Psychological Science

An intensive one year Master's course with accreditation from the British Psychological Society, enabling you to pursue a career in this area even if your background is in another discipline.

-This conversion course will appeal to you if you do not already have a psychology degree.

- It is approved and accredited by the British Psychological Society, (it confers the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership), which means you'll have the essential knowledge to undertake professional training.

- If you're from overseas, this is your passport to practise in the UK.

- This intensive programme means with focused work and preparation, you will get a fully-accredited course in the space of 12 rewarding months.

You might be:
- a recent graduate
- someone who's been in work for a while and wants to change direction.

You'll be fascinated by how psychology underpins everything we do and aids our understanding of behaviour – not just of people, but of animals too.

Please note that the MSc Psychological Science (Conversion) programme is intended for students who have completed a degree in a subject other than Psychology, to undertake an intensive foundational course and achieve a Psychology qualification which is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and entails Graduate Membership of the BPS. It is not an advanced specialism degree in Psychology, but rather covers the core areas of Psychology and associated research skills as required for BPS accreditation.

We ask that you take note of this when considering your application. If you require further information about the content or structure of the MSc Psychological Science (Conversion) programme, please feel free to contact the course director, Dr Matthew Rodger:

Entry requirements

Entrance requirements
Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or above in any subject or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.

This is a very popular course and applicants are advised to apply as early as possible, since it may be necessary to implement an application cut-off date.

In such circumstances, applications will be considered in date order, with priority given to those submitted earliest and prior to the cut-off date. Please note: a non-refundable deposit (which will be deducted from tuition fees) of £400 is required.

International Students
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
•Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
•Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.
International Students – Graduate Diploma Programmes INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities. These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. The INTO progression course suited to this programme is:


1 year full time / 2 years part time.

Teaching Times
Teaching takes place in the morning and some afternoons; there are between 15-20 contact teaching hours per week

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
The degree confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society and many graduates will go on to complete training in one of the 7 registered professions of psychology as well as undertaking many other jobs, (management, HR, analysts) where a psychology degree is of benefit.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Employment after the Course

You might have your eye on a career in clinical psychology.

The qualification you'll gain allows you to go on and undertake training to qualify as a professional psychologist, e.g. clinical, educational, forensic, etc.

Or you could return to your existing job with a valuable qualification and a greater understanding of what underpins the world around you.

But the applications of this course are far-reaching. We at Queen's created a spin-out company, Adoreboard, which analyses customer data to help brands understand how people feel about them online.

Further enquiries

Dr Matthew Rodger, Lecturer
School of Psychology - Lecturer
EPIC - Emotion, Perception and Individual Characteristics
Intelligent Autonomous Manufacturing Systems
Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 4177

Subjects taught

Course Content
The course is tailored towards analysing data in the real world.

You'll learn methodological analysis skills and the core principles of psychology:

Individual differences
Cognitive psychology.

You'll learn everything from Freudian principles to how the brain works.

Your research project will take place over the summer.

Course Details
The programme will provide a contemporary curriculum which covers the core topics in psychology, using a variety of teaching methods and assessments that is informed by current research, scholarship and application.

The programme will develop critical awareness of issues in the scientific and applied areas of psychology and the methodological skills to critically examine and interrogate the discipline of psychology in all its facets.

Programme Modules
There are five modules per semester, and the proportional mix of time spent in classes, tutorials/seminars/labs, and private study in a teaching semester is approximately 30% lectures, 20% Labs/tutorials and 50% private study.

Core Psychology I: Social, Individual Differences, Conceptual & Historical Issues, Perception
(30 CATS, Semester 1 & 2, Assessment: 60% coursework, 40% exam)

Core Psychology II: Developmental, Cognition, Psychobiology and Applied & Professional Psychology
(30 CATS, Semester 1 & 2, Assessment: 60% coursework, 40% exam)

Applications of psychology in the 'real world'
(30 CATS, Semester 1 & 2, Assessment: 30% coursework, 30% practical, 40% exam)

Methods, Design and Analysis in Psychology
(30 CATS, Semester 1 & 2, Assessment: 100% coursework)

Research Thesis Psychology
(60 CATS, Semester 1 & 2 & 3, Assessment: 100% Thesis)


Psychological Science highlights
World Class Facilities
•The School has specialised facilities for human experimental psychology, movement and perception, individual differences, social psychology, child development, psychophysiology and animal behaviour.

Internationally Renowned Experts
•Research in the School has been judged to be 'world-leading' and 'outstanding' by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Assessment method

Coursework essays
Multiple choice questions
Practical lab work
Group work
Literature review
Independent thesis report

Application date

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Please note: Applications for this course, received after 30th June may not be accepted. A deposit will be required to secure a place.

This is a very popular course and applicants are advised to apply as early as possible, since it may be necessary to implement an application cut-off date.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year 2020

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