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)-accredited1 MSc in Psychology offers you the opportunity to develop an understanding of 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 influence behaviour. You can use this degree to gain a deep understanding of how human behaviour impacts on others and on 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 psychology.2
(Duration: approx. 20 months’ study + 9 month dissertation)
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.
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.
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
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.
Sabrina Spangsdorf (Denmark)
MSc in Psychology
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.
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 1% of universities worldwide3 and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of 24 research-led UK universities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Please review the career map for further details. Career options may require additional experience, training or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree programme.
3As listed in the International Handbook of Universities, published by the International Association of Universities (2014).