study materials: Your resources will include video lectures, case studies, class forums, and podcasts
  • Support and guidance: Your dedicated programme tutor will guide your academic development from day one
  • Your virtual campus: Study from any location and build connections with like-minded professionals worldwide
  • Open Library: Online students will have full access to Brunel’s expansive digital library for books, articles, and electronic resources

By studying your degree online, you’ll join a network of students and professionals around the world, enriching their lives by taking the next positive steps towards rewarding careers.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Psychological Sciences (Conversion) MSc online will:

  • Develop a critical awareness of historical and contemporary perspectives in psychology.
  • Build advanced analytical skills and learn how to interpret test results effectively.
  • Learn how to compose written and oral presentations and deliver ideas with confidence.
  • Develop your knowledge of major theories and empirical studies, and how they have impacted society.
  • Design rigorous research projects to examine and evaluate contemporary psychological theories.
  • Apply the most appropriate statistical tests to your research data and critically evaluate the findings of published studies.

Career Pathways

In addition to building a solid foundation to pursue a career in clinical psychology, you’ll also gain the transferable skills, knowledge, and expertise sought-after by employers in a variety of sectors. Graduates may choose to explore career opportunities in media, marketing, HR, law enforcement, finance, health, and education, as well as government and non-governmental agencies and healthcare organisations.


We’d like to reassure you here at Brunel that under the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as a dedicated provider of online learning, we will continue to offer you the resources and support you need to study your online programme successfully.

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Entry Requirements

  • A UK first or second class (2:2) Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in any subject.
  • Applicants will be required to show evidence of GCSE grade C (or grade 4) (or equivalent) in Maths.
  • Applicants with other degrees and subjects, with relevant work experience, will be considered on an individual basis.

English language requirements:

  • Students who are non-native speakers of English must be able to demonstrate that their English language ability is sufficient before starting the course, such as at least 6.5 overall in the IELTS with no less than 6 in any one component, or an equivalent English Language qualification.