Choosing the right degree course is imperative if you want to get the most out of your master's degree, but how do you make such an important choice?

It’s essential to think about how a degree study will fit into your life and how a psychology master's degree will help you meet your goals and ambitions.

Psychology is an extremely varied subject and people’s motivation for studying it can vary greatly. Some students want to expand their knowledge in order to better understand themselves or someone they know.

Other students want to apply new skills and knowledge to their current workplace or even change career path altogether.

Whatever the reason, consider your own goals and what you are realistically able to take on.

Why study psychology online?

There are a number of online psychology programmes and many prospective students are choosing to study online because of the convenience it provides – there is no need to relocate and you can fit studying in alongside your career and family responsibilities.

Online study can also include many other benefits, including collaborative learning with professionals from all over the world and the opportunity to gain a qualification from a world-class university from anywhere in the world.

“I chose to study online because I wanted to get my master's from the United Kingdom and Liverpool is considered to be one of the best universities in the UK.” Bee Garrs – Liverpool psychology graduate, career coach and psychometrist living in South Africa.

Not only does the University of Liverpool boast an international faculty and student body but its programmes are global too, says Dr Ricardo Tejiero, Director of Online Studies for the University of Liverpool’s School of Psychology.

“We teach Cross Cultural Issues in Life Span Development, which provides the presence of a strong cultural component in our analyses. We don’t want knowledge and skills applicable just in the United Kingdom, but rather across different societies and cultures,” says Dr Tejiero.

Online psychology degrees to suit your focus

The University of Liverpool offers three different online psychology master's programmes to fit the different needs of working professionals:

Each online psychology master's degree caters to slightly different psychology themes so prospective students can choose the one that best fits their needs. All three online psychology master's degree programmes provide students with a plethora of skills and psychological insights.

“Our graduates are able to generate and explore hypotheses and research questions, to carry out empirical studies involving a variety of methods of data collection and to use a variety of psychological tools,” says Dr Tejiero. He explains the differences between the three online psychology master's programmes below:

MSc in Organisational and Business Psychology

Organisational and Business Psychology is becoming ever more popular. It is instrumental in helping businesses become more effective and profitable, as well as contributing to the well-being and performance of employees.

“Organisational and Business Psychology is an ideal option if you want to assume managerial or advisory positions, especially in areas with a strong human component such as team leadership, training and task analysis. This applies not only to private companies, but to all sort of public services and organisations as well”.

Relevant fields include HR, recruitment, change management and training. The MSc in Organisational and Business Psychology is designed to arm you with an advanced set of transferrable psychology-based skills that deliver real results in the workplace and may open up a wide range of management positions, or help you make a greater strategic impact in your current role.

“The Organisational and Business Psychology degree is deliberately focused on aspects we know are especially valued by companies and organisations. Values such as leadership, coaching, organisational change and the management of talent,” says Dr Tejeiro.

MSc in Mental Health Psychology

The MSc in Mental Health Psychology provides an insight into mental health issues, approaches, counselling and prevention techniques. Exploring the biological, psychological and social factors that influence health and behaviour will help you to develop in-depth skills and knowledge in mental health.

“Mental Health Psychology is for those who want to help people deal with the psychological and emotional aspects of health and illness, or with life issues such as bereavement, domestic violence, sexual abuse, traumas and relationship issues.

These are problems that we all find in our everyday life, but they are especially relevant for people who work in charities, public health, emergency services, private clinics, and similar”.

The Mental Health programme is designed to equip you with the skills you need to support your development as a mental health professional. “You acquire the ability to analyse the suitability of different treatments to a given psychological problem,” says Dr Tejiero.

MSc in Psychology

The MSc in Psychology provides a solid foundation in the theory and practice of psychology and focuses on skills and knowledge that are highly relevant across a diverse range of industries and careers, learning how psychological research, techniques and understanding can contribute to addressing local and global issues.

“The MSc in Psychology is somewhat broader than the other programmes, in the sense that instead of specialising in a given area, it provides a global view on topics as thrilling as the relationship between the mind and the brain, the keys to aggression and prosocial behaviour, how we all change over time, intelligence, and the mechanisms that allow us to perceive, to pay attention, to think. This knowledge is invaluable for practically every area of life,” says Dr Tejiero.

If you prefer a shorter programme, you can also choose a one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology programme. This consists of the first four modules of the corresponding masters programme and gives you the option of continuing so that you graduate with a full master's degree.

The University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool is in the top 200* of universities in the world and a member of the UK’s elite Russell Group of research-led universities.

“Our staff have the highest qualifications, a huge international prestige and a vast experience in teaching and research. At the University of Liverpool you have to work hard to obtain your title, because our standards are very high – and our awards are therefore deservedly appreciated,” says Dr Tejiero.

If you’re interested in doing an online psychology degree with the University of Liverpool take a look at the online psychology programmes offered and find the right one for you.

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* The 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.