This online MSc Psychology conversion course is an ideal route for anyone who is looking to develop or change into a career in psychology or anyone who is simply passionate about understanding human behaviour. Successful completion of the course grants Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) status, which is often a pre-requisite for further training as a professional psychologist. It also means that you can apply to be a graduate member with the British Psychological Society (BPS), which grants access to the post-nominal letters GMBPsS.
On the course, you’ll examine many of the latest developments in contemporary psychology, including studying the human lifespan from birth to old age, current explorations in mental health and how the brain can influence our behaviour, as well as looking at the current controversies in personality and intelligence-based research.
During the course, you’ll also benefit from the experience and knowledge of our academic staff in a collaborative and international learning environment. You’ll have the opportunity to gain real-world insight and experience through our specialised psychology support, including opportunities such as volunteer research assistant schemes, student conferences, guest speakers, professional interest groups, employability events, and more.
Gaining your psychology conversion master's online with Arden allows you to take control of your studies and removes the need to relocate to get the degree you want. Our tutors use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, online tutorials, and self-directed learning to bring the full university experience directly to you, wherever you are.
So whether you’re looking to start a career as a professional psychologist or want to gain key transferrable skills in the humanities and social sciences that will give you a competitive edge in the workplace, this degree will help you to apply psychological concepts in careers such as human resource management, teaching, counselling, and many others.
Once you have completed your first study block with us, we will submit an application for your membership with BPS, if this is accepted we will pay for your membership for the remainder of your MSc Psychology course at Arden. You will be subject to the BPS terms of membership which can be found here. If you do not want us to automatically enrol you please let us know prior to the end of your first study block.
Achieving your online psychology conversions master's allows you to start your learning journey and training as a psychologist. It can also allow for easier transitions into more senior positions, such as management and leadership.
This course is all about mastering the fundamentals of psychology and learning how to critically analyse theory and research and explore how it can be applied in a range of settings. You’ll cover fascinating areas such as behavioural neuroscience, individual differences and mental health, lifespan development, and much more.
Taking a modular approach to your learning, you’ll be immersed in truly fascinating modern psychology concepts such as the influence of different brain types on human behaviour, exploring human memory, examining different states of consciousness and the development of neurological conditions.
You’ll also have the chance to explore topics that can have a profound effect on our understanding of the human lifespan and how humans grow, develop and change across the course of their lives through childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and older age.
As this is a fully online psychology master’s, you’ll have the freedom to fit your study hours around your life. Online degree study with Arden University is flexible, accessible, and designed to empower you to boost your career prospects and expand your knowledge from anywhere in the world.
Whether you’re in full or part-time employment, living with a disability, or have children to look after, there are no barriers to a degree with Arden, just the chance to unlock your full career potential.
As an online student, if you can’t make it to one of your live study sessions, you needn’t worry. All study sessions are recorded, and you’ll be able to access each one at a time that works best for you.
Arden is for winners. Nobody will beg you to sit down and start working on your career, if you don’t do it yourself! At Arden, if you have an honest interest for what you learn and you want to reach out for more, you will be welcomed, helped, and advised. But to do that, you must be determined.
To gain your online MSc Psychology conversion degree, you need 180 credits in total, studying the following modules:
You can study two modules at once, but we’d always recommend studying each module separately until you become comfortable with the demands of a master’s degree. Each 20-credit module typically requires an average of 200 learning hours over the 10-week course, equivalent to a minimum of 20 hours a week.
The way we assess our students provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a variety of ways. Rather than exams, all our assessments are designed to help you develop practical skills for your future role. That’s why we choose a range of different methods to keep track of your progress. For the online psychology conversion master's, these include:
Your final 60-credit module, the Advanced Research Project, is where you’ll have the opportunity to shape your academic journey to reflect your passions, future career aspirations, and professional interests. Your project will give you the chance to:
Alongside the extensive support available to all students studying with Arden, our online MSc Psychology course features its own personalised support system to help you succeed with your studies. This includes:
Guest speakers to inspire you with their industry insights and experiences – providing a unique insight into the future opportunities a psychology MSc opens up, as well as providing networking opportunities with industry professionals.
