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.

Study Information

Study Options

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
MSc
Duration
12 months
Study Mode
Full Time
Start Month
January or September
Location of Study
Aberdeen
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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 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. You will also have the opportunity to specialise in an area of psychology best suited to your interests or career aspirations, by choosing from a range of elective courses, some of which can be studied online, including:

  • Mental Health
  • Organisational Psychology
  • Applied Developmental Psychology

Completion of this Psychological Studies 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.

Available Programmes of Study

Psychological Studies

Qualification Duration Learning Mode Study Mode Start Month Location  
MSc 12 months On Campus Learning Full Time September Aberdeen View

Programme Information

Semester 1

Semester 1

The MSc Psychological studies programme consists of a range of taught and optional courses and an empirical research project.


Compulsory Courses

In semester one, students study one compulsory course.

Study Skills for Psychology (PS50SP)

This brief course provides an introduction to the essential skills and information you will need to study psychology as a postgraduate student.

View detailed information about this course
Core Principles: Individual Differences, Cognitive and Biological (PS5027)

45 Credit Points

This course aims to provide you with a thorough understanding of psychological research in three core areas of psychology, biological, individual differences, and cognitive. In addition, students will attend tutorials to support skill development and a weekly seminar course on contemporary psychological research.

View detailed information about this course

Optional Courses

Students also study one 15-credit course from a number of options.

Human Factors in Industrial Practice (PS5025)

15 Credit Points

Safety is a priority in every industry. This course considers safety from a human factors perspective, and is suitable for anyone who wants to learn more about the factors that can influence human performance and safety.

The course will provide insight into human behaviour at work, from how we work together and make decisions (non-technical skills) to the impact of the workplace environment (heat, noise) on our ability to work safely and effectively.

By covering the most up to date research in this area, alongside evaluating real life case studies to discover what went wrong, this course will equip professionals from every industry with the tools they need to begin evaluating, and improving, safety at their own place of work.

View detailed information about this course
Psychological Perspectives: Current Issues in Education (PS5028)

15 Credit Points

Across the world, educational policy-makers and practitioners are committed to enhancing children’s learning experiences in areas such as literacy and numeracy, as well as closing the attainment gap by raising the attainment of children experiencing deprivation. As a vast and ever-developing field, several educational approaches have been developed in an effort to improve learning and attainment. This on-line module offers an opportunity for students to explore the psychological theory that underpins current issues in education.

View detailed information about this course
The Psychology of Wellbeing (PS5030)

15 Credit Points

What makes us happy? What improves our psychological wellbeing? How can we increase life satisfaction? This course will explore the factors that contribute to psychological wellbeing at both and individual and societal level. We will look at theories of psychological wellbeing and explore the science and theory of what improves wellbeing. Students will also have the opportunity to apply this in their own life and consider how this can be applied to improve the well being of communities and societies.

View detailed information about this course
Organisational Psychology (PS5031)

15 Credit Points

At some point in our lives we will, hopefully, enter the world of work and be met with some of the challenges and issues which confront organisations globally such as managing organisational change, how to create a talent pipeline and how to create high performing teams. This online module provides an opportunity for students to understand the role of Occupational Psychology in dealing with these challenges and how psychological theory underpins practice in the workplace and across organisations.

View detailed information about this course
The Social Mind (PS5033)

15 Credit Points

The Social Mind details the psychological processes through people understand the self and others. Emphasis is placed a range of core topic in social cognition; including: stereotyping and prejudice, mind wandering, self-control, and mind perception.

View detailed information about this course
Advanced Topics in Language (PS5034)

15 Credit Points

By the end of the course, students will have a greater understanding of two broad area of psycholinguistic research: developmental disorders of reading and language, and current topics in bilingualism research

View detailed information about this course
Safety Critical Skills in Industry (PS5037)

15 Credit Points

Non-technical skills are the social, cognitive and personal management skills that, alongside technical knowledge, enable safe and effective work performance. These skills are vital in all industries, with a particular emphasis on high risk industries such as aviation, healthcare, shipping, agriculture and offshore drilling.

View detailed information about this course
Semester 2

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

In semester 2, students study three compulsory courses.

Core Principles: Social and Developmental Psychology (PS5527)

15 Credit Points

This course aims to provide you with a thorough understanding of psychological research in the core areas of social and developmental psychology. In addition, students will attend tutorials to support skill development.

