This British Psychological Society-accredited Psychology and Psychological Research MSci programme is designed for those considering a career in research (eg, working for universities, think tanks and consulting).

This BPS-accredited Psychology and Psychological Research MSci covers all aspects of psychology.

Psychologists work in basic and applied research in fields that include education and child development, clinical work, the courtroom (acting as expert witnesses), industry (helping to design efficient machines or optimising business organisations), and in universities researching every branch of human behaviour from visual perception to sexuality.

If you apply for this degree and are not admitted you will automatically be considered for admission into BSc Psychology. We allow up to five students to transfer from BSc Psychology into MSci Psychology and Psychological Research after their second year. High academic performance in the first two years will be an important criterion for the transfer. Combining students directly entering the course via UCAS and those who transfer from BSci, we expect a cohort of ten students in MSci Psychology and Psychological Research in the third and fourth years. Please note in order to achieve the Master’s qualification you will need to meet the relevant progression requirements at the end of your third year of study in addition to completing a satisfactory Health and DBS check prior to entry on to the fourth year.

 

Why Study this Course?

Situated at the heart of the Edgbaston campus, we are one of the strongest Psychology departments in the country, with over 120 research and teaching staff and around 800 undergraduates. We are a broad school with expertise in clinical, forensic, social, developmental, and cognitive psychology, and behavioural and social neuroscience. We have recently opened a new £2 million brain imaging centre. We are ranked among the top three Psychology departments in the country for research and have been rated as ‘excellent’ in government reviews of our teaching.

Our BSc and MSci programmes are all accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for Graduate Membership of the Society with the Graduate Basis for Registration, provided the minimum standard of second class honours is achieved. This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist. For more information please contact the British Psychological Society.

For many careers in psychology, relevant experience and a good undergraduate degree are important, even for entry-level jobs. Our MSci programmes are designed to provide relevant, specialist experience through placements and projects and, because they are Undergraduate Masters degrees, your Local Education Authority should be willing to support your study for the full four years.

Here at the University of Newcastle we were the first to offer MSci programmes dedicated to psychology. We are uniquely placed to offer these opportunities because of our experience (we are the only UK university with postgraduate courses training chartered clinical, forensic and educational psychologists) and because we offer top quality research experience.

Institutional Accreditation 

Regional accreditation is an institution-level accreditation status granted by one of six U.S. regional accrediting bodies. Accreditation by more than one regional accrediting body is not permitted by the U.S. Department of Education.

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), www.detc.org.uk Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

BSc (Hons) Psychology in Education

Course Level:

Undergraduate, Single Honours

Credits 

120

Course

CODE U549

How long it takes:

Undergraduate (3 Years)

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$20,220

Entry requirements

Find out more about

Department:

Newcastle Law School

Year One

Compulsory

  • Biological Development During Childhood and Adolescence 
  • Introduction to Cognitive Psychology 
  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology
  • Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology – Part 1
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology – Part 1

  

Optional modules

Two modules drawn from our BA (Hons) Education programme.

  • Equality and Diversity: Children, Families and Society 
  • Schooling: a social and cultural history
  • Contemporary Issues in Education
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Young People and Social Change

Or one module from the BA (Hons) Education modules listed above and one Widening Horizons Module.

     

Year Two

Compulsory

  • Biological psychology across the lifespan
  • Cognitive psychology across the lifespan
  • Psychology in the classroom – Individual Differences
  • Psychology of learning – Social Psychology
  • Quantitative Research Methods in Psychology – Part 2
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology – Part 2  

  

Year Three

Compulsory

  • Placement
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Cultural Psychology and Child Development
  • Children as Citizens
  • Exploring Disability and Inclusion
  • Learning Communities
  • Identify Politics and Everyday Life

Entry requirements

 

Applicants should normally have one of the following:

  • A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a UK university or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or
  • A ‘stale’ law degree, where five or more years have elapsed since graduation, or
  • An academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level

If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.

If you intend to become a Solicitor

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reduced its requirements for pre-authorisation this year. For details of the current arrangements, see the SRA website. You should pay special attention to the Character and Suitability section. If you think you may have a character or suitability issue, you may wish to clarify with the SRA before proceeding with the GDL.

See further details of our English Language requirement

USA,UK & EU students, 2019/20 (per year)

£8,500

International students starting 2019/20 (per year)

£13,100

 

Assessment

You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

Our award-winning Careers Network team can help you develop your career from the moment you arrive with us, through bespoke training and events. Careers Network support is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialist College team who can give you expert advice.

A University of Newcastle degree is highly sought after by employers as evidence of the ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Transferable skills from the programme include: 

  • written communication developed through writing essays; 
  • oral communication skills gained through reasoned debates during seminars and presentations;
  • ability to work as part of a team, through collaborative group work;
  • research and analytical skills with the ability to judge and evaluate information;
  • organisational and time management skills by prioritising tasks to ensure academic, social and work commitments are completed on time; 
  • negotiation, informally with peers and formally with staff;
  • problem solving; 
  • IT skills.

We expect graduates on our programme to use these skills in combination with subject knowledge gained throughout the degree to pursue successful careers in roles directly related to the programme such as:

  • Educational Psychologist
  • Child Psychotherapist
  • Counsellor
  • Social Worker
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Primary of Secondary School Teacher
  • Special Educational Needs Teacher
  • Learning Mentor
  • Researcher