This online psychology MSc has been specifically created for ambitious working professionals and career-switchers from a wide range of backgrounds who may not currently have academic or professional psychology experience. It has been designed to equip you with the skillset and understanding of human behaviour to help you succeed in people management and leadership roles, as well as in careers related to the psychology discipline across the public and private sector, including in HR, marketing, research and teaching. The Master’s degree is research-led with an employment focus and is designed to develop your understanding of the latest research in the field and its practical application, with many of the academic staff research active and engaged in projects at the cutting edge of the discipline.
The Qualifications have developed the learner’s ability to be:
• Skilled in research planning and design.
• Knowledgeable in Biological psychology and addiction.
• Able to identify personality and individual differences.
• Develop a deep understanding with original research articles in psychology.
The qualification can be offered to Learners from age 18. The Learners need to ensure that they have sufficient capability at the right level to undertake the learning and assessment.
English language requirements
The Qualifications have been designed to be accessible without artificial barriers that restrict access and progression:
• IELTS minimum 5.0- 6.5 overall with no fail.
• Minimum 3A Levels or equivalent qualification.
• Pass 5 GCSE subjects
We consider applicants:
• Who have demonstrated some ability and possess Qualifications at Level 3, for example, ‘A’ Levels or vocational awards.
• Who have spent some time in an organisational role and wish to develop their careers further.
• With professional experience looking to change careers through work-based learning.
• UNDERSTANDING PSYCHOLOGY (CORE MODULE)
Learn how psychologists work in both academic and applied settings, and how they make discoveries about the human mind and behaviour. Critically assess psychological claims to see how they bear scrutiny once you have examined the evidence behind them. Develop the skills to understand and evaluate original research articles in psychology.
• PERSONALITY AND INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES
Explore psychological approaches to personality and intelligence and learn about how psychologists have evaluated the methods and tools employed in assessing them. Consider personality as a construct and explore individual differences in personality and stability across the human lifespan. Develop an appreciation of psychometric topics such as test classification and development, standardisation, reliability, validity, interpretation and applications. Explore historical approaches to intelligence with an emphasis on contemporary cognitive approaches, such as working memory, intelligence and cognitive interventions and individual differences in cognition.
• LEARNING AND MEMORY
Contrast different theories of learning and how they can be applied in education and training. Identify different types of memory and learn how they can be impaired or enhanced. Participate in designing and carrying out an experiment, and interpreting the results using statistical analysis. Write up the experiment as a research report, in the format of a published psychology journal article.
• ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
Develop a critical understanding of the role the environment plays in psychological behaviour across the lifespan of an individual. Gain analytical and evaluative skills through the investigation of the impact that built and natural environments have on human behaviour by exploring a range of relevant topics. Apply theories from environmental psychology to real-world contexts that are relevant to your own personal experiences within different environments.
• ORGANISATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
Develop a critical understanding of the application of occupational psychology to workplaces, employees and organisations. Gain analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills through an investigation of contemporary issues facing employees and organisations, as well as methods for assessment and evaluation. Appraise literature and evidence linking interpersonal factors and the social and physical environment to the development of a healthy workplace. Present evidence-based arguments using effective methods of communication to convey a range of workplace issues from an occupational psychology perspective.
• SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY ACROSS THE LIFESPAN
Explore the historical foundations of psychological development across the human lifespan. Develop an understanding of the importance of topics including research methods and ethics, theoretical perspectives including Piaget and Vygotsky, emotional development, attachment theory and developmental disorders. Consider individual differences within the context of stability and change across the lifespan.
• PSYCHOLOGY OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Develop a critical understanding of psychological and behavioural approaches to current public health issues, as well as the all-important monitoring and evaluation of initiatives. Gain insights into the global challenges raised by the increasing burden of non-communicable diseases, conditions that are not caused by an acute infection, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke or diabetes, as well as communicable and infectious diseases, with Ebola and Coronavirus as prime examples. Gain critical insights into how both non-communicable diseases and communicable diseases affect groups of the population in different ways, resulting in health inequalities. Develop a robust understanding of how, in this increasingly complex landscape, public health authorities need to make use of psychological and behavioural approaches to a greater extent to understand and benefit the health of the entire population. Develop a critical understanding of the opportunities that psychology can offer to public health in developing effective public health interventions.
• DIGITAL PSYCHOLOGY
Develop your understanding of cyberpsychology, the psychology of how humans interact with technology and online environments. Explore how the online world has impacted human behaviour. Discover how humans interact with technology and in online environments, and investigate how artificial intelligence impacts daily life. Consider how we interact with virtual worlds, virtual identity, online behaviours, privacy and self-disclosure online, looking at the ethical and criminal implications for anti-social behaviours in the online environment.
• BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY AND ADDICTION
Develop an understanding of the biological basis of behaviour as applied to the psychology of both substance and non-substance related addictive behaviours. Explore a variety of addictive behaviours such as alcoholism, addiction to psychoactive drugs and gambling addiction. Learn how these behaviours are linked with biological effects of drug use, how cognition plays a role in addictive behaviours, and how people become addicts. Examine theories relating to the development, persistence, control and treatment of addictive behaviours.
• SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR
Develop a critical understanding of the origins of human sexual behaviour and the role evolution plays in shaping mating preferences. Explore the biological and psychological mediators of sexual behaviour to discover typical human sexual behaviours. You will complete your module having discovered what people desire, how they pursue mates, and why variation in behaviours and preferences exist.
• RESEARCH PLANNING AND DESIGN
Learn about the nature of the research process, the knowledge and skills relevant to the development and effective planning of a research project in psychology, and the role of research integrity, ethical principles and legislation in psychology research. Devise a research question and develop it into a research proposal with a timeline and risk assessment.
• INDEPENDENT LITERATURE REVIEW (CORE MODULE)
Identify a research question in need of a literature review from a selection of topics in applied psychology. Independently conduct a literature review, including searching electronic databases, critically evaluating evidence and the state of the field, synthesising information from many sources, and writing up your literature review in an appropriate style.
This course gives you the opportunity to start developing your career through professional work-based learning. You will be paid UK minimum wage for a 20hour a week placement for the duration of your course, and will also be awarded an accredited Level 7 professional qualification from a UK awarding body.
- On completion of your studies, you may be given a full-time graduate opportunity by your employer
- You may wish to further your studies by taking on an academic doctorate programme or a level 8 professional qualification
- You may also wish to start your own business through our enterprise education programme