View detailed information about this course
Methods and Analysis in Psychology (PS5529)

30 Credit Points

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the use of basic as well as more advanced descriptive and inferential statistics for data analysis in psychology. Both quantitative and qualitative research methods will be covered and students will gain understanding of the key concepts and issues in psychological research and study design.

View detailed information about this course
Optional Courses

Students also study one 15-credit course from the following options.

Human Factors in Industrial Practice (PS5525)

15 Credit Points

Safety is a priority in every industry. This course considers safety from a human factors perspective, and is suitable for anyone who wants to learn more about the factors that can influence human performance and safety.

The course will provide insight into human behaviour at work, from how we work together and make decisions (non-technical skills) to the impact of the workplace environment (heat, noise) on our ability to work safely and effectively.

By covering the most up to date research in this area, alongside evaluating real life case studies to discover what went wrong, this course will equip professionals from every industry with the tools they need to begin evaluating, and improving, safety at their own place of work.

View detailed information about this course
Psychological Perspectives: Current Issues in Education (PS5528)

15 Credit Points

Across the world, educational policy-makers and practitioners are committed to enhancing children’s learning experiences in areas such as literacy and numeracy, as well as closing the attainment gap by raising the attainment of children experiencing deprivation. As a vast and ever-developing field, several educational approaches have been developed in an effort to improve learning and attainment. This on-line module offers an opportunity for students to explore the psychological theory that underpins current issues in education.

View detailed information about this course
The Psychology of Wellbeing (PS5530)

15 Credit Points

What makes us happy? What improves our psychological wellbeing? How can we increase life satisfaction? This course will explore the factors that contribute to psychological wellbeing at both and individual and societal level. We will look at theories of psychological wellbeing and explore the science and theory of what improves wellbeing. Students will also have the opportunity to apply this in their own life and consider how this can be applied to improve the well being of communities and societies.

View detailed information about this course
Organisational Psychology (PS5531)

15 Credit Points

At some point in our lives we will, hopefully, enter the world of work and be met with some of the challenges and issues which confront organisations globally such as managing organisational change, how to create a talent pipeline and how to create high performing teams. This online module provides an opportunity for students to understand the role of Occupational Psychology in dealing with these challenges and how psychological theory underpins practice in the workplace and across organisations.

View detailed information about this course
Psychological Perspectives: Current Issues in Health & Wellbeing (PS5532)

15 Credit Points

Children’s health and wellbeing is a key focus of current educational policy both nationally and internationally. With an increasing acknowledgement of the interplay between wellbeing and success at school (and beyond), several pedagogical approaches have been developed to promote children’s physical and mental health. In this module, students will explore key issues in children’s health and wellbeing from a psychological perspective.

View detailed information about this course
Organisational Culture and Conflict (PS5535)

15 Credit Points

This online course covers two areas relevant to the performance and safety of organisations and their workers: culture and conflict.

Culture: ‘The way we do things around here’ – the rules and norms that govern employee behaviour. We will discuss organisational, national and professional culture, alongside multi-cultural teams.

Conflict: Differing experiences and backgrounds can produce disagreement, sometimes resulting in rudeness and bullying, adversely impacting worker performance and wellbeing. We will discuss conflict, the impact on staff, plus management strategies.

View detailed information about this course
Clinical Psychology in Action (PS5544)

15 Credit Points

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the clinical work of applied psychologists within the NHS. The task of the applied psychologist is to use clinical skills and knowledge to understand client’s thoughts, feelings and behaviour through the collaborative development of a psychological formulation. These lectures will discuss a series of formulations from specialist areas and psychological interventions.

View detailed information about this course
Forensic Psychology (PS5547)

15 Credit Points

This course will canvass a range of theoretical and applied issues in forensic and criminal psychology.

View detailed information about this course
Counselling Psychology (PS5548)

15 Credit Points

Counselling psychologists work with adults and children on a diverse range of issues, including bereavement, relationships, and mental health problems. This course will introduce students to the key issues, theories and practices relevant in Counselling Psychology.

View detailed information about this course
Safety Critical Skills in Industry (PS5537)

15 Credit Points

Non-technical skills are the social, cognitive and personal management skills that, alongside technical knowledge, enable safe and effective work performance. These skills are vital in all industries, with a particular emphasis on high risk industries such as aviation, healthcare, shipping, agriculture and offshore drilling.

