Introduction

The Psychological Studies MSc programme is designed to introduce graduates from other disciplines to the study of psychology, as a first step to pursuing a career in this area.

This programme is studied on campus.

Psychologists study the full range of influences that affect behaviour, from the biological to the social. They also study how we perceive our environment; how we think, learn and remember; how we communicate and interact with others; how we differ from one another in personality and abilities; and how all these change and develop throughout our lifetimes.

The MSc Psychological Studies will introduce you to the study of psychology and provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue a career in psychology or in other areas where a scientific understanding of human behaviour is important.

Completion of this conversion programme could act as the first step to a professional career in psychology and will open up various options to you. Completion of a further 1 year masters programme in a specialist area such as health psychology or occupational psychology will enable you to pursue these specialist career paths. Alternatively, you may wish to use the conversion qualification as means to gain a BPS accredited qualification or as the basis for a career in the many areas where a knowledge of human behaviour is beneficial. You may be interested in pursuing a research career in psychology and may choose to go on to complete an MRes in Psychology as the first step to a PhD.

Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
MSc
Duration
12 months
Study Mode
Full Time
Start Month
September

What You'll Study

Semester 1

Semester 1

The MSc Psychological studies programme consists of eight taught courses and an empirical research project.

Compulsory Courses

Biological Psychology (PS5011) - 15 Credit Points

This course aims to provide students with a good understanding of the biological basis of behaviour and cognition. The course is split into two sections: Section 1 focuses on psychopharmacology, which is the study of the effects of drugs on normal and abnormal brain function; Section 2 examines neuropsychology, which focuses on the relationships between specific brain structures and psychological processes

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Psychological Assessment (PS5012) - 15 Credit Points

Psychological assessment is used by psychologists in a number of areas, including clinical, occupational and forensic settings. The aim of this course is to introduce students to psychometric theory, real life applications of psychological assessment, and the legal and ethical issues surrounding test administration. Topics covered on this lecture based course include: IQ and mood assessment, clinical neuropsychological tests of cognitive function and memory, assessment of dementia, and forensic aspects of assessment (legal malingering).

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Perception (PS5013) - 15 Credit Points

The aim of this course is to consider a range of approaches to human perception, from historical beginnings to recent innovative research. Topics covered include visual attention, colour perception, face recognition, and perception of painspecific brain structures and psychological processes.

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Introduction to Methods and Analysis In Psychology (PS5014) - 15 Credit Points

This course aims to introduce students to a broad range of methods used in psychological research. Lectures cover methods used to collect physiological data (e.g. brain imaging techniques), behavioural data (e.g. measures of task performance) and self-report data (e.g. survey, questionnaire and interview techniques). Practical classes involve students working in small groups to design studies, collect and analyse data, and write reports. Practical sessions are also used to teach students to use a statistical software package (SPSS) to analyse data collected in psychological studies.

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Semester 2

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

Social Psychology (PS5514) - 15 Credit Points

Social Psychologists explore the psychological factors that influence behaviour in social situations. As such, the aim of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the range of topics within experimental social psychology, with a defined focus on social cognition. Topics covered include: Stereotypes, social perception and action, self-control, consciousness, and mimicry.

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Advanced Methods and Analysis in Psychology (PS5515) - 15 Credit Points

The aim of this course is to expand on the material covered in the “Introduction to Methods and Analysis” course by covering a range of more advanced research methods and statistical techniques, including analysis of variance (ANOVA) and regression, as well as providing a thorough grounding in qualitative approaches to research. This is a ‘hands-on’ course, where students will have the opportunity to conduct a small research project, as well as practice carrying out different sorts of data analyses.

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Memory and Language (PS5516) - 15 Credit Points

The Memory component of this course aims to introduce students to the main theoretical components of memory (e.g. working memory, autobiographical memory), psychological theories of forgetting, and applications to the study of eyewitness memory. The Language component will introduce students to key issues in psycholinguistics, including sentence processing, language production, and factors that influence communication in different settings.

