Applied Psychology Course PgCert/PgDip/MSc

MSc Applied Psychology

1. Overview

Are you looking to develop a career in psychology or further your understanding of psychology; the scientific study of people, the mind and behavior?

This MSc conversion course in Applied Psychology, delivered via distance learning, is designed to allow students who do not hold a psychology undergraduate degree to develop the wide range of subject-specific and generic skills required to pursue a career as a professional psychologist in practice or academia.

2. What you will study

You will study core modules in:

  • Biological Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Individual Differences
  • Social Psychology
  • Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology
  • Research Methods

The flexible nature of the course also allows you to study an elective module in an applied area of your choice. Whilst the final research project, written up as a dissertation, enables you to explore psychological questions in a real-world context that are relevant to your interests, experiences and future career ambitions. All classes and activities will be done online and in your own time with the exception of a two hour weekly online workshop. The precise timing of the workshop will be negotiated with the student co-hort upon course commencement.

The modules will focus on Applied Psychology; using knowledge of psychology to understand real-world problems and create changes in areas such as education, the workplace, mental health and psychological well-being, counselling, physical health and illness, behaviour change, forensic and legal settings, sport and exercise, and social problems such as prejudice and discrimination.

Masters degrees prepare you for entering a professional area, whether this is as a chartered psychologist, academic research (e.g. PhD study) or elsewhere. The MSc will train you to apply your thinking to examine the theories and practices that make up the professional knowledge in Psychology.

You will build on these practices to become, not only an independent researcher. Rather than just working within the key issues or debates in Psychology, you will be expected to examine the edges and boundaries of Psychology and understand how knowledge is constructed.

3. How you will learn

You will experience a supportive and structured learning experience, with access to a comprehensive online library of psychology resources delivered via the University's virtual learning environment CampusMoodle and plenty of opportunity to interact with tutors and other students. All classes and activities will be done online and in your own time with the exception of fortnightly online workshops.

Learning will involve online lectures, interactive discussion forums and virtual classroom sessions.

You will also receive one-to-one support from a specialist supervisor when you begin your empirical research project. 

Assessment methods include written coursework in the form of essays and reports, empirical research projects and a range of online activities.

4. Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in subject areas related to social science, education, health and social care. 

English Language

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

5. Placements and Accreditations

This course is accredited by The British Psychological Society

6. Student Funding

Students may be eligible for a pro rata discount for Recognition for Prior Certified Learning.

Robert Gordon University graduates are also eligible for the University Alumni Discount.

7. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2017/2018

UK/EU Students


  • £5,180 .

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £1,940 for stage 1
  • £1,940 for stage 2
  • £1,300 for stage 3

International Students


  • £10,050 .

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,770 for stage 1
  • £3,770 for stage 2
  • £2,510 for stage 3

For Academic Year 2016/2017

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £2,920 for stage 1
  • £2,920 for stage 2
  • £1,960 for stage 3

UK/EU Students

Distance Learning Full-time

  • £5,500 .

International Students

Distance Learning Full-time

  • £11,900 .


Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages


8. How to apply

Applications for 2017 will open on Monday 24 October 2016 and will close on June 11 2017.

All students can apply online by visiting Apply Online.

If you have any queries, please contact our Admissions Office:

If you are an International Student and would like further information and application advice:

In order to be considered for the course, applicants must provide the following along with their application.

  • Evidence of an Honours Degree at 2:2 or above, and a copy of their Degree Certificate and Academic Transcript
  • A personal statement indicating a desire to pursue a career in a psychology related field
  • A reference, preferably academic, on headed stationery, signed and dated
  • An English language proficiency certificate (if necessary) - e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, PEARSONS
  • A C.V.

Terms and Conditions of Admissions

The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

9. Prospects

Successful completion of the MSc will enable students to pursue further training as a HCPC-registered and/or Chartered Psychologist in a range of areas such as:

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Occupational Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Teaching and Research in Psychology

On graduation students will be equipped with a broad range of soft skills including the ability to: solve problems and reason scientifically; make critical judgements and evaluations; demonstrate ethical awareness and sensitivity to contextual and interpersonal factors; communicate and collaborate successfully. Given the distance learning nature of the course, students will also be adaptive and responsible in order to be effective independent learners. Such soft skills are highly valued by employers for jobs across a wide range of occupations that involve work with people, and will prove invaluable for those applying for further training as a HPC-registered and/or Chartered Psychologist.

10. Accreditation of Prior Learning

Students may be eligible for Recognition for Prior Certified Learning (RPCL) for up to three modules. An application for RPCL can only be made once students have been offered a place on the course. All applications for RPCL will be done in accordance with the University RPCL policy and must be approved by the course management team. Following approval of RPCL, course fees will be discounted on a pro rata basis.

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Start Date


Course Length

12 months FT or 24-36 months PT

Mode of Attendance

Distance Learning

Academic School
School of Applied Social Studies
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Accredited By
BPS - British Psychological Society
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