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Psychology MSc

Overview

A deeper understanding

An exceptionally versatile degree, we'll provide you with a rich understanding of human behaviour and the processes that underlie learning, memory, social interactions, feelings, thinking and communication.

We're amongst the first in the UK to teach the core curriculum in an integrated manner, where a concept is explored from multiple perspectives in the same module.

This course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and satisfies the requirements for the Graduate Basis of Chartership in just one year; a vital step in your journey towards becoming a professional psychologist. Previous study of psychology is not required.

A student using the eye-tracking facility

Why Psychology at LSBU?

Industry relevance – the course structure stems from best practice recommendations made by The British Psychological Society.
Professional accreditation – the course is accredited by The British Psychological Society.
Dedicated facilities – our lab complex includes an eye-tracking facility and observation room.
Previous study of psychology is not required.

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
1 year
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Modules

Modules cover an array of topics, including emotion and human behaviour, social behaviour and perception, attention and memory. We use a range of assessment methods within modules, including essays, research reports, case studies, posters and presentations.

  • Emotion and human behaviour 
    This module provides the opportunity to explore the interdependence between feelings and human behaviour. It is organised into different themes (e.g. relationships, mood and sensations). Introductory sessions will be used to provide a knowledge base upon which the rest of the module will build. Then, within each theme a range of topics will be explored, drawing on theory and research from different prospectives (e.g. biological, developmental, evolutionary, cross-cultural, cognitive, differential, and atypical psychology).
  • Perception, attention and memory 
    This module explores three themes, considering them in their own right and also in the light of their development from infancy through to adulthood. Firstly, how we gather and process information from the world around us, covering perception and attention processes. Secondly, how we use this information to act in the world, highlighting the ways in which we learn from the information that we have gathered from our environment. Thirdly, how we remember what we have experienced, covering the cognitive and biological machinery underlying short-term and long-term memory structures and how our socio-cultural milieu influences these processes.
    The module will be taught with both undergraduate and postgraduate level content, supporting your developing knowledge base to critically and creatively deal with the complex issues involved.
  • Social behaviour
    This module provides the opportunity to explore a number of the major concepts, theories and methods encountered in understanding how and why we behave in the ways we do when in the presence of other humans. The focus of this module is to understand how our social behaviours may change according to the real, imagined or implied presence of other individuals. The module focuses on a variety of approaches to examine a number of questions. For example: a) whether we are social beings and why, b) what the ‘social’ brain looks like, c) how social behaviours develop across the lifespan, d) which mechanisms have been used to explain how we interact with the implied, real or imagined presence of others, e) how culture affects our social interactions, and f) how group membership affects our social behaviours.
  • Thinking, intelligence and communication  
    This module provides the opportunity to explore a number of the major concepts, theories and methods encountered in understanding how we communicate with others, solve problems and make decisions. This module will help you understand the development of human communication, both cognitive and social. You'll learn what different psychologists think intelligence is, how it develops, and how it can be measured. You'll explore  internal and external influences on the development of reasoning and decision making, and whether innate mechanisms underlie these capacities or whether they develop over time.
  • Psychological Research Methods 1+2 
    We keep the mathematics to a minimum as we introduce you to a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods used by psychologists. You'll consider the ethical principles and issues that surround psychological research and the historical and theoretical concepts that have shaped psychology as it is today.
    Seminars and workshops will allow you to put your new skills into practice using the statistical software SPSS.
  • Masters Empirical Research Project
    You'll have the opportunity to develop your own original piece of independent research under the supervision of an established member of staff. Some projects may end up being published in peer-reviewed academic journals.

Employability

This conversion course is the gateway to a career in clinical, counselling, forensic, health, educational, or occupational psychology.

We'll teach you excellent written, analytical and numerical skills to enable you to pursue a wide range of careers in areas such as counselling, teaching, the probation and court services, market research, human resources and business.

Careers support

Our department provides careers support and advice for the time our students study with us and beyond. We organise various careers activities such as talks and seminars, and have arranged work placements in collaboration with many organisations. For example:

  • NHS clinics and hospital units (psychosexual, forensic and clinical psychology units)
  • brain damage units
  • addiction rehabilitation units
  • charitable organisations working with stroke patients
  • children with disabilities
  • young offenders

We also regularly hold a careers fair for all our students and work closely with London South Bank University alumni who have gone on to successful careers in Psychology.

