Psychology MSc

Programme duration: approximately30 months(part-timeand online)
Programme Start: dates to be confirmed
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Gain the core knowledge and skills to pursue a career in the fascinating field of psychology.  

About the programme

The programme is designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of biological, developmental, cognitive and social psychology. You will also learn how to put psychological principles into effect in a variety of settings including research, practice, and the interface of applied research. 

In consonance with the strong research ethos of the University of Liverpool, theory in the programme is research-led, and modules have been developed with full support of the prestigious research groups in the Department of Psychology. Also, reflecting the global character of the University, the programme approaches theoretical and applied developments in Psychology from an open-minded perspective that values diversity and cross-culturalism. Learning is largely achieved through discussion forums with classmates from all around the world, which gives students the opportunity to learn from different experiences, backgrounds and contexts. 

The module assessments have been developed to maximise student employability, with each piece of work based on the philosophy of action-based learning. You will be assessed entirely through written assignment and challenged to apply your knowledge to solve real world problems within your working and social environment. You will also be required to create an online portfolio of evidence which you can use as a vehicle to showcase your project-based work, personal achievements and resume details.  

Upon the culmination of your degree you will carry out an independent research dissertation on a psychological issue of your choice and apply theory to practice, to help you establish yourself as an aspiring psychologist.   

This programme alone will not allow you to practice as psychologist in the United Kingdom. However, for individuals who want to pursue a career in psychology, it will provide you with the core  foundational knowledge into the discipline and it’s a first step towards a career in the field. The experience and skills you gain will also be appreciated by employers in a wide range of professions outside of the field of psychology.   

Download a prospectus for more details on this programme including module information. 

Programme Structure

This programme consists of the following modules. You are required to complete 180 credits to achieve a full Master of Science (MSc).*

Module title Credits MSc 
Mind, Brain and Behaviour 15 
Social Psychology 15 
Data Analysis for Psychologists 15 
Personality, Individual Differences and Intelligence 15 
Cross Cultural Issues in Lifespan Development 15 
Psychology of Learning 15 
Cognitive Psychology 15 
Psychobiology 15 
Dissertation 60 

*Please note, these modules are not finalised and may be subject to change.

Entry requirements

Applicants should possess either:  

  • A minimum of a 2:1 class degree in a subject other than psychology, equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree; or  
  • A minimum of a 2:1 class degree in psychology that has not been accredited by the British Psychological Society, equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree.   

Applicants who have achieved a 2:2 degree or failed to pass the empirical project component of a psychology undergraduate degree, must demonstrate they are suitably qualified to undertake a postgraduate programme of study. They should have:  

  • at least two years approved professional experience, or obtained some other qualification approved for this purpose by the University.  

Applicants who have undertaken an accredited degree but have failed to either pass the empirical psychology project, or achieve at least a 2:2 degree, may also be admitted to the programme.  

All applicants from outside the UK must provide evidence that they have an English language ability equivalent to an IELTS (academic) score of 6.5 (overall) and 7.0 (reading and writing). 

Fees and funding
Qualification 2021/22* 

This fee* is fully inclusive of all costs, including all teaching materials, core textbooks, assessments and resits.   

  • 5% discount for upfront full tuition fee payment 
  • Simple monthly payment plan provided to spread the cost over duration of study 
  • Students living in England may be eligible for a postgraduate loan to cover some of the programme cost. 

*All tuition fees shown are net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed during the payment process. 

**Please speak to our admissions team for more details.  


Apply for this course by completing a simple online form

In order to apply, you will need to provide copies of the following supporting documentation: 

  • School or college transcripts/certificates 
  • University transcripts and certified translations if applicable 
  • Degree certificates 
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (EU and international applications only) 
  • Personal statement 
  • One reference (on letter headed paper, signed and dated) 
  • An up-to-date CV 

Acknowledgement of your application 

The admissions team will acknowledge receipt of your application and will pass it to the Department Head and/or appropriate academic department(s) for consideration. 

Students with disabilities 

We welcome applications from students with disabilities and consider them on the same academic grounds as those of other students. If you have a disability, medical condition and/or support needs it is important that you inform the University so that you receive appropriate support. 


We have regular start dates throughout the year with regular application deadlines. Applicants are encouraged to apply in good time, particularly if they have special requirements. 

Career prospects

A background in psychology is useful for a wide range of careers. For instance, the scientific aspects of the programme include the application of a reasoned approach, problem solving and manipulation of data, which is useful for careers in healthcare, law enforcement, finance, IT and research. Additionally, skills such as understanding human behaviour, the ability to critically analyse a problem, formulate a considered argument and generate new ideas, all lend themselves well to careers in the creative industries, legal sector, government administration and education.