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Webinar - Developing a career in psychology
07 September

Course code: MSc: MC8AM    Level: 7

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Our online MSc Psychology Conversion degree was the first online conversion masters course accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). It’s ideally suited to anyone who doesn’t hold a full psychology undergraduate degree but wants to pursue a career in psychology. 

One step closer to a career in Psychology

By completing the full MSc or the Postgraduate Diploma, you will be one step closer to becoming a chartered psychologist. Our masters course is designed to provide comprehensive coverage of the core areas of psychology required by the BPS. This course alone will not allow you to practice but provides an opportunity for a non-psychology graduate, or a graduate from a non-BPS accredited course, to meet one of the entry requirements for a postgraduate programme of professional training in Health, Sports, Clinical, Counselling, Occupational, Educational or Forensic Psychology by achieving  Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC).

Psychology MSc online course

Choose a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc to obtain GBC

We've designed this course so that it's flexible to suit you. It will take you 15 months – 2 years* to complete the Postgraduate Diploma Psychology and obtain your Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC).   

The MSc can be completed in 2-3 years and gives you the opportunity to further explore the breadth of this exciting subject by studying one of our optional modules including Psychology in Education, Forensic Applications, Clinical Applications, or Developmental Disorders. 

* In some circumstances the Postgraduate Diploma can be completed in a minimum of 12 months. Contact our admissions advisors for further information and to discuss your options.

Find out why Billy chose to study the MSc Psychology Conversion course online at Derby.

Equipping you to succeed

For direct entry on to the course, and in order for you to be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartership with the BPS, you need to have 60 credits in psychology.   If you are completely new to Psychology, our University Certificate in Psychology (60 Credits) will prepare you for your postgraduate study by offering an introduction to the field of psychology and the fundamental skills that psychologists require. We believe this additional knowledge equips you to succeed in your postgraduate studies.

Interactive and practical learning

You can be assured of a supportive and structured learning experience with academic teams who are specialists not only in their area of psychology, but also in online learning delivery. In addition, our dedicated online learner advisors provide non-academic support throughout the duration of the course.

You’ll have access to a comprehensive online library of psychology resources, student webinars in key areas such as library skills and assessment writing, and other academic and wellbeing related services. 

There are  plenty of opportunities to interact with tutors and other students through online discussion forums, virtual class room sessions and more traditional forms of communication such as email and Skype. You will also receive one-to-one support from a specialist supervisor when you begin your empirical research project.

As a guide, we recommend you allow around 20 hours of study per week, per module, but this may vary depending on your pace of study.

Free student membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS)

Did you know we’ve been delivering psychology degrees online for 10 years? To celebrate, we’ve introduced free student membership with the British Psychological Society (BPS). All students studying on one of our core Psychology* programmes will receive full BPS student membership for the duration of their studies. 

Find out more about free student membership of the BPS >

What does online learning look like?

If you're thinking of studying one of our courses, you may be wondering how online learning works and what it looks like. Below are some images from one of the modules of this course. There are three screen shots for you to scroll through which show you what the learning environment and material looks like, with a brief explanation underneath.

Click on the image below to view examples.

A graphic used to illustrate the processes by which we recognise human faces.
A multiple choice quiz on human memory: Interactive quizzes are one of a range of tools used to consolidate understanding.
Discussion questions like these questions on language comprehension enable students to work collaboratively with each other, supported by a module tutor, in order to explore theoretical concepts in further detail.