Psychology (Conversion) MSc - 2023/4
University of Surrey
University of Surrey
FHEQ Level 7
Final award and programme/pathway title
MSc Psychology (Conversion)
British Psychological Society (BPS)
Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
Modes of study
|Route code||Credits and ECTS Credits|
|Full-time||PLD61019||180 credits and 90 ECTS credits|
QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)
Other internal and / or external reference points
Faculty and Department / School
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences - Psychology
GRANDISON Alexandra (Psychology)
Date of production/revision of spec
Educational aims of the programme
- Fundamental scientific understanding of the mind, behaviour and experiences and the complex interactions between these.
- Ability to present multiple perspectives is a way to foster critical thinking and evaluation of research.
- Provide an understanding for real life applications of theory to the full range of experience and behaviour.
- Ability to show deepened the understanding of the role of empirical evidence in the creation and constraint of theory, and also in how theory guides the collection, analysis and interpretation of empirical data.
- Acquisition and knowledge of a range of research skills and methods for investigating experience and behaviour, culminating in an ability to conduct research independently.
- Develop scientific psychological knowledge, leading to an ability to appreciate and critically evaluate theory, research findings, and application.
- Principle scientific understanding of the mind, behaviour and experiences and the complex interactions between these.
- Basic ability to present multiple perspectives is a way to foster critical thinking and evaluation of research.
- A principle understanding for real life applications of theory to the full range of experience and behaviour.
- Some understanding of the role of empirical evidence in the creation and constraint of theory, and also in how theory guides the collection, analysis and interpretation of empirical data.
- Acquisition and knowledge of a range of research skills and methods for investigating experience and behaviour.
- Some scientific understanding of the mind, behaviour and experiences and the complex interactions between these.
- Have detailed knowledge of selected areas of Psychology.
- Provide an understanding for real life applications of theory to some examples of experience and behaviour.
- Basic understanding of the role of empirical evidence in the creation and constraint of theory, and also in how theory guides the collection, analysis and interpretation of empirical data.
- Acquisition and knowledge of some research skills and methods for investigating experience and behaviour.
- Some psychological knowledge, leading to some ability to appreciate and critically evaluate theory, research findings, and application.
Programme learning outcomes
|A critical understanding of all elements of psychology and the ability to assess their relevance in the understanding of the contemporary world||K|
|A reflective understanding of the main theoretical perspectives and debates of psychology and their relevance to a range of areas||K|
|An ability to identify, summarise and apply key concepts in psychology to a range of psychology areas||K|
|An ability to distinguish between and evaluate different methodological approaches to the study of mind, behaviour and experiences||K|
|An ability to conduct a research project on the post graduate level||K|
|Summarise and apply key concepts in psychology to a range of research areas||C|
|Read psychology research, critically evaluate it and identify the key points||C|
|Distinguish between and evaluate different methodological approaches to study psychology||C|
|Assemble data from a variety of sources, discern and establish connections, and draw well-grounded conclusions||C|
|Evaluate the integrity of evidence and of `data' and to discern the difference between opinion and evidence||C|
|Design and execute psychological research studies, and be competent in the collection, management and analysis of research data and derivation of conclusions||C|
|Form grounded defensible theories, reasoned arguments in relation to evidence, and interpretations of findings. In addition students should be able to compare and contrast different theoretical approaches within the discipline||C|
|Ask questions from a range of different angles and to challenge given views drawing on theory, evidence, and critical insight||C|
|Plan, conduct, analyse and report an individual study to test formulated hypotheses for the dissertation||C|
|Demonstrate competence in commonly used psychology research methodology||P|
|Design and carry out psychological research using a variant of psychological research methods||P|
|Gather, analyse and interpret qualitative and quantitative data||P|
|Use information and computer technology to collect, analyse, and report on psychological research||P|
|Collect, evaluate, and utilise information from primary and secondary sources in order to inform psychological questions||P|
|Produce and present a poster||P|
|Write a scientific research proposal and research reports in accordance with guidelines||P|
|Write essays in accordance with guidelines||P|
|Effectively communicate both orally and in writing||P|
|Learn and think independently, as well as part of a group||P|
|Demonstrate good time management and personal organisation||P|
|Plan and execute an investigation/experiment, act autonomously and demonstrate originality||P|
|Communicate ideas, principles and theories effectively by oral, written and visual means||T|
|Formulate and solve problems, both individually and as part of a team||T|
|Apply statistical and numerical skills to psychological data||T|
|Execute research skills through the formulation of questions / hypotheses, designing studies that address these questions / hypotheses, collecting and managing `evidence' through various data management techniques, making sense, and disseminating findings||T|
|Acquire and demonstrate a research-based orientation to real world and scientific problems||T|
|Use Information and communication technology e.g. WWW, databases, statistical software, Microsoft Office, and literature search tools, for a variety of generic and subject-specific purposes||T|
|Work effectively and independently on a given project or task||T|
|Work effectively in small groups and teams towards a common goal/outcome||T|
|Work towards targets and deadlines under pressure through discipline and careful organisation||T|
|Demonstrate personal organisation and time management skills through meeting multiple deadlines||T|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
This Master's Degree programme is studied full-time over one academic year, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
Programme Adjustments (if applicable)
Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Level 7
Module Selection for Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Level 7
Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity
|Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics||N|
|Professional Training Year (PTY)||N|
|Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY)||N|
|Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme)||N|
|Study exchange (Level 5)||N|
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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2023/4 academic year.