Psychology

Birkbeck's School of Psychological Sciences is renowned for its research in neuroscience, cognition, development, health and lived experience, and you will be taught by world-leading academics.

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Degree

MSc (Hons) Psychology

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Start Dates

January | October

Degree Overview

MSc Psychology: Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), this conversion course is designed for non-psychology graduates or graduates with a non-accredited psychology degree. It provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS, essential for pursuing career paths in a range of recognised psychology professions.

It will equip you with critical appreciation of contemporary psychological theory and research. Birkbeck’s School of Psychological Sciences is renowned for its research in neuroscience, cognition, development, health and lived experience, and you will be taught by world-leading academics.

The course provides opportunities for you to develop knowledge and understanding of:

key principles of psychological theory, including perception, attention and performance, developmental psychology, learning, memory and cognition, social psychology, neuroscience and individual differences
practical skills in research methodology, including the formulation of hypotheses, designing and reporting experiments using a range of research methodologies, and subject-specific IT skills
transferable skills in critical thinking, learning how to evaluate hypotheses, presentation writing and delivery, and report and essay writing.
You can choose to start this MSc in October or January. October entry is evening study only, whereas January entry is a combination of daytime and evening study.

MRes Psychology: Our MRes covers:

the critical appreciation of existing research and research methods in a chosen research area
designing, managing and reporting on an extended research project
subject-specific IT skills.
It enables you to conduct extended supervised research in a focused area within contemporary psychology, such as psychosocial studies, brain and cognitive development, or computational cognitive neuroscience. You will have the opportunity to attend research seminars organised by Birkbeck and other local research centres and institutes.

The course is designed for graduates in psychology and related disciplines who have prior research skills training and who are seeking to complete a specific, well-defined research project. If you would like to carry out research in any area of contemporary psychology, either at PhD level or in the private sector, it will prepare you with a range of appropriate research skills and experiences.

Birkbeck is strongly oriented towards research in psychological sciences and we are home to the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, the Health and Lived Experience Cluster, the Birkbeck – UCL Centre for Neuroimaging and the Centre for Cognition, Computation and Modelling.

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  • You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the university over and above tuition fees in an academic year such as laptops, stationary and additional resources.

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