Start Dates
May 2020, September 2020
2 years part-time
Psychological Sciences (Conversion) MSc
Awarded by
Brunel University London
Take your first step towards becoming a chartered psychologist with a university ranked in the top 25 for graduate starting salaries. This course is designed for students and professionals from a non-psychology background.
Brunel University London’s Psychological Sciences (Conversion) MSc online course will prepare you to tackle different areas within the field of psychology, including research methods, psychological theory, statistics, and report preparation. You will explore the historical and conceptual issues of the subject, and develop globally sought-after skills for a wide range of careers, or further study (e.g. PhD, ClinPsyD, DEdPsy).

Application for accreditation submitted to the British Psychological Society.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Psychological Sciences (Conversion) MSc online will:

  • Understand the scope of psychology, and its applications
  • Use knowledge of historical and contemporary perspectives in the discipline
  • Achieve proficiency in analytical skills required to design research and interpret results
  • Understand how to critically evaluate the results of empirical research in psychology
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop, analyse, and interpret theory-derived, testable hypotheses and research questions
  • Your programme modules and learning content are delivered via Brunel’s online study platform, and feature the following resources:

    • Professionally-produced video lectures created by leading practitioners

    • A designated tutor who will provide support and feedback throughout your programme

    • Case studies and discussion questions to enhance your understanding of theory in context

    • Downloadable e-books and free library resources to aid your assignment writing and research

    • Access to online forums where you can share and discuss new concepts with fellow students and professionals from around the world.

  • 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.

  • Brunel’s Psychological Sciences (Conversion) MSc online contains ten compulsory modules to give you the scientific background in research needed for a career in psychology, or further study. The compulsory modules cover topics ranging from cognitive psychology and biological psychology, to the qualitative research methods and statistics used in psychological research.

    The full breakdown of course modules is as follows: 


    • Introduction to Psychological Science
    • Historical and Conceptual Issues in Psychology (15 credits)
    • Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology (15 credits)
    • Cognitive Psychology (15 credits)
    • Social Psychology (15 credits)
    • Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology (15 credits)
    • Biological Psychology (15 credits)
    • Developmental Psychology (15 credits)
    • Individual Differences (15 credits)
    • Empirical Psychology Project (60 credits)

    All modules are compulsory

  • As a Brunel Psychological Sciences graduate, you will have the opportunity to enter a range of careers in the field of psychology including research and development, clinical psychology, forensic psychology, and counselling. You will also have the background required to continue your studies in this field, (e.g. PhD, ClinPsyD, DEdPsy) which are necessary for some careers. 

    Graduates are also equipped to pursue careers in media, marketing, health, education, government, law enforcement, and more.

  • If you’d like to apply, click on the Apply Now button at the top of this page. Please fill in the form and provide as much detail as possible so we can properly advise you on the next steps. Once you’ve submitted your application form, one of our dedicated course advisors will contact you within 48 hours.


Dr Survjit Cheeta
“Our aim is to support the development of students to become leaders in public health and health promotion. We do this by unlocking their intellectual abilities and transferable skills as well as providing employment opportunities through access to a pool of potential employers.”
— Dr Survjit Cheeta, Programme Lead
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