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MSc Psychology (Conversion) online

Forge the career you deserve with an MSc Psychology (Conversion) course at Ulster University.

This psychology conversion Masters is open to learners with a range of different qualifications. Applicants do not need to have previously studied Psychology to be eligible for this course.

Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), our MSc Psychology (Conversion) course has been designed by leading academics at Ulster University to provide students with the knowledge and skills to forge a successful and rewarding psychology career.

Learning from research-active staff with strong academic and clinical backgrounds, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of the core areas in psychology, from social and cognitive through to psychobiology, learn about research methods, and gain transferable skills to prepare you for success in your chosen career.

Upon successfully completing the full programme, the official title which will appear on your graduation certificate will be ‘MSc Psychology’.


PG Cert: 8 months,
PG Dip: 16 months
MSc: 24 months


January, March, May, July, September and November


£832.50 per 15-credit module

Application deadline

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100% Online
Flexible and enhanced student support

Dedicated Module

Psychology of Mental Health

Entry requirements

To enrol on this course, applications will require:

At least a 2.2 honours degree in any subject from a University of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or from a recognised national awarding body, or from an institution of another country which is recognised as being of an equivalent standard
Or an equivalent standard (normally 50%) in a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma (postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, or an approved alternative qualification)
Provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent)

Non-Standard Entry

The academic team would consider providing the option for Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). In exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route and/or exemption from modules.

Applicants who do not meet the standard entry requirements (e.g., they hold a lower degree classification) may still be considered and assessed on a case-by-case basis.

English language requirements

The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement. Ulster University also recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.


This conversion course is open to learners with a range of different qualifications. Applicants do not need to have previously studied Psychology to be eligible for this course.

About this programme

Looking to break into the dynamic field of psychology? Perhaps you already possess an unaccredited psychology qualification, or you studied a completely different subject at undergraduate level. Whatever your background, this programme will provide you with a recognised qualification to help bridge the gap and accelerate your psychology career.

Here at Ulster University, we have an established reputation for our world-class teaching, facilities and outstanding research, promoting an environment that enables our people to thrive and succeed. As an Ulster Online student, you’ll gain all the support you need and become part of our truly global network. This 100% online course will enable you to gain a valuable qualification at a time and pace that suits you, whilst benefitting from the expertise of our world-leading, research-active staff which includes fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), distinguished academics and practitioners, and Chartered Psychologists.

Watch this short video to get an overview of the course.

“We all see the world through our own lens. We might have the same experience and interpret it completely differently. On certain exercises and theories, you’ll need to apply them to yourself first to understand the challenges and dilemmas they present to you, and then you might understand the challenges they present to someone else.”

Dr Judith Mullineux, Course Director of the Psychology (Conversion) MSc

Key highlights

  • Expand your mind – Explore key areas in psychology and discover how people think, feel and behave.
  • BPS-accredited – Gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) status, an essential qualification for any psychology professional.
  • Unique mental health module – Examine the factors which influence our understanding of mental health, learn how conditions are diagnosed and treated, and use relevant theories and policies to explain the psychology of mental health in the real world, all while engaging with up-to-date mental health data.
  • Study anywhere, anytime – Designed with flexibility in mind, our MSc allows busy professionals to balance their studies with existing commitments.
  • Get to grips with research – Learn key theoretical concepts and hone your research skills.
  • World-leading academics – Learn from a team of renowned researchers who are experts in the latest advances in Psychology and good practice in pedagogy.
  • Excellent student support – Access a range of support, including a dedicated Student Success Advisor who will be on hand to support and guide you from registration through to graduation.
  • Flexible payment – Choose a plan that works for you. Pay in full or spread the cost across the academic year with a Payment Plan (subject to eligibility).
  • Ulster ranks as a Top 10 UK university for psychology The Guardian University Guide (2024)
  • 100% outstanding or very considerable research impact Psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience (Ref 2021)
  • Top 30 The Guardian University Guide (2024)


The programme is made up of 9 mandatory modules (15 credits each), and a mandatory research project (45 credits) which all cover an extensive range of theories and skills that are vital to our understanding of psychology.

  • Social Psychology
  • Individual Differences
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Psychology of Mental Health
  • Psychobiology
  • Project Design
  • Research Project


With our flexible carousel programme structure, you can study at a pace that suits you and take study breaks if necessary.