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Developmental Psychology (PS5517) - 15 Credit Points

This course takes a developmental approach to the question “What does it mean to be human?”, covering a range of psychological attributes that change with age. The course aims to introduce students to theories of perceptual, language, social and emotional development along with encouraging debate on some key conceptual issues (e.g. nature versus nurture). Specific topics covered within this course include: Awareness of mental states, information processing theory, and Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

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Semester 3

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

Research Project (PS5903) - 60 Credit Points

Students will complete an empirical project, under the supervision of a member of staff, where the student collects and analyses data in answer to a specific research question. The aim is to further develop the skills and knowledge necessary to carry out psychological research at a very high standard.

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Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

A variety of teaching methods are used, including lectures, tutorials, group work and practicals.

The course also makes the most of digital technology, including the recording of lectures for revision purposes.

Students are expected to actively engage in independent study and in group work, to consolidate learning.

Learning Methods

  • Group Projects
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

There are different types of assessment throughout the programme including written coursework assignments, examinations, and the research project.

Why Study Psychological Studies?

  • Successful completion of the MSc will provide you with graduate basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS which also opens up career paths in specialized areas of professional psychology, such as counselling psychology, health psychology and occupational psychology.
  • You will be situated within an international level research environment and taught by academic staff who are at the forefront of psychology research.
  • The School of Psychology's research was ranked within the top twenty in the UK (REF 2014).
  • You will be provided with a personal tutor from the academic staff, who will have responsibility for supporting you throughout your studies and will also provide employability advice and guidance.
  • You will benefit from the excellent employability programme within the School which aims to provide you with the skills and opportunities to enhance your career prospects and increase your likelihood of securing employment upon graduation.
  • The School of Psychology at Aberdeen is one the oldest academic psychology units in Britain and can lay claim to one of the earliest academic psychology appointments.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

Applicants must have at least a lower second class Honours degree (or equivalent) in any discipline. Some prior study of Psychology at University Undergraduate Level would be preferred, but is not essential.

Please check the In My Country pages to find out if your degree is equivalent.

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English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

CV
an up-to-date CV/Resumé
Degree Certificate
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £6,600
Tuition Fees for 2019/20 Academic Year
International Students £17,900
Tuition Fees for 2019/20 Academic Year

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Funding Opportunities

The following options are available to support your studies. Please click the links for full details and eligibility criteria.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

Careers

The MSc Psychological Sciences will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to apply scientific methodology to understanding human behaviour in all areas of life, including business, education, and health and social care. You will also gain important transferable skills, such as the ability to analyse data, think analytically, and communicate effectively, that are valued across the entire job market.

You will also gain important transferable skills, such as the ability to analyse data, think analytically, and communicate effectively, that are valued across the entire job market.

Successful completion of the MSc will provide you with graduate basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS, which also opens up career paths in specialised areas of professional psychology, such as counselling psychology, health psychology, and occupational psychology.

You may be interested in pursuing a research career in psychology and you will have the option to go on to complete an MRes in Psychology as the first step to a PhD.

Career Opportunities

  • Doctoral Researcher
  • Health Psychologist
  • Occupational Psychologist

Accreditation

This degree holds accreditation from

Psychology Research Top UK 20

The School of Psychology's research was ranked within the top twenty in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework exercise.

Our Experts

The School of Psychology provides an exciting and vibrant research environment. Our degrees are taught by a range of experts across our 3 research themes, Cognition, Perception and Attention and Social Cognition.

Programme Coordinator
Dr David Sutherland

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Facilities

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Sir Duncan Rice Library

Sir Duncan Rice Library

The University’s award winning Sir Duncan Rice Library is listed in the “Top 20 spellbinding University libraries in the World”. It contains over a million volumes, more than 300,000 e-books and 21,000 journals.

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Psychophysiology Centre

Psychophysiology Centre

This facility consists of several spacious rooms that house electroencephalographic (EEG) equipment and sound-attenuated, shielded testing booths.

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Eye Tracking Facilities

Eye Tracking Facilities

The School of Psychology has four in-house eye trackers. The Eyelink 1000 system allows the recording of eye gaze at a sampling rate of 1000 Hz.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

Address
Student Recruitment & Admissions Service
University of Aberdeen
University Office
Regent Walk
Aberdeen
AB24 3FX