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Course details

School

Psychology and Therapeutic Studies

Start date(s)

September 2022

Study mode(s)

Full time (1 year) Part time (2 years)

Course overview

This is an MSc Psychology (Conversion) programme, not an MSc Psychology programme. As such, this course is aimed primarily at non-Psychology graduates who wish to undertake further training as a Psychologist, but do not wish to undertake a second undergraduate degree.

Effectively, you will be undertaking one half of an undergraduate Psychology degree in one third of the time, and for one fifth of the cost, before graduating with an MSc Psychology (Conversion) degree.

Successful graduation will see you gain eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS), enabling further training and a career as a Psychologist. No prior knowledge of psychology is expected.

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Course information

About this course

About this course

Aided by active researchers in the field of psychology, you will cover all of the important areas within the discipline, and develop a broad understanding of human behaviour and interaction. Content will be taught through a mix of traditional lectures, student-led workshops and a  broad array of assessments.

There will be a strong element of research design, encouraging critical thought and enabling a thorough and practical experience of the research process. You will be encouraged to take ownership of a valued research topic and to write up your MSc Thesis in a journal format that may lead to publication of impressive work. 

By the time you graduate, even without previous experience of psychology, you will be well-placed to seek out further training and progress towards a career as a Psychologist.

Accreditation

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This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) (link opens in a new window/tab) which makes you eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership on successful completion of the course.

Modules

Modules

You will study a variety of modules across your programme of study. The module details given below are subject to change and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Cognitive Psychology 

You will critically examine how cognitive psychology draws upon different theoretical perspectives and methods of inquiry. You’ll study topics such as memory, perception, thinking and language as inter-related cognitive processes. You’ll critically examine historical development and theoretical explanations and consider a variety of investigative methods and approaches, gaining an understanding of the careers to which cognitive psychology could be applied.

Research in Clinical Psychology

Clinical psychology is the application of psychological science to help address human problems. This module will provide an overview of the current research evidence relevant to various mental health conditions over the lifespan and approaches taken to understand them. It will provide foundational knowledge into the subject area and give you a flavour of how research has contributed to the advancement of the field.

Developmental Psychology 

You’ll explore the defining characteristics, methods and scope of major topic areas in developmental psychology. Topics include perspectives on development from a wide range of research areas: the bio-psychosocial approach, temperament and personality, cognitive development, the family, emotions and attachment, peer relationships, and gender identity. 

Biological Psychology 

Human behaviour is complex, but can be readily explained by the interactions between body and mind. This module takes a behavioural and endocrinological (hormonal) approach, investigating the ways in which hormones can influence specific behaviours. We will look at basic neuroanatomy before introducing topics such as trust, sexual orientation, stress appraisal, aggression and human attraction.

Personality and Individual Differences  

In everyday life, there are often minor and major differences between individuals, groups and populations. It is the focus of individual difference research to explore these differences and how this might impact upon behaviour and choices. 

Psychological Research Methods 

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the foundations of research methods in psychology. It is the structure upon which psychology is built, and will enable you to approach your MSc Thesis with confidence. You will be guided through the process of research design, ethical applications, data collection and subsequent analysis. 

Social Psychology 

The module introduces you to the history of social psychology, core theories and research, and controversies and debates. You’ll explore the evolution of social psychology, social cognition, group processes and relations, and social influence. The workshops within the course address specific issues within these areas, critically evaluating the research and applying them to real-life examples. The course also explores the cultural relativism of social psychological theories and research.

MSc Thesis 

This module provides an opportunity for you to complete an original investigation within your chosen field of psychology. You will complete a thorough literature search of the previous research relevant to your chosen subject area, before applying the knowledge and skills developed in Psychological Research Methods to test your hypothesis.

Course structure: full-time one year course

SemesterModuleContact hours
1

Cognitive Psychology

Personality and Individual Differences

Psychological Research Methods

Social Psychology

1.5 days a week
2

Research in Clinical Psychology

Developmental Psychology

Biological Psychology

1.5 days a week
January - September  MSc Thesis (journal format) One-to-one meetings with your personal tutor, arranged at your convenience

Course structure: part-time two year course

Year One

SemesterModule Contact hours
1

Cognitive Psychology 

Psychological Research Methods

2 x 0.5 days a week
2

Research in Clinical Pscyhology

Developmental Psychology

Biological Psychology

2 x 0.5 days a week

Year Two

SemesterModuleContact hours
1

Personality and Individual Differences

Social Psychology  

0.5 days a week
January - September MSc Thesis (journal format) One-to-one meetings with your personal tutor, arranged at your convenience

 

Learning and Teaching

Learning and Teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and provide you with the tools and support to help you achieve your academic, personal and professional potential.

Our Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy delivers excellence by providing the framework for:

  • high quality teaching
  • an engaging and inclusive approach to learning, assessment and achievement
  • a clear structure through which you progress in your academic studies, your personal development and towards professional-level employment or further study.

We have a strong reputation for developing student employability, supporting your development towards graduate employment, with relevant skills embedded throughout your programme of study.

