MSc Experimental Psychology (Conversion)

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New programme for 2017

Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Open to international students Yes
Start date September 2017

Programme overview

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.

Fees for 2017/18

Full-time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

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.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.1 degree or international equivalent. Applicants need to be able demonstrate evidence of numerical/statistical competence (eg a first degree in a numerical discipline; quantitative research experience; relevant non-academic experience).

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile C
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.


Graduates looking for a psychology conversion course are often interested in specific careers as chartered psychologists (eg educational or clinical psychologists). This programme prepares non-psychology graduates for the further postgraduate study needed to pursue these career paths.

More generally, the programme provides non-psychology graduates with psychological knowledge and a range of generic, transferable skills that are directly relevant to a wide variety of careers, such as health, education, marketing, scientific and legal consultancy, banking and finance, human resources, media and the public sector.

How to apply
Application deadline:

31 July 2017

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.


REF 2014 results

  • 43% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 37% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 18% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Charlotte Powell PG Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 928 8452 Email:

Fiona Tonagh PG Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 928 8452 Email:

School of Experimental Psychology
University of Bristol
12a, Priory Road
Bristol BS8 1TU
United Kingdom


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