Our British Psychological Society (BPS) conversion courses are designed for graduates of other disciplines who wish to pursue a career in psychology but whose first degree is not recognised by the BPS. Entry on to the MSc Psychology does not require you to have studied any psychology previously.
This course attracts a range of students including those who have recently completed an undergraduate degree in a subject other than psychology or a non-accredited degree and also applicants who have come from jobs in the public and private sector, who are looking for a career change. Successful completion of the course provides graduates in other disciplines with a route to becoming a professional psychologist.
- MSc Psychology is a 180-credit qualification which requires no previous experience or study of psychology.
- PGDip is a 120-credit qualification which requires that you have already completed 60 credits of study in psychology.
The PG Dip and MSc students are taught together, with the MSc students taking their additional modules from term two onwards. This means that, assuming you meet the entry criteria for both courses, it's easy to transfer from one to the other at any point in the first term.
Accreditation by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
Successful completion of either qualification confers the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS. This is the first step towards becoming a chartered Psychologist and provides the basis for further professional training in psychology.
As a Graduate member of the BPS you will also receive additional benefits including:
- using the designated graduate member title MBPsS
- creating contacts and other networking opportunities by joining professional and membership groups
- free online access to the Society's academic journals
- reduced rates for our members for conferences and events.
How you're taught
All of the core modules on these courses are taught exclusively to MSc and PGDip Psychology students by experienced staff used to working with students from a wide variety of backgrounds and with varying skills and experiences.
The course will be delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and lab classes. Further support is provided through a dedicated tutorial system. Tutorials provide an opportunity to discuss the course content, studying methods, careers and assessments in small groups. You'll also make full use of the facilities provided by the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
During the course you'll be assessed in a variety of ways and on a modular basis; through examination (both seen and unseen exams are used), coursework (including essays, laboratory reports and literature reviews), oral presentation and via your research project.
The Psychology Department is large, with around 50 academic staff covering all areas of the discipline, and therefore you are able to take options from, and do research projects in areas of particular interest to you. This can be very helpful in preparation for related work or further study after graduation.
A supportive and active research environment
Throughout the course you'll benefit from research-informed teaching. Find out more about our psychology research, including the Cognition and Perception research group.
Psychology at NTU has an established international research reputation and is one of the top risers in the REF 2014 research rankings. The 2014 Assessment also showed:
- 60% of our research outputs were considered to be internationally excellent or world leading in REF 2014
- 100% of our research impact is internationally excellent with 73% described as world leading
- Our research impact and output is the highest of any UK psychology department with an equivalent research environment.
Find out more about our 2014 Research Excellence Framework results.
As a psychology student you will benefit from our dedicated learning environment. We have specialist research laboratories including eye trackers, motion capture labs and an GBP80,000 EEG system. These facilities support staff research as well as student projects in the exciting areas of human cognition, behavioural neuroscience, human interaction and communication, and human development.
You will also have easy access to fantastic facilities in the Chaucer and Taylor buildings including:
- Lecture theatres and teaching classrooms;
- Open access PCs and secure wireless points;
- Study areas and social spaces;
- Chaucer cafe serving drinks and light snacks;
- Our brand new School of Social Sciences reception, providing you with easy access to our helpful and friendly support staff.
Careers and employability
Your future career in Psychology
With the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS secured, you will be eligible upon graduation to undertake further training as a professional psychologist (in areas such as clinical, forensic, educational, occupational, counselling, or sport psychology).
Alternatively you might choose to pursue an academic and / or research career in various areas of psychology (by working as a research assistant or associate or by completing a dedicated Research Methods Masters or studying for a PhD), or you may choose to exploit the transferable skills you have learned on the course to pursue a career outside of psychology.
Psychology qualifications tend to be very popular with all employers because you have to be able to write essays and reports, you have to have some basic mastery of research and data analysis, and because they assume you know quite a lot about people!
Previous graduates have gone on to pursue careers as a:
- Research assistant
- Assistant psychologist
- Mental health recovery worker
- Psychological well-being practitioner
- Learning mentor
- Learning disability key worker
- Information officer at a hospital
- Health support assistant
- Health care worker
- Talking therapies assessor
- Assessment service teacher at a specialist school
- Pastoral manager at a school
- Marketing manager
*Data extracted from the Nottingham Trent University Graduate Destinations Database 2009-10 to 2013-14
Careers and job application advice is available to all our postgraduate students and is provided by a subject specialist within the Department, supported by the university-wide careers service. We're very proud of our conversion record and look forward to helping you achieve a successful career in psychology.
Psychologists may work in settings as diverse as:
- community mental health teams
- large blue chip companies
- research laboratories
- government departments
- the armed services
- premiership football clubs.