Career progression

Recent graduates have gone onto roles such as Assistant Psychologist (Clinical), Research Assistant, Social Worker, Mental Health Support Worker, and Mental Health Nurse.

If you graduate from this course, you'll be able to apply for further study at postgraduate level. You can also enter the field of academic research (e.g. a recent student has just started studying for a PhD).

If you gain significant professional practice experience you would be able to consider a practitioner MSc course such as our part-time MSc Addiction Psychology and Counselling.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

Staff


Prof. Ian Albery

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Professor of Psychology; Director of Research and Enterprise for the School of Applied Sciences

Ian Albery is Professor of Psychology and Director of Research and Enterprise for the School of Applied Sciences.


Dr Janice Brown

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Associate Professor

Janice Brown is an Associate Professor of Psychology.


Dr Elisa Carrus

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Lecturer

Elisa Carrus is a Lecturer in Psychology.


Dr Claudia Civai

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Lecturer

Claudia Civai is a Lecturer in Psychology.


Dr Lynne Dawkins

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Associate Professor

Lynne Dawkins is an Associate Professor of Psychology.


Dr Daniel Frings

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Associate Professor

Daniel Frings is an Associate Professor of Psychology.


Dr Jacqueline Lawrence

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Senior Lecturer; Course Director, MSc in Addiction Psychology and Counselling

Jacqui Lawrence is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Course Director of the MSc Addiction Psychology and Counselling.


Dr Elisa Lewis

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Lecturer

Elisa Lewis is a Lecturer in Psychology.


Prof. Antony Moss

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Professor of Addictive Behaviour Science; Director of Education and Student Experience for the School of Applied Sciences

Antony Moss is Professor of Addictive Behaviour Science and Director of Education and Student Experience for the School of Applied Sciences.


Dr Elizabeth Newton

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Elizabeth Newton is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology.


Prof. Paula Reavey

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Professor of Psychology; Director of Postgraduate Research for the School of Applied Sciences

Paula Ravey is Professor of Psychology and Director of Postgraduate Research for the School of Applied Sciences.


Dr Nicola Rycroft

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Nicky Rycroft is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology.


Dr James Smith-Spark

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Associate Professor; Deputy Head of Psychology

Jamie Smith-Spark is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Deputy Head of the Division of Psychology.


Prof. Marcantonio Spada

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Professor of Addictive Behaviours and Mental Health; Head of Psychology

Marcantonio Spada is Professor of Addictive Behaviours and Mental Health, and Head of the Division of Psychology.


Dr Eleni Vangeli

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Senior Lecturer; Course Director, Undergraduate Psychology

Eleni Vangeli is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Course Director for undergraduate Psychology.


Facilities

Teaching and learning

Class contact time is typically 12 hours per week plus individual tutorial and independent study.

Professional tutoring

As an Applied Sciences student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.

Your tutor should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have appointments with your professional tutor a minimum of once per semester for 30 minutes throughout your course.  This is often supplemented with additional meetings arranged via email as and when students need support. In addition to this Learning Support hours for all teaching staff will be advertised and available for you to book additional time for support related to a specific teaching session.

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirement is a recognised Honours degree with a minimum classification of 2:2.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate a strong interest in psychology as an academic discipline and provide a clear rational for why they want to take the course.

How to apply

International students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
1 year
Start date
September
Application code
P060298
Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2 years
Start date
September
Application code
P060298
Application method

Students applying for January entry should apply through UCAS Postgraduate. Postgraduate students and research students applying for September entry should use our dedicated application system. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as a postgraduate student.

Postgraduate Application Service

Book a session with one of our specialist Postgraduate Advisors. Over a one on one Advice Session they'll advise you on postgraduate degrees at LSBU that match your interests and experience. Book an Advice Session.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £8700International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 4887Session code: 1FS00
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £2900International fee: £4375
AOS/LSBU code: 4888Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £8700
International £13125

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

If you are starting a Masters course, studying either full- or part-time, you may be entitled to apply for a postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on funding your studies on the scholarships and fee discounts page.

Fee status

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.

 
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