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Duration: 12 months (full-time); 27 months (part-time)|Hope Park|Start month: October & January
International students can apply
Entry Requirements
Teaching & Research


Liverpool Hope MSc Psychology is designed as a conversion course and is accredited by the British Psychological Society. It offers graduates from other subjects the opportunity to start a new career in Psychology. In addition, the course is available to Psychology graduates who completed a Psychology degree which did not have accreditation from the British Psychological Society.

On successful completion of the course with an overall pass mark of 50 or higher you will become eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). GBC is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. Eligibility to GBC is the prerequisite for entry onto postgraduate and professional training courses offered by the BPS.

The course covers the key topics of Psychology such as Biological Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Personality and Individual Differences and underpins these topics with research carried out in the Department. It has a strong component of Research Methods and Statistics which enables the successful candidates to design and conduct research not only in Psychology but also in other areas of social sciences.

The course is taught at Liverpool Hope Psychology Department. The Department is research active with increasing strength in applied areas of Psychology. As a Masters student of Psychology you will be directly involved in ongoing research projects as part of your learning experience.

Why choose this subject?

  • To open a wide range of opportunities for a new career in Psychology and beyond.
  • Due to the unique and multidisciplinary nature of Psychology this course is suitable for students with Bachelor degrees in a variety of disciplines.
  • The programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society. This gives access to post-graduate training programmes in professional areas of psychology offered by the Society.
  • Emphasis on both applied and research approaches in Psychology fosters in-depth learning and enables the use of skills requested in different working sectors (i.e. education, clinical, social and organizational).
  • The department has excellent research facilities including labs for experiments in cognition and perception, a colour vision lab, an Eye Tracker lab, an EEG lab, an fNIRS lab, observational and transcription labs.
  • The Department has a vibrant student-led Psychology Society which stages events and supports students with their academic and social life.

Curriculum Overview

The course consists of four 30-credit taught modules and an individual research project leading to the Research Dissertation (60 credits).

  • Brain and Mind (30 credits): Brain and Mind covers the topics in Biological Psychology, Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience including history of these areas. This includes psychobiological and cognitive explanations to behaviour and communication, perception, attention, memory, learning, thinking and emotion.
  • Individual and Group (30 credits): Individual and Group includes Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology and Personality/ Individual Differences including history. The module makes students familiar with theories of the development of psychological processes in evolution and lifelong learning.
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis 1 (30 credits): This module provides a comprehensive overview of a diverse range of quantitative and qualitative research methods and the necessary practical skills required for their application.
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis 2 (30 credits): This module introduces students to more advanced quantitative and qualitative methods, and builds upon Research Methods and Data Analysis 1.
  • Research Dissertation (60 credits): The dissertation module allows students to develop their own research project, including planning, designing, execution and presentation of research findings at postgraduate level. You will produce a report or publishable quality and format under supervision of an experienced member of the Psychology team.

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline plus minimum GCSE Maths grade C (Grade 4 or above in the new grading system) or Equivalent.

Please note this is a conversion course for non Psychology Degrees.

Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) may be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

International Entry Requirements

For students whose first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL ibt 87, or other equivalent recognised English language qualification.

For additional information about country specific entry requirements visit the your country pages

Teaching and Research

Tutors on the course have particular research interests in the core topics of the BPS curriculum as well as in a number of other areas. This includes perception, colour perception, action control, memory structures, working memory, development of reading and writing skills, expertise and talent, cognitive ageing, psychophysiological correlates of human behaviour, personal identity, evolutionary explanations of human behaviour, moral development, peace and conflict resolution, the role of religion, health and well-being behaviour, the role of Psychology for sport and exercise and much more.


Tuition fees for Home/EU students for 2018/19 are:



We offer a number of scholarships and loans to help fund your postgraduate studies. Visit our scholarships pages for more details.



If you are an international student, visit our international scholarships pages.


This MSc opens a wide range of career opportunities in Psychology and beyond, as you will have a broad array of research skills which can be applied to virtually any organisational setting. As a graduate of the MSc Psychology you will get access to postgraduate professional training courses offered by the BPS. This includes careers in Clinical Psychology, Counselling, Educational Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology, Occupational Psychology and Sport Psychology. You will also be well qualified to continue research towards PhD and pursue an academic career.

You will acquire a broad range of transferable skills such as communication skills, problem solving, numeracy and statistical skills, critical and creative thinking, decision making, organisational skills, team-working, and IT skills. With these skills Psychology graduates are well placed for careers and further training in Health and Social Care, Marketing and PR, Management and Human Resources, Education and other fields in the Public Sector.