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Online Degree MSc in Psychology

Psychology can be for everyone

Enhance your career by understanding the complexities of the human mind and behaviour - even if you don’t have an academic background in psychology. The University of Liverpool’s online, British Psychological Society (BPS)1 accredited MSc in Psychology offers you the opportunity to develop essential understanding into the practical application of psychology that is essential knowledge for any workplace.

You’ll explore why people think and act the way they do – learning how society, personality, cognitive processes and biological functions influences behaviour. You can use this degree to gain a deep understanding of how human behaviour impacts on others and business, using this knowledge in a variety of disciplines, including human resources, management and social work. This degree can also be a first step towards further study in psychology2.



Next start date
22 November 2018

(Duration: approx. 20 months’ study + 9 month dissertation)

Mode of delivery
100% online
Professional Development
Build an e-portfolio and benefit from career support from the Global Career Advisor Network
British Psychological Society (BPS)1

Cross-cultural, globally relevant curriculum

Learning in our interactive classroom, you’ll gain direct experience of and insights into different psychology concepts and cultures – bringing to life the knowledge you gather from books and journals. Interacting with faculty and peers coming from around the world and from a range of professional backgrounds, you’ll share research and case studies, opening yourself up to an international view of psychology and its practical application in a variety of cross-cultural settings.

Gain research expertise

Gain research expertise from a leading research institution

Research plays an important role in the study of psychology by helping you to understand how thinking and actions impact on the individual and society. You can expect to gain a thorough grounding in research methodologies, both quantitative and qualitative, and a critical appreciation of conceptual and historical issues in psychology. By exploring what influences human behaviour and thinking, you’ll simultaneously develop your expertise in statistical analysis, enabling you to make robust evidence-based assessments, which you will detail in a professional e-portfolio.

Our online psychology students




no formal psychology background


Area of employment

education 30%; government and public services 10%; healthcare and nursing 10%; consulting and management 5%; aviation 5%; technology 5%


Length of employment


under 10 years

Enhance your career

Enhance your career or pursue further study

This programme is designed for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree in a subject other than psychology. As a BPS-accredited course, it provides you the option to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered (GBC) Membership of the BPS upon graduation. For UK-based students, the programme can be your first step towards further study in psychology, shortening the pathway to practising as a psychologist2 – without the need for an undergraduate degree in psychology.

For internationally-based students, this programme offers you the opportunity to develop real-world psychology knowledge and research skills to use in your existing job or to open up a new career path. Please view the career map for more information.

Why choose the University of Liverpool Online

Why choose the University of Liverpool Online MSc in Psychology?

  1. Acquire in-depth qualitative and quantitative research skills for making sound evidence-based decisions in a variety of areas.
  2. Gain an understanding of the practical application of psychology in different cross-cultural contexts as you share experiences with international peers in the online classroom.
  3. Acquire a distinctive blend of skills relevant for careers in academia or in business, studying in a collaborative online context that mirrors the contemporary business environment while developing as an independent learner able to continue towards further study at doctoral level.
  4. Gain a solid grounding in psychology with a BPS-accredited MSc in Psychology from a leading UK university with a long history in psychology.
  5. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS), a fundamental step towards practising as a chartered psychologist in the UK.2

“The MSc in Psychology has been a great journey. My dissertation, especially, has been so exciting.”

Sabrina Spangsdorf (Denmark)
MSc in Psychology

Sabrina Spangsdorf

A reputation for excellence


BPS Accreditation

The MSc in Psychology programme is one of the few online programmes to be accredited by the British Psychological Society.1 BPS accreditation gives you the confidence that this online programme meets the curriculum standards set by the BPS.


Research excellence

The University ranks in the UK’s top 15 (out of 81 universities) for impact of case studies in Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, with 80% of the University’s case studies in these areas rating as outstanding in terms of their reach and significance in the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).



The University’s long history in Psychology goes back to Nobel Laureate Sir Charles Sherrington who was Professor of Physiology from 1895 to 1913. The University of Liverpool is one of the top 200 universities worldwide3 and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of 24 research-led UK universities.

Global Career Advisor Network

As an online postgraduate student with the University of Liverpool you’ll gain access to a Global Career Advisor Network that puts you in touch with global professionals and industry insiders. Advisors can provide you with invaluable insights to help you to move ahead professionally, redirect your career or start a new business venture. In addition to these advisory and coaching services, you’ll also have the opportunity to gain insight into different industries through a series of specialised webinars.

Learn more about the Global Career Advisor Network.

Portfolio of Evidence

Showcase your skills, knowledge and expertise obtained throughout your psychology programme by building an e-portfolio of your work and research. Using the online platform Pathbrite, your portfolio of work can be presented to employers to demonstrate your practical understanding and use of psychology, or can be used to represent your area of expertise if pursuing further study.

Go to Pathbrite

Is it really mental ‘illness’?

University of Liverpool Podcast
Dr Peter Kinderman, professor of Clinical Psychology at the University and Vice President of the BPS, argues that mental/emotional distress is not a sign of illness but a symptom of social causes and pressure. The treatment he prescribes is for us to take greater social responsibility to address the situation rather than just reaching for medication.

Listen to the episode

Interrogations - why respect gets results

University of Liverpool Podcast
Prof Laurence Alison is Director of the Centre for Critical and Major Incident Psychology at the University of Liverpool - he is an expert in interrogation techniques and says, empathy, respect and careful listening are powerful tools in the hands of the most effective negotiators. He says a softer approach to interrogations often achieves harder results.

Listen to the episode

1Many countries have their own accrediting bodies, and degree recognition differs from country to country. If you reside outside of the United Kingdom, please review your country of residence’s requirements to confirm recognition of your programme.

2The MSc in Psychology is not a licensure programme and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology or counselling professional without additional education. The University of Liverpool Online Programmes does not offer programmes that lead to professional licensure. Our MSc Psychology programme of study is accredited by the British Psychological Society. Some career options may require additional experience, training or other factors beyond successful completion of the above-mentioned online degree programme. Please review the career map for further details.

3The University of Liverpool is consistently ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide in several of the main university league tables: Times Higher Education’s World Rankings 2017-2018 – 177th; QS World University Rankings® 2017-18 – 173rd; Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2017 – in the top 150.