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Course overview

This challenging, and highly competitive campus-based Psychology (Conversion) MSc will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of biological, developmental, cognitive and social psychology and research methods in psychology.


Psychology is the scientific study of how people behave, feel, think and learn. In keeping with the strong research ethos of the University of Liverpool, the course is research-led and modules have been developed with full support of the prestigious research groups in the Department of Psychology. Also, reflecting the global character of the University, the programme approaches theoretical and applied developments in Psychology from an open-minded perspective that values diversity and cross-culturalism.

This programme is fully accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), granting eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership upon graduation. If you are a graduate in a subject other than psychology, or you have a psychology degree that isn’t accredited by the BPS, this programme is an excellent first step towards a career as a professional psychologist (Clinical or Clinical Neuropsychology, Counselling, Educational Child Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Sports and Exercise Psychology or Occupational Psychology).

Who is this course for?

This course has been created for students and working professionals from non-psychology backgrounds who want to gain a comprehensive understanding of psychology, its impact and practical applications.

It is suitable also for graduates with a degree in psychology that has not been accredited by the British Psychological Society. It is also suitable for intercalating medical students.

What you'll learn

  • A critical understanding of key concepts, theories and debates across time in the areas of developmental, social and individual differences, cognitive, and biological psychology
  • How psychological knowledge can inform policy and practice in the real world
  • How to plan and conduct ethical research in psychology using different quantitative and qualitative research approaches
  • How to effectively communicate the findings of psychological research to different audiences, in different formats


This programme has full accreditation from the British Psychological Society.

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This programme has full accreditation from the British Psychological Society.


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Semester one

You will choose two optional modules (one per semester) from a wide range of modules from our existing Year three and Year four undergraduate programmes.

Compulsory modules

Quantitative Research Methods (PSYC734)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

The module introduces students to quantitative statistical skills and research methods. Students will demonstrate awareness of the importance of research and professional ethics in psychology. They will be able to critically evaluate the principles underlying quantitative research methodologies, and be able to choose a research design and method of analysis to answer a research question. They will demonstrate their ability to use a range of techniques and research methods, including inferential statistics and psychometric evaluation. They will be able to critique the data collection methods and analysis of psychology relevant papers.

There will 20 hours of lectures (10 x 2 hours), 20 hours of practical classes (10 x 2 hours) and 5 hours of unscheduled online classroom activity.

The module will be assessed through a (1) report (50% of the final mark) and (2) formal examination (50%).

Lifespan Development (PSYC730)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

The module covers cognitive, social, and emotional development, and discusses the key theories and debates in lifespan development. Successful students will demonstrate an understanding of theories of human development and of the range and relative merits of research conducted in lifespan psychology.

The module will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars. There will be 20 hours of lectures. In order to explore the practicalities of conducting research in this area there will be small group research seminars (3 x 2-hour) where students will conduct practical work (such as practising critiquing research) under the supervision of a member of staff which is targeted towards the assessments. There will be 4 hours on online unscheduled activities which focus on module-specific research questions and skill development, with a focus on the application of knowledge. The module will be assessed via an individual presentation designed to be given to the public (30%) and a research critique (70%).

Material will be available to students via the online learning platform (e.g., lecture slides, stream captured sessions, online activities, group discussion forum, formative and summative feedback).

Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience (PSYC731)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

The module summarises the current understanding in all key research fields of cognitive psychology, including perception, memory, language, reasoning and decision making. Through the information processing approach, students will learn how our conscious experience of the world and thoughts are formed by a combination of biological mechanisms. In this process, students will learn how various behavioural and neuroimaging methods contribute to providing a unique picture of the workings of the human mind.

The module will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars. There will be 20 hours of lectures, focussed on research and theory in the field and how this knowledge can be used in the real world. In order to explore the practicalities of conducting research in this area there will be small group research seminars (3 x 2 hours) where students will focus on practical work necessary for the development of skills (how to précise a paper and how to prepare a poster for an academic conference) necessary for assessment under supervision of a member of staff. There will be 4 hours of online unscheduled activities which focus on module-specific research questions and skill development, with a focus on the application of knowledge.

The module will be assessed via a précis of a research paper presented as a poster suitable for presentation at an academic conference (30%) and a position paper focusing on a key topic in cognitive psychology or neuroscience (70%).

Material will be available to students via online platform (e.g., lecture slides, stream captured sessions, online activities, group discussion forum, formative and summative feedback).

