MSc Experimental Psychology (conversion)

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Faculty Faculty of Science
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Start date September 2018

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, behaviour and the brain, 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, and oral and written communication skills).

These skills are highly valued by employers and the programme is 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 2018/19

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU: full-time
Overseas: full-time
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

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 2018/19

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

Programme structure

This programme is made up of six 20-credit mandatory taught units and a 60-credit dissertation.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Experimental Psychology (conversion).

Entry requirements

Minimum upper second-class honours 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.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile C
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement


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 2018

International students

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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 Postgraduate Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 928 8452 Email:

Fiona Tonagh Postgraduate 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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