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MSc Psychology

The Psychology programme at University of Birmingham offers excellent opportunities for advanced learning in psychology, allowing you to engage with research-active staff and be part of the latest psychological science using leading technologies and methods.

Quick Facts

Duration: 1 year (Full-Time)
2 years (Part-Time)
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: £23,850 per year
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom

As psychology reaches out to tackle the big questions facing society today, skills and experience in psychological research are becoming more and more in demand across wide domains of different industries. The Psychology programme at University of Birmingham is aimed at students who wish to engage with research and want to further their knowledge and expertise of psychological science.

Linked to current research within the School of Psychology, the course provides the opportunity to build knowledge in areas of contemporary psychology. The course teaches practical research skills, data science approaches in psychology, critical thinking, and presentation and scientific writing skills. The course provides opportunities to be part of forefront psychological science and research.

Courses included:

  • Research Methods & Skills in Psychology
  • Data Science for behaviour and brain
  • Research review in Psychology
  • Proposing Research
  • Translational Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Fundamentals in Brain Imaging
  • Application of Electrophysiological Approaches in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Modelling Development and Diversity

“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”

Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology


A surprising range of careers are open to students graduating with an MSc in Psychology. Potential positions might involve health or education programme development or evaluation positions or consumer product (or services) research and testing. Our students are excellent candidates for research-related employment in both private and public sector organisations because this MSc develops key skills that are highly attractive to employers, namely analytical and statistical skills, as well as presentation and report writing skills.


  • Applicants should have obtained a good Honours degree (at least 2:1 or equivalent) in Psychology or a related discipline and have gained at least a 2:1 (or equivalent) in the research dissertation (i.e., experience of planning and conducting research and analysing data).
  • Applicants who do not meet our requirement for a 2(i) in their final-year research project, but who have gained significant research experience in a psychology research lab(s) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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