Optional modules


Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

This module explores issues in our relationship with food from a biopsychological perspective. Topics include: 1, the rising incidence of obesity and its implications for health, 2, associated causes and treatments, 3, developmental aspects of eating, 4, appetite control and 5, hedonics and the resulting concept of food addiction.

The module will be taught via lectures and online discussions which will develop both subject specific knowledge and transferable skills. Learning will be assessed via a written exam and coursework (blog).


Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

​The module is designed to develop an understanding of the way that increasing age influences the psychological experiences of adults. These issues will address the broad spectrum of psychological experience from cognitive, social, health and wellbeing perspectives. The focus will be on non-clinical experiences. Attention will be drawn to the necessity for well-designed research to be conducted with respect to ageing. The module draws on a number of perspectives including psychology, behavioural science, epidemiology and gerontology. Students are also given the opportunity to explore 4 current debates during lecture time in interactive sessions.

Students will be assessed by a poster presentation, which précises an academic paper(30%), and a two part final examination (70%). The two part essay-based examination will consist of Section A, with a choice of 1 out of 4 questions drawn from the syllabus, and a Section B which will have a choice of 1 out of 3 drawn from the debates discussed during the interactive lecture sessions.


Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

This module provides an advanced introduction to theoretical and empirical developments in studies of visual processing, including object, colour, spatial and movement processing in human vision from the perspectives of current research in clinical and cognitive neuroscience. Particular focus will be on investigations of object and colour perception. We will critically examine current evidence from studies of the neurologically normal brain in experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience (e.g., fMRI, PET, TMS and ERP), and from clinical studies of cognitive impairments following brain injury (visual agnosia, prosopagnosia, Parkinson’s disease, and developmental deficits).

This module offers an in-depth understanding of visual processing, both in health and disease. The topics covered in this module are related to basic neuroscience, clinical neuroscience, neuropsychology, cognitive psychology, sensation, and perception. The students will develop skills in reading and comprehending scientific papers, as well presenting their ideas in a small-group setting.

Students will be taught through core lectures (10 x 2-hour), research-focused lectures delivered by guest speakers (2 x 2-hour), and student-led seminars (3 x 2-hour). The remaining 120 hours are covered by independent study. The module will have two assessment components: a presentation on a published research paper (coursework) and unseen written exam (final exam).

Conflict Psychology (PSYC324)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

The nature of the threat facing the UK is changing and how Global Britain establishes itself within the ever evolving conflict ecosystem is changing with it. The Integrated Review (2021) and Defence in a Competitive Age (2021) outline the UK Government’s strategy for dealing with the changing nature of warfare for Global Britain. Why social movements decide to use terrorism as a strategy continues to perplex Governments around the world. This module will introduce you to the root causes of terrorism.

Terrorism is difficult to define and research so the module will focus on providing you with the necessary concepts and definitions to understand that complexity. Inherent in this complexity is the multidisciplinary nature of the research and so different perspectives will be discussed. As terrorism is ultimately a strategy employed by a social movement the focus of this module will be social movements that may adopt terrorism.

This module will also introduce you to the concept of radicalisation and its appearance after the 9/11 attacks. There is no universal agreement on the concept and definition of radicalisation and its use is highly politicised. British Government policy has focused on radicalisation (e.g. ,PREVENT) and multiple agencies are now tasked with identifying and preventing radicalisation as part of their statutory duties. This module will cover existing theories of radicalisation and critically evaluate their utility for practitioners in this context.

Terrorists are commonly labelled as mentally ill, just plain evil, or often both. The reality is somewhat different with little evidence of either. This module will introduce you to how terrorist groups operate. There are numerous different types of terrorist organizations that adopt different internal structures so the module will focus on providing you with the necessary theoretical background to understand the implications of these different modus operandi.

The lectures will cover a broad range of topics, such as ideology, propaganda, recruitment, tactics, techniques, and procedures. The similarities and differences between groups that operate at the national, international, and transnational level will be critically evaluated. Rising nationalism has led to an increase in the threat from peer and near-peer adversaries and tensions reminiscent of the Cold War. These threats are often manifest in the ‘grey zone’ between peace and conflict where it is difficult to counter them within the existing ‘rules-based international system’. Understanding the psychology of hybrid threats will potentially afford novel methods of identifying and countering such hybrid threats. This module will seek to apply psychological theory to real world experience of hybrid threat actors and their activities in the ‘grey zone’.

The core theoretical components and applications of those theories will be delivered through lectures. The module will be assessed through a single piece of written coursework and an essay-based exam.