View detailed information about this course
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.

View detailed information about this course

Programme Fees

Fee information
Fee category Cost
EU / International students £21,500
Tuition Fees for 2021/22 Academic Year
Home / RUK £9,200
Tuition Fees for 2021/22 Academic Year
MSc 12 months On Campus Learning Full Time January Aberdeen View

Programme Information

Semester 1

Semester 1

The MSc Psychological studies programme consists of a range of taught and optional courses and an empirical research project.


Compulsory Courses

In semester 1, students study three compulsory courses.

Core Principles: Social and Developmental Psychology (PS5527)

15 Credit Points

This course aims to provide you with a thorough understanding of psychological research in the core areas of social and developmental psychology. In addition, students will attend tutorials to support skill development.

View detailed information about this course
Methods and Analysis in Psychology (PS5529)

30 Credit Points

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the use of basic as well as more advanced descriptive and inferential statistics for data analysis in psychology. Both quantitative and qualitative research methods will be covered and students will gain understanding of the key concepts and issues in psychological research and study design.

View detailed information about this course
Study Skills for Psychology (PS55SP)

This brief course provides an introduction to the essential skills and information you will need to study psychology as a postgraduate student.

View detailed information about this course

Optional Courses

Students also study one 15-credit course from the following options.

  • Safety Critical Skills in Industry (PS5526)
  • Psychological Perspectives: Current Issues in Education (PS5528)
  • The Psychology of Wellbeing (PS5530)
  • Organisational Psychology (PS5531)
  • Psychological Perspectives: Current Issues in Health and Wellbeing (PS5532)
  • Clinical Psychology in Action (PS5544)
  • Forensic Psychology (PS5547)
  • Counselling Psychology (PS5548)
Human Factors in Industrial Practice (PS5525)

15 Credit Points

Safety is a priority in every industry. This course considers safety from a human factors perspective, and is suitable for anyone who wants to learn more about the factors that can influence human performance and safety.

The course will provide insight into human behaviour at work, from how we work together and make decisions (non-technical skills) to the impact of the workplace environment (heat, noise) on our ability to work safely and effectively.

By covering the most up to date research in this area, alongside evaluating real life case studies to discover what went wrong, this course will equip professionals from every industry with the tools they need to begin evaluating, and improving, safety at their own place of work.

View detailed information about this course
Semester 2

Semester 2

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.

View detailed information about this course
Semester 3

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

In semester one, students study one 45-credit compulsory course.

Core Principles: Individual Differences, Cognitive and Biological (PS5027)

45 Credit Points

This course aims to provide you with a thorough understanding of psychological research in three core areas of psychology, biological, individual differences, and cognitive. In addition, students will attend tutorials to support skill development and a weekly seminar course on contemporary psychological research.

View detailed information about this course
Optional Courses

Students also study one 15-credit course from a number of options.

  • Safety Critical Skills in Industry (PS5026)
  • Psychological Perspectives: Current Issues in Education (PS5028)
  • The Psychology of Wellbeing (PS5030)
  • Organisational Psychology (PS5031)
  • Psychological Perspectives: Current Issues in Health and Wellbeing (PS5032)
  • The Social Mind (PS5033)
  • Advanced Topics in Language (PS5034)
  • Organisational Culture and Conflict (PS5035)
Human Factors in Industrial Practice (PS5025)

15 Credit Points

Safety is a priority in every industry. This course considers safety from a human factors perspective, and is suitable for anyone who wants to learn more about the factors that can influence human performance and safety.

The course will provide insight into human behaviour at work, from how we work together and make decisions (non-technical skills) to the impact of the workplace environment (heat, noise) on our ability to work safely and effectively.

By covering the most up to date research in this area, alongside evaluating real life case studies to discover what went wrong, this course will equip professionals from every industry with the tools they need to begin evaluating, and improving, safety at their own place of work.

View detailed information about this course

Programme Fees

Fee information
Fee category Cost
EU / International students £21,500
Tuition Fees for 2021/22 Academic Year
Home / RUK £9,200
Tuition Fees for 2021/22 Academic Year

Psychological Studies with Applied Developmental Psychology

Qualification Duration Learning Mode Study Mode Start Month Location  
MSc 12 months On Campus Learning Full Time September Aberdeen View

Programme Information

Semester 1

Semester 1

The programme consists of a range of taught courses and an empirical research project.


