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Psychology
MSc/PGDip

Course detail

Start Date

September

Duration

1 year (full-time)

Degree Classification

MSc/PGDip

UCAS Code

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Why Study Psychology?

Dig deeper into the scientific study of the most intricate machine imaginable: the human mind. This British Psychological Society (BPS) conversion programme is designed to introduce graduates of other disciplines to the fascinating field of psychology.

Psychology is a rewarding and valuable area of study. As a student of psychology, you’ll gain a scientific understanding of mind, brain, behaviour, experience, and of the complex interactions between these.

The MSc Psychology is designed to introduce graduates of other disciplines to the fascinating field of psychology. Students will be provided with the opportunity to study those topics which will confer eligibility for Graduate Basis of Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS) as long as a minimum level of performance is achieved.

The programme provides training in the scientific method and the history and philosophy of science. Psychology applies a rigorous scientific methodology to biological, linguistic, philosophical, socio-cultural, and anthropological topics. It is thus an inherently multidisciplinary subject.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a minimum of a lower second class honours degree or equivalent in any subject except psychology (except where your first psychology degree was not eligible for accreditation by the BPS).

Please note: Applicants who already have British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation from their undergraduate studies are not eligible for this programme.

 

How to Apply

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Overseas/EU

All applicants are required to provide certified proof of competence in English language. The University's minimum requirements are listed here.

Overseas and EU: IELTS 7.0 (no individual test less than 7.0).

How to Apply

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Information for International Applicants

Please provide certified proof of your English language level. Our accredited International English Foundation Course can help. To further enhance your academic English, Intensive English for Academic Purposes can help you achieve your potential.

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English Language Requirements

Explore English language requirements for entry to Abertay University.

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English Language Courses

Discover the range of English language courses on offer at Abertay University.

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Visa Information

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How the Course Works

Learning and Assessment

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind, brain, and behavior. Psychology can be applied to a variety of real-life settings and is important to many careers and occupations. As part of the British Psychological Society (BPS) accreditation, the programme covers the core areas of psychology over two terms of taught courses.

Accreditation

Programme Composition

Term 1 (September - December) introduces you to cognitive psychology, biological psychology, and individual differences.
Term 2 (January - May) covers developmental psychology and social psychology.

In addition, a postgraduate course in Research Methods introduces you to quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques that provide you with the necessary skills to undertake your Masters project in the summer months (June - August).

Degree Classification

Those exiting the course after successful completion of the taught component (i.e. Postgraduate Diploma) would be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) Psychology.

Assessment

An integrated programme of lectures, seminars, group discussion and lab work is used to enhance your understanding of the core areas of psychology. You’ll analyse how this knowledge is applied in real world settings and in a variety of occupations.

Web-based learning provides a virtual learning environment that allows you to access teaching and library materials and to interact with staff and fellow students.

A combination of written submissions, presentations, laboratory reports and formal examinations are used throughout the course. The research project is written in the style of a scientific research article.

Scholarships

The scholarship below is open to all international students and those applying from England, Wales and Northern Ireland with a 2.1 or above for a postgraduate course. It's paid in two installments, in December and March. 

Rest of UK Postgraduate Abertay Scholarships

This £2,000 award is open to all prospective new postgraduate students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Programme Fees for 2018

Scottish & EU students

£5,500

Fees stated are for the entire course.

Postgraduate funding (tuition fee and living cost loan) may be available from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland for those who meet the eligibility criteria.

For more information visit the SAAS website .

English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

£7,500

* There may be additional charges where the MSc is not completed within 18 months. Module fees are on a pro rata basis of 180 credits.

Fee quoted is the total cost providing that the MSc follows on immediately after the PG Dip element and is completed within the same academic year as started. Fees may be subject to increase.

International Students

£14,250

* There may be additional charges where the MSc is not completed within 18 months. Module fees are on a pro rata basis of 180 credits.

Fee quoted is the total cost providing that the MSc follows on immediately after the PG Dip element and is completed within the same academic year as started. Fees may be subject to increase.

Career Opportunities

A BPS-accredited psychology qualification is essential for embarking on a career in the field. The training you receive will place you well in the competitive job market. The acquired knowledge and skills are also valuable in a wide variety of employment destinations, including:

  • Education
  • Public and private social-service agencies
  • Health services
  • Criminal justice
  • Management
  • Consulting services

 

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Industry

Companies use psychologists’ expertise in survey design, analysis, and research to provide marketing evaluation. Graduates of our MSc Psychology will possess important transferable skills, such as numeracy and statistics, an ability to think analytically, and an ability to communicate complex ideas effectively.

The comprehensive training in research methods are definitely an advantage to those students who wish to enrol in Doctorate Degrees.

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Graduate School

Our Graduate School is a dedicated facility providing support, training and professional development opportunities to our vibrant postgraduate community. Specially designed to promote integration and inculcation of interdisciplinary working in our next generation of researchers, postgraduates study and learn together at Abertay – from Environmental Management to Law, Psychology, Bioscience, Economics and Business, Cybersecurity and Computer Games Development.

 

 

Learn more about our Graduate School

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On Joining as a Postgraduate, You Will

When you join us as a postgraduate student or researcher, you’ll be joining a community of creative like-minded scholars and will automatically be provided with access to our dedicated study and social spaces – a forum in which you can meet, work and learn with other researchers and postgraduates from across the University.

You’ll benefit from training and professional development opportunities, as well as support with funding applications, placement opportunities, teaching support, public engagement and outreach activity.

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Making the Most of Masters

The Making the Most of Masters project provides opportunities for master’s students to undertake work based projects, allowing you to enhance your employability at the same time as studying for your master’s degree.

Working with external organisations and employers, the projects are an integral part of your academic programme, and address real needs within an organisation meaning you’ll have the opportunity to add valuable experience to your CV.

Find out more about Making the Most of Masters

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Explore our Dundee Campus

Abertay is conveniently located on a city centre campus, with all of its buildings within a quarter of a mile of each other. Shops, recreational facilities and the main bus and train stations are a short walk away.

Our Campus

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Why Abertay?

We're proud of our students and graduates, and we believe there's no better place to study if you're looking for a degree that helps you stand out as an exceptional candidate in an increasingly competitive job market.

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Living in Dundee

Dundee is a city of contrasts. It's vibrant and cosmopolitan, but also friendly, compact and affordable. The first UK city to be awarded UNESCO City of Design status, Dundee has a rich history of innovation and creativity, and, in recent years, has become a hub for the digital industries.

Living in Dundee & Scotland

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