Evolutionary Cognitive Neuroscience (PSYC328)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

This is a third year undergraduate evolutionary psychology module. The module will introduce students to the fundamental concepts of evolution at the biological level. The students will be made familiar with models developed in the field of evolution that account for nonhuman and human behaviour. The module will encourage an understanding of the individual as a product of a gene-environment interaction. The module will integrate the vast amount of knowledge that students have acquired in many branches of psychology into one theoretical model.


Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

The module will introduce students to a range of important subject areas within media psychology. These include the use of media to persuade the consumer (e.g., advertising) and the influence of specific media content (e.g., media violence), media representations (e.g., gender stereotypes), and online behaviour (e.g., social media). The manner in which researchers investigate these subjects, research limitations, and emerging practice will also be examined. Relevant material will be provided from a range of subject disciplines including psychology, advertising, political science, public relations, and journalism. The module will be assessed through (1) written coursework (15% of the final mark) and (2) a two hour Essay Based Examination (85% of the final mark) taken during the exam period. 


Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

This module is  designed to familiarise students with the principal theories, concepts, and research methods relevant to the area of emotions. The lectures aim to acquaint students with both evolutionary and constructivists views in the area of emotions. It will focus mainly on biological correlates of emotional processing. Successful students will achieve a broad understanding of the neural bases of different emotions ranging from basic ones such as fear to more complex emotional states such as love and admiration. This module has a strong biological component. All the content reviewed tends to be approached from this perspective. The empirical evidence provided is usually based on animal models and research in humans that usually involves techniques that quantify biological parameters such as imaging techniques and physiological measurements. The module will be delivered mainly by 11 two hour lectures, which will include discussions and a revision lecture. It will be assessed by a short answer test (15%) and an essay type exam (85%)​.


Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

Pain is an unpleasant subjective experience signalling potential damage of tissue or a threat of such damage. However, adaptive features of pain are of little benefit in chronic pain, and may even worsen the painful condition. Pain itself may represent a more serious clinical complication than the pathological process provoking pain. Prolonged chronic pain has detrimental effects on both the physical and mental state of the patient and often leads to social isolation. Cognitions, emotions, and attitudes toward pain may either exaggerate or mitigate chronic pain. Knowledge of neurophysiological and psychological mechanisms of pain opens new avenues toward interventions for pain relief. This module addresses two principal questions related to psychobiology of pain: 1. What are the biological and psychological factors predicting the development of chronic pain? 2. Can we apply the knowledge of psychobiological mechanisms of pain to alleviate clinical pain? Information, theoretical concepts, and clinical aspects related to possible predictors and treatment of chronic pain will be presented in a series of lectures. The module provides comprehensive information about acute and chronic pain states ranging from pain sensors to higher-order cognitive modulation of pain. Physiological and psychological changes occurring in chronic pain patients will be outlined. Cognitive-behavioural and other methods of pain treatment will be presented. Lectures 1 and 2 provide the necessary neurophysiological and clinical information about experimental and chronic pain. This part of the curriculum will be examined using short-answer questions. The module will also be assessed via a written exam. ​

Research Methods for Clinical and Health Psychology (PSYC405)

Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

This module will cover research methods that are used in Clinical and Health psychology, particularly those advanced methods that are used by researchers at the University of Liverpool. Students who complete this module will be able to describe and critique different research methods and they will be able to develop a method that is suitable for investigating a research question. The module is taught with a combination of lectures and interactive seminars delivered by research active staff, and is assessed with two written assessments: a critique of a peer reviewed journal article and a study protocol.


Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

This module introduces students to the principles whereby practitioner psychologists apply psychological science to address and ameliorate real world problems. Practitioners in four key branches of applied psychology, clinical, health, forensic and educational, will illustrate the theoretical underpinnings of their practice.  The module will be delivered via expert lectures and tutorials for more in depth exploration of the issues. Students will also, of course, be provided with materials relevant to their studies and reading lists for further exploration and enquiry. The module will have two assessment components, a briefing paper (on an aspect of the course) and a post-interview report based on an interview that students will arrange and conduct with an applied psychologist.

Programme details and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

Our curriculum

The Liverpool Curriculum framework sets out our distinctive approach to education. Our teaching staff support our students to develop academic knowledge, skills, and understanding alongside our graduate attributes:

  • Digital fluency
  • Confidence
  • Global citizenship

Our curriculum is characterised by the three Liverpool Hallmarks:

  • Research-connected teaching
  • Active learning
  • Authentic assessment

All this is underpinned by our core value of inclusivity and commitment to providing a curriculum that is accessible to all students.

Your experience

You will benefit from excellent teaching, both on-campus and online, and a strong academic and pastoral support framework.

