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Psychology (Conversion)

MSc

Programme details

  • Next start date: Jan 2023
  • Future start date: Sep 2023
  • Study: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 year

Overview

This practical course opens doors to a wide variety of careers and can serve as the next step in your training to become a qualified psychologist.  

Designed for both psychology and non-psychology graduates, it offers a thorough grounding in the field of psychology and its research methods, to ensure you have the knowledge and skills to begin a career in your chosen area – with a qualification recognised by the British Psychological Society. 

You’ll be introduced to the core branches of psychology (cognitive, biological and developmental) and debate opposing views, before specialising in applied areas such as social and cultural psychology, motivational psychology, psychopathology and consumer psychology – delving deeper into fields that interest you. 

Working in our campus laboratory, you’ll learn to design studies, conduct experiments, evaluate evidence and communicate your findings – improving your knowledge of statistical, empirical and qualitative measures, as well as your statistical analysis of data. 

In your final term, you’ll undertake a research project – considering ethical implications, research techniques and evidence evaluation.

Graduate job-ready

Graduate with the deep industry knowledge and transferable skills to apply to a wide range of careers – from professional psychologist to forensics, marketing, advertising, HR, education, counselling and psychotherapy. 

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), granting you eligibility for Chartered Membership (Graduate Basis) in the society – a requirement for any professional BPS postgraduate training course in psychology in the UK.

January start date – download Programme Specification

September start date – download Programme Specification

How to apply

Applying to study at Regent's University London is quick and easy. We have put together some helpful information to guide you through the process. We accept direct applications and there is no application fee.

Not received your results yet?

That's fine, you can still apply even without your exam results. We can issue a conditional offer without your results. You just need be clear in your application which qualifications you are currently studying for.

There's still time to submit an application. Get in touch, we'd love to hear from you.

Step 1: Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

If you have not uploaded the relevant supporting documents during the online application process, you should ensure that we have the below supporting documents as soon as you have completed your application. These can be sent to the Regent’s Admissions Department via email to [email protected].

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all university studies (i.e. undergraduate degree)
  • Proof of your GCSE Mathematics graded A-C/9-4 (ie GCSE Certificate), or international equivalent
  • One letter of academic recommendation
  • A copy of your CV/resumé showing your work experience, if applicable
  • A 500-700 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen programme, how you feel you will benefit from the programme of study, what contributions you will make to the university and how this will help your future career aspirations.
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • If you are not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Step 2: Receive a response to your application 

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

We will assess whether you meet our entry requirements and will notify you of the decision via email. 

Step 3: Accepting your offer

If you wish to accept the offer, please pay the advance tuition fee deposit (non-refundable) to confirm your place. 

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4: After you have accepted your place 

Closer to the start of the term the Admissions Team will send information regarding the registration process. This will include information on completing your online enrolment prior to your arrival as well as a checklist of documents you will need to bring with you to fully register onto the programme. 

Information for international students

If you are an overseas student requiring visa sponsorship to study in the UK, our team will be in touch with information on applying for your student visa and the documents you will need. More information can be found on our visas and immigration page.

Scholarships and funding

There are a wide variety of funding and scholarship opportunities to help you finance your studies. For more information, please visit our scholarships and funding page.

Fees

Tuition fees

January 2023 entry: £20,500 per academic year (read more)

September 2023 entry: £20,500 per academic year (read more)

Non-refundable advance deposit

Home/EU students: £1,000
Non-EU students: £4,000

What do fees include?

Fees cover the cost of all tuition and access to the University’s IT infrastructure and library learning resources. 

What other costs should I budget for?

You will need to budget additional funds for accommodation and living expenses, travel, and any additional trips and visits, that you choose to participate in outside of the tuition offered as part of the programme.

The library hold a limited number of copies of core text books and where possible in e-format. You will be encouraged to purchase your own text books and will need to budget approximately £80-£100 per year, depending on your programme of study.

When are fees paid?

