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University of Glasgow: Psychology (conversion)

Institution University of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Psychology
Study type Taught


In this MSc Psychology (conversion) online distance learning programme you will develop a deeper understanding of the human mind and the world around you. Regardless of your prior experience with psychology, you will explore this complex, yet fascinating subject to develop a broad and critical awareness of psychological theory and innovative research methods. This programme is designed as a starting point for people who wish to pursue a new career in psychology, and those who wish to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the brain to benefit existing careers outside of professional psychology.

  • This conversion programme is designed to provide you with an opportunity to develop intellectual, practical, and professional skills that will be helpful in your future career, whatever that may be.

  • It is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and upon graduating, you can apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS. With a GBC, you are then eligible to apply for further study in a specialist area in the UK and become a chartered psychologist.

Important details about the programme

See the MSc Psychology linktree for further information.

Please note this programme is only delivered part-time and cannot be completed in less than 3 academic sessions. Our only full-time conversion programmes are located on campus here in Glasgow.

This programme is delivered entirely online via asynchronous distance learning. You will never be required to visit Glasgow and there are no compulsory live sessions that you are required to attend. There are two semesters in each academic session and each semester consists of 14 teaching weeks (with reading weeks and holiday breaks) and a dedicated assessment period. Teaching materials are released fortnightly and you are able to self-pace your learning during these fortnights.

Due to the intensive nature of conversion programmes, we strongly advise students consider dedicating a minimum 20 hours per week to study.

In year 1 of the programme you will complete 5 core courses (60 credits). In year 2, you will complete 3 core courses (40 credits) and 2 optional courses (20 credits). In year 3, you will complete an independent research project (60 credits), under the guidance of an academic supervisor.

Core courses

  • [[[PSYCH5079]]]
  • [[[PSYCH5080]]]
  • [[[PSYCH5086]]]
  • [[[PSYCH5087]]]
  • [[[PSYCH5078]]]
  • [[[PSYCH5083]]]

Optional courses

Please note that optional courses are contingent upon individual staff expertise and their availability may be subject to change each year with changes to staffing. Changes in optional courses have no bearing on the accreditation status of this programme as accreditation is only determined by the compulsory core courses listed above. Please ensure that any funding support you may seek is not tied to the availability of these optional courses.

  • [[[PSYCH5082]]]

Programme outcomes

  • Critically evaluate principal and specialised theories of psychology.
  • Identify, interpret and evaluate contemporary and historical research in psychology.
  • Evaluate ways in which psychological theory can inform practice.
  • Identify the ethical issues raised when people participate in psychological research or receive psychological treatment.
  • Review the contrasting perspectives as to the nature of science and critically evaluate the extent to which Psychology may be considered scientific.
  • Critically evaluate the influence of social, cultural and historical factors on psychological theory and research.
  • Evaluate psychological research design and methodologies
  • Use a range of statistics and research methodologies appropriate to psychology
  • Demonstrate programming skills in R
  • Design and conduct an original, significant empirical research project on a psychological topic.

A conversion programme in the UK is specifically tailored to meet the accreditation requirements of the British Psychological Society. On successful completion you will be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. This will allow you to go on to further study in specialised areas of psychology in the UK. This conversion programme can function as both a feeder for a research-based PhD, applied Doctorates, or as an industry-focused qualification. Please note, due to the highly competitive nature of postgraduate Psychology pathways in the UK, this programme may be the first (and not only) step in this journey. We strongly advise UK-focused applicants to review the careers information provided by the BPS. If you are based outside the UK, it is important that you review the accreditation requirements of your local accrediting/governing body to ensure they recognise a BPS-accredited Conversion MSc. It may be recognised, but you may be required to complete additional supplementary study specific to their requirements. There are numerous benefits to completing this programme if you do not wish to pursue a professional psychology pathway. Due to the very broad relevance of psychology, a Psychology Conversion MSc can provide transferable skills that complement a diverse range of industry qualifications from Human Resources and Management, Education, Nursing, Medicine, Social Work and media.


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. 


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  • is ranked 73rd in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2022
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