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MSc Psychology (Conversion)

Master Programme

MSc Psychology (Conversion)

Part Time

This British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited conversion programme is designed to provide you with a comprehensive knowledge of biological, developmental, cognitive, and social psychology, which you will be able to apply in a variety of settings including research, practice, and the interface of applied research.


You will learn from the world’s leading academic experts and active research leaders within a research-connected student experience combining active learning and authentic assessment. This is central to the programme in which you will take part in a collaborative and active learning approach as well as action-based learning. The Department of Psychology at the university is one of the UK’s oldest and leading academic psychology departments known for its world-class research. You will learn through exchanging ideas and experiences via discussion forums with your international peers which will facilitate interaction, motivation and learning and actively engaging in solving real world dilemmas within their context.


You will be assessed entirely through written assignments and also be required to create an online portfolio of evidence which you can mark your project-based work as your personal achievements and resume details. Upon the culmination of your degree, you will produce an independent research dissertation on a psychological issue of your choice and apply theory to practice.  


Upon completion, you will meet the requirements for Graduate Basis of Chartership with the British Psychological Society (GBC). This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist in the United Kingdom (UK). Also, you will be eligible to be admitted to train in the domains of Clinical or Clinical Neuropsychology, Counselling, Educational Child Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Sports and Exercise Psychology or Occupational Psychology.


It also equips you with the tools needed for a career in healthcare, law enforcement, finance, IT, and research. Understanding human behaviour and motivation and the ability to critically analyse will prepare you for a career in the creative industries, legal sector, government administration, and education.


Other online master's programmes are also available: 

Programme excellence

  • British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited. Graduates can meet the requirements for Graduate Basis of Chartership with the British Psychological Society (GBC), which is essential to become a psychologist
  • Strong research ethos: Research led theory and modules developed with the full support of the prestigious research groups in the Department of Psychology established in 1947
  • Global character: The programme approaches theoretical and applied developments in Psychology from an openminded perspective that values diversity and cross-culturalism
  • Future career path: Provides students who aspire for a career to be a Chartered Psychologist and provide the first step to be trained in many other specialized Psychology aspects.

Course Structure

This programme consists of the following modules. In order to achieve the full accreditation, you are required to complete 180 credits.


  • Mind, Brain and Behaviour (15 credits)
  • Social Psychology (15 credits)
  • Data Analysis for Psychology (15 credits)
  • Personality, Individual Differences and Intelligence (15 credits)
  • Cross Cultural Issues in Lifespan Development (15 credits)
  • Psychology of Learning (15 credits)
  • Cognitive Psychology (15 credits)
  • Psychobiology (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)


Programme Start: 3 Oct 2024

Duration: 30 months^


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^The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability.

Learning and Assessments

Teaching methods

You will take part in an innovative online learning environment, which includes a range of interesting and thought-provoking exercises. Core information is developed by subject-leading experts in the field and closely aligned with both industry and academic best practice, underpinned by rigorous theoretical and practical topics, examples and cases. Throughout your study journey, you will learn through interactive individual activities, case studies, group tasks and discussion boards; these will be primarily asynchronous, but opportunities for synchronous interaction will be provided.


Assessment method

Assessment is by coursework only – no examinations required. Instead, a diverse range of assessments are used throughout the programme designed to mirror circumstances that students may experience within a professional context. This ensures you will be provided with a range of opportunities to show evidence of your learning.

Virtual learning environment (VLE)

The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is at the centre of your online study experience. It is the platform where you can find your study timetable, view interactive lecturecasts, exchange knowledge with others in discussion forums, access resources and e-library, and submit your assignments. You can learn on demand, study at any time, on any device, from anywhere with an internet connection. There is a study skills hub to help you improve and maintain your academic skills, from planning your assignments, understanding academic integrity, and referencing, to using the online library and improving your time management.

Entry Requirement

  • A minimum of a 2:1 class degree in any subject including psychology equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree; or 
  • A minimum of a 2:2 class degree in any subject including psychology equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree AND have gained at least two years of relevant professional experience. 


Non-psychology applicants will normally require a GCSE Grade 4 (grade C) or GCE O Level pass in Mathematics and English, or an equivalent qualification. 


All applicants must provide evidence that they have an English language ability equivalent to an IELTS (academic) score of 6.5 (overall) and 7.0 (reading and writing).

If you don’t have an IELTS or equivalent certificate, you can take a designated free online English test to assess your proficiency.

Fees and Funding

Full tuition fee

£16,868* £14,337.8

*An Executive Scholarship of 15% is available for the remaining 2024 intake. (Oct 2024 intake)

Please note that the Executive Scholarship can only be used with the Up-Front Payment Discount. 

This fee is fully inclusive of all costs, including all teaching materials, core textbooks, assessments and resits.


Full payment discount

If you choose to pay the full tuition fee upfront, you will receive an extra 5% discount.


Regional Scholarship
A Regional Scholarship of 5% is available for students based in Hong Kong for the 2023/24 academic year.



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*All tuition fees shown are net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed. Programme fees are reviewed annually. We reserve the right to increase programme fees in line with the RPI-X index.



As one of Europe’s leading provider of advanced programmes and part of its global vision to offer world-class higher education online, the University of Liverpool is the premium choice that brings to the forefront a wealth of flexible career-focused postgraduate programmes tailored for working professionals around the globe.

Solid and sustainable partnership
Offering online programmes since 2000, the University of Liverpool has forged a robust partnership with Kaplan Open Learning, an experienced provider in online higher education learning with a track record of success, to host postgraduate degree programmes. With this venture, the University and Kaplan are dedicated to offering the highest quality programmes and maintaining quality assurance through which students worldwide will benefit from the flexibility of online delivery.


A member of the Russell Group
Founded in 1881, the University of Liverpool is a member of the elite Russell Group of research-led universities in the UK and has been ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide. The broad range of online programmes on offer spans across professional disciplines from Management, Business, Computing, Psychology and Health, all with an international edge.


All-embracing support
Teaching is delivered through a state-of-the-art learning platform, allowing students full access to all resources, interactive study materials and a comprehensive eLibrary 24/7, from anywhere in the world. Students will also benefit from holistic academic support throughout the entire course from student advisers and subject tutors.


The original redbrick
All online degrees are awarded by the University of Liverpool with the same validity and credibility as an equivalent degree awarded to campus-students. Upon completion, online students will be invited to receive their degrees in a graduation ceremony at the University of Liverpool campus in the North West of England, and will join a global network of more than 219,000 alumni.