We endeavour to develop curiosity, confidence, courage, ambition and aspiration in all students through the key themes in our Learning and Teaching Strategy:

  • Student Involvement and Engagement
  • Inclusion
  • Integrated Programme and Assessment Experience
  • Digital Literacy and Skills
  • Employability and Enterprise

To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.

We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:

  • Personalised support
  • Expert lecturers
  • Strong connections with employers
  • An international outlook
  • Understanding how to use tools and technology to support learning and development

Assessment

Assessment within the programme employs a full range of written forms, presentations and practical activities, in order to reflect the academic and employability skills being developed during your studies.

Employability-relevant forms of assessment – including posters, information leaflets and evidence-based briefs – are used to assess the outcomes from both individual and group-based learning.

We have a good variety and balance of assessment forms and that there are opportunities for you to exercise an element of choice in the form of assessment undertaken. There are class tests, but these are never worth more than 20% of a module.

There are no exams.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

The following information is designed to give you a general overview of the qualifications we accept. If you are taking qualifications that are not included below, please contact our Admissions Office who will be happy to advise you.

We welcome applicants with the following qualifications and experience:

  • A minimum 2.2 degree in a subject area other than Psychology (the course is specifically designed for non-Psychology graduates)
  • GCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4/C or above, or an alternative level 2 qualification.
  • Minimum English Language entry requirements: IELTS Academic 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any component) or equivalent

           Exceptions:

           You do not need to provide evidence of your English Language if any of the following conditions apply:

Please contact us for personalised advice on 0113 283 7123 or at admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk.

Fees and Funding

Fees and Funding

UK Home Students:

For information about our tuition fees please visit our Student Fees and Finance pages.

If you studied your undergraduate degree at Leeds Trinity University, you may be eligible for a discount of up to 50% on the cost of your tuition fees.

International Students, including EU Students:

Visit our web page for international students.

How to apply

How to apply

Apply online using the following link(s).

Full time

Part time

There is no official closing date for applications, but the course will be closed when it is full. We therefore encourage you to make your application as early as possible.

Please ensure you complete the application form in full and supply all the required supporting documentation when you make your initial application. Incomplete applications may be rejected.

If you need advice on your application, please contact our admissions team on 0113 283 7123 (Monday to Thursday, 9.00am to 5.00pm, or Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm) or admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk

Applicants who require a Student Route Visa

If you require a Student Route Visa in order to study in the UK, then you must apply to us by Tuesday 31 May 2022. You must also meet all the conditions of your offer and present all supporting documentation required for the visa application no later than Thursday 30 June 2022. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Student Route Visa.

What happens next?

Our admissions team will acknowledge receipt of your application by email. Where applications are submitted but references are still in progress, admissions will wait for the reference(s) to be received and then will process it, and forward to the relevant Programme Leader within five days of receipt of the reference(s).

The Programme Leader will either make a decision based on your application or invite you to attend an interview.

If you're selected for an interview, you'll be contacted with details within ten days of your application being processed.

The admissions team will notify you of your interview outcome in writing within five working days of receiving a decision from the Programme Leader.

Made an offer?

You should accept or decline your offer by emailing admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk.

If you accept, you'll need to prove you satisfy the conditions outlined in your offer letter.

You may be asked to present the relevant supporting documentation in person to the student information point on campus, if originals are not needed you’ll be contacted and given details of how to provide the supporting documentation.

Why study with us?

Our course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). This means that you’ll be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership when you graduate – your first step to becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

This course is aimed at non-Psychology graduates who wish to undertake further training as a Psychologist, but who do not wish to undertake a second undergraduate degree. Because our MSc is a conversion course, you’ll effectively undertake half of our undergraduate degree in a third of the time. But unlike many conversion courses, we have developed completely bespoke lecture content for our MSc students.

This means that rather than sharing lectures with undergraduate students, you’ll have bespoke postgraduate content tailored to you. It also means you’ll spend your time focusing on new subject content, rather than learning about academic skills you’ll have already developed at an undergraduate level.

To help you manage the MSc alongside your job and other commitments, we’ve carefully planned our assignment schedule, so you’ll never have more than one deadline in any week. There are also no exams; instead, you’ll have one or two mini seminar-based tests a year that contribute a small percentage towards your grade.

As a University, we pride ourselves on our personal approach to higher education. We listen to what students want, so when they told us that they wanted a course that included Clinical Psychology content, we delivered. We’ve carefully designed our programme so that it covers all the content needed for BPS accreditation, but we have also provided a specific module which considers the evidence base relevant to mental health conditions over the lifespan, something rarely found in a Psychology conversion course.

Our lecturers are nationally renowned for their expertise in psychology and are extremely passionate about psychology. They’re dedicated to sharing this knowledge and passion with our students, bringing the subject to life through interactive and stimulating lectures and seminars.

Receive an alumni discount

If you studied your undergraduate degree at Leeds Trinity University, you may be eligible for a discount of up to 50% on the cost of your MSc tuition fees.

See our Student Finance pages for more information.