Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University


This conversion course is designed for graduates of other disciplines who wish to pursue a career in psychology but whose 1st degree is not recognised by the BPS. Entry on to the course does not require you to have studied any psychology previously. Successful completion of either qualification confers the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the BPS. The PG Dip and MSc students are taught together, with the MSc students taking their additional modules from term two onwards. This means that, assuming you meet the entry criteria for both courses, it is easy to transfer from one to the other at any point in the first term. This course attracts a range of students including those who have recently completed an undergraduate degree in a subject other than psychology or a non-accredited degree and also applicants who have come from jobs in the public and private sector, who are looking for a career change.

Entry requirements

For both the MSc and the PG Dip, you will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate Honours degree (minimum 2.1). Applicants without such qualifications will be considered on an individual basis, but will be required to demonstrate how their experiences and knowledge would enable them to study this course at Masters Level in their personal statement. Additionally, for the Postgraduate Diploma in psychology (PGDip) applicants must have a minimum 60 credits of psychology from prior study at degree level.

Course modules

MSc Psychology and PG Diploma students complete core modules in: biological psychology; social psychology; developmental psychology; cognitive psychology; individual differences; historical and conceptual issues; research methods; statistics; psychology research project. In addition, MSc Psychology students complete an extended essay, as well as 20 credits of 'contemporary psychology' selected from a list of available option choices.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed in a variety of ways and on a modular basis; through examination (both seen and unseen exams are used), coursework (including essays, laboratory reports and literature reviews), oral presentation and via your research project.

Sponsorship information

The School of Social Sciences offers a number of competitive scholarships for full-time and part-time Master's courses, these include: School of Social Sciences Masters scholarships (for Home / EU and International students) and Nottingham Trent University International Scholarship Scheme.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 5,510 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 12,300 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 2,755 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 6,150 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
PgDip Full-time £ 5,100 per Academic year (home fees) 9 months
PgDip Full-time £ 9,780 per Academic year (overseas fees) 9 months
PgDip Part-time £ 2,550 per Academic year (home fees) 21 months
PgDip Part-time £ 4,890 per Academic year (overseas fees) 21 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City Centre Campus Nottingham NG1 4BU East Midlands

Key information

Telephone number: 
0115 848 4200