University of St Andrews

University of St Andrews

Psychology (Conversion)

The MSc in Psychology is a conversion route for students who hold an undergraduate Honours degree in a subject other than psychology. The programme provides a detailed knowledge of the core areas of psychology and principal theoretical and methodological issues in the field. Over two semesters, students will take nine compulsory modules. The modules are taught through lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Assessment comprises entirely of coursework; there are no exams. On average, class sizes range up to 80 students for lectures and 20 students for seminars. The final three months of your course will be focused on writing the final assessment piece, a 15,000-word research project dissertation.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a 2.1 degree from a recognised UK university or equivalent. This programme is for students who have not previously studied Psychology to degree level.

Course modules

Compulsory modules: 1. Quantitative Research in Social Science: provides a user-friendly introduction to the fundamental concepts of quantitative analysis.
2. Methods of Data Analysis in Psychology: advanced training in common statistics, qualitative methods and statistical modeling.
3. Review: compares and contrasts different theoretical and methodological approaches to a particular topic in the study of the mind.
4. Conceptual Issues and Theoretical Perspectives: addresses the historical and philosophical background to current debates in psychology.
5. Assessment in Clinical Psychology: presents psychopathological conditions and provides a basic understanding of the underlying neuronal and cognitive-behavioural mechanisms.
6. Developmental Psychology: offers a broad perspective spanning infancy to childhood, and a range of key topics in cognitive and social development.
7. Social Psychology: explores in depth key topics across the breadth of social psychological enquiry.
8. Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience (provides an understanding of psychological knowledge in several inter-related domains concerned with the biological bases of behaviour) or Evolutionary and Comparative Psychology (provides an understanding of major evolutionary forces and how they have shaped animal and human behaviour and psychology).
9. Perception (develops an understanding of visual perception and its functions) or Cognition (develops an understanding of human memory and attention).
Dissertation: Student dissertations will be supervised by members of the teaching staff who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process. The completed dissertation of not more than 15,000 words must be submitted by a date specified in August.

Assessment methods

Over two semesters, students will take nine compulsory modules. The modules are taught through lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Assessment comprises entirely of coursework; there are no exams. On average, class sizes range up to 80 students for lectures and 20 students for seminars.

The final three months of your course will be focused on writing the final assessment piece, a 15,000-word research project dissertation.

Sponsorship information

Applicants should visit the following webpages: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/pg/fees-and-funding/

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 20,370 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years

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