Online Course

Psychology MSc

Understand human behaviour and gain a BPS-accredited Masters with the online Psychology MSc delivered by Northumbria University.

Whether you’re taking the first steps in your psychology career, looking to advance your journey to becoming a Chartered Psychologist, or are simply keen to explore your interest in the subject, this conversion course will help you reach your goals. 

The course is taught 100% online on a part-time basis, meaning you can study from anywhere in the world. It takes around two years to complete and is delivered part-time, with a recommended study time of fifteen hours a week. 

Make a change to your life and the lives of others.


  • Type
    Distance learning conversion course (MSc)
  • Start Dates
    January, April, July or October
  • Length (min)
    2 years
  • Cost
  • Typical Entry Requirements
    2:2 undergraduate degree in any subject


*Please note that fees may be subject to change. After the point of enquiry, you will be notified of any changes by our Enrolment Team.

Find Your Fit in Psychology

Our BPS-accredited course will help you start your career journey in the world of psychology and take the first step to becoming an expert in the field. 

The varied nature of the course will help you learn which area of psychology suits you best. You’ll develop the biological, developmental and social psychology knowledge required for Membership to the BPS, as well as a host of transferable skills – from learning how to analyse qualitative and quantitative data to Masters-level research capabilities. 

Upon graduation, you’ll have a solid basis on which to progress to the next step: the society-accredited professional postgraduate training needed to become a Chartered Psychologist in your chosen area. It’ll also prepare you if you wish to go into further research in the field. 

Our previous Psychology graduates have secured specialist roles outside of psychology in management, advertising, marketing, and human resources, with many moving into the public sector for careers in the police and prison services, health and social services, and education.

Join a Thriving, Research-Rich Community

Our Department of Psychology is committed to excellence, first-class teaching and learning underpinned by high quality research, and is ranked 15th in the UK for research power in Psychology (Research Excellence Framework, 2021). We’ve delivered more than £5 million of externally funded research in the last five years. 

As well as this, our team of academics have extensive professional experience in psychology which, coupled with our research, will offer the perfect foundation for your learning. 


  • Biology and Social Psychology (20 credits) 
  • Cognitive and Developmental Psychology (20 credits) 
  • Psychological Research Experience (20 credits) 
  • Individual Differences (20 credits) 
  • Psychological Data Analysis (20 credits) 
  • Research Philosophies and Planning (20 credits) 
  • MSc Thesis (60 credits) 

You’ll study one of six 20-credit modules at a time, with each lasting 10 weeks, before a final 60-credit MSc thesis taught over 30 weeks. 


The form of your assessments will vary from essays to multiple-choice exams depending on the modules but all of them will be submitted online. There’s no need to come to campus throughout the duration of your course.

Course Fees*

£9,960 for UK, EU and International students. 

You can spread the cost of your fees over the duration of your course, paying on a module-by-module basis.


*Please note that fees and modules are reviewed regularly and may be subject to change. After the point of enquiry, you will be notified of any changes by our Enrolment Team.

Distance Learning at Northumbria

As a distance learning student, you’ll benefit from: 

  • Studying a flexible course, which you can learn part-time around your other commitments. 
  • 24/7 access to interactive online learning materials on our bespoke eLearning platform, Blackboard Ultra. 
  • A range of Student Support teams, who are on hand to help you from application to graduation. 
  • Networking opportunities with fellow Psychology students including weekly coffee mornings. 
  • Direct contact with academics and the Course Director to address any questions you have.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 honours undergraduate degree or international equivalent in any subject. 

No prior psychology training or education is required. 

If you don’t meet these requirements but can demonstrate considerable professional experience, you may still be eligible. Non-standard applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

International applicants are also required to demonstrate an English language qualification, such as IELTS or an approved equivalent. 


In order to ensure BPS accreditation standards are met, and the quality of this course is upheld, places on the next intake will be limited. Due to high demand, places will be allocated on a first come first served basis to applicants who meet the entry criteria.

Our application portal is now open for the next intake and we encourage you to submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment. If you’d like to speak to someone about the course, please feel free to contact us.

Distance Learning at Northumbria

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