Compulsory Courses

In semester 1, students study two compulsory courses.

Study Skills for Psychology (PS50SP)

This brief course provides an introduction to the essential skills and information you will need to study psychology as a postgraduate student.

View detailed information about this course
Core Principles: Individual Differences, Cognitive and Biological (PS5027)

45 Credit Points

This course aims to provide you with a thorough understanding of psychological research in three core areas of psychology, biological, individual differences, and cognitive. In addition, students will attend tutorials to support skill development and a weekly seminar course on contemporary psychological research.

View detailed information about this course
Psychological Perspectives: Current Issues in Education (PS5028)

15 Credit Points

Across the world, educational policy-makers and practitioners are committed to enhancing children’s learning experiences in areas such as literacy and numeracy, as well as closing the attainment gap by raising the attainment of children experiencing deprivation. As a vast and ever-developing field, several educational approaches have been developed in an effort to improve learning and attainment. This on-line module offers an opportunity for students to explore the psychological theory that underpins current issues in education.

View detailed information about this course
Semester 2

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

In semester 2, students study three compulsory 15-credit courses.

Core Principles: Social and Developmental Psychology (PS5527)

15 Credit Points

This course aims to provide you with a thorough understanding of psychological research in the core areas of social and developmental psychology. In addition, students will attend tutorials to support skill development.

View detailed information about this course
Methods and Analysis in Psychology (PS5529)

30 Credit Points

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the use of basic as well as more advanced descriptive and inferential statistics for data analysis in psychology. Both quantitative and qualitative research methods will be covered and students will gain understanding of the key concepts and issues in psychological research and study design.

View detailed information about this course
Psychological Perspectives: Current Issues in Health & Wellbeing (PS5532)

15 Credit Points

Children’s health and wellbeing is a key focus of current educational policy both nationally and internationally. With an increasing acknowledgement of the interplay between wellbeing and success at school (and beyond), several pedagogical approaches have been developed to promote children’s physical and mental health. In this module, students will explore key issues in children’s health and wellbeing from a psychological perspective.

View detailed information about this course
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.

View detailed information about this course

Programme Fees

Fee information
Fee category Cost
EU / International students £21,500
Tuition Fees for 2021/22 Academic Year
Home / RUK £9,200
Tuition Fees for 2021/22 Academic Year
MSc 12 months On Campus Learning Full Time January Aberdeen View

Programme Information

Semester 1

Semester 1

The programme consists of a range of taught courses and an empirical research project.


Compulsory Courses

In semester one, students study four compulsory 15-credit courses.

Core Principles: Social and Developmental Psychology (PS5527)

15 Credit Points

This course aims to provide you with a thorough understanding of psychological research in the core areas of social and developmental psychology. In addition, students will attend tutorials to support skill development.

View detailed information about this course
Study Skills for Psychology (PS55SP)

This brief course provides an introduction to the essential skills and information you will need to study psychology as a postgraduate student.

View detailed information about this course
Methods and Analysis in Psychology (PS5529)

30 Credit Points

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the use of basic as well as more advanced descriptive and inferential statistics for data analysis in psychology. Both quantitative and qualitative research methods will be covered and students will gain understanding of the key concepts and issues in psychological research and study design.

View detailed information about this course
Psychological Perspectives: Current Issues in Health & Wellbeing (PS5532)

15 Credit Points

Children’s health and wellbeing is a key focus of current educational policy both nationally and internationally. With an increasing acknowledgement of the interplay between wellbeing and success at school (and beyond), several pedagogical approaches have been developed to promote children’s physical and mental health. In this module, students will explore key issues in children’s health and wellbeing from a psychological perspective.

View detailed information about this course
Semester 2

Semester 2

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.

View detailed information about this course
Semester 3

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

In semester 3, students study two compulsory courses.

Core Principles: Individual Differences, Cognitive and Biological (PS5027)

45 Credit Points

This course aims to provide you with a thorough understanding of psychological research in three core areas of psychology, biological, individual differences, and cognitive. In addition, students will attend tutorials to support skill development and a weekly seminar course on contemporary psychological research.

