Oxford Brookes University

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

MSc/ PGDip/ PGCert Psychology


Postgraduate Admissions, Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus,

Headington Campus

Oxford, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc/ PGDip/ PGCert Psychology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This conversion course is designed for students who intend to become professional psychologists. The main purpose of the course is to allow graduates in disciplines other than psychology, and psychology graduates whose undergraduate degree is not professionally recognized, to gain a qualification in psychology that confers eligibility for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and establishes the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). The MSc Psychology is an intensive programme, including both theoretical and practical elements and covering the main research methods used in psychology. The course provides grounding in the core areas of psychology. It places emphasis on research methods and research skills, including literature search and review, designing and planning experiments, questionnaires and observational methods, recording and presenting data, statistical analysis and interpretation of data as well as qualitative analysis, and presentation of work in standard publication format. Students will also be expected to complete a research-based dissertation, which is an extended and supervised piece of work reporting new empirical data. Cognitive and Social Aspects of Development (20 level 7 credits) provides you with a socio-cultural view of development and how education impacts on development and cognition. Topics covered include paradigms for analyzing cognitive developmental theory, reasoning, memory and executive function; culture and cognition, socialization, and identity; gender roles in development; and language development in relation to reading and writing. Social Psychology (20 level 7 credits) considers the major themes in social psychology and how these influence society and social interaction. Discussion will focus on key articles in the literature. Themes include group dynamics, social identification, social influences, attraction, altruism, leadership role, prejudice and attitudes. Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience (20 level 7 credits) explores the functional organisation of the brain from a cognitive perspective. The module examines our current understanding and recent advances in a number of key cognitive processes and their underlying biological substrates. Topics cover basic neuroanatomy as well as issues such as perception, attention, memory, language, reading and writing skills, and emotional processing. Experimental Method and Statistics for Psychology (20 level 7 credits) advances students' knowledge of statistical concepts and techniques of analysis, building on students' knowledge of statistics acquired during their previous experience of research methods and statistics. This module also provides an introduction to multinomial and multivariate analysis, and analysis of data using a statistical computer package (SPSS). Intelligence and Individual Differences (20 level 7 credits) advances student knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods in psychology, with particular reference to cognition, intelligence and individual differences. The syllabus covers qualitative methods, ethnography and case studies in psychological research; the interview as a method of data collection; approaches in the analysis of interviews; the use of computational models of cognitive processes and psychometric methods; and critical analysis of research papers and methods. Personality and Psychological Disorders (20 level 7 credits) advances student knowledge of theory and research methods in psychology with particular reference to personality, individual differences and psychological disorders. The syllabus covers approaches to personality research and the methods used to measure personality; theory and methods used in emotional processing; cultural variations in behaviour and issues of gender and ethnicity. Research Design Skills (10 level 7 credits) provides a structured framework within which students will identify their dissertation topic, critically review relevant previous research, and develop a workable design for their empirical project. The module ensures that students carry out the theoretical and methodological groundwork for their research-based dissertation and provides milestones for project development and an opportunity to gain tutor and peer feedback. Research-based Dissertation (50 level 7 credits) is 10,000 words long. It is an extended and supervised piece of work reporting new empirical data. It is always grounded in a thorough review of the relevant scientific literature and normally requires experimental data collection. The aim of the dissertation is to allow you to develop your own ideas in a specific domain of psychology and to provide you with experience in research design, data collection, analysis and interpretation. You will also have the opportunity to work alongside an experienced academic from the Psychology Department.


Accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for graduate membership of the society and establishes the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (MSc only).

International Student Requirements:

You should have English as your first language, or GCSE or O-level English Language, or an IELTS score of 7.0, or equivalent evidence of proficiency in English.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

In State Tuition (per year): 5880 GBP

Out State Tuition (per year): 12100 GBP

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