Psychology (Conversion course)

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Are you curious about what drives behaviour? Are you fascinated by the human mind? A psychology degree at Winchester will satisfy your interests as you discover the science behind how we think, feel and behave.

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Course overview

Are you interested in becoming a Psychologist? Would you like to enhance your career opportunities with a scientific understanding of human behaviour? If so, then this course is for you. Designed for graduates who have studied other subjects, our MSc Psychology (conversion course) engages students new to psychology with the key areas of social, biological, cognitive, developmental psychology and individual differences. We will also enable you to develop strong research and data analytic skills in both qualitative and quantitative methods. This will prepare you for carrying out your own independent psychology research project. You will engage with the latest research findings and psychological theories, and have the opportunity to contribute to the vibrant research culture at Winchester. On completion you will be able to apply your new psychological knowledge and skills to a range of professional and everyday contexts.


We are working with the British Psychological Society for this course to be accredited (Graduate Basis for Chartership)

What you need to know

Course start date



On campus, Winchester

Course length

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time


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Typical offer

A first or second-class honours degree


From £9,775 pa

Course features

  • A postgraduate degree accreditation by the British Psychological Society*, providing the first step to becoming a psychologist (*subject to accreditation in 2024-25)
  • High quality teaching, delivered by experts in their field of psychology
  • A vibrant research environment with opportunities to get involved with psychological research
  • Study in a friendly and inclusive learning community. You will be supported by a dedicated team of lecturers, your own personal tutor, and one-to-one supervision for your dissertation. 

Course details

Learning and teaching

Our psychology programme equips graduates with the knowledge and skills for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership status with the British Psychological Society. We enable students to confidently apply their new psychological knowledge and skills to professional and applied contexts.
Teaching is primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.
In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures, seminars and workshops, you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

The Department of Psychology places great emphasis on the quality of teaching, and discussions of learning and teaching are regular features of departmental meetings. We highly value the views of our students and encourage them to contribute to our discussions via their student representatives.
The Department houses several laboratories which support cutting edged research in social, developmental, cognitive and biological psychology, and has attracted significant investment in recent years to support both our teaching programmes and our research. All academic staff play an active role in research and in this MSc, students are able to undertake their own research project and make contributions to the vibrant research culture. 

Key features of the student experience are:

- Department research seminars (approximately on a fortnightly basis during term time)
- A range of academic and social activities organised by the student-led Psychology Society
- Opportunities to get practical experience through voluntary research assistant work

Overall Workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity. The following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Independent Learning

The course is academically demanding and you will be expected to apply independent and critical learning, engage in independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.



Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.


We use a range of methods for assessing learning. A non-exhaustive indicative list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, research proposals, blog posts, articles, written exams, or practical exams.
We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met module learning outcomes. 


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures


Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing. The University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed. For further information please refer to


Applied skills for research and practice

This module equips students with the numeracy and analytic skills required to meet the various research and analytic requirements of the programme. Students are introduced in workshops to the principles of research design, and to basic techniques of qualitative and quantitative data analysis. In these sessions they will develop key skills in research design, data collection, analysis, and report writing. They are encouraged to see how data analysis relates to research design, and hence to understand and value the insights that can be gained by a competent knowledge of quantitative and qualitative analytic techniques. In personal tutorials and related group sessions, students will gain an awareness of the Psychology-related career pathways available to them upon graduation, and will be helped to evolve their career goals and aspired professional identities. They will also gain a critical awareness of the specific requirements of diverse audiences, both professional and academic, in relation to ethical practice and effective communication.  

Social Psychology

This module explores some of the key approaches and topics in Social Psychology in depth. Students will be introduced to key conceptual and historical issues and debates in social psychology, as well as some of the traditional areas of the discipline such as social identity, the self, social cognition and prejudice. The module will examine both ‘classic’ studies and theories, as well as contemporary treatments of these topics. The module will also cover critical approaches to social psychology and traditions emerging from these, such as social constructionism and discursive psychology and how to apply these to authentic and contemporary challenges in our lives. 

Biological Psychology

This module provides you with an insight into the biological basis of human and non-human behaviour, including comparative and evolutionary psychology, typical and atypical neuropsychology, neuroscience, behavioural genetics, and the effect of hormones on behaviour. You will learn how our conceptual models of biological psychology have developed through history as new methods of investigation were developed. You will also gain critical understanding and practical experience of research methods used by biological psychologists

Cognition and Behaviour

This module provides you with a broad overview of fundamental topics in cognitive psychology, such as sensation and perception, attention, language, learning, memory, thinking, problem solving, decision making, metacognition, consciousness and cognitive neuropsychology. Conceptual and historical issues relevant to cognitive psychology are also covered. You will gain critical understanding and practical experience of research methods used by cognitive psychologists. 