Fees are payable in the following instalments:

  • An initial non-refundable advance deposit paid when you accept your offer of a place
  • The advance deposit is allocated against the first term’s fees
  • Tuition fees (including fees for subsequent terms) are due two weeks in advance of classes commencing

Calculating fee increases

  • The University sets tuition fees annually
  • The fees quoted here are for one academic year of study
  • Fees for subsequent years of study are subject to fee inflation
  • The University aims to keep annual fee increases in line with the University’s cost inflation. The expectation is that this will be no greater than UK consumer price inflation (CPI) plus 3%. There are occasionally variations to this dictated by the costs of running specific programmes or facilities required for our programmes. The University reserves the right to alter fee levels.

Teaching and assessment

At Regent's you’ll have the freedom to explore your interests in a supportive and nurturing environment with interactive classes, regular one-to-one contact with tutors, specialist facilities, industry opportunities and tailored careers advice – ensuring you develop the skills, experience and confidence you need to succeed.

We centre our teaching around your individual goals, identifying the support you need to thrive. You’ll be part of a collaborative environment, that brings all the nuances of psychology to life in the classroom as you learn to predict, and potentially even alter, human behaviour.

You’ll pair deep industry knowledge with hands-on experiences, taking part in a blend of learning formats to give your studies context:

  • Seminars and lectures 
  • Practical workshops and masterclasses 
  • Live briefs and consultancy work 
  • London-based field trips 
  • Industry placements 

And, with access to a laboratory on campus, you’ll be able to work on experiments with classmates – testing theories, analysing data and perfecting your research skills: 

  • A dedicated laboratory with testing cubicles  
  • Lab computers with industry software: SPSS, NVIVO 
  • Qualtrics, ePrime and MATLAB software 
  • Eye tracker, olfactory testing and diffusion equipment  
  • Systems to record EEG, GSR, ECG, EOG, blood pressure, pulmonary response  
  • Recording and analysing psychophysiological data (BIOPAC)  
  • Test library with all major measures, batteries and questionnaires
  • Video recording and editing facilities

Based in London, you'll also have opportunities to meet employers through guest lectures, live briefs, field trips and industry visits – giving you insights into the world of psychology and enabling you to put theory into practice.

Teaching staff 

You'll be taught by academics who work who work as professional psychologists, marketers, researchers and data analysts alongside teaching – and frequently publish papers and journals and speak at international conferences. Their extensive knowledge and experience ensure your classes are shaped by the most current insights, theories and practices. 

You’ll also benefit from regular guest speakers. A recent example is Dr Nayeli Gonzalez-Gomez – an expert in language development. 

You'll also be allocated a personal tutor, who'll meet you on a one-to-one basis at various stages throughout the year to provide you with guidance and advice to support your personal and professional development.

We're really proud of the global nature of our psychology courses, and our tutors also reflect this ethos – coming from a wide variety of countries and cultures across the world. In every way, you'll feel part of a global family.

Independent learning

Throughout the course, you'll be expected to undertake extra reading, research, revision and reflection, as well as preparing work for workshops, and working collaboratively with other students in preparation for assessment.

Method of assessment

Your skills and knowledge will be assessed via tests, exams, presentations and group work, as well as research projects, laboratory reports, simulations, data collection and reflective writing. It's important to us that your learning and assessment is:

  • Inclusive – fostering a student-focused approach
  • Engaging – encouraging interaction and participation
  • Authentic – based on real business challenges

Disability support

We welcome and support students with a wide range of disabilities and health concerns, including learning difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, mental health difficulties, autism conditions, mobility difficulties and temporary or chronic health conditions. 

Our Student Support & Welfare team is here to support you. We ask that you speak with us as early as possible to enable us to support you. Find out more about our disability support and contact us.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements 

A Regent’s education provides you with a high level of personal attention, and this begins from the moment you apply to study with us. We want to understand who you are and what your skills and interests may be – we are interested in your potential, as well as your prior achievements. We review each application comprehensively and on its individual merit, considering all of your skills, interests and attributes.