As well as:
Our aim is to make learning as accessible as possible by ensuring that you can study your degree in a flexible and convenient way. That's why we keep our requirements simple. All you need is a laptop or desktop PC (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good internet connection. Please note that if you’re using a Chromebook, only those released in 2020 onwards support SPSS and Jamovi, which are essential requirements for the statistical elements of the course. Through ilearn, our online university campus in the cloud, you'll be able to access your course calendar, support services, learning materials, and our online library containing almost half a million texts, as well as creating assignments, keeping notes, and collaborating with other students on your course.
Our online MSc Psychology conversion (BPS accredited) degree has standard entry requirements. To be able to study this course, we need to see that you have:
If you hold a degree on an accredited psychology programme where the empirical component of the course was failed, your application will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
We also require a maths qualification or equivalent to at least Grade C at GCSE. However if you are unable to evidence a GCSE or equivalent in maths, you will be able to complete a maths mini module which has no formal assessment.
Applications for admission with advanced standing on the basis of prior certificated learning will be considered on an individual basis up to a maximum of 60 credits.
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.
We will consider alternative qualifications to evidence the maths component, as this qualification includes research methods which involves statistics.
We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course. We may also want references and evidence of relevant experiences.
If you don’t already have a degree, we may be able to offer you a place on one of our undergraduate degree programmes, such as our BSc (Hons) Psychology degree.
Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.
The Arden University Postgraduate Merit Scholarship offers UK Online Learning students with a 2.1 undergraduate degree or higher £1,000 off our postgraduate tuition fees. You can also apply for up to £11,836 funding from Student Finance England fund your studies.
If you’re an international student, we have a number of Regional Offers that can help you save money on your tuition fees.
When you help a friend or family member to study with Arden through our Refer a Friend programme, both you and the person you refer will receive a £500 Amazon e-voucher or £500 tuition fee credit.
Arden’s psychology courses are designed to explore human behaviours across diverse areas of psychology. These courses provide you with a range of transferable skills that are valued by employers from a wide range of industries. I look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.
At postgraduate level, you’ve probably already got solid career goals in mind. Our aim is to take you on the journey to achieving those goals, equipping you with a range of transferable skills that will give you the upper hand as a future employee – in whichever industry you feel is right for you.
Achieving a degree at master’s level in psychology will open up a world of career opportunities. While studying, you’ll become proficient in:
After successfully completing your MSc psychology conversion course via distance learning, you’ll have acquired a range of skills that will be appealing to several industries. Employers know that a successful psychology graduate at master’s level can go above and beyond when it comes to understanding and analysing human behaviour. With that in mind, a few career options for you could include:
Or if you want to continue your journey towards becoming a registered Practitioner Psychologist it will allow you to apply for MSc accredited courses in Psychology specific disciplines. Keep a look out for future MSc discipline specific courses with us at Arden University.
The British Psychological Society (BPS) is the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK. The society is responsible for the development, promotion, and application of psychology for the public good.
Arden’s BSc (Hons) Psychology and MSc Psychology (Conversion) courses are accredited by the BPS. This means that students obtaining at least a lower second class honours degree (2:2) will be eligible for the society’s Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership - the prerequisite requirement to go on to further training as a professional psychologist after graduation.
While you’re studying your BPS accredited course with us, we’ll cover the cost of your student membership with the BPS, which gives you access to a large range of useful resources including access to the British Psychological Society Library, the UK’s leading national resource in psychology.
The British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) have a memorandum of Cooperation to recognise one another's accreditations, meaning that a BPS accredited degree can qualify you for graduate membership to the PSI, which is the pathway to work as a psychologist in Ireland.
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The Campaign demonstrates how social science improves public policy, society, and all our lives. It highlights the value of applied social science research and advocates for its greater use in decision-making and in government. It is supported by a coalition of universities, social science societies, and publishers.
As a member, Arden receives access to case studies, research into the value provided by social sciences, and insights into the employability of social science graduates. Through this, you will gain a better understanding of the skills you are learning and their value to employers.