School of Psychology

MSc/PGDip in Psychology (Conversion)

These BPS-accredited courses offer a conversion route for graduates who wish to pursue a career in psychology, but who either do not possess an honours degree in the subject, or whose honours degree does not confer eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Please visit our FAQ page for further details

BPS accredited course


Applicants may choose between an MSc (12 months full-time) or a PGDip (9 months full-time). No previous psychology study is required for entry onto the MSc; 60 credits of psychology are required for entry onto the PGDip.

Both programmes offer lecture and dedicated seminar-based teaching; the MSc also offers a hands-on research project.

If you would like to complete some reading before undertaking the conversion course to familiarise yourself with some of the core topics that will be covered, here are some suggestions for introductory texts (largely drawn from the curriculum for first year undergraduates).
Timetabling for the conversion course is arranged by a central department within the University. As such, we are unable to limit teaching to a set number of days and you should anticipate that you will need to be on campus every day Monday-Friday. The timetable for the current academic year is available to view as an example.
In order to progress to the research project, Masters students need to pass all exams in the taught component (pass mark 50%). It may be possible for students on the Postgraduate Diploma conversion course to transfer to the Masters course and undertake the research project if they meet these progression requirements.

There is currently a limit of 40 places on the conversion courses and applications are considered on a rolling basis.

We receive many enquiries, and have compiled a list of commonly asked questions and answers, which may be found here: FAQs

If you have a question about the course do check the FAQ page, as the answer is likely to be found there; if it is not you are very welcome to contact us with any queries using the enquiry form.


School of Psychology

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The University of Nottingham
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