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Course Essentials

Are you determined to pursue a professional career in psychology, but don’t have the relevant postgraduate degree? Many students take their undergraduate study further, adding to their skills and specialism with a master’s degree.

The Arden University online Psychology Master's Degree is a conversion course that will equip you with the knowledge and understanding of core areas of psychology and will prepare you to make ethical and evidence-based decisions in this field of study.

As part of Arden's School of Psychology, you will cover a range of fascinating modules - everything from how our brain influences our perception of the world, how we interact with other people, to childhood development  and behavioural neuroscience.

You'll study this postgraduate psychology degree as an Online Learning programme, meaning you can continue to work while you learn and access everything from your course materials to tutorials and lecturer support, from wherever you are.


BPS Membership

This online master's in psychology course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Through this Arden University course, you will be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from the BPS, essential for pursuing a career in recognised psychology professions.

Whilst you are actively studying with Arden, we will cover the cost of your student membership with the BPS. This gives you access to a range of additional resources to assist with your studies.

BPS Accredited Master's in Psychology Online

Entry Criteria

To apply for this programme, you are required to have an honours degree (class 2.2.) or equivalent and a Maths GCSE  (grade A-C) or equivalent.

See the ENTRY REQUIREMENTS tab below for further details.

Key Information

Award:
Masters
Credits:
180
UCAS Course Code:
N/A
Course Title:
MSc Psychology
Duration:
1.5 to 5 years
Intake Status:
Accepting applications
Study Mode:
Online
Exemptions Available:
No
Course Fees:
See Course Fees and Funding tab
  • Course Details & Modules
  • Entry Requirements
  • Course Fees & Funding
  • Career Prospects

Studied through online learning, this master's in psychology is all about learning the fundamentals of psychology, focusing on the practical application of evidence-based decisions in the field.

You will design your own study, gather evidence, and analyse your data, which may include:

  • How our brain influences our perception of the world 
  • Social interaction
  • Psychopathological conditions
  • Approaches to intelligence testing 
  • Childhood development
  • Behavioural neuroscience

By exploring these core areas of psychology with Arden University, you will learn to critically analyse theories and research with empirical reasoning through rigorous research.

Modules

To gain this qualification, you need 180 credits and you will study the following modules in this order:

  • Research Methods - 20 credits
  • Social Psychology - 20 credits 
  • Behavioural Neuroscience - 20 credits 
  • Individual Differences and Psychopathology - 20 credits 
  • Lifespan Development - 20 credits 
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Advanced Research Project - 60 credits

You are able to study up to two modules at once, but we recommend studying a single module until you become comfortable with the demands of study at this level. Each 20-credit module typically requires at least 200 learning hours over the 10-week course; equivalent to a minimum of 20 hours a week.

Assessments

Assessments at Arden are designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned. Types of assessment may include: 

  • Empirical research report
  • Empirical research proposal
  • Essay
  • Self-reflective writing
  • Literature review
  • Case study
  • Poster
  • Presentation
  • Dissertation/Empirical Journal Article

To support your development throughout your online studies, and to ensure you are on the right track, your lecturer will provide you with formative and summative feedback on every assessment you submit.

Your studies will also be supported with high quality interactive lesson materials, and will include webinar-based sessions, podcasts, videos, and lesson tasks to help you understand and apply your newly acquired skills to real life settings

You can get more detailed course information by viewing our MSc Psychology (BPS) Programme Specification.

To be eligible to study Arden's psychology master's degree via Distance Learning, you must normally have:

  • A UK Honours Degree at a minimum of second class (2.2) or equivalent
  • A Maths qualification or equivalent to at least Grade C at GCSE

We will consider alternative qualifications to evidence the maths component, as this qualification includes research methods which involves statistics.

Arden University will typically ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course. We may also want references and evidence of relevant experiences.

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 90; or equivalent
  • Alternatively, evidence you have previously studied in English; a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English can be accepted
  • We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide an English Proficiency letter. More information on this can be found here

Don’t have any of the above?

If you don’t already have a degree, we may be able to offer you a place on one of our undergraduate degree programmes.

We offer online degrees in a range of subjects. As they are delivered via online learning, they can fit in around your current commitments.

We also offer Blended Learning degrees that are delivered 2 days a week at one of our study centres in London, Birmingham and Manchester. These give you the facilities and structure of face-to-face learning with the flexibility to fit other commitments in around your studies.

How much is my course?

2

Please note: Fees quoted relate to the intake that you enrol on
(i.e. when you start your course), NOT your application date.


Funding

Undergraduate courses

You can support your study in a variety of ways.

If you are a UK student, the most common funding of undergraduate degrees is a Tuition Fee Loan from the UK Government. The key information about these loans is:

  • You must be a UK resident
  • You can get a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees
  • You only start to pay it back when you are earning over £25,725 a year.
  • Your tuition fees are paid directly to the University by the loan company.

Postgraduate courses

Postgraduate Student Loans for UK & EU Students

As a Postgraduate student, you can now apply for a student loan of up to £10,000, for taught and research Masters courses, including MBAs. Find out more at www.gov.uk/masters-loan

Postgrad Solutions Study Bursary

Looking for additional funding as a Postgraduate? Postgrad Solutions now offer 15 bursaries across a number of subject areas. Click here to apply

Self-funding - Pay in full or Sponsorship

You can pay for your course all in one go or your employer may want to pay or contribute to the cost of your studies. To discuss this, call us on 0800 268 7737.

To find out more information about the Fees and Funding options available, visit our fees and funding page.

Please note: Fees quoted relate to the intake that you enrol on
(i.e. when you start your course), NOT your application date.


Self-funding - Pay in full or Sponsorship

You can pay for your course all in one go or your employer may want to pay or contribute to the cost of your studies. To discuss this, call us on 0800 268 7737.

