University of Glasgow: Psychological Science (conversion)

InstitutionUniversity of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Psychology
Study type Taught


This British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited conversion programme is designed to provide you with a broad and critical awareness of psychological theory and practice. We have particular expertise in quantitative methods, and our course would particularly suit those from a Science background. There will be the possibility for students to specialise in Cognitive Neuroscience or Clinical Psychology in their choice of optional courses. In addition, graduates from the MSc will have a range of generic intellectual and practical skills, including initiative, self-reliance and critical ability, which are easily adaptable to the needs of the labour market. Training in psychological research methods and project work will be included in the programme.

**Academic contact:
Admissions enquiries:
September start
MSc: 12 months full-time**


The MSc Psychological Science (conversion) is accredited by the British Psychological Society.

Psychology at Glasgow is ranked 8th in the UK and 2nd in Scotland (Complete University Guide 2019).

With a top 10 ranking in the UK (Complete University Guide 2019), the school continues to meet student expectations, combining both teaching excellence and a supportive learning environment.


Modes of delivery include lectures, seminars, small group teaching and research projects.

**Core courses**
- Cognitive psychology

- Human development

- Individual differences

- Physiological psychology

- Research methods

- Social psychology

- Research project.

**Optional courses (three chosen from over 20 options) for example:**
- Atypical development

- Cognitive neuroscience: insights into brain plasticity

- Forensic

- Psychology of biology and mental disorders.

**Programme alteration or discontinuation**
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Graduates from this programme are eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society. Graduates have successfully progressed to vocational masters programmes in psychology, and used this MSc to further their career in the wider job market. This MSc will be of particular interest to those who wish to acquire brain imaging techniques and want to work within a high-quality research environment. In combination with an undergraduate neuroscience degree, this MSc will prepare those who wish to be academic scientists.


University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is one of the UK’s most prestigious seats of learning, and the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world. Established in 1451 and recognised for its world-changing research and teaching, the University has inspired thinkers from eminent scientist Lord Kelvin and the father of economics Adam Smith, to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 


The University:

  • is ranked 67th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2020
  • is in the top 100 in the world: Times Higher World University Rankings 2020
  • 95.9% of students in employment or ...

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