Psychology (Conversion)

Postgraduate School of Psychology

Convert your existing bachelor's degree into a Masters in Psychology and take your first step towards a career as a psychologist at a leading London university.

Psychology (Conversion)

1 year (full-time)
2 years (part-time)

Number of Credits

MSc: 180 credits

Start date

September 2024

Degree Type



These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change.


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On this MSc, you’ll learn the scientific underpinnings of the discipline of psychology across a range of key areas, including social, developmental, cognitive and biological psychology. 

At Roehampton, you will: 

  • learn to critically evaluate psychological theory and research
  • gain hands-on training in quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • develop a strong contextual understanding of psychology, and the ability to apply research methods into different contexts
  • learn a range of research skills and methods, to allow you to investigate behaviour and conduct psychological research as an integral part of applied psychology.

You will benefit from our world-class library, specialist research equipment (including EEG on our Whitelands campus), and state of the art teaching facilities.

As this programme is accredited by The British Psychological Society (BPS), when you graduate you will be able to gain Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) which will allow you to pursue other professional psychology postgraduate programmes, and take the next step towards a career as a chartered psychologist.

How you'll learn

The learning, teaching and assessment structure of the programme is designed to give you multiple opportunities to practice and demonstrate professional psychological skills. 

Through authentic assessment tasks, such as practical reports, you'll learn the skills required of professional psychologists and researchers.

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The programme is structured to offer both full-time (studying for 1 calendar year) and part-time (across 2 years) options. For both, classes are delivered through blended learning, utilizing face-to-face campus classes taught in the daytime, and structured online learning (which includes recorded classes, participating in forum discussions and practice tests). Part-time students have a break from campus attendance approximately every third week.

Independent study hours are expected in addition to the class hours.

A year-long research project is taken with the guidance of a specialist supervisor leading to the submission of the MSc Dissertation. A team of supervisors offer a range of topics from their research expertise. Students choose from those topics before they carry out relevant empirical (data-based) research.

The expected time commitment per week for students studying full-time is:

  • 6 hours of campus-based classes
  • 6 hours of structured online learning
  • approximately 23 hours dedicated to independent study and assessment preparation.

The third semester will be dedicated to finalising the dissertation with a time commitment of around 35 hours of independent study. Thus, the full-time programme requires an average commitment of 35 hours over 52 weeks.

Part-time study options are also available – please contact us for more information.

Distance learning

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For students who cannot attend campus regularly, this masters is recommended to be studied via distance learning.

Career options

This programme is predominantly directed at students who wish to embark on a career as a chartered psychologist through further professional study that require Graduate Basis for Chartership with the BPS. It is also an exciting opportunity for those who seek a career change, require psychological knowledge for career advancement or have a general interest in psychology as a discipline. 

This programme reflects the needs of a dynamic, future-orientated job market and will teach you a range of skills including effective communication, reflective and critical thinking, creativity, data analysis, and interpersonal sensitivity and awareness. 

The strong focus on applying psychological knowledge to benefit individuals in real-life contexts, as well as developing knowledge and judgement of ethical principles, will prepare you for employment in a range of different industries.

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Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. We will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers.

Application Info

How to apply

Postgraduate programmes

International students
Please note that most international applicants have to pay a deposit before securing their place.

  • See our finance pages for more details

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Tuition fees and funding

September 2024 entry tuition fees

UK EU and International
£9,713 £17,325

Specific Entry Requirements

Students must hold a Bachelor’s degree from a British University or equivalent as verified by NARIC. This can be in any subject, but for students with first degrees in non-STEM subjects there is an additional requirement to hold a GCSE grade C (or 4) or equivalent in Maths. Students with a BPS accredited first degree in Psychology, who achieved below a second-class honours degree and therefore failed to qualify for GBC, may be admitted in consultation with the programme convener.

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Course Facilities

Image -   Specialist psychological research facilities      
  Which includes four dedicated EEG suites, static and head-mounted gaze-tracking equipment, access to an MRI, a repetitive trans cranial magnetic stimulator and advanced computer software for data collection and analysis.   

Specialist psychological research facilities  

Which includes four dedicated EEG suites, static and head-mounted gaze-tracking equipment, access to an MRI, a repetitive trans cranial magnetic stimulator and advanced computer software for data collection and analysis. 

Image -  Manresa Hall in Whitelands College    
  On top of a 24 hour computer room, the College also has two dedicated quiet study areas.

Manresa Hall in Whitelands College 

On top of a 24 hour computer room, the College also has two dedicated quiet study areas.


Our Research

For an overview of the research carried out by psychology academics within the School of Psychology, please visit the departmental research pages.

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