View detailed information about this course
Psychological Perspectives: Current Issues in Education (PS5028)

15 Credit Points

Across the world, educational policy-makers and practitioners are committed to enhancing children’s learning experiences in areas such as literacy and numeracy, as well as closing the attainment gap by raising the attainment of children experiencing deprivation. As a vast and ever-developing field, several educational approaches have been developed in an effort to improve learning and attainment. This on-line module offers an opportunity for students to explore the psychological theory that underpins current issues in education.

View detailed information about this course

Programme Fees

Fee information
Fee category Cost
EU / International students £21,500
Tuition Fees for 2021/22 Academic Year
Home / RUK £9,200
Tuition Fees for 2021/22 Academic Year

Psychological Studies with Mental Health

Qualification Duration Learning Mode Study Mode Start Month Location  
MSc 12 months On Campus Learning Full Time September Aberdeen View

Programme Information

Semester 1

Semester 1

The programme consists of a range of taught and optional courses and an empirical research project.


Compulsory Courses

In semester one, students study two compulsory courses.

Study Skills for Psychology (PS50SP)

This brief course provides an introduction to the essential skills and information you will need to study psychology as a postgraduate student.

View detailed information about this course
Core Principles: Individual Differences, Cognitive and Biological (PS5027)

45 Credit Points

This course aims to provide you with a thorough understanding of psychological research in three core areas of psychology, biological, individual differences, and cognitive. In addition, students will attend tutorials to support skill development and a weekly seminar course on contemporary psychological research.

View detailed information about this course
The Psychology of Wellbeing (PS5030)

15 Credit Points

What makes us happy? What improves our psychological wellbeing? How can we increase life satisfaction? This course will explore the factors that contribute to psychological wellbeing at both and individual and societal level. We will look at theories of psychological wellbeing and explore the science and theory of what improves wellbeing. Students will also have the opportunity to apply this in their own life and consider how this can be applied to improve the well being of communities and societies.

View detailed information about this course
Semester 2

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

In semester 2, students study two compulsory 15-credit courses.

Core Principles: Social and Developmental Psychology (PS5527)

15 Credit Points

This course aims to provide you with a thorough understanding of psychological research in the core areas of social and developmental psychology. In addition, students will attend tutorials to support skill development.

View detailed information about this course
Methods and Analysis in Psychology (PS5529)

30 Credit Points

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the use of basic as well as more advanced descriptive and inferential statistics for data analysis in psychology. Both quantitative and qualitative research methods will be covered and students will gain understanding of the key concepts and issues in psychological research and study design.

View detailed information about this course
Optional Courses

Students also study one 15-credit course.

Clinical Psychology in Action (PS5544)

15 Credit Points

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the clinical work of applied psychologists within the NHS. The task of the applied psychologist is to use clinical skills and knowledge to understand client’s thoughts, feelings and behaviour through the collaborative development of a psychological formulation. These lectures will discuss a series of formulations from specialist areas and psychological interventions.

View detailed information about this course
Counselling Psychology (PS5548)

15 Credit Points

Counselling psychologists work with adults and children on a diverse range of issues, including bereavement, relationships, and mental health problems. This course will introduce students to the key issues, theories and practices relevant in Counselling Psychology.

View detailed information about this course
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.

View detailed information about this course

Programme Fees

Fee information
Fee category Cost
EU / International students £21,500
Tuition Fees for 2021/22 Academic Year
Home / RUK £9,200
Tuition Fees for 2021/22 Academic Year
MSc 12 months On Campus Learning Full Time January Aberdeen View

Programme Information

Semester 1

Semester 1

The programme consists of a range of taught and optional courses and an empirical research project.


Compulsory Courses

In semester one, students study three compulsory 15-credit courses.

Study Skills for Psychology (PS55SP)

This brief course provides an introduction to the essential skills and information you will need to study psychology as a postgraduate student.

View detailed information about this course
Core Principles: Social and Developmental Psychology (PS5527)

15 Credit Points

This course aims to provide you with a thorough understanding of psychological research in the core areas of social and developmental psychology. In addition, students will attend tutorials to support skill development.

View detailed information about this course
Methods and Analysis in Psychology (PS5529)

30 Credit Points

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the use of basic as well as more advanced descriptive and inferential statistics for data analysis in psychology. Both quantitative and qualitative research methods will be covered and students will gain understanding of the key concepts and issues in psychological research and study design.

View detailed information about this course

Optional Courses

Students also study one 15-credit course from the following options.

