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.

100% Online
Flexible and
enhanced student support

September and November (2023)
January, March, May and July (2024)

£832.50 per 15-credit module

Dedicated Module
Psychology of Mental Health

Why our programme is right for you:

  • Expand your mind – Explore key areas in psychology and discover how people think, feel and behave. 
  • Application for BPS accreditation submitted Our programme is currently being reviewed by the BPS for accreditation purposes. Once accredited, all students will be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) on completion of the programme.  
  • 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).  

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’.

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About this programme

Looking to break into the dynamic field of psychology? 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. 

The School of Psychology is actively making a difference to the study and understanding of psychology, and we are proud that 100% of our research was assessed as having ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ impact (Research Excellence Framework, 2021). Our psychology conversion Masters will give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to transition smoothly and effectively into a career in psychology.

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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.


Start when it suits you with intakes in: 

September and November 2023
January, March, May and July 2024 

Entry requirements

To enrol on this course, your application 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).  
  • 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 English language requirement for international students 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. 

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2023 academic year of entry and may be subject to change.

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. 


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

  • 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. 

Online learning

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.   

With more than 20 years’ experience in running distance learning programmes, Ulster University is well-placed to deliver this flexible Masters. You’ll benefit from interactive study sessions, 24/7 access to learning materials and collaborative discussions with your peers.  

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

Ulster Online. We remove the stress, so you can focus on success. 

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

– John Hughes – Health Psychology MSc student

“A super nice experience at Ulster, easy to onboard and the Student Success team made me feel comfortable. Although it’s an online course, the personal touch from the team really helps.

Oteri Kueberuwa – Health Psychology MSc student

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. 


This MSc Psychology (Conversion) course is currently being reviewed by the BPS for accreditation purposes. Once accredited, all students who complete the course will be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) and become part of a respected community of psychology professionals.

As a Masters graduate, you might choose to continue your studies with a PhD and take your research even further. Alternatively, you’ll transition into your chosen field, perhaps working with children and young people in the education sector, helping people struggling with mental and physical health problems in a clinical setting, or completing the necessary requirements to work in the legal sector as a Forensic Psychologist. You may also choose to move outside the field, as many psychology graduates go on to work in areas including marketing, law and recruitment, where an understanding of human behaviour is a highly valued skill. Wherever your path leads, this MSc will equip you with the tools to succeed.  

Discover more career opportunities for psychology graduates in the BPS’ career guide.

The School of Psychology

The School of Psychology is recognised as a student-centred, convivial centre of academic excellence. We work in partnership with our students to 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.  

A significant feature of our undergraduate programme is an optional placement scheme which affords students the opportunity to enhance their employment prospects by gaining relevant work experience in a variety of professional settings.  

We also provide flexible, interesting, and challenging postgraduate programmes that focus on the applications of psychology to health and social issues. Teaching is delivered by renowned researchers who are experts in the latest advances in Psychology and good practice in pedagogy. We are based at Ulster University’s Coleraine campus with 50 staff, comprising 45 academic staff, 1 technical and 4 Business Support staff. External research excellence assessments have consistently highlighted the importance of our extensive collaborative partnerships with researchers in other world leading centres of excellence to produce findings which have tangible benefits for society.    

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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