Psychology is an empirical science that aims to understand how and why humans and non-human animals act in the ways they do and to apply that knowledge in a wide variety of settings. The discipline is very wide-ranging spanning from the observations of basic neural mechanisms to analyses of complex human relationships. This breadth and natural applicability to many different aspects of society have made it the largest scientific discipline for study in Higher Education in the UK and the second largest discipline overall. The Masters in Psychology is an excellent avenue for those who did not do an undergraduate degree in psychology to study the subject and to then train to become a professional psychologist, or to become a researcher in the field or to simply use the knowledge and skills gained in another career.

The programme of studies is designed to develop students knowledge, understanding, research and practical skills in psychology. This is achieved through the following modules, each worth 30 credits:

  • Research Methods
  • Cognitive Psychology & Psychobiology
  • Developmental Psychology & Personality/Individual Differences
  • CHIPS & Social Psychology (Conceptual & Historical Issues in Psychology)
  • Research Thesis (60 Level M credits)

The MSc in Psychology is an ideal platform for individuals wishing to become involved in psychology either professionally or academically and also for those who wish to seek progression in certain types of career.

Psychology at UEL

  • UEL is recognised as one of the UKs leading modern universities and is among the top ten post-1992 universities in the UK for research. The university was also ranked Number 1 for all UK universities for the amount spent on facilities per student by The Times University Guide in 2007.
  • The School of Psychology at UEL has a long tradition of excellent teaching and research. Six broad research groups exist: Applied & Professional Psychology Research Group; Brain, Cognition & Behaviour Research Group; Critical Psychology Research Group; Developmental Research Group; Health & Social Psychology Research Group; and Psychology Learning & Teaching Research Group.
  • Our School of Psychology offers postgraduate programmes in all main areas of professional applied psychology (it was the first department of psychology in the UK to develop a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a Doctorate in Educational Psychology) and therefore benefits from extensive expertise across a range of related areas.
  • Students have an opportunity to participate in innovative research with specialists in their fields as part of their research dissertation.
  • Its London location and the flexibility of both modes of study (full-time or part-time) and points of entry (either Semester A in September or Semester B in February) meets the differing needs of the diverse types of students applying for postgraduate education.

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Credits The overall credit-rating of this programme is 180 for Masters, 120 for PGDip, 60 for PGCert
Duration full-time 16 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Part-time variant Flexible

Course Content

This is a programme that can be completed either full-time or part-time. It may be possible to move from full-time to part-time study and vice-versa to accommodate any external factors such as financial constraints or domestic commitments. Many of our students make use of this flexibility and this may impact on the overall duration of their study period. In Semester A, the modules on offer are Research Methods and Cognitive Psychology & Psychobiology whilst in Semester B, CHIPS & Social Psychology (Conceptual & Historical Issues in Psychology) and Developmental Psychology & Personality/Individual Differences are taught. Students wishing to obtain a Masters qualification will then be required to undertake an independent research project usually in the semester following completion of the core modules; if this occurs at the end of Semester B, the project can take place during the summer period whilst if it occurs at the end of Semester A, the project can take place during the following Semester B.

The programme offers three intermediate awards. A Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology is awarded following successful completion of 60 Level M credits. A Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology is awarded for achieving 120 Level M credits for the following four modules: Research Methods, Cognitive Psychology & Psychobiology, CHIPS & Social Psychology (Conceptual & Historical Issues in Psychology), and Developmental Psychology & Personality/Individual Differences. The Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (with Empirical Project) will only be available to those students who have 60 or more Psychology credits in their previous degree and do not want to undertake the final MSc research project. To obtain this qualification, in addition to the four core modules listed above, students will need to complete a Level 3 independent research project worth 20 credits.

Learning environment

The programme uses a variety of teaching and learning methods designed to enable participants to develop active learning techniques, reflect on practice and attain the learning outcomes for each module. Teaching methods vary from module to module and include lectures, seminars, tutorials, group exercises, peer study groups and individual supervision. Direct class contact is supplemented by on-line interactive web environment materials, individual reading, completion of exercises and preparation for assignments.

Learning resources include IT and general psychology laboratories (which includes specialist research hardware and software), access to electronic journals and databases, and specialist library facilities.


A wide range of assessment procedures are employed in line with UELs Assessment Policy to ensure a high standard of academic and professional competence. Exams and coursework are moderated, whilst dissertations are double marked, using a range of criteria explicitly outlined in the programme handbooks and known to students in advance. Assessments will include coursework, written unseen exams and a written research dissertation.

English Language Requirements

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180(Grade C)

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  • An undergraduate degree (or equivalent) of at least a 2:2 level (or equivalent, for example, a qualification from outside the UK.
  • Previous qualifications can be in any discipline and therefore do not need to be in an area of science. (NB: Due to professional body regulations, students cannot enter the programme with AP(E)L credits). The option of taking the PG Dip (with empirical project) is only available to those with at least 60 prior credits in Psychology see below.
  • Students of all backgrounds, irrespective of age, gender or cultural background are encouraged to apply.
  • In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required. International qualifications will be checked for appropriate matriculation to UK Higher Education postgraduate programmes.

Admission to UK universities often requires that students have completed a recognized Bachelor's degree. International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to UK universities when:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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