MSci Psychology (C802)

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UCAS code C802
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 This course was new for 2016 entry and applicants accepted data is not yet available

About MSci Psychology

This MSci programme is designed for those considering a career in psychology. Students will take the same modules as the BSc Psychology course, followed by an additional specialist fourth year.

Our psychology degree is recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as qualification for graduate registration and our course is specifically designed to meet its requirements.

In the first year you will study psychology, research methods (laboratory classes and statistics) and an open unit in another school.

In the second year, you will focus on research methods and units in the Psychology core curriculum.

The third year of the degree is entirely option-based, with selection from a range of lecture and seminar courses together with a research project.

In the fourth year, you will gain hands-on experience in cutting edge research through a research placement and an independent research project that are supervised by our academic and research staff. Taught components are Master's-level modules. You will take taught modules on transferable skills and choose options from a list of units that include advanced statistical analysis and training in advanced scientific methods.

More about Psychology

Find out more about studying Psychology at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Foundations of Psychology
  • Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology
  • Introduction to Biological Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychological Experiments and Statistics
  • Myths and Misconceptions in Psychology
  • Open unit

Second year

  • Social Psychology and Individual Differences
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology and Language
  • Biological Psychology
  • Psychological Experiments and Statistics
  • Advanced Psychological Experiments and Statistics

Third year

Students choose three 20 credit point lecture units from the following (please note these options change from year to year):

  • Consciousness and Psychology
  • Neuropsychiatry 
  • Nutrition and Behaviour
  • Developmental Disorders of Communication
  • Psychology of Language
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Contemporary Issues in Psychology
  • Independent Research Project

Fourth year

  • Research Project for MSci in Psychology
  • Advanced Statistics
  • Theory and Practice in Neuropsychological Research
  • Neuropsychological Approaches in Clinics and Research

Students can take three units from the following list as long as the corresponding unit was not taken in Year 3:

  • Psychology of Language
  • Nutrition and Behaviour
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental Disorders of Communication
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Consciousness.
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Psychology

Typical offer for MSci Psychology - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
A*AA including at least one science subject (may include Psychology or Geography)
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAB including at least one science subject (may include Psychology or Geography)
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
38 Including 18 points at Higher Level with 6 in a science subject at Higher Level (may include Psychology or Geography)
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
34 including 17 points at Higher Level with 6 in a science subject at Higher Level (may include Psychology or Geography)
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements for Principal Subjects are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction, including 12 credits in science and 15 credits at Merit, including Mathematics or GCSE Mathematics at grade B
BTEC offer D*DD in Science plus grade A in A-level Mathematics or a lab-based science. Other pathways may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAAAA and AH: AA in two science subjects
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer88% overall with 8.5 in at least one science subject (may include Psychology or Geography)
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Mathematics and English at grade B. In England, where numerical GCSE grades will start to replace letter GCSE grades, we will be aligning the two grading schemes as follows: 4 or 5 is C, 6 is B, 7 is A, and 8 or 9 is A*.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
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.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Considered

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application

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This course is recognised by the following organisations:

British Psychological Society (BPS) Accredited against the requirements for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

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