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Entry Requirements

The course is intended for students with a strong academic background in Psychology with an interest in further research.


Admission to the course will be considered if the following degree requirements and further requirements are fulfilled:

1. Degree requirements:

  • A degree in Psychology with Second Class Upper Division Honours (2.1) or equivalent will normally be required.
  • If a joint degree is offered, 2.1 level performance will be required on the Psychology component.
  • Other subjects will be considered if directly relevant to the proposed research plan.
  • For students with undergraduate qualifications from a country other than the UK, our International Office's equivalency guidance for other qualifications will normally be used; for US degrees, this is 3.3 overall cumulative GPA and 3.5 subject-specific GPA (for Psychology).

2. Further requirements:

  • Applicants must detail their placement and project interests in their personal statement. We can only offer a place on the course if the department can provide appropriate academic supervision for these interests - interests that fall outside the academic remit of our staff cannot be appropriately supported and therefore preclude admission (see How to Apply).
  • Students who do not have a history of studying in English will also require English language qualifications (university criteria; Psychology is a Band B department).


 Please note: The MSc Psychological Research is not a conversion degree, and does not offer a general grounding in Psychology. Only if you have a specific idea of what research your existing experience would allow you to conduct on the course would your application as a student without at least a minor in Psychology be viable.

The BPS offers a list of suitable postgraduate conversion courses for those without a Bachelor's degree in Psychology.