Psychology - MSc

Distance Learning
September 2017
£7,900 per year for UK/EU Distance Learning 2017 entry (view all fees)

The course has been designed with students at the heart of it. We understand that students wanting to pursue careers in chartered areas of psychology need to gain experience and therefore the online or majority online options we offer allow you to work around your own commitments.

We value ourselves as an inclusive university and believe that the online nature of the course allows our students to build their study time around external commitments.

Why Choose Us?

  • Staff contacts and online delivery provide ample opportunity for you to pursue related interests outside the programme in the areas of clinical, educational and forensic psychology etc. You are encouraged to bring these experience to the forefront of your learning experience ensuring you are developing into a well-rounded, lifelong learner.
  • Our staff are research active and bring this to the forefront of their teaching and activities. You will be given the opportunity to learn and participant in a number of research projects throughout the year.
  • A number of our recent conversion course students have been successful in gaining further training and employment in highly competitive areas of psychology including Clinical Doctorate programmes and research posts with national charitable organisations.
  • The course will allow you to be mentored by chartered professional in your area(s) of choice.
  • The Division of Psychology also offers MSc Forensic Psychology and MSc Health psychology, providing you with many networking opportunities.

This course is subject to approval

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*Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016

Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • NHS - New Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  • Perry Field High School

And in jobs such as:

  • Honorary assistant psychologist
  • Psychology Teacher

New £10,000 postgraduate loans

You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,000 available for postgraduate study.

More about postgraduate loans

This course is accredited by:

The British Psychological Society (GradDip only)

Entry Requirements

UK Students

Applicants must have a minimum 2:2 degree. At the point of enrolment you must have GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above.

All exemptions must be approved by the Admissions Tutor prior to starting the course.

The British Psychological Society (BPS) requires all graduates to obtain a minimum of 50 per cent overall in order to meet the criteria for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).

Please note that you will not be able to progress on to the MSc level and work towards eligibility for Society membership if you do not hold an undergraduate degree, regardless of whether you have postgraduate qualifications. This is a requirement set by the British Psychological Society.

International Students

If English is not your first language, you will require an IELTS 6.5 minimum with a minimum score of 6 in all components, TOEFL (old examination) 630, TOEFL (new examination) 267 or equivalent.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Sep 2017 DL 1 Year £7,900 per year
DL 2 Years £3,950 per year

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Sep 2017 DL 1 Year £12,000 per year

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The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Additional costs

While there are no additional costs associated with purchasing text books, there may be other costs to you. If you are joining the course which has a professional body accreditation you may be required to pay membership or examination costs. For details of these costs, please click on the link below.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

This course is available part-time

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Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 for some courses and options?

Postgraduate loans

Stage One

Quantitative Research Methods
20 credits

This module introduces students to key concepts in research methods and analysis, and begins to prepare students for undertaking advances independent research.

This module introduces students with process of conducting research, analysing data and evaluating the findings. You will learn how to employ appropriate statistical methods when undertaking psychological research.

Lifespan Development
20 credits

This module aims to investigate human development throughout the lifespan focusing on changes to biological, cognitive, social and emotional elements of psychological functioning.

The module will provide you with an understanding of the general principles and concepts, different theoretical perspectives, research methodologies, contemporary debates and areas of application of Lifespan Development.

Psychopathology and Individual Differences
20 credits

Introduction to Psychopathology, will introduce the key perspectives in psychology which contribute to the explanation of abnormal states and their impact on disordered thinking, functioning and behaviour.

The diagnosis and assessment process of a psychological disorder using the DSM-5 (2013) will play a central role in this module. The DSM-5 (2013) is used by clinicians worldwide to diagnose individuals with a psychological disorder.    

Stage Two

Brain and Cognition
20 credits

This module aims to develop key transferrable skills such as online group discussion, critical evaluation and evidence-based reasoning. The module consists of research-led teaching which explores key debates and methodologies used in neuropsychology and cognitive psychology.

Applied Social Psychology
20 credits

The Applied Social Psychology module focuses on exploring how social psychological theory and research can be applied to real life and equips you with the knowledge and understanding to effect change in individuals, groups and society.