There are opportunities to develop skills to improve employability.

You will have access to excellent recreational and sports facilities and can enjoy membership of hundreds of student societies and sports clubs.

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An exciting place for postgraduate study

  • Internationally recognised qualifications with a wide range of programmes
  • Access to some of the best specialist units in the UK
  • World-leading excellence in research and research-connected teaching
  • The MSc Investigative and Forensic Psychology is renowned worldwide and attracts a large number of international students and visiting speakers each year
  • Provides specialist training with taught and research components
  • Work alongside internationally-renowned academic researchers and experts in their field.

Careers and employability

On completion of the programme, you will have a foundation in the science of Psychology. The resulting knowledge, skills and attitudes will enable you to put psychological principles into effect in a variety of settings including research, practice and the interface of applied research.

The scientific aspects of the course, including the application of a reasoned approach, problem solving and manipulation of data, provide useful tools for careers in healthcare, law enforcement, finance, IT and research.

The programme gives you suitable grounding for careers in the creative industries, the legal sector, government administration and education.


Career planning

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Our campus Career Studio is a space for students and graduates to drop into and talk to a career coach. Career coaches are highly trained to help no matter what stage you are at in your career planning. You can access support to find and apply for full-time and part-time roles, placements, internships and graduate schemes. You will also find the help you need if you have a start-up idea or want to create a business plan. You can explore the world of work, prepare for job interviews, and access careers events and workshops. The Career Studio is open Monday to Friday from 10am-5pm, simply drop in at a time that works for you.

From education to employment

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We develop our programmes with employers in mind. You will be supported to enhance your long-term employment prospects as you learn. We do this by exposing you to professionals, a variety of sectors and supporting you to work collaboratively with others to develop transferable skills. You are equipped with a clearer view of what to focus on in your area of interest, and to reflect on your studies. Our digital employability tools give you a tech-enhanced curriculum experience and make it easy for you to prepare for the world of work. You can use tools like the Handshake platform to connect with employers and message the Career Studio 24/7.

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You can start building good professional networks by attending events and employability activities. Our events are designed to develop your skills and expose you to many different employers, as well as to help you make contacts in your field. We help you improve your confidence when speaking to employers and give you access to unique opportunities. Our networking events also boost your understanding of the competencies and skills that employers are looking for in their recruitment process, giving you a competitive edge.

Your future

  • Healthcare
  • Law enforcement
  • Finance
  • IT
  • Government administration
  • Education

With 88% of all graduates in work or further study within six months, our students enjoy high employability rates.

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Fees and funding

Your tuition fees, funding your studies, and other costs to consider.

Tuition fees

UK fees (applies to Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland)
Full-time place, per year £10,800
International fees
Full-time place, per year £26,400
Fees stated are for the 2024-25 academic year.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support.

If you're a UK national, or have settled status in the UK, you may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan worth up to £12,167 to help with course fees and living costs. Learn more about paying for your studies..

Additional costs

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Additional study costs

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Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries that could help pay your tuition and living expenses.

Postgraduate Global Advancement Scholarship

  • International students

If you’re a new international student starting this course with us from September 2024, you could be eligible to receive a discount of up to £5,000 off your tuition fees.

This includes £2,500 if you have a first-class degree, or equivalent qualification, and £2,500 if you’re from a Commonwealth country.

Graduate Loyalty Advancement Scholarship

  • Home and international students
  • University of Liverpool current students and alumni only

Completed your undergraduate degree, or studied as an undergraduate exchange student, at the University of Liverpool?

You could get a loyalty discount of up to £2,500 off the tuition fees for this course from September 2024 entry.

  • £1,500 tuition fee discount for eligible UK University of Liverpool graduates
  • £2,500 tuition fee discount for eligible international University of Liverpool graduates.

ANID Chile Scholarship

  • International students
  • Chile

Postgraduate taught and research students from Chile are eligible for this scholarship.

Chevening Scholarships

  • International students

The University, in partnership with Chevening, is delighted to offer this generous scholarship to students who are studying a master’s programme and who have future leadership potential. Please note that there is a fee cap applied to MBA programmes that requires applicants to cover any additional tuition costs over £18,000. You will still receive all additional allowances.


  • International students
  • Mexico

The University of Liverpool has an agreement with CONACYT to support postgraduate taught and research students from Mexico.


  • International students
  • Mexico

20% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate taught and research programmes. Must be Mexico national.

