Psychology MSc 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

About the course

This exciting and unique course currently offers:

•  Teaching from research active staff who are up-to-date with the latest developments in their fields.

•  Training in research methods, helping to prepare you for further study as a professional psychologist.

•  The chance to undertake your own research with the support of an established practitioner.

•  Access to specialist software for statistical analysis.

This course has been designed for graduates who have previously studied some psychology in their undergraduate degree, which was not a course accredited by the BPS. Delivered by a strong Psychology teaching team with research interests across the broad range of the discipline, success ful completion of the course currently leads to a qualification that confers eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). The GBC allows application for entry on to all accredited postgraduate courses with the BPS for those who wish to undertake professional training in psychology.

The course aims to provide you with a sound preparation for professional training in psychology, as well as an insight into the related discipline areas. This covers six major content areas: Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, Psychobiology, Individual Differences and Conceptual and Historical Issues, plus research design and implementation, together with option modules examining the professional psychology routes.

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


1 year full-time

Entry requirements

You must satisfy the following requirements as defined by the BPS and have either:

•  An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in Psychology (or a similar subject) that has not been accredited by the BPS as leading to the GBC.

•  Or an Honours degree (2:2 minimum) in a subject other than Psychology and GCSE Maths (or the equivalent at grade C or above.

The course also welcomes overseas applicants who meet the required entry criteria. If you were educated outside the UK, you are required to have International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at a score of 6.5 with no lower than 6.0 in any component.

Due to the BPS requirements, it is not possible for you to gain accreditation for your prior learning.


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Course content

Brain-Behaviour and Cognition

This module provides the opportunity for you to develop a critical understanding of cognitive and biological explanations of human behaviour. You will explore a diverse range of topics including psychopharmacology, behavioural genetics, memory and human perception. You will be assessed through two pieces of coursework. This involves producing an empirical report of an area of research in biopsychology and another empirical report in an area of research in cognition.

Developmental and Social Psychology

You will explore and apply contemporary perspectives in both developmental and social psychology. Through developing and applying your knowledge and understanding, with a critical focus you will research and offer solutions to current ‘real-world’ topical issues. You will be assessed through two pieces of coursework. These will consist of your solutions to a ‘real-world’ topical issue, the first will be pre-dominantly relevant to human development and the second will be pre-dominantly relevant to human social life.

Individual Differences

You will study a range of approaches to understanding individual differences and how these have been applied in education, clinical practise and the workplace. Critically examining different psychological explanations of motivation, emotion and the self; you will consider the application of theory in applied contexts. You will be assessed through submission of two pieces of coursework, where you will critically evaluate an approach to understanding individual differences of your choosing, and consider how theory and research in individual differences has been applied in a real world context.

Research and Analysis Skills in Psychology

This module provides the opportunity for you to acquire a critical understanding of the range of quantitative approaches to research in Psychology, including experimental, quasi-experimental and non-experimental. You will also have the chance to develop the ability to define appropriate sampling procedures, understand the purposes and limitations of specific statistical techniques, as well as how to apply appropriate statistical methods to data from various designs and interpret the results, using relevant statistical packages, appropriate methods of data collection and statistical tests. You will be assessed through coursework where you will carry out analysis in lab exercises, which you will then apply to an assignment.

Research Proposal in Psychology

This module helps to support you in the development of your ideas for your research proposal, in readiness for the project module. In addition you will explore how to complete a submission of the proposal for ethical approval for research involving human participants or data derived from them. Your learning will be assessed through three pieces of coursework, a critical contrast of research approaches in your chosen area, a submission to the school’s ethics panel and a research proposal, detailing the study you will carry out in the project module.

Research Project in Psychology

In this module you will carry out an independent piece of research under the supervision of a member of Psychology staff who has Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS). You will have the opportunity to develop the ability to manage the process of constructing and carrying out a piece of research, analysing and interpreting the empirical data derived from it and communicating your findings in an appropriate report format. This will be assessed through a report. You will also experience what its like to be a participant in other research that is available through the web-based human subject pool management software SONA.

Plus one from the following option modules:

Advanced Quantitative Methods in Psychology

You will explore current trends in the application of quantitative methods to psychological research and practice. Advanced methodological and statistical expertise, and the ability to apply these in various settings, is an important skill set for psychologists to develop in light of the increasing complexity of empirical research and psychological practice. You will study a range of topics including complex quantitative research designs, meta-analysis, variance and covariance analysis, data modelling, profiling, survival analysis and communication of quantitative research. Assessment will involve completing two pieces of coursework, a portfolio of work and a meta-analytical review.

Forensic Psychology

You will be introduced to the major approaches, concepts and issues within the field of forensic psychology. Two main themes are used to explore these controversial and emotive issues that relate to the psychology of crime, detection and punishment. You will critically consider a range of research areas in forensic psychology including prison treatment programmes, eyewitness and expert testimonies, interrogative suggestibility, crime and mentally disordered offenders. You will also study a range of crimes and the psychological explanations of why these are committed. Assessment will involve completing two pieces of coursework, which will critically analyse the two themes.

Health Psychology

Health psychology is the study of how behavioural, psychological and social processes influence physical health and illness. This module introduces you to the exciting discipline of health psychology through lectures, seminars and directed study. You will explore some key theories, concepts and research through one piece of coursework. The module is aligned with the scientist-practitioner model, with its emphasis on evidence-based approaches to treatment, as well as research methods and skills which is reflected in the module content and the case study assessment.

The Psychology of Education

This module takes a critically reflective approach to the theories and practices of education, seeking to understand the mechanisms of enablement and disablement in education from a lifelong learning perspective. You will explore the complex factors which interact to construct learning, and will critically examine theory and practice within the context of these factors. You will be assessed through coursework in the form of a presentation and a report, which will involve the use of qualitative methods to explore the educational narrative of an individual or a facet of educational practice.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

Upon successful completion this course currently provides you with the opportunity to gain eligibility to apply for GBC, enabling you to apply for professional training in psychology. This also provides the opportunity for you to undertake modules through which you can gain an insight into various professional routes in psychology. These include health psychology, educational psychology and forensic psychology.

Professional links and accreditations

This course is currently accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and confers eligibility ffor the Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC).

Please note that whilst successful completion of 60 credits may lead to the award of a PgCert and successful completion of 120 credits may lead to the award of a PgDIp Psychology, neither will lead to the status of the GBC.

Teaching and assessment

Learning and teaching is delivered through a variety of methods including lectures, tutorials, group work and practical sessions within laboratories. You will be allocated a supervisor for one to one support during the first term. The nature of assessment varies across modules but includes a combination of essays, reports, presentations and examinations.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the full-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £5,100 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are interested in studying with us on a part-time basis, please visit our Fees and Finance pages for part-time fee information.

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.


This degree course is available to international students from outside of the UK or EU.

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