To complete the full MSc Psychology (Conversion) course, you will need to successfully complete all modules to earn the necessary 180 credits.

“I have developed my skillset at a pace that suits me. I have been able to delve deeply into topic areas that interest me and apply this learning in the real world. I feel more confident in myself as I have refreshed my theoretical knowledge and sharpened my analytical skills.”

Oteri Kueberuwa, online MSc Health Psychology student at Ulster

  • Fees and funding

    Cost per 15-credit module: £832.50

    Fees are payable on a module-by-module basis as you progress through the course*. In the 2023/24 academic year, modules are priced at £55.50 per credit point, so a 15-credit module will cost £832.50

    The number of credits you take will be determined by your chosen award, as outlined below:

    Master of Science: 180 credits

    *Tuition fees may be subject to an annual inflationary increase each academic year in line with Ulster University’s terms and conditions. The increase will come into effect for the September teaching period each year.

    Flexible options allow students, sponsors or their employers to make payment as easy as possible.

    A 10% Alumni Discount is available for eligible candidates.

  • Why choose Ulster?

    Ulster University is renowned for its world-class teaching, facilities and outstanding research and holds more than 20 years of experience in delivering online courses. Ulster ranks as a Top 10 UK university for psychology (Guardian University Guide 2024).

    The School of Psychology at Ulster also has an excellent reputation for delivering world-class research and are proud that 100% of the School’s research is assessed as having ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ impact (Research Excellence Framework 2021).

    Our BPS-accredited psychology conversion Masters will give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to transition smoothly and effectively into a career in psychology.

  • Programme Outcomes

    By undertaking our course, successful students will be able to:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of both qualitative and quantitative research methods and statistical analyses.
    • Critically analyse contemporary research in important topic areas such as the biological, psychological and sociological approaches to understanding and treating psychological conditions
    • Confidently discuss complex theories (such as cognitive, social and developmental psychology) and contextualise them through real-world scenarios and case studies.
    • Demonstrate detailed and critical knowledge of ethical principles in psychology in order to successfully conduct research.
    • Apply their knowledge and skills to plan, implement, analyse and present their own research and findings.
  • Careers

    The content covered in our MSc Psychology (Conversion) programme is designed around requirements set by the BPS and relevant to current practices.

    After completing this BPS-accredited MSc Psychology (Conversion) course, you’ll be eligible to obtain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) and be part of a respected community of psychology professionals.

    This conversion course has been designed to boost your employability and career prospects by bridging your knowledge and skills gap. Some typical career paths for graduates include:

    • Clinical Psychologist
    • Educational Psychologist
    • Forensic Psychologist
    • Health Psychologist
    • Occupational Psychologist
    • Teacher
    • Further Education as a PhD Student
    • Mental Health Practitioner
    • Counsellor
    • Researcher
  • Student support

    Delivered 100% online, our MSc Psychology Conversion course gives you the freedom to tailor your learning around other life commitments, so you can study whenever and wherever. Ulster offers multiple start dates throughout the year, module-by-module payment plans and the opportunity to pause your studies if needed.

    You’ll benefit from an immersive curriculum, 24/7 access to materials and a wide variety of learning methods, including interactive study sessions, directed learning exercises and practical activities. You’ll also have the opportunity to grow your global network through collaboration and discussion with fellow students from around the world.

    As a distance learning student, you’ll receive support from course academics and a Student Success Team, who will be on hand to guide you from day one right through to graduation.

    “The best support out of the other three unis I’ve been to.”

    – John Hughes – Ulster Online MSc student


    “All the support was fantastic, and the monthly calls are very helpful and reassuring.”

    – Emma Spittles, Ulster Online MSc student 


The School of Psychology at Ulster is renowned for its research excellence and consistently commended for its extensive collaborative partnerships with international centres of excellence to produce findings which have tangible benefits for society.

We provide a range of academic programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and we currently have around 700 students enrolled on our taught and PhD programmes.

Our teaching staff is comprised of a research-active group of academics, including Chartered Psychologists and fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Our psychologists have links with several professional organisations including the Public Health Agency and Health Trusts.

The School of Psychology is renowned for its research across three main areas:

  • Mental health
  • Children, young people and schools
  • Health and ageing

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