Psychological Science (Conversion) (MSc)

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Key Programme Information

Entry Year


Programme length *

1 year(s)

Places available



Full-Time, Part-Time


Engineering and Physical Sciences



* 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time


An intensive one year Master’s course with accreditation from the British Psychological Society, enabling you to pursue a career in this area even if your background is in another discipline.

This new conversion course will appeal to you if you do not already have a psychology degree.

  • It is approved and accredited by the British Psychological Society, (it confers the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership), which means you’ll have the essential knowledge to undertake professional training.
    If you’re from overseas, this is your passport to practise in the UK.
  • This intensive programme means with focused work and preparation, you will get a fully-accredited course in the space of 12 rewarding months.

You might be:

  • a recent graduate
  • someone who’s been in work for a while and wants to change direction.

You’ll be fascinated by how psychology underpins everything we do and aids our understanding of behaviour – not just of people, but of animals too.

One bursary of £2,000 is available for students to apply for once they are accepted onto the programme.

The closing date for applications onto this course was 4.00 pm on Wednesday 17th May 2017. Applications for 2018 entry are now being accepted.

Why Queen's?

  • The School has specialised facilities for human experimental psychology, movement and perception, individual differences, social psychology,child development, psychophysiology and animal behaviour.
  • Research in the School has been judged to be ‘world-leading’ and ‘outstanding’ by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Did you know?

We hold a prestigous Gold Award by Athena SWAN in recognition of good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women. We are the first School of Psychology in the UK to achieve this.

Course Details

The programme will provide a contemporary curriculum which covers the core topics in psychology, using a variety of teaching methods and assessments that is informed by current research, scholarship and application. 

The programme will develop critical awareness of issues in the scientific and applied areas of psychology and the methodological skills to critically examine and interrogate the discipline of psychology in all its facets.

The course is tailored towards analysing data in the real world.

You’ll learn methodological analysis skills and the core principles of psychology:

  • Psychobiology
  • Developmental
  • Social
  • Individual differences
  • Cognitive psychology.

You’ll learning everything from Freudian principles to how the brain works.

Your research project will take place over the summer.

There are five modules per semester, and the proportional mix of time spent in classes, tutorials/seminars/labs, and private study in a teaching semester is approximately 30% lectures, 20% Labs/tutorials and 50% private study.

  • Core Psychology I:  Social, Individual Differences, Conceptual & Historical Issues, Perception
    (30 CATS, Semester 1 & 2, Assessment 60% coursework, 40% exam)
  • Core Psychology II: Developmental, Cognition, Psychobiology and Applied & Professional Psychology
    (30 CATS, Semester 1 & 2, Assessment 60% coursework, 40% exam)
  • Applications of psychology in the ‘real world’  
    (30 CATS, Semester 1 & 2, Assessment 40% coursework, Practical 40%,  , 40% exam)
  • Methods, Design and Analysis in Psychology 
    (30 CATS, Semester 1 & 2, Assessment 35% Coursework, 65% Exam)
  • Research Thesis Psychology 
    (60 CATS, Semester 1 & 2 & 3 Thesis, Assessment 1005 Practical)

Assessment & Feedback

Our students are assessed through coursework essays, exams, multiple choice questions, practical lab work, group work, presentations, literature review and an independent thesis report.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching takes place in the morning and some afternoons; there are between 15-20 contact teaching hours per week.

Your tutors are experts in their subject areas and are active researchers in those subjects. They have used various aspects of psychology in the real world, so you’ll be getting a practical as well as a theoretical flavour.

You’ll work on your thesis as part of a research team. We’re moving away from individual supervision into more of a team approach, with post-doctoral and postgraduate students all working together, mimicking project work in the real-world employment situations.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must normally possess or expect to possess by admission to the course, at least a 2nd class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above in any subject, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. If the programme is oversubscribed, applications will be ranked based on quality of academic performance, references and relevant experience.

The closing date for applications onto this course was 4.00 pm on Wednesday 17th May 2017. Applications for 2018 entry are now being accepted.

For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.


International students (for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their studies. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required.
*taken within the last 2 years

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

Please click the links below for more information:

  • English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level.
  • Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

How To Apply

Applicants for Postgraduate programmes are strongly advised to carefully read the important information and follow the steps set out here before submitting their application via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal.

If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.

Register your interest here and we'll be in touch with you.

The Secretary for MSc Psychological Science (Conversion)
School of Psychology
Tel: 028 9097 5445

How To Apply

Queen’s University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2017 Entry
The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.

Career Prospects

The degree confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered  Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society and many graduates will go on to complete training in one of the 7 registered professions of psychology as well as undertaking many other jobs, (management, HR, analysts) where a psychology degree is of benefit.

You might have your eye on a career in clinical psychology.

  • The qualification you’ll gain allows you to go on and undertake training to qualify as a professional psychologist, e.g. clinical, educational, forensic, etc.
  • Or you could return to your existing job with a valuable qualification and a greater understanding of what underpins the world around you.
  • But the applications of this course are far-reaching. We at Queen’s created a spin-out company, Adoreboard, which analyses customer data to help brands understand how people feel about them online.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

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Fees & Funding

There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.

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For tuition fee information see

Postgraduate loans
From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

TUITION FEES (2017/18)

  • Home/EU Fees: £ 5,500
  • International Fees: £15,200

For more information please see Tuition Fees 


One bursary of £2,000 is available for students to apply for once they are accepted onto the programme.

For additional fees and funding information please see the University's Graduate School website:


Queen's Direct Applications Portal
Steps to Postgraduate Study Guidance (HEFCE)
Queen's Postgraduate Admissions Policy

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