Fulbright Scholarship

  • International students
  • University of Liverpool alumni only
  • United States

One scholarship is available for a master’s student from the US and another is available for a postgraduate research student to undertake a three to six month research stay from the US

FUNED Awards

  • International students
  • Mexico

Up to ten awards are available for Masters or Research students from Mexico in receipt of FUNED loans. The award gives students a 20% reduction in fees for all applications received.

Graduate Association Hong Kong & Tung Postgraduate Scholarships

  • International students
  • China
  • Hong Kong

The University is able to offer competitive scholarships for both postgraduate taught master’s and research programmes.

HRM Princess Sirindhorn University of Liverpool Scholarship (Thailand)

  • International students
  • Thailand

The University is able to offer one award to a new postgraduate taught master’s student from Thailand.

The scholarship is open to all subjects offered as a one-year taught master’s programme.  However, priority will be given to those students who wish to study in a subject area associated with HRH Princess Sirindhorn such as science, IT, medicine, the arts, geography, history and languages.

JuventudEsGto Scholarship

  • International students
  • Mexico

Residents of State of Guanajuato, Mexico, wishing to study at postgraduate taught and research levels are eligible for this scholarship.

Marshall Scholarship

  • International students
  • University of Liverpool alumni only
  • United States

One scholarship is available for a master’s student from the US to cover the cost of tuition fees. Another, to the value of £20,000, is available for Doctoral study visit:

Turkish Ministry of Education Scholarship

  • International students
  • Turkey

Postgraduate taught and research students from Turkey are eligible for this scholarship, see the Turkish Ministry of Education website for more information.

University of Liverpool Humanitarian Scholarships for Master’s Programmes

  • International students

The three awards available cover full tuition fees, visas and support for accommodation and living expenses.

This scholarship is open to support people who have recognised status as either refugees or are under humanitarian protection under the 1951 Refugee Convention. This status must be held outside of the UK.

The scholarship is open for all postgraduate-taught programmes, excluding medicine, dentistry, veterinary and nursing.

University of Liverpool International College Excellence Scholarship

  • International students

The University of Liverpool will award five University of Liverpool International College students, who achieve the highest academic excellence (minimum 75%) in their UoLIC Pre-Master’s programme, the prestigious UoLIC Excellence scholarship.

University of Liverpool International College Impact Progression Scholarships

  • International students

University of Liverpool International College recipients of the Kaplan awards will receive the £3,000 Progression Impact Scholarship, deducted from first-year tuition fees, on successful progression to their UoL degree programme.

To be eligible for our Impact Progression Scholarships, students must apply for one of the Kaplan Impact Scholarships demonstrating their commitment to making an impact across issues of importance to the University and Kaplan. Themes include:

Women in STEM
Career Focus (Employability)

Vice-Chancellor’s International Attainment Scholarship for China

  • International students
  • China

Details are:
1 (one) Full scholarship
2 (two) £10,000 scholarships
5 (five) £5,000 scholarships
10 (ten) £1,000 scholarships
All scholarships will be awarded after the formal registration at the University and will take the form of a fee waiver.

Please note: This scholarship cannot be combined with any other scholarships or bursaries provided by the University.

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Postgraduate entry requirements

To join this programme, you must have a 2:1 honours degree, or above, or equivalent. This degree should be in a subject other than psychology or be a psychology degree that is not accredited by the British Psychological Society.

International qualifications

If you hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, but don’t meet our entry requirements, you could be eligible for a Pre-Master’s course. This is offered on campus at the University of Liverpool International College, in partnership with Kaplan International Pathways. It’s a specialist preparation course for postgraduate study, and when you pass the Pre-Master’s at the required level with good attendance, you’re guaranteed entry to a University of Liverpool master’s degree.

English language requirements

You'll need to demonstrate competence in the use of English language. International applicants who do not meet the minimum required standard of English language can complete one of our Pre-Sessional English courses to achieve the required level.

English language qualification Requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no component below 6.5
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International Baccalaureate

Standard Level 5

TOEFL iBT 100 overall, with minimum scores of listening 21, reading 21, writing 21 and speaking 23
INDIA Standard XII National Curriculum (CBSE/ISC) - 75% and above in English. Accepted State Boards - 80% and above in English.
WAEC C6 or above

About our entry requirements

Our entry requirements may change from time to time both according to national application trends and the availability of places at Liverpool for particular courses. We review our requirements before the start of the new application cycle each year and publish any changes on our website so that applicants are aware of our typical entry requirements before they submit their application.

We believe in treating applicants as individuals, and in making offers that are appropriate to their personal circumstances and background. Therefore the offer any individual applicant receives may differ slightly from the typical offer quoted on the website.

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