Psychology MSc (HLST092/HLST121)


Coventry University

Psychology MSc


This course runs from 2017/18

The Psychology MSc is a conversion course aimed at graduate students whose first degree was in a (relevant) subject other than Psychology. The Psychology MSc provides knowledge and understanding of the core areas in psychology and confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society.

This course is run either as a classroom-based course (one year full-time, two years part-time, starting in September 2017), or as a blended-learning course (two years as a mix of classroom-based and online, starting in May 2017 and January 2017).

HLST092 (classroom) / HLST121 (blended)

Why choose this course? 

  • Confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership,
  • gain entry to our BPS accredited masters programmes,
  • study all of the main theoretical areas of psychology.


What will I learn? 

Throughout the course there is an emphasis on developing transferable skills, such as IT, groupwork, communication, report-writing, numeracy and presentation skills.

These skills enable our graduates to secure employment in areas other than psychology. Throughout the course, you are encouraged to develop your own approach to study and to take responsibility for planning and developing your own your own learning.

The course will improve your knowledge of Psychology and put you in a position where you can go on to further psychological study or give your career a greater focus on psychology. The course is academically challenging and provides a comprehensive foundation of psychological theory and research, offering insights into behaviour from a variety of perspectives. During the course you will build the knowledge and skills necessary to fully appreciate the depth and breadth essential to the study of psychology. There are many opportunities for you to practise and apply these skills with an emphasis on increasing your confidence and competence.

On this course you will study all of the main theoretical areas of psychology including:

  • Biological Psychology which explores the relationship between the brain, the body and behaviour.
  • Social Psychology considers how an individual’s behaviour is affected by the presence of others.
  • Cognitive Psychology looks at how people perceive, remember, think and solve problems.
  • Developmental Psychology is the study of how peoples thinking and social behaviour changes with age.
  • Individual Differences looks at how people differ from one another, for example in terms of their intelligence and personality.

You will also study contemporary issues and debates in psychology, ethics in psychology and applied areas of psychology including counselling, clinical, forensic, educational, sport, work and health psychology.

Research Methods outlines the research methods and statistical analyses that are used in psychological research. You will both learn about these and put these into practice.

You will also conduct an extensive piece of independent research on a topic of your choice. 

How will this course be taught? 

There are two learning options for this course, and they have different course codes.

HLST092 Psychology MSc is a classroom-taught course which you can study either full-time or part-time on campus, in which case it takes one year full-time or two years part-time. This course starts in September.

HLST121 Psychology MSc is a blended learning course which you will study over two years, as a mixture of classroom-based learning and online study. This course starts in January and May and there is a 3 day mandatory induction which has to be attended at the beginning of the course.

When filling in the application form, please ensure you select the correct course code for your preferred option.

Blended-learning option

If you are studying the blended-learning option (HLST121), you will study the following mandatory modules:

Year one

  • Origins and Concepts of Psychology (10 credits);
  • Research Methods 1 (20 credits);
  • Social Psychology (10 credits);
  • Cognitive Psychology (10 credits);
  • Biological Psychology (10 credits);
  • Developmental Psychology (10 credits).

Year two

  • Research Methods 2 (20 credits);
  • Project Planning and Ethics in Psychology (10 credits);
  • Individual Differences (10 credits);
  • Applying Psychology (10 credits);
  • Independent Psychology Project (60 credits).

Please note there is a 3 day mandatory induction which has to be attended at the beginning of the course.

How will this course enhance my career prospects? 

Aimed at students seeking to enter employment as professional psychologists, the programme is a first step towards chartered status as a professional psychologist (GBC).

Successful graduates with GBC will have appropriate academic evidence for further study on our BPS accredited Masters’ degree programmes in Forensic Psychology, Forensic Psychology, and Crime, Occupational Psychology or Health Psychology, each of which are important stages in career development within these fields.


How much does it cost?

Full-time Home and EU: 

  • May 2017 start - £5,799
  • September 2017 start - £6,212

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