Psychology (Graduate Conversion) MSc

Course summary

OverviewThe MSc Psychology Conversion offers a fast route for graduates wishing to gain eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), which is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
Why choose this course?The MSc Psychology (Graduate Conversion) delivers all of the core content required by the British Psychological Society to allow successful graduates to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). 
The Masters level course has a strong focus on developing and enhancing your critical thinking and providing all the skills and knowledge required to plan, implement and report psychological research. 
You will be taught by active research staff within the School of Human and Social Sciences, providing opportunities for you to complete your dissertation projects on a number of topics, through a range of methodologies, allowing you to specialise in your chosen area of interest.
During the course your skills and knowledge will be assessed through:
  • research reports
  • oral and poster presentations
  • written examinations
  • essays.

The teaching staff will offer small group tutorials providing instruction and support for a range of academic skills (such as the specific referencing and writing style required) as well as in personal development in time management and project planning.
Tutor InformationThis course is run by the School of Human and Social Sciences to provide you with both the high-quality teaching and the personal attention you need to make the most of your University education.
The staff team within the school are committed to providing an engaging and exciting learning experience in all areas of study, and the level of student support is outstanding. 
The School of Human and Social Sciences teaching staff includes:
Dr Rosemary Stock who is the Course Leader for the Graduate Diplomas and Post Graduate Certificates in Psychology. Both Rosemary's Masters degree and her PhD examined the effects of ageing and of various individual differences (e.g. thinking style) upon reasoning and decision making. She continue to work in this field, but since joining UWL she has also developed an interest in improving teaching and learning in higher education. Her projects in this field include 'Examining the Role of Mental Toughness in Student Success' and 'the Affects and Predictors of Media Multi-Tasking within the Student Population'.
A Lecturer in psychology, Dr Ben Hine is broadly interested in the area of applied gender psychology. This is reflected in his two main research interests - prosocial behaviour in childhood and adolescence, and interpersonal violence.
Ben is continuing the work conducted during his PhD - exploring how gender stereotypes and norms influence prosocial behaviour, and whether boys feel they need to carve out a specific 'niche' in this traditionally feminine area. He is also interested in interpersonal violence towards men and women, and how gendered power dynamics influence the judgements and reactions to these incidences, particularly by the criminal justice system, but also by peers and support networks.
Dr Jamie Churchyard who is a Lecturer in psychology, is mainly interested in research focusing on personality and other individual differences. This includes research looking into both between and/or within-person personality or individual differences (thought to be due to inclusion/involvement in naturally occurring groups or situations). He usually explore these topics in relation to psychological well-being, but he is also interested in how personality and dogmatic thinking are related in particular groups (e.g., religious, political).
Dr Bob Lockie is a Senior Lecturer in psychology who specialises in:
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophical Psychology
  • Conceptual and Theoretical Issues in Psychology
  • Epistemology
  • Metaphilosophy
  • Free Will                                            
Dr Lee Usher is a Senior Lecturer in psychology. His PhD focused on the psychological components of Functional Gastrointestinal illness. Specifically, he examined the role of illness and treatment representations in individuals affected by Irritable Bowel Syndrome and how such representations influence coping procedures (such as use of complementary treatments) and health related quality of life. He is currently involved in research assessing the influence of mental toughness and affect in higher education.

Other options available for MSc MSc Psychology (Graduate Conversion)

  • Full time - September 2017, Brentford site


Fees for home and EU students

Main fee£3,600

Fees for overseas students

Main fee£5,750Find out if you are a home or overseas student.


A range of loans, bursaries and scholarships are available to help you fund your studies.

Students on some Masters courses may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards their course and living costs. Find out how to apply for a Postgraduate Loan on GOV.UK

Other loans available to postgraduate students include Professional and Career Development Loans, which also allow you to borrow up to £10,000.  Find out more about Loans on GOV.UK

Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as disabled students. Find out more about funding opportunities

Within the university, we offer a range of scholarships and bursaries including:

  • The William Brake Bursary: a £1,000 award for candidates on undergraduate or postgraduate degree courses
  • The Mollie Clay Scholarship: a £2,500 scholarship awarded to an outstanding student
  • Exclusive alumni discounts: a £2,000 discount on taught postgraduate courses or a 10% discount on research courses, exclusive to students who graduated from the University of West London.

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility for the scholarships and bursaries listed above.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

MSc, MSc Award
, September Start
Part-time, Full-time Study Mode
2 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

Entry requirements

You will normally be required to hold:

  • a 2:1 honours degree in any subject
  • Maths and English at GCSE Level or equivalent

If you hold a 2:2, you may be considered under certain circumstances, for instance if you also hold a Graduate Certificate in Psychology or other relevant qualifications.

International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.5 or above, and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses

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