Psychology (accredited conversion course)


Psychology at Stirling is one of the leading psychology departments in the UK. It ranked in the top 20 in the recent research assessment (REF 2014).


This is an intensive one year (12 month) or 27 month part-time course. You already have a degree in another subject but want to ‘convert’ to Psychology. This may be because you have noticed in work that a scientific psychology degree would help you, or because you are seeking a career change or a new intellectual challenge potentially progressing to PhD or MPhil studies. The course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and gives you BPS Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership which is of interest both to national and international students wanting to practise as a psychologist or health professional.


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This course is accredited as conferring eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Key information

EU Applicants
EU students enrolling for a postgraduate taught degree in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 academic year will be admitted as Scottish/EU fee status students and will be eligible for the same tuition support as Scottish domiciled students.

  • Qualification: MSc
  • Study methods: Part-time, Full-time, Campus based
  • Duration: One year 12 month (or 27 month part-time)
  • Start date:


  • Course Director: Dr Magdalena Ietswaart
  • Location: Stirling Campus
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University of Stirling

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

A minimum of a second class honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in another subject.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

For more information go to English language requirements

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses.

Flexible Learning

If you are interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email to discuss your course of study.

Fees and costs


2018/19 Overseas £15,250
2018/19 Home/EU £6,300

Fees for all new applicants to postgraduate taught courses are held at the level set upon entry.

Please note there is an additional charge should you choose to attend a graduation ceremony. View more information

Cost of Living

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Payment options

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Scholarships & funding

SAAS Postgraduate Loans

The Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) is now offering a generous loan scheme to assist eligible Scottish and EU-domiciled students pursuing a Masters at the University of Stirling during 2018/19. Find out more about SAAS Postgraduate Loans

There are typically five £1,000 bursaries to contribute towards fees or maintenance costs for students beginning a taught MSc course. All students, including international students, formally accepted onto the MSc course are eligible to apply for these awards. Awards will be decided on both previous experience and academic record but preference will be given to applicants intending to stay at Stirling to pursue a PhD following the MSc course.

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Structure and teaching

Structure and content

This course will cover the basics of psychology in an in-depth and accelerated fashion. You will take the lectures and read the textbooks that undergraduates also take, but you will get through these quickly and you will critically evaluate concepts, knowledge, and research evidence at a level in keeping with postgraduate study. This way of learning is possible because you have already completed another degree. While you acquire the key concepts and core knowledge of psychology in its broadest sense (e.g. social psychology, cognition, development, individual differences, biological bases of mind and behaviour) you also take research methods modules specially designed for postgraduate students. You will further do a practical placement. This intensive learning experience culminates in a three month (or six months part-time) independent empirical research project supervised one-to-one by an academic specialist. 

Psychology at Stirling has a vibrant research ‘culture’ and our taught postgraduate students are fully integrated into the research community, meeting up for weekly research seminars and informal specialist discussion groups with staff and students. The facilities are excellent and psychology masters students enjoy a dedicated suite of study rooms.

The course consists of different modules designed to provide training in the fundamentals of Psychology and Psychological Research Methods:

  • Core Psychology module 1
  • Core Psychology module 2
  • Analysis Methods in Psychological Research
  • Practical placement
  • Dissertation

Delivery and assessment

Teaching is delivered using a variety of methods including lectures, tutorials, demonstrations and practical classes, practical placement, and one-to-one research supervision. Lectures are typically taken together with honours students, while small group specialist classes are generally taken with first-year PhD students or other postgraduate students (for example, in modules from other MSc courses).

Both taught and research postgraduates are integral to our research community and are expected to participate in our regular research discussion meetings and seminars.  All students are provided with appropriate office space and equipment. In addition, each student is associated with an academic from Psychology.


Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Recommended reading

We recommend that prospective students prepare for the course by reading a first year Psychology textbook such as "Psychology” by Gleitman, Gross & Reisberg (eighth edition) before arrival.

Why Stirling?


In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

International Students

The University of Stirling welcomes students from around the world. Find out what studying here could be like for you .

Study abroad opportunities

As an intensive 12 month course it is not advisable to study abroad as part of this MSc although some students do their dissertation research in another country.


Psychology at Stirling is one of the leading psychology departments in the UK. It ranked in the top 20 in the recent research assessment (REF 2014) and is one of only seven non-Russell group universities to do so (Birkbeck, Royal Holloway, Sussex, Essex, St Andrews and Bangor; source Times Higher Education magazine). Its quality of research publications ranked third in Scotland after Aberdeen and Glasgow. Furthermore, the relevance of its research activity to society received the highest possible rating which only four other psychology departments in the UK achieved (REF 2014 results).

Psychology at Stirling University is small enough to fully involve MSc students in our lively and collegial community of research excellence.

Your three month full-time dissertation is supervised by leading UK academics.

Careers and employability

Career opportunities

Graduates of this course are well placed for careers in clinical and health psychology, educational psychology and teaching, human resources management and personnel etc. The skills gained are also readily transferable to other careers:  this course positions students for the growing expectation that graduates have a good understanding of human behaviour, are able to interpret and analyse complex forms of data, and to communicate ideas clearly to others.

Completion of this course gives Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS).


98% of our postgraduate leavers are in employment or further study withing six months of graduating - Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2015/16
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