Psychological Sciences MSc

London, Bloomsbury

The MSc Psychological Sciences is a conversion programme designed for students who have not previously taken a psychology degree or only psychology as a joint degree with other subjects. It is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and prepares students who wish to progress to research in psychology or study of applied areas of psychology such as clinical, educational, forensic and occupational/organisational/business psychology.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications closed


Application closes at 17:00 GMT.

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university of an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the core areas of psychology including biological psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, individual differences and social psychology and the links between them. You will also study quantitative and qualitative research methods and statistics and undertake your own research project under supervision of one of the wide range of psychology department staff.

Who this course is for

The programme is suitable for students from a variety of backgrounds who wish to gain the core knowledge and skills in psychology relevant to progressing to a research or applied career in psychology or to applying psychological knowlelege and skills in another career or field

What this course will give you

The Division of Psychology & Language Sciences undertakes world-leading research and teaching in mind, behaviour, and language.

Our work attracts staff and students from around the world. Together they create an outstanding and vibrant environment, taking advantage of cutting-edge resources such as a behavioural neuroscience laboratory, a centre for brain imaging, and extensive laboratories for research in speech and language, perception, and cognition.

Opportunities for graduate students to work with world-renowned researchers exist in all areas of investigation, from basic processes to applied research. The division offers a supportive environment including numerous specialist seminars, workshops, and guest lectures.

The foundation of your career


By the end of the programme, students will have acquired practical research skills and knowledge of the core areas of discipline of psychology, allowing them to progress to research in psychology or study of applied areas of psychology. Graduation from the Psychological Sciences MSc provides the students with the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS) which is required in the UK for many careers that you may pursue with a psychology degree, as well as for advanced professional training in psychology. In addition to subject-based skills and knowledge, psychology graduates also acquire a number of transferable skills e.g. numeracy, IT literacy, data-management, time-management, independent research, team working, report writing, presentation skills, communication and literacy skills, and the ability to work ethically and professionally with people. These abilities are all highly valued in a range of employment fields. Your knowledge of all areas of the subject makes you eligible for entry into any field normally open to psychology graduates, or for further graduate training (which is required for graduates wishing to work as a chartered professional psychologist in the areas of health, forensic, clinical, educational and occupational psychology). While many UCL psychology graduates have gone on to become professional psychologists in the National Health Service, in education, the civil service and industry, it is important to bear in mind that psychology provides a very useful basis for a wide range of other careers. For further information on careers, visit the website of the British Psychological Society.


The Psychological Sciences MSc is designed to confer Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). GBC is the form of professional accreditation that is required for many careers that you may pursue with a psychology degree, as well as for advanced professional training in psychology. This is a conversion course.

Teaching and learning

Subject specific knowledge:

Formative assessment:

  1. Self-assessments form part of our statistics teaching.
  2. Students write essays as part of their programme, and are provided with structured feedback on these. Their marks reflect the explicit criteria for each grade.
  3. Students also appraise their own reports and those of their peers.

Summative assessment:

We use a variety of summative assessments.

  1. Knowledge and understanding of key topics in the core areas of psychology – biological, cognitive, developmental, social and individual differences – are assessed by essay
  2. Empirical work is assessed on a continuous basis by production of laboratory reports.
  3. Qualitative analysis is  assessed by a project.
  4. Statistical methods are assessed by examination.

Intellectual, Academic and Research Skills

  1. Formative assessment is provided via grades on essays and projects.
  2. Empirical reports are commented on and assessed on a continuous basis.
  3. Outline formative feedback is also provided on first drafts on the final project.
  4. Summative assessment is provided by written reports, essays, and unseen examinations.

Practical and Transferrable Skills

  1. Students submit 2 laboratory reports. These are graded and commented upon so that students can learn continuously.
  2. The dissertation receives feedback on at least one draft.
  3. An open-book statistics examination.
  4. Qualitative skills are assessed by submission of a project.
  5. Essays are graded according to a comprehensive marking scheme and returned promptly to students.

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures and practical classes. Assessment is through unseen exams, essays and empirical projects.

Each taught module is worth 15 credits (150 learning hours inclusive of lectures, assessments and independent learning), with the dissertation worth 60 credits (600 learning hours).


You will undertake eightseven compulsory taught modules covering topics such as empirical projects, developmental psychology, biological psychology, coginitive psychology, individual differences, statistics, qualitative data analysis and social psychology In addition to these modules, you will also undertake a dissertation.

Part-time students take the course over two years and the structure of each year is below.  There is some flexibility with how many days per week you attend, but this must be discussed with the Programme Director.

Each taught module is worth 15 credits (150 learning hours inclusive of lectures, assessments and independent learning), with the dissertation worth 60 credits (600 learning hours).

Year 1


Empirical Projects

Developmental Psychology

Cognitive Psychology

Social Psychology

Year 2

Biological Psychology

Individual Differences

Qualitative Data Analysis

Main project

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Psychological Sciences.


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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £12,900 £6,450
Tuition fees (2022/23) £29,400 £14,700

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website:

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Next steps

Students are advised that we will not be making any decisions on applications until April 2022. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines. It is very likely that all places will be filled much earlier than the general UCL deadline.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Psychological Sciences at graduate level
  • why you want to study Psychological Sciences at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this rigorous programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

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