Clinical Psychology in Action (PS5544)

15 Credit Points

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the clinical work of applied psychologists within the NHS. The task of the applied psychologist is to use clinical skills and knowledge to understand client’s thoughts, feelings and behaviour through the collaborative development of a psychological formulation. These lectures will discuss a series of formulations from specialist areas and psychological interventions.

View detailed information about this course
Counselling Psychology (PS5548)

15 Credit Points

Counselling psychologists work with adults and children on a diverse range of issues, including bereavement, relationships, and mental health problems. This course will introduce students to the key issues, theories and practices relevant in Counselling Psychology.

View detailed information about this course
Semester 2

Semester 2

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.

View detailed information about this course
Semester 3

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

In semester one, students study two compulsory courses.

Core Principles: Individual Differences, Cognitive and Biological (PS5027)

45 Credit Points

This course aims to provide you with a thorough understanding of psychological research in three core areas of psychology, biological, individual differences, and cognitive. In addition, students will attend tutorials to support skill development and a weekly seminar course on contemporary psychological research.

View detailed information about this course
The Psychology of Wellbeing (PS5030)

15 Credit Points

What makes us happy? What improves our psychological wellbeing? How can we increase life satisfaction? This course will explore the factors that contribute to psychological wellbeing at both and individual and societal level. We will look at theories of psychological wellbeing and explore the science and theory of what improves wellbeing. Students will also have the opportunity to apply this in their own life and consider how this can be applied to improve the well being of communities and societies.

View detailed information about this course

Programme Fees

Fee information
Fee category Cost
EU / International students £21,500
Tuition Fees for 2021/22 Academic Year
Home / RUK £9,200
Tuition Fees for 2021/22 Academic Year

Psychological Studies with Organisational Psychology

Qualification Duration Learning Mode Study Mode Start Month Location  
MSc 12 months On Campus Learning Full Time September Aberdeen View

Programme Information

Semester 1

Semester 1

The programme consists of a range of taught and optional courses and an empirical research project.


Compulsory Courses

In semester 1, students study one compulsory course.

Study Skills for Psychology (PS50SP)

This brief course provides an introduction to the essential skills and information you will need to study psychology as a postgraduate student.

View detailed information about this course
Core Principles: Individual Differences, Cognitive and Biological (PS5027)

45 Credit Points

This course aims to provide you with a thorough understanding of psychological research in three core areas of psychology, biological, individual differences, and cognitive. In addition, students will attend tutorials to support skill development and a weekly seminar course on contemporary psychological research.

View detailed information about this course

Optional Courses

Students also study one 15-credit course from the following options.

Human Factors in Industrial Practice (PS5025)

15 Credit Points

Safety is a priority in every industry. This course considers safety from a human factors perspective, and is suitable for anyone who wants to learn more about the factors that can influence human performance and safety.

The course will provide insight into human behaviour at work, from how we work together and make decisions (non-technical skills) to the impact of the workplace environment (heat, noise) on our ability to work safely and effectively.

By covering the most up to date research in this area, alongside evaluating real life case studies to discover what went wrong, this course will equip professionals from every industry with the tools they need to begin evaluating, and improving, safety at their own place of work.

View detailed information about this course
Safety Critical Skills in Industry (PS5037)

15 Credit Points

Non-technical skills are the social, cognitive and personal management skills that, alongside technical knowledge, enable safe and effective work performance. These skills are vital in all industries, with a particular emphasis on high risk industries such as aviation, healthcare, shipping, agriculture and offshore drilling.

View detailed information about this course
Organisational Psychology (PS5031)

15 Credit Points

At some point in our lives we will, hopefully, enter the world of work and be met with some of the challenges and issues which confront organisations globally such as managing organisational change, how to create a talent pipeline and how to create high performing teams. This online module provides an opportunity for students to understand the role of Occupational Psychology in dealing with these challenges and how psychological theory underpins practice in the workplace and across organisations.

View detailed information about this course
Semester 2

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

In semester 2, students study three compulsory 15-credit courses.

Core Principles: Social and Developmental Psychology (PS5527)

15 Credit Points

This course aims to provide you with a thorough understanding of psychological research in the core areas of social and developmental psychology. In addition, students will attend tutorials to support skill development.

