This BPS-accredited conversion course is ideal if you want to pursue a career in psychology, but didn't study Psychology at undergraduate level, or studied on a non-accredited programme.
You'll study core areas of psychology and key debates in the psychology of education, while developing your research skills. You'll learn to apply psychological methods and approaches to educational policy and practice.
This MSc is a conversion course which provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
GBC is a prerequisite for many BPS-accredited postgraduate and doctoral programmes which lead to full Chartered Psychologist status.
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This course will develop your understanding, knowledge and skills in a variety of theoretical and applied approaches to psychology and educational psychology.
You'll study compulsory modules to equip you with foundational knowledge of topics such as cognitive development, neuropsychology, differential psychology and psychology in society. In your second term you'll choose an optional module to develop a specialism or explore a new avenue of learning.
Throughout your course you'll develop essential research skills, which you'll draw on later in the year when you design and carry out an empirical research project leading to a final 12,000-word dissertation.
You will take a total of 180 credits, including four core modules, one option module and the 60 credit Empirical Dissertation.
Choose one module from the following list:
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
In the Summer Term and summer vacation you'll focus on an independent research project, leading to a 12,000-word dissertation. You'll identify a research question and construct an empirical investigation to address it. This is the chance to put your psychological knowledge and skills into practice and, potentially, to make an original contribution to knowledge in your area of expertise.
You'll be able to take advantage of dissertation workshops which cover study design, ethical approval, data collection, and extended academic writing. You'll draw on the skills you've learned from the Research Methods module, and receive bespoke training from your personal supervisor in techniques that are specific to your project.
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|Full-time (1 year)||£7,810||£17,370|
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There are no mandatory additional fees, but we do recommend that you set aside some money for photocopying. Course books will be available from the Library and online reading packs are available for most modules, but you may wish to buy your own copies. Each book typically costs £20 to 40.
UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.
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If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.
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You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.
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You will be taught through a combination of formal lectures, seminars, practical exercises and workshops.
You will be based in the Department of Education on Campus West. Teaching for this course takes place at various locations on Campus West, including Alcuin and Derwent Colleges, the Department of Biology, the Library and the Spring Lane teaching building.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
You will complete the following assessments:
Throughout your course you'll complete assignments and exercises which don't count towards your final grade. The marks and feedback you receive for these will help you understand your strengths and identify areas for improvement.
Successfully completing this course provides you with the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS). GBC is a requirement for training as a professional psychologist in clinical, educational, counselling, occupational, health or forensic psychology.
The course covers a wide range of topics which will introduce you to areas of work which you may not have previously considered. You'll also have opportunities to discuss potential careers with psychology and education practitioners. Volunteering opportunities allow you to explore new career paths and gain valuable experience.
You should already have, or shortly complete, a good undergraduate degree (2:1 or above) in any subject. This is a conversion programme and does not require prior knowledge of psychology. As a Psychology conversion programme, this degree is not suitable for applicants who already have an undergraduate degree in Psychology. The only exception to this is if the degree was not accredited by the British Psychological Society and you need the Graduate Basis for Chartership of the BPS in order to progress to professional training. If this is the case, please indicate so clearly on your application form.
If you earned your undergraduate degree outside of the UK, you should check that it is equivalent to a 2:1. Our country-specific pages can help you to find out.
If English isn't your first language, you may need a qualification to demonstrate your fluency. We accept the following English language tests:
If you have recently completed an undergraduate degree at a UK university you may be exempt from the English language requirements.
We also strongly recommend that you attend a pre-sessional English language course. These courses are designed to help you improve your language, communication and study skills and help you prepare for your postgraduate degree.
You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.
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