Throughout the module you will be presented with a number of contemporary social issues that will be underpinned by three broad perspectives i) Cross-cultural psychology, ii) Individual differences and iii) Critical social psychology.

Qualitative Research Methods
20 credits

This module provides you with an overview of the purpose, design, and conduct of qualitative research in psychology.This module provides students with grounding in the use of qualitative research methods and analysis techniques commonly used in psychology.

All sessions are structured to facilitate both conceptual learning and the development of applied research skills. More specifically, this module aims to help you develop skills in research and inquiry and develop academic attributes such as being able to think critically about different methodologies and knowledge claims.

Stage Three

60 credits

This module builds upon learning at in semester one and two and in particular draws upon the skills learnt in the Psychological Research Methods modules (qualitative and quantitative). This module will encourage students to plan, execute and write up a research project which adheres to principles of the Psychology Ethics Committee.

We focus on ensuring the core elements of psychology are taught in an applied, real-world context. We expect you to be active in the online learning community bringing your experiences, ideas and questions to the forefront of the learning journey.

The coursework is designed in such a way that you can tailor it to your interests, whilst developing your softer, employability skills as well.

The course will allow you to interact and learn alongside students from all over the country and the world, expanding your networks and perceptions of psychology.

This course is accredited by the following organisation:

The British Psychological Society (GradDip only)
The British Psychological Society (GradDip only)

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society*

Find out more about British Psychological Society accreditation.

*Please note that the Graduate Certificate in Psychology is not accredited.

Further Study

Students can apply to the MSc Forensic psychology and MSc Health psychology offered at Birmingham City University following the completion of their accredited course. They can also pursue internal PhD opportunities offered within the psychology department at Birmingham City University.

*Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016

Employment Opportunities

To pursue a career as a professional psychologist further training at MSc and or doctorate level is required. This can lead to employment in the areas of:

  • Clinical neuropsychology

  • Educational psychology

  • Forensic psychology

  • Health psychology

  • Occupational psychology

  • Counselling psychology

  • Teaching and research

  • Sports and exercise science.

GBC graduates who do not wish to pursue a career in Professional Psychology also enter into employment areas such as, recruitment consultancy, human resources, civil service, researcher and data analyst, Improving Access


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

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Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other social sciences, law, business and English students.

The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

Realistic, simulated environments include two mock court rooms, a Magistrates' and Crown Court, and an interviewing suite. We’re also exploring the use of virtual environments as a way to develop case study analysis.

For those studying on the BA (Hons) Criminology, Policing and Investigation pathway, you’ll experience simulations of police interviewing environments for both suspects and witnesses, with access to tape recording and video playback analysis.

Crime investigation files are prepared using computer-based technology, and the crime data analysis requirements of the degree are supported by appropriate statistical and analytical software.

Psychology students can look forward to using state-of-the-art equipment as well, including the latest in eye-tracking software, and our new EEG machine, all geared towards giving you true hands-on experience with tools you’ll be using in your later career.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point

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Dr Katerina Kantartzis

Lecturer in Applied Psychology

Dr Katerina Kantartzis's PhD looked at language development, and specifically at sound symbolism. Most of her research has focused on 2-3 year olds sensitivity and use of novel sound symbolic words in word learning tasks.


Dr Olga Fotakopoulou

Senior Lecturer

Dr Olga Fotakopoulou is a Lecturer in Developmental Psychology in the Division of Psychology at Birmingham City University. Olga has worked as a researcher since 2003 in research projects funded by the European Union.

Paraic Scanlon

Lecturer in Development Psychology

Dr Paraic Scanlon completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Following this he worked in a centre for special education with children on the Autistic Spectrum before returning to NUI Maynooth for his PhD research.

Dr Panagiotis (Panos) Rentzelas

Lecturer in Social Psychology

Dr Panagiotis Rentzelas’ teaching experience of health psychology stems from his long-term interest in applying quantitative social psychology research into health-related policy making. He is especially interested in investigating the role of culture on the efficiency of a psychological intervention.

Dr Keeley Abbott

Lecturer in Social Psychology

Dr Keeley Abbott is a Lecturer in Social Psychology at Birmingham City University, where she teaches critical psychology, gender and sexualities, and qualitative research.

UK prospective students:

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+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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