Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London


This programme provides comprehensive coverage of contemporary psychological theory and research, designed to provide the Graduate Basis for Registration to the British Psychological Society (conversion course). The programme provides opportunities for you to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in the following areas: Key principles of psychological theory, including perception, attention and performance, developmental psychology, memory and cognition, social psychology, psychobiology, individual differences; practical skills in research methodology, including the formulation of hypotheses, designing and reporting experiments using a range of research methodologies, and subject-specific IT skills; design and execution of an independent research project, under supervision; and transferable skills in critical thinking, including learning how to evaluate hypotheses, presentation writing and delivery, report writing and essay writing.

Course modules

Foundation year: General foundations of psychology; introduction to research methods; psychobiology. Year 1: Contemporary psychological research 2: methods and practices; core topics in psychology 1; intermediate research methods. Year 2: Advanced quantitative methods; core topics in psychology 2; experimental dissertation. Year 3: Contemporary psycholog;y MSc psychology research dissertation. research design and critical analysis

Assessment methods

Coursework (essays and research projects), written examination and assessed presentation. Dissertation of up to 10,000 words.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time October 2018 - 3 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2018 - 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Department of Psychological Sciences
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