Psychological Science Conversion

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An intensive one-year Masters (MSc) 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.

The MSc in Psychological Science at Queen's University, Belfast is accredited by the British Psychological Society and confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) which means you’ll have the essential knowledge to undertake professional training.

World-class at Every Level

The School delivers world-class teaching and support for students who have access to cutting-edge research and laboratory facilities. The School has specialised facilities for human experimental psychology, movement and perception, individual differences, social psychology, child development, psychophysiology and animal behaviour. 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.

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The School of Psychology at Queen's is based in the David Keir building and - dating back over 65 years - is one of the oldest distinct departments in the university's history.

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MSc Psychological Science (Conversion)

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.

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.

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.

Why choose Queen's

Ranked in the Top 140 Universities in the world for Graduate Prospects

(QS Graduate Employability rankings 2020)

Competitive Fees

Queen’s offers lower tuition fees than many other similarly well-regarded UK universities. (Natwest Student Living Index 2017).

Safe and affordable

Belfast offers the lowest cost of living in the UK and is the safest region in the UK. (Mercer 2016, British Crime Surveys, 2015/16).

Access to top companies

The employability element of the School of Psychology is called the Insight Programme which culminates in a short-term placement with organisations in the public, private and third sector.

Student Satisfaction

The quality of our teaching is reflected year on year in consistently high satisfaction ratings in student surveys and positive comments from our external examiners backed up by the accreditation of our undergraduate and conversion programmes from our professional body the BPS.

Industry recognition

The School of Psychology is proud to have been awarded the prestigious Athena SWAN Gold Award. Athena SWAN recognises advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.

Research pedigree

The School of Psychology was rated 9th in the UK for Research Intensity (REF 2014) with almost two-thirds of our submitted case studies being classed as outstanding in terms of global reach and research significance.