UK/EU: £8,685
INT: £8,685
Course length
2-3 years of part time study
Start dates
September and January
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University Open Day
16 May

Course code: MSc: MC8AM    Level: 7

We are currently revalidating our MSc Psychology programme for September 2017. The revalidation of this course involves some changes to the structure of the programme as well as introducing new modules starting in September 2017. Due to this process we will no longer have an intake in May 2017 and we will be enrolling students from September 2017.

Revalidation means we are checking the quality of the programme against the latest subject benchmarks and standards, which ensures you are receiving the best learning experience possible. If you would like to receive further information about the revised programme, please contact the Academic Lead for MSc Psychology, Dr Gulcan Garip (g.garip@derby.ac.uk).

Our online MSc Psychology degree covers the core areas of psychology and is ideally suited to anyone who wants to pursue a career in psychology.

Choose a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc

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.

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.

Equipping you to succeed

For direct entry on to the course 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.

Is the programme BPS accredited?

We will be resubmitting an application for accreditation for our psychology programmes to the British Psychological Society (BPS) in early 2017. Until we have successfully concluded this process we are unable to state that our programmes are BPS accredited. The BPS expects to make a decision regarding accreditation by 1 April 2017. BPS accreditation remains in place for programmes that commenced prior to September 2016 and for all campus-based psychology programmes.

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.