MSc Psychology (Conversion) - Looking to change career and progress in the world of psychology?

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Our MSc Psychology, accredited by the British Psychological Society, is a conversion course designed for graduates who haven’t studied an undergraduate degree in Psychology. This course is a way to move into a sector that offers both satisfying careers and excellent salary potential.

On successful completion of this master’s, you will be equipped to apply for the further postgraduate training that is required to become a Chartered Psychologist.

You’ll be based in Murray Health, the new home of the University’s School of Medicine and School of Psychology. The facility has recently undergone a £8 million transformation project to create a centre of health excellence in the heart of the city of Sunderland. The new School of Psychology area provides a 60-person IT Skills Lab incorporating the General Medical Council Exam Space, digital 1-2-1 spaces, Silent Study zones, 30-person seminar rooms and student breakout spaces.


We usually require applicants to hold at least a second-class honours degree in any subject. This course is designed to be a conversion course for those who do not already hold the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society. The course is therefore not suitable if you have already achieved an honours degree in Psychology.


For fees and funding options, please visit website to find out more.


We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries that are available to postgraduate students including: 

  • Alumni Loyalty Scheme – 20% waiver on the full cost of course fees to reward loyal alumni who return to study a postgraduate degree at the University 
  • North-east Postgraduate Discount – 20% fee waiver on the full cost for postgraduate taught master’s programmes for students impacted by cost-of-living challenges who have a local connection to the north-east region 
  • International Scholarship – £900 tuition fee reduction
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There are nine types of psychology in which it is possible to become chartered: clinical, educational, forensic, occupational, counselling, sport and exercise and health psychology, as well as neuropsychology and teaching/researching in psychology.

Starting salary for NHS Clinical Psychologists is around £30,000 rising to £70,000 for higher level posts. Salaries in private hospitals and private practice will vary.

Equally, the course prepares you for employment in a broad range of sectors. The insights, rigour and methodology of psychology are valued in roles in management, advertising, marketing, human resources, the police force, the prison service, social care, health services and teaching.


  • Twenty-Four, Seven: Everyday Motivations and Biases (30 credits)
  • Experimental Design and Analysis in Psychology (30 credits)
  • Non-experimental Design and Analysis in Psychology (30 credits)
  • Cradle to Grave: Stability and Change (30 credits)
  • Master Project (60 credits)


Who is eligible to apply?

UK, EU and International students

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