Psychological Sciences (Conversion) MSc online

A degree for enquiring minds. A career path with diverse opportunities.

Gain the skills to make an impact

See the bigger picture

Develop a critical awareness of historical and contemporary perspectives in psychology.

Draw meaning from data

Build advanced analytical skills and learn how to interpret data and results effectively.

Communicate big ideas

Learn how to compose written and oral presentations and deliver ideas with confidence.

Understand real-world context

Develop your knowledge of major theories and empirical studies in psychology, and how they have impacted society.

Conduct ground-breaking research

Design rigorous research projects to examine and evaluate contemporary psychological theories.

Evaluate and test hypotheses

Apply the most appropriate statistical tests to your research data and critically evaluate the findings of published studies.

"Whether you're looking for a career change or to pursue an interest in psychology, the Psychological Sciences (Conversion) MSc online provides you an opportunity to gain a grounding in core areas of this subject area. The online course allows you to study from wherever you are located in the world and fit your studies around other obligations. I hope to welcome you to our community soon"

Dr Susan Iacovou

Programme Director MSc (Online)

Psychological Sciences

Course content

  • Introduction to Psychological Sciences (0 credits)
  • Historical and Conceptual Issues in Psychology
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Individual Differences
  • Empirical Psychology Project (60 credits)


This online master's course alone will not allow you to practice in the United Kingdom, but provides an opportunity for a non-psychology graduate, or a graduate from a non-BPS accredited course, to meet one of the entry requirements for a postgraduate programme of professional training in Health, Sport, Clinical, Counselling, Occupational, Educational or Forensic Psychology.

In addition to building a solid foundation to pursue a career in clinical psychology, you’ll also gain the transferable skills, knowledge, and expertise sought-after by employers in a variety of sectors. Graduates may choose to explore career opportunities in media, marketing, HR, law enforcement, finance, health, and education, as well as government and non-governmental agencies and healthcare organisations.

Brunel University London takes its name from one of Britain’s most influential engineers, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Our alumni continue to follow in his footsteps in the field of civil engineering, as well as working across manufacturing, service, and government sectors globally. Brunel’s 'International Outlook' is recognised as amongst the best in the world, ranked 23rd in the world (5th in the UK) in the year 2022 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and we are dedicated to helping you develop the academic and personal skills needed for success in the real world.

About Brunel University London

Your online psychology master’s degree

Skills to make an impact

To move your career toward clinical psychology, you'll learn to problem solve, make critical judgments, personal planning, project management, and effective written and verbal communication.

Guidance from world-renowned academics 

You'll develop your experience from renowned psychology faculty with over 50 years of world-leading research. Highly rated for excellence in teaching and learning by the QAA.

Your virtual campus

Study from any location and build connections with like-minded professionals worldwide while gaining a UK-based master's. 

Our graduates work here


Entry requirements

Lower second class (2:2) (or above) UK honours undergraduate degree in any subject, or international equivalent.

Non-native speakers of English need either of the following:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas) 
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 63% (min 58% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 90 (min 20 in all)

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All modules are worth 15 credits

Course tutor

About the course 

The Psychological Sciences MSc (Conversion) online has been created for students and working professionals from non-psychology backgrounds who want to gain a comprehensive understanding of psychology, its practical applications, and its impact on society. Brunel's master's degree is accessible to working professionals with its leading-edge distance learning platform, allowing you to pursue your clinical psychology career along with your existing commitments. 

As a graduate, you’ll have acquired important subject specific skills and transferable skills at an advanced level, such as data analysis, problem solving and project management and effective communication including report preparation, whilst also building a solid basis to pursue a career as a professional psychologist through further study within the discipline (e.g. PhD, ClinPsyD, DEdPsy). 

Brunel's UK-based online master's in psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), which means you'll be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from the BPS, essential for pursuing a career in recognised psychology professions. 

Career support resources

Brunel+ Award 

Students can gain recognition for the extra-curricular activities they participate in during their studies.

Brunel PDC (Professional Development Centre) 

Our careers service helps students develop the skills and experience needed to stand out in the international job market.

Open Library 

Online students will have full access to Brunel’s digital library of books, articles, and other electronic resources. 

Minimum grade of C in GCSE-level mathematics, or equivalent qualification.

Get funding with Student Finance England

For the 2019/20 academic year, every area of the UK is offering postgraduate loan support from the government to assist towards the cost of a higher education course. You need to apply to the region you reside in and each region will offer slightly different support.

Study loans available

Loans are available for an amount of up to £10,906 towards your study costs. It will be at your discretion to use the loan towards fees, maintenance costs or other costs. Please note that you must meet the eligibility requirements to qualify. If your course lasts for more than a year, the loan will be divided equally across each year of your course.

Master's degree qualification

The Psychological Sciences (Conversion) MSc online is classified as a master's degree course which makes it eligible for funding if you intend to complete the programme within two years. If you have previously studied a professional certificate or diploma, you can still qualify as long as this is your first master's course.

Residency requirements

Applicants must meet the following residency requirements. You must be a UK national resident in England or Wales only, or an EU national resident in England on the first day of the first academic year but within the EEA throughout the preceding three years.

Repayment terms

Loans are repayable once you earn over £21,000 per annum and will be repaid over a maximum of 30 years. For information about interest rates and other key information, please visit the Student Finance England website.

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Start dates

January, May, September


1 year full-time

2 years part-time