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MSc, PG Dip

How long you will study
1 Years

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About Psychology at Nottingham Trent University

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 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.

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
  • prisons
  • schools
  • large blue chip companies
  • research laboratories
  • government departments
  • the armed services
  • hospitals
  • premiership football clubs.


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 £80,000 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.
  • Boots Library, City Campus
  • Byron, City Campus Student's Union
  • City IT facilities
  • Students in City Campus NTSU gym

Study options for this course

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  • The awardMSc, PG DipHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
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  • The awardMSc, PG DipHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study2 years
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Entry requirements

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate degrees. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Entry on to the MSc Psychology does not require any previous study of Psychology.

MSc Psychology

  • You will need an undergraduate degree (minimum 2.1) or other recognised equivalent qualification.
  • Applicants whose undergraduate degree is a 2.2 or equivalent will also be considered, but will be required to demonstrate relevant experience and knowledge and the ability to study at the required academic level.
  • Applicants without such qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but will be required to demonstrate how their experiences and knowledge would enable them to study this course at Masters level in their Personal Statement

Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology

  • You will need an undergraduate degree (minimum 2.1) or other recognised equivalent qualification.
  • Applicants without such qualifications will be considered on an individual basis, but will be required to demonstrate how their experiences and knowledge would enable them to study this course at Masters-level in their Personal Statement.
  • Applicants must have a minimum 60 credits of Psychology from prior study at degree level. As part of the application process applicants will be asked to indicate precisely how their previous study meets this criteria.

Applicants who successfully complete 60 credits of MSc Psychology modules on Nottingham Trent University's Multidisciplinary Masters course may be eligible to APL these credits if you choose to enrol on the full MSc Psychology or Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology course.

If you are unsure of your status and / or would like an informal discussion with the course leader, please contact us.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you're already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

International students in psychology can also access additional language and study skills support, as well as help in acclimatising, via our own International Student Support Officer.

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