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You’ll learn how to apply your thinking to examine the theories and practices that make up the professional knowledge in Psychology and build on these skills to become 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.
Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.
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.
Available Full-time or Part-time
If you work more than 18 hours per week we recommend you apply for the part-time route.
You’ll learn via the University's virtual learning environment CampusMoodle, where you’ll interact with tutors and other students. All classes and activities are delivered online and in your own time with the exception of the fortnightly online workshops.
There is no requirement to attend on campus as learning will involve online lectures, interactive discussion forums and virtual classroom sessions, as well as one-to-one support from a specialist supervisor when you begin your empirical research project. Assessment methods include online examinations, written coursework in the form of essays and reports, empirical research projects and a range of online activities.
Assessment and exams are all completed and submitted online.
[If you remain a part-time student the course duration is 36 months but if you convert to full-time for the dissertation (after Year 2) you can complete in 24 months.]
- Online lectures - 4 hours per week
- Online seminars - 4 hours per week
- Online workshop - 40 students per group, 2 hours per fortnight. These are all streamed live but also recorded and can be viewed later if you are unable to attend the online live event.
- Independent Study - 42 hours per week
Students are given 1 – 2 hours of lectures per module per week; plus 1-2 hrs online activity.
A significant portion of this course is underpinned by independent learning, and you will be expected to be responsible for managing your coursework, reading and other learning activities appropriately.
Typically students are assessed each year:
- 2 online written exams (full-time),1 online written exam (part-time), typically for 2 hours
- 7 written assignments, including essay (full-time), depending on electives chosen; 4 written assignments, including essay (part-time)
- 2 reports (full-time), 1 report (part-time)
- 1 dissertation (full-time)
- 2 set exercises (full-time)
- 1 practical skills assessment (full-time)
- 1 online written exam, typically for 2 hours (part-time)
- 3 written assignments, including essay (part-time, depending on electives chosen)
- 1 report (part-time)
- 2 set exercises (part-time)
- 1 practical skills assessment (part-time)
- 1 dissertation (part-time)
We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.
STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE
Our school is one of the first to provide a BPS accredited MSc via distance learning. We have an expanding psychology teaching and research portfolio. Our team of lecturers have strong practice and research backgrounds, and a passion for helping you to achieve your best – whether that’s online, supervising your dissertation, or providing pastoral support. With small class sizes we get to know you as an individual throughout your course. Our teaching staff will provide you with a stimulating and enjoyable education as you gain a range of skills required to add value to society in a wide-range of careers in psychology or working with people.
The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.
ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT
All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.
STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT
The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:
- Academic writing
- Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
- Maths and statistics
- English language
- Information technology support
The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.
Successful completion of the MSc will enable you to pursue further training as a HCPC-registered and/or Chartered Psychologist in a range of psychology areas such as: clinical, counselling, education, forensic, occupational, health, sport and exercise, teaching and research.
On graduation you will be equipped with a broad range of 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, you will also be adaptive and responsible in order to be an effective independent learner. Such soft skills are highly valued by employers for jobs across a wide range of occupations which involve work with people, and will prove invaluable if you plan to apply for further training as a HPC-registered and/or Chartered Psychologist.
Applicants should have an Honours degree with a final degree classification of at least 2:2 or international equivalent.
Degrees in areas related to the social sciences, education, health and social care, and experience in research methods are desirable.
Application closing date for September 2019 entry is 1 July 2019
Only applications received on or before this date which are complete and contain all required documents will be considered. As a minimum we require degree transcript (and certificate if available), personal statement, academic reference (or work reference supporting suitability for PG study), and CV.
English Language Requirements
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:
Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.
Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact email@example.com for further information.
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020
Distance Learning Full-time
Distance Learning Part-time
- £2,510 for stage 1
- £2,510 for stage 2
- £1,680 for stage 3
Distance Learning Full-time
Distance Learning Part-time
- £4,260 for stage 1
- £4,260 for stage 2
- £2,830 for stage 3
The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:
- The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
- Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
- Accommodation and Living costs
Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.
RECOGNITION OF PRIOR CERTIFICATED LEARNING
Students may be eligible to claim for Recognition of Prior Certificated Learning (RPCL) in up to four modules on the course. Modules taken at SQCF Level 9, 10 or 11 (i.e. Scottish 3rd or 4th year undergraduate or Master's level, or equivalents in the rest of the UK) are eligible for RPCL on application to the Course Leader. Each module will be subject to an investigation fee of £145 and undergo the university's standard procedure for this. For any modules approved for RPCL, students will receive a pro-rata discount on their fees. Please contact the Course Leader for further details.
Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.
Scholarships and Financial Awards
You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:
For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:
This course is accredited by The British Psychological Society.
Students may be eligible for Recognition for Prior Certified Learning (RPCL) for up to four 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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