View detailed information about this course
Methods and Analysis in Psychology (PS5529)

30 Credit Points

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the use of basic as well as more advanced descriptive and inferential statistics for data analysis in psychology. Both quantitative and qualitative research methods will be covered and students will gain understanding of the key concepts and issues in psychological research and study design.

View detailed information about this course
Optional Courses

Students also study one 15-credit course from the following options.

Human Factors in Industrial Practice (PS5525)

15 Credit Points

Safety is a priority in every industry. This course considers safety from a human factors perspective, and is suitable for anyone who wants to learn more about the factors that can influence human performance and safety.

The course will provide insight into human behaviour at work, from how we work together and make decisions (non-technical skills) to the impact of the workplace environment (heat, noise) on our ability to work safely and effectively.

By covering the most up to date research in this area, alongside evaluating real life case studies to discover what went wrong, this course will equip professionals from every industry with the tools they need to begin evaluating, and improving, safety at their own place of work.

View detailed information about this course
Safety Critical Skills in Industry (PS5537)

15 Credit Points

Non-technical skills are the social, cognitive and personal management skills that, alongside technical knowledge, enable safe and effective work performance. These skills are vital in all industries, with a particular emphasis on high risk industries such as aviation, healthcare, shipping, agriculture and offshore drilling.

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Organisational Psychology (PS5531)

15 Credit Points

At some point in our lives we will, hopefully, enter the world of work and be met with some of the challenges and issues which confront organisations globally such as managing organisational change, how to create a talent pipeline and how to create high performing teams. This online module provides an opportunity for students to understand the role of Occupational Psychology in dealing with these challenges and how psychological theory underpins practice in the workplace and across organisations.

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Organisational Culture and Conflict (PS5535)

15 Credit Points

This online course covers two areas relevant to the performance and safety of organisations and their workers: culture and conflict.

Culture: ‘The way we do things around here’ – the rules and norms that govern employee behaviour. We will discuss organisational, national and professional culture, alongside multi-cultural teams.

Conflict: Differing experiences and backgrounds can produce disagreement, sometimes resulting in rudeness and bullying, adversely impacting worker performance and wellbeing. We will discuss conflict, the impact on staff, plus management strategies.

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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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Programme Fees

Fee information
Fee category Cost
EU / International students £21,500
Tuition Fees for 2021/22 Academic Year
Home / RUK £9,200
Tuition Fees for 2021/22 Academic Year
MSc 12 months On Campus Learning Full Time January Aberdeen View

Programme Information

Semester 1

Semester 1

The programme consists of a range of taught and optional courses and an empirical research project.


Compulsory Courses

In semester 1, students study three compulsory 15-credit courses.

Study Skills for Psychology (PS55SP)

This brief course provides an introduction to the essential skills and information you will need to study psychology as a postgraduate student.

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Methods and Analysis in Psychology (PS5529)

30 Credit Points

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the use of basic as well as more advanced descriptive and inferential statistics for data analysis in psychology. Both quantitative and qualitative research methods will be covered and students will gain understanding of the key concepts and issues in psychological research and study design.

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Core Principles: Social and Developmental Psychology (PS5527)

15 Credit Points

This course aims to provide you with a thorough understanding of psychological research in the core areas of social and developmental psychology. In addition, students will attend tutorials to support skill development.

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Optional Courses

Students also study one 15-credit course from the following options.

  • Safety Critical Skills in Industry (PS5526)
Human Factors in Industrial Practice (PS5525)

15 Credit Points

Safety is a priority in every industry. This course considers safety from a human factors perspective, and is suitable for anyone who wants to learn more about the factors that can influence human performance and safety.

The course will provide insight into human behaviour at work, from how we work together and make decisions (non-technical skills) to the impact of the workplace environment (heat, noise) on our ability to work safely and effectively.

By covering the most up to date research in this area, alongside evaluating real life case studies to discover what went wrong, this course will equip professionals from every industry with the tools they need to begin evaluating, and improving, safety at their own place of work.

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Organisational Psychology (PS5531)

15 Credit Points

At some point in our lives we will, hopefully, enter the world of work and be met with some of the challenges and issues which confront organisations globally such as managing organisational change, how to create a talent pipeline and how to create high performing teams. This online module provides an opportunity for students to understand the role of Occupational Psychology in dealing with these challenges and how psychological theory underpins practice in the workplace and across organisations.

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Semester 2

Semester 2

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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Semester 3

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

In semester 3, students study one compulsory course.

