Psychological Sciences (Conversion) MSc online


Program Description

Psychological Sciences (Conversion) MSc online

Brunel University London’s Psychological Sciences (Conversion) MSc online has been created for students and working professionals from non-psychology backgrounds, who want to gain a comprehensive understanding of the practical applications of psychological sciences and their impact on society.

This online psychological sciences course will prepare you to tackle different areas within the field of psychology, including research methods, psychological theory, statistics, and report preparation. You will explore the historical and conceptual issues of the subject, and develop globally sought-after skills for a wide range of careers, or further study (e.g. PhD, ClinPsyD, DEdPsy).

BPS Accredited

This online master's in psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), which means you will be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from the British Psychological BPS after graduation, essential for pursuing a career in recognised psychology professions.



We’d like to reassure you here at Brunel that under the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as a dedicated provider of online learning, we will continue to offer you the resources and support you need to study your online programme successfully. All start dates for 2020 are going ahead as scheduled. 

About Brunel University London

Since the 1960s, we’ve been teaching psychology and creating a legacy of world-leading research. At Brunel, you’ll be part of something bigger – accessing and contributing to a database of knowledge that changes the way we see and think, and which broadens our understanding of the human mind. We’re placed in the top 60 universities worldwide for the number of international students studying with us (QS World University Rankings 2020) and are also proud to be 34th in the world for international outlook Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Study Online

Studying online gives you the opportunity to earn an internationally-recognised UK master’s degree without leaving your home. You are not obliged to attend campus lectures, meaning you can watch them on the online platform at times that work for you. During the course of your studies, you’ll have access to:

  • Engaging study materials: Your resources will include video lectures, case studies, class forums and podcasts.
  • Support and guidance: Your dedicated programme tutor will guide your academic development from day one.
  • Your virtual campus: Study from any location and build connections with like-minded professionals worldwide.
  • Open Library: Online students will have full access to Brunel’s expansive digital library for books, articles, and electronic resources.

By studying your degree online, you’ll join a network of students and professionals around the world, learning and connecting to enrich their lives, and taking the next positive steps towards rewarding careers.

Students will also have access to Brunel’s Professional Development Centre (PDC). The Professional Development Centre boosts student’s employability by helping them develop the skills and experience needed to stand out in the international job market, and prepare for an impactful career.

Recently voted by students as the 5th best Careers Service in the country, Brunel’s Professional Development Centre has garnered respect for its experienced staff and exceptional career support. Brunel’s PDC team guides students through the stages of developing and reaching professional goals and assists with writing effective applications and preparing students for interviews. Every year, the team coordinates career fairs and industry-specific events for students to meet and network with potential employers in their chosen field.



All modules are worth 15 credits

  • Introduction to Psychological Sciences (0 credits)
  • Historical and Conceptual Issues in Psychology
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Individual Differences
  • Empirical Psychology Project (60 credits)

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Psychological Sciences (Conversion) MSc online, graduates will:

  • See the bigger picture

Develop a critical awareness of historical and contemporary perspectives in psychology.

  • Draw meaning from data

Build advanced analytical skills and learn how to interpret test results effectively.

  • Communicate big ideas

Learn how to compose written and oral presentations and deliver ideas with confidence.

  • Understand real-world context

Develop your knowledge of major theories and empirical studies, and how they have impacted society.

  • Conduct ground-breaking research

Design rigorous research projects to examine and evaluate contemporary psychological theories.

  • Evaluate and test hypotheses

Apply the most appropriate statistical tests to your research data and critically evaluate the findings of published studies.

Career Pathways

In addition to building a solid foundation to pursue a career in clinical psychology, you’ll also gain the transferable skills, knowledge, and expertise sought-after by employers in a variety of sectors. Graduates may choose to explore career opportunities in media, marketing, HR, law enforcement, finance, health, and education, as well as government and non-governmental agencies and healthcare organisations.


Entry Requirements

  • Lower second class (2:2) (or above) UK honours undergraduate degree in any subject, or international equivalent.
  • Minimum grade of C in GCSE-level mathematics, or equivalent qualification.
  • Non-native speakers of English need at least 6.5 overall in IELTS (with no less than 6 in any one component), or an equivalent English language qualification.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Last updated May 2020

About the School

Brunel University London, named after Britain’s influential engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, has consistently delivered academic excellence since opening its doors in 1966. In its more than 50 years ... Read More

Brunel University London, named after Britain’s influential engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, has consistently delivered academic excellence since opening its doors in 1966. In its more than 50 years of educational instruction, the university has received several distinctions and is currently named 34th in the world for international outlook (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020). Read less
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