Personality and Individual Differences

This module aims to extend your understanding of the spectrum of individual differences and draws on content from a range of areas of psychology. This module covers key issues of contemporary significance using core areas of individual difference psychology such as personality, motivation, emotion and well-being. Topics are focused on in depth by examining different theoretical approaches to these concepts which allows you to understand how conceptual and historical issues inform our understanding and application of individual differences. The application of individual difference theory and research will be considered with the module in a number of contexts, for example, clinical, educational or organisational contexts. 

Developmental Psychology

This module aims to introduce students to both developmental theory and developmental methods. Developmental psychology covers a considerable number of historical and conceptual issues and current theories as well as applied issues. The focus is on childhood/adolescence from a wide perspective, including among others social, cognitive, biological and cultural perspectives. Diversity of development across the lifespan (childhood, adolescence) will be considered in areas such as attachment, social relations, cognition, language, moral and cultural development. Students will also gain a critical understanding and practical experience of the observation research methods applied to an aspect of child development. 

Qualitative methods in psychology

The aim of this module is to introduce students to qualitative research methods in psychology. The module will cover the historical development of qualitative methods, key conceptual debates (e.g. the philosophy of science), theoretical approaches to qualitative research, qualitative research designs and procedures, qualitative data collection methods (e.g. interviews and focus groups, qualitative surveys, vignettes and story completion tasks) and qualitative analytic methods (e.g. thematic analysis, interpretive phenomenological analysis and discourse analysis). Students will be given a chance to collect and analyse qualitative data, and write these up in a report. The module will emphasize the acquisition of practical research skills (in relation to key methods of data collection and analysis) as well as the development of critical analytic skills and a broad awareness of ethical issues relating to qualitative research methods in psychology. 

Quantitative Methods in Psychology

This module introduces you to quantitative approaches to psychological research methods. It will comprise weekly statistics lectures and workshops, in which you will go through a number of set work questions using a statistical software package (SPSS). The module will emphasise the acquisition of practical research skills (in relation to key methods of data collection, management and analysis), critical skills (e.g. through evaluating research papers and methods), and a broad awareness of issues concerning ethics in quantitative methods in psychology and conceptual and historical development of research methods (e.g. philosophy of science).

Empirical Research Project

This module provides students with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth and independent empirical study within the field of psychology. Students will apply theoretical and methodological knowledge and research skills gained across the programme. They will be required to resolve the complex conceptual, methodological and practical problems that are often encountered by psychological researchers. Completion of a dissertation will demonstrate their comprehensive understanding of all stages in the research process, an ability to deal with complex issues creatively and systematically, and to communicate information in a clear and appropriate fashion. The module will prepare students to undertake future psychological research through the practical experience that they have gained under the supervision of a member of academic staff.  

Entry requirements

A first or second-class honours degree

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree 

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Normally a first or second-class Honours degree.

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing​

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If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at

2024/2025 Course Tuition Fees 

  UK / Channel Islands /
Isle of Man / Republic of Ireland


Full-time £9,775 £18,300
Part-time £4,888 £9,150
Total £9,775 £18,300


Additional tuition fee information

If you are a UK student starting your degree in January / September 2024, the first year will cost you £9,775**.

If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

**The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year.

Additional costs

All teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:


Printing and Binding

The University is pleased to offer our students a free printing allowance of £20 each academic year. This will print around 500 A4 mono pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing. 

Disclosure and Barring Service

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance check may be required if you undertake a placement, volunteering, research or other course related activity where you will have contact with children or vulnerable adults. The requirement for a DBS check will be confirmed by staff as part of the process to approve your placement, research or other activity. The indicative cost is £40.


We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards page.


Those wishing to pursue professional careers in psychology - such as clinical, educational, or occupational psychology - need to undertake further study and training to gain professional recognition as a Chartered Psychologist. Graduates will be eligible to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership status, which is an entry requirement for many accredited postgraduate training courses in psychology. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. Professional careers in psychology can be pursued in the following fields; clinical, educational, occupational, sports and exercise, health, counselling, neuropsychology, forensic psychology and academic teaching and research.

Due to the wide range of skills, and the rigour with which they are taught, training in psychology is widely accepted as providing an excellent preparation for many careers. In addition to subject knowledge, an accredited degree in psychology also develops skills in communication; numeracy; analysis; teamwork; critical thinking; computing; independent learning; and many others, all of which are highly valued by employers.

The University of Winchester ranks in the top 10 in the UK for graduates in employment and/or further study (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2023, HESA).

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