Core Principles: Individual Differences, Cognitive and Biological (PS5027)

45 Credit Points

This course aims to provide you with a thorough understanding of psychological research in three core areas of psychology, biological, individual differences, and cognitive. In addition, students will attend tutorials to support skill development and a weekly seminar course on contemporary psychological research.

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Optional Courses

Students also study one 15-credit course from the following options.

  • Organisational Culture and Conflict (PS5035)
  • Safety Critical Skills in Industry (PS5026)
Human Factors in Industrial Practice (PS5025)

15 Credit Points

Safety is a priority in every industry. This course considers safety from a human factors perspective, and is suitable for anyone who wants to learn more about the factors that can influence human performance and safety.

The course will provide insight into human behaviour at work, from how we work together and make decisions (non-technical skills) to the impact of the workplace environment (heat, noise) on our ability to work safely and effectively.

By covering the most up to date research in this area, alongside evaluating real life case studies to discover what went wrong, this course will equip professionals from every industry with the tools they need to begin evaluating, and improving, safety at their own place of work.

View detailed information about this course
Organisational Psychology (PS5031)

15 Credit Points

At some point in our lives we will, hopefully, enter the world of work and be met with some of the challenges and issues which confront organisations globally such as managing organisational change, how to create a talent pipeline and how to create high performing teams. This online module provides an opportunity for students to understand the role of Occupational Psychology in dealing with these challenges and how psychological theory underpins practice in the workplace and across organisations.

View detailed information about this course

Programme Fees

Fee information
Fee category Cost
EU / International students £21,500
Tuition Fees for 2021/22 Academic Year
Home / RUK £9,200
Tuition Fees for 2021/22 Academic Year

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.

What Our Students Say

Joshua Bugg

Joshua Bugg

Joshua tells us what attracted him to our psychology conversion programme and how the skills he has learned on the programme will help him in his future career.

Matthew Johnson

Matthew Johnson

Matthew Johnson

The lecture programs have all been very interesting and well delivered, and the tutorials have been engaging. The lecturers and tutors are very approachable/accessible/enthusiastic too, which has made it so easy for me to enjoy myself while studying.

Anupriya Vyas

Anupriya Vyas

Anupriya Vyas

The research led learning environment at the School of Psychology opens doors to various learning opportunities. My next step is to apply theoretical knowledge gained in my course and gain experience in a clinical environment.

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.

Please enter your country to view country-specific entry requirements.

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 - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 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

Fee Information

Additional Fee Information

  • Fees for individual programmes can be viewed in the Programmes section above.
  • 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.

Scholarships

Eligible self-funded international Masters students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Visit our Funding Database to find out more and see our full range of scholarships.

Aberdeen Global Scholarship (EU)

The Aberdeen Global Scholarship is open to European Union (EU) students.

This is a £2,000 tuition fee discount available to eligible self-funded Postgraduate Masters students who are classed as International fee status and are domiciled in the EU, plus another £3,000 discount for eligible Postgraduate Masters students who would have previously been eligible for Home fees (Scottish/EU) fee status.

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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

The MSc Psychological Studies and programme variants are accredited by The British Psychological Society (BPS).

  • MSc Psychological Studies with Applied Developmental Psychology
  • MSc Psychological Studies with Mental Health
  • MSc Psychological Studies with Organisational Psychology

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.

What our Alumni Say

Vanessa Wong

Vanessa Wong

Vanessa Wong

Job Details
PhD Student
Graduated 2017

I have enjoyed my studies here immensely. The learning style here is proactive and interactive. Studying psychology at the university has given me solid foundations to further develop my skills and meet my career aspirations. After my graduation, I was fortunate to receive a PhD scholarship from this university to continue my development as a researcher in psychology which has been challenging but rewarding.

(Wesley) Muxuan Li

(Wesley) Muxuan Li

(Wesley) Muxuan Li

Job Details
PhD student
Graduated 2019

What I enjoyed most about studying at Aberdeen was my interesting conversations with the lecturers and professors, they are all very friendly and helpful. I have become better at figuring out the logic of situations from a psychological perspective. I have also become a keen learner, eager to learn new things and absorb new knowledge.

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 Constanze Hesse

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

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Student Recruitment & Admissions Service
University of Aberdeen
University Office
Regent Walk
Aberdeen
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