University of Bristol


MSc Experimental Psychology (Conversion)


Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road

Second Floor, Union Building, Queen's Road, Clifton

Bristol, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc Experimental Psychology (Conversion)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This programme, accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), aims to train graduates from a non-psychology background in the theories of cognition, brain and behaviour, and in the experimental research methods used to develop and test these theories.

The programme covers various core areas of psychology: social psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, biological psychology, individual differences, research methods (quantitative and qualitative) and statistics. Our aim is to provide you with a good understanding of the interplay between these different areas of the field and the pivotal role of empirical evidence in theory development within these areas.

You will acquire a range of research skills for scientific investigation of psychological questions, culminating in an original empirical research project. The programme employs a variety of teaching and assessment methods, and will provide you with a range of generic, transferable skills (eg teamwork, numerical competence, oral and written communication skills).

These skills are highly valued by employers and the programme is an excellent preparation for a wide range of careers that involve some element of psychological knowledge. MSc Experimental Psychology (Conversion) also prepares non-psychology graduates for further postgraduate study in psychology, such as more clinically oriented postgraduate programmes or postgraduate research degrees.

Programme structure

Teaching Block 1

  • Social Psychology and Individual Differences (Conversion) (20 credit points)
  • Cognitive Psychology (Conversion) (20 credit points)
  • Creating Psychological Experiments (20 credit points)

Teaching Block 2

  • Developmental Psychology and Language (Conversion) (20 credit points)
  • Biological Psychology (Conversion) (20 credit points)
  • Psychological Research Methods and Statistics (20 credit points)

Teaching Block 3 

  • Dissertation (60 credit points), assessed by a 6,000 word dissertation.

Additional support will be provided through the tutorial system, which will consist of a mixture of subject-specific support (Research Methods and Statistics), general academic support and pastoral support.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS English language 6.5 overall, minimum 6.5 in all bands or equivalent

Facts & Figures

Out State Tuition (per year): 19,900 GBP

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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