Minimum entry requirements for Level 7 students

One of the following qualifications:

  • Minimum second class UK undergraduate degree
  • Equivalent international qualifications as deemed acceptable by the University
  • Exceptional entry will be assessed on case by case basis by academic referral only based on:
    - An undergraduate degree lower than 2:2 plus one year of relevant work experience

For the MSc Psychology course, there is also a minimum maths requirement through one of the following qualifications:

Qualification Subject Grade
GCSE  Maths related subject C (4)
IB (any level) Maths related subject 4
US HSD year 12 Maths related subject C
GCE A-Level Maths related subject/Psychology C
UG Degree Maths related subject/Psychology Second class

English Language Requirements

We require proof of English Proficiency. For example, we ask for:

  • A completed Undergraduate degree studied in English from a majority English speaking country
  • IELTS: 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component

*qualification satisfies the English language requirements of the UK Immigration and Visas (UKVI) for non-UK/Irish nationals.

This list is not exhaustive, we will review the English qualifications you have as part of your application and be in contact if we require anything further.

For applicants who wish to improve their English language proficiency, please see our English language courses.

Regent's English Proficiency Test (REPT)

We provide an online English diagnostic test known as the Regent’s English Proficiency Test (REPT). This test must be booked in advance. To find out more information and to book a test, please visit the REPT page. The REPT test is currently free of charge.

Careers

Throughout the year, you'll define and develop your career with dedicated one-to-one support from our Careers, Enterprise & Industry team. They'll help to organise industry placements and build life-long connections.

You’ll graduate job-ready with personalised support from our Careers, Enterprise & Industry team – taking on placements to build connections you’ll lean on throughout your career. After completing your postgraduate training, you could choose to work in the following areas: 

  • Academia – research and/or teaching 
  • Clinical – working with clients who have mental health needs 
  • Counselling – working in hospitals, schools, prisons or private practice 
  • Educational – working with children and families 
  • Forensic – working in the prisons, secure hospitals and young offender units 
  • Health – promoting healthy behaviour in healthcare and workplace settings 
  • Occupational – job selection, vocational training and industrial rehabilitation 
  • Organisational – working in HR, consultancy and social services 
  • Marketing – working in advertising, communications and PR 

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), granting you eligibility for Chartered Membership (Graduate Basis) in the society upon graduation – a requirement for any professional BPS postgraduate training course in psychology in the UK (e.g., training to become a clinical or educational or counselling psychologist).

Structure

This is a one-year, full-time programme.

Term 1

  • Biological Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Individual Differences and Social Psychology 
  • Research Methods 1

Term 2

  • Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Research Methods 2
  • Optional Module* (see list below)