To find out more information about the Fees and Funding options available, visit our fees and funding page.

Studying this master's in psychology online will open a range of further study opportunities to becoming a Psychologist. 

Here are some of the employment options:

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Counsellor/Counselling Psychologist
  • Occupational Psychologist
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Health Psychologist
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Sports and Exercise Psychologist
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Consultant 
  • Teacher
  • Researcher

Those that graduate with an MSc in Psychology may also work in areas job roles such as psychotherapist, teacher, business and management careers, therapist, human resources, market researcher, mediator and public services.  

Next steps

Applying for one of our online learning courses takes just a few minutes and is the first step towards gaining your online qualification. You can begin your online application now and one of our friendly Admissions Advisors will be in touch to discuss your study options.

Course Details & Modules

Studied through online learning, this master's in psychology is all about learning the fundamentals of psychology, focusing on the practical application of evidence-based decisions in the field.

You will design your own study, gather evidence, and analyse your data, which may include:

  • How our brain influences our perception of the world 
  • Social interaction
  • Psychopathological conditions
  • Approaches to intelligence testing 
  • Childhood development
  • Behavioural neuroscience

By exploring these core areas of psychology with Arden University, you will learn to critically analyse theories and research with empirical reasoning through rigorous research.

Modules

To gain this qualification, you need 180 credits and you will study the following modules in this order:

  • Research Methods - 20 credits
  • Social Psychology - 20 credits 
  • Behavioural Neuroscience - 20 credits 
  • Individual Differences and Psychopathology - 20 credits 
  • Lifespan Development - 20 credits 
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Advanced Research Project - 60 credits

You are able to study up to two modules at once, but we recommend studying a single module until you become comfortable with the demands of study at this level. Each 20-credit module typically requires at least 200 learning hours over the 10-week course; equivalent to a minimum of 20 hours a week.

Assessments

Assessments at Arden are designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned. Types of assessment may include: 

  • Empirical research report
  • Empirical research proposal
  • Essay
  • Self-reflective writing
  • Literature review
  • Case study
  • Poster
  • Presentation
  • Dissertation/Empirical Journal Article

To support your development throughout your online studies, and to ensure you are on the right track, your lecturer will provide you with formative and summative feedback on every assessment you submit.

Your studies will also be supported with high quality interactive lesson materials, and will include webinar-based sessions, podcasts, videos, and lesson tasks to help you understand and apply your newly acquired skills to real life settings

You can get more detailed course information by viewing our MSc Psychology (BPS) Programme Specification.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to study Arden's psychology master's degree via Distance Learning, you must normally have:

  • A UK Honours Degree at a minimum of second class (2.2) or equivalent
  • A Maths qualification or equivalent to at least Grade C at GCSE

We will consider alternative qualifications to evidence the maths component, as this qualification includes research methods which involves statistics.

Arden University will typically ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course. We may also want references and evidence of relevant experiences.

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 90; or equivalent
  • Alternatively, evidence you have previously studied in English; a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English can be accepted
  • We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide an English Proficiency letter. More information on this can be found here

Don’t have any of the above?

If you don’t already have a degree, we may be able to offer you a place on one of our undergraduate degree programmes.

We offer online degrees in a range of subjects. As they are delivered via online learning, they can fit in around your current commitments.

We also offer Blended Learning degrees that are delivered 2 days a week at one of our study centres in London, Birmingham and Manchester. These give you the facilities and structure of face-to-face learning with the flexibility to fit other commitments in around your studies.

Course Fees & Funding

How much is my course?

2

Please note: Fees quoted relate to the intake that you enrol on
(i.e. when you start your course), NOT your application date.


Funding

Undergraduate courses

You can support your study in a variety of ways.

If you are a UK student, the most common funding of undergraduate degrees is a Tuition Fee Loan from the UK Government. The key information about these loans is:

  • You must be a UK resident
  • You can get a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees
  • You only start to pay it back when you are earning over £25,725 a year.
  • Your tuition fees are paid directly to the University by the loan company.

Postgraduate courses

Postgraduate Student Loans for UK & EU Students

As a Postgraduate student, you can now apply for a student loan of up to £10,000, for taught and research Masters courses, including MBAs. Find out more at www.gov.uk/masters-loan

Postgrad Solutions Study Bursary

Looking for additional funding as a Postgraduate? Postgrad Solutions now offer 15 bursaries across a number of subject areas. Click here to apply

Self-funding - Pay in full or Sponsorship

You can pay for your course all in one go or your employer may want to pay or contribute to the cost of your studies. To discuss this, call us on 0800 268 7737.

To find out more information about the Fees and Funding options available, visit our fees and funding page.

Please note: Fees quoted relate to the intake that you enrol on
(i.e. when you start your course), NOT your application date.


Self-funding - Pay in full or Sponsorship

You can pay for your course all in one go or your employer may want to pay or contribute to the cost of your studies. To discuss this, call us on 0800 268 7737.

To find out more information about the Fees and Funding options available, visit our fees and funding page.

Career Prospects

Studying this master's in psychology online will open a range of further study opportunities to becoming a Psychologist. 

Here are some of the employment options:

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Counsellor/Counselling Psychologist
  • Occupational Psychologist
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Health Psychologist
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Sports and Exercise Psychologist
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Consultant 
  • Teacher
  • Researcher

Those that graduate with an MSc in Psychology may also work in areas job roles such as psychotherapist, teacher, business and management careers, therapist, human resources, market researcher, mediator and public services.  

Next steps

Applying for one of our online learning courses takes just a few minutes and is the first step towards gaining your online qualification. You can begin your online application now and one of our friendly Admissions Advisors will be in touch to discuss your study options.

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