University of Surrey

University of Surrey

Psychology (Conversion)

The programme provides students with the basic requirements for eligibility for admission to psychology postgraduate training courses in specialist areas of the discipline. It provides a thorough grounding in the theories, methods and practice of contemporary psychology. Individual modules cover the core areas of psychology and introduce their related research methods in subject tutorials. Statistical and analytical techniques are taught to prepare students to conduct their own research. Our subject tutorials that are linked to the lectures of each module are designed to develop students' research skills and critical thinking in all core areas of psychology. The research project and dissertation gives students the opportunity to extend their studies further on a topic of interest to them, supervised by a member of staff.

Entry requirements

1st or 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant field including social sciences, human sciences or natural sciences, medicine, nursing, teaching, social work, human resources, psychotherapy, or counselling. In addition to the entry requirements mentioned above all applicants need to have a GCSE grade B in mathematics and English language or literature (or equivalent). English language requirements: IELTS minimum overall: 6.5; IELTS minimum by component: 6.0. The University offers intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take students to the level of English ability and skill required for their studies.

Course modules

Compulsory modules: Conceptual and historical issues in psychology; fundamental concepts of social psychology; brain and behaviour with research methods; social and cognitive development with research methods; perception and cognition with research methods; personality, intelligence, individual differences and psychopathology; introduction to statistics and data analysis; preparation for academic research in psychology; MSc Dissertation. These MSc core modules and the MSc dissertation provide the basis for accreditation of the degree by the British Psychological Society.

Assessment methods

Methods of assessment include coursework and exams; students are required to pass all of the 8 taught compulsory modules (120 credits). In addition, students complete a research dissertation worth 60 credits to be eligible for the postgraduate MSc degree.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,900 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 16,900 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MSc Full-time £ 6,900 per Academic year (EU fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Surrey Guildford GU2 7XH South East

Key information

Telephone number: 
01483 682222