Term 3

  • Research Methods 3 and Dissertation 

MSc Psychology

Core modules

Module Title
Biological Psychology This module will give you a grounding in, and understanding of, the biological basis of behaviour. You will be introduced to the central nervous system and its functions, such as how nerve cells communicate and the role of the brain in behaviours such as sensation, perception, emotional recognition and expression, decision-making and others. You will also learn about the methods used by biological psychologists to understand these functions. The module will critically examine the relationship between biological processes and structures and behaviour. There will also be a practical psychophysiology component to this module.
Cognitive Psychology The module will introduce you to the abstract mental processes involved in human behaviours and abilities. You will be guided through human cognition from the principles of perception through to attention, learning and memory, and then onto higher order issues such as consciousness and thinking.
Individual Differences and Social Psychology This module will focus on, and distinguish between, the overarching social approach and the role of individual differences and variation in social processes. It familiarises you with core concepts and theory relating to group processes as well as psychology of the individual within the greater social context. This module will also cover a broad view of different personality theories including trait theory and humanistic and psychodynamic approaches.
Research Methods 1 This module introduces research methods in psychology. It will train you how to evaluate, design, conduct and report independent research specific to psychology. The aim is to acquaint you with different areas and methods of conducting research and give you the basic statistics and research skills to apply and evaluate statistical, empirical and qualitative procedure at a beginner’s level. It will also introduce you to terminology and theory, as well as lab report procedure and format.
Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology This module focuses on the history of psychology and its emergence as an independent discipline in the nineteenth century. You’ll be introduced to a range of key conceptual areas of debate, which will encourage you to engage in discussions and consider opposing views in relation to key areas of conceptual debate within psychology.
Developmental Psychology Developmental psychology is an important field, which explores all types of human development. It examines how factors such as biological growth and environmental influences can impact upon human development. You will explore all aspects of human development from conception through to the school years into adolescence and early adulthood. It will focus on the development of the brain, cognitive abilities, social skills, gender and identity, and emotional development.
Research Methods 2 This module builds on the content from Research Methods 1. It aims to hone the skills you already have and build new ones through lectures, practical classes and group work. The module will also introduce you to more advanced quantitative and qualitative analysis.
Optional Module* You will be able to choose one of the optional modules from the list below.
Research Methods 3 and Dissertation This module comprises of a research project that incorporates all the skills you have learnt from Research Methods 1 and 2. It is a substantial piece of independent empirical work focused on a research topic of your choice. All research projects are supervised by specific members of staff who has a specialist expertise in your chosen area. You will begin by thinking of potential research ideas in Term 1, with the aim of submitting an application for ethical approval in Term 2. The module also includes a taught component, which introduces you to advanced research methods, including several more advanced statistical techniques.

Optional Modules*

*All optional modules run subject to availability, staffing and student demand.
Consumer Psychology Why do people buy and consume what they do? What informs or influences their choices? This module introduces you to consumer behaviour and the psychological methods, principles and theories used to influence it. You will consider a variety of motivational and possible causal factors, including personality, social influence, neurobiology, and sensory and perceptual properties.
Cross-Cultural Psychology This module introduces you to the major areas of cross-cultural variation in behaviour and thinking, as well as the methodologies used to uncover them. You will explore the issues related to universality and cultural variability in behaviour, emotion, perception, cognition, motivation, identity, and relationships. You will also examine the importance of a cultural, social and communicative contexts and gain a better understanding of how psychological processes and perceptions may differ across cultures.
Occupational Psychology This module aims to develop your awareness of the role of occupational psychologists in modern-day organisational life. The module will examine the life cycle of an employee from entry to exit, considering some of the broader organisational issues that impact upon the employment relationship. In this optional module, you will critically evaluate the theories which have been offered to explain human behaviour in organisations by examining psychological principles in the workplace.
Psychology of Motivation What motivates us to act and think in certain ways? It is believed that complex human behaviour a result of a motivation, but other forces can also influence it too. In this module, you will not only learn about biological, social and cognitive theories of motivation and emotion, but also apply this knowledge to a variety of complex human motivations of interest.
Psychopathology Psychopathology is the study of mental disorders and maladaptive behaviours. It examines the causal processes, the role of psychological mechanisms, and the continuities and discontinuities between typical and atypical behaviours. You’ll be introduced to current research, theories, and treatments of mental disorders, with a particular focus on mental health in childhood, adolescence and adulthood. You will examine both the symptoms and classifications of mental disorders as well as therapies and diagnoses.
Language Module This module gives you the opportunity to learn a language and how it’s used in a professional context. You will have the choice of Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.

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MSc Psychology (Conversion)

Hear from Harley

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‘The course is very intense yet rewarding. It covers such a broad spectrum of psychology and the issues facing science today. I have been constantly challenged to develop new skills and hone my research techniques.’ Harley McIntosh, MSc Psychology student

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Alex Matthews
'The size of the campus and the classes made it feel like a close-knit supportive community that really fostered my development. Regent's not only offered the idyllic campus, but its but its location in the heart of the city was really appealing'. Alex Matthews, MSc Psychology alumnus