Psychology MSc Courses

All our psychology MSc programmes are designed to prepare you for a PhD in Psychology and other psychology-related careers. You will have the opportunity to specialise in your chosen area as well as engaging in general research methods training and becoming familiar with contemporary issues in psychology.

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Specialist psychological training provided by research-active tutors is a defining feature of all of our Psychology MSc programmes, each of which relates to an area of core research strength in the School and ties in with an active Research Group. The modular structure has been in place in the School since 2004 with new programme specialisms being introduced on a flexible basis to account for changes and developments in staff expertise and in the discipline more widely. We include more traditional areas of psychology (Child Development and Cognitive Psychology), as well as emerging areas of psychology (Psychology of Health & Wellbeing and Applied Social and Political Psychology).

The programmes have been designed to ensure you can focus on your specialist interests and tailor your studies to suit your research interests and development goals in as many modules as possible.  

Psychology MSc Courses

"I have been extremely lucky in every aspect of my time as a student in Keele's psychology department, where you are not just seen as students but individuals with different backgrounds and personalities. What is so unique is that this is across the whole department.  Student guidance/pastoral care is an amazing and understated part of what Keele students receive, and as a mature student I have particularly appreciated that."

A mature student graduating with an MSc in Health & Wellbeing in 2013

"My dissertation supervisor gave me so many great opportunities and amazing research experience"

 MSc Psychological Research Methods student, July 2010

Psychology MSc courses

Our Psychology MSc courses are based on our successful Psychology MSc modular structure, running since 2004. With the variety of courses on offer you can choose to specialise by following one of the named routes or keep your options open by taking the MSc in Psychology. All our psychology MSc courses are designed to prepare students for a PhD in Psychology and other psychology related careers. We currently have around 20 students each year on our existing programmes, with a mixture of UK and international, and a small number of part time students. 

Specialist Training

We offer four specialist routes which reflect the research specialisms at Keele: Child Development, Cognitive Psychology, Psychology of Health & Wellbeing, and Applied Social & Political Psychology.

Organisation and study


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All Psychology MSc courses include a great deal of psychology content and the opportunity to work closely with at least two different ‌academic members of the School of Psychology. You would focus on one topic area for your dissertation research, choosing option modules that relate closely to this and engage in some general psychology research methods training. All courses include a Research Apprenticeship in which students assist academic staff with their research. Depending upon which psychology MSc you enroll upon, this may be with a different member of staff and on a different psychological topic/ using different methods to your dissertation supervisor/topic, or you may choose to collaborate further with your dissertation supervisor or a member of staff with allied research interests. There is a dedicated study space and plenty of opportunities to gain relevant experience through the course and while you are a postgraduate student.

Full Time and Part Time

These psychology MSc courses last for 12 months full time (24 months parttime). Whichever route you choose you will get excellent support throughout, studying on a one-to-one basis and in small groups in Psychology and with larger numbers of masters students across the rest of the university.

Why do a Psychology MSc?

PG Psychology Andy Weekes Doing an MSc can give you an edge in the jobs market or help you to maintain momentum by "keeping your hand-in" after gaining an undergraduate psychology degree. For Keele students it may be a way to continue working with a valued undergraduate dissertation supervisor. Many recent MSc graduates have gone on to pursue careers in psychology, either through PhDs at Keele or elsewhere or through work as research assistants or in clinical contexts.

All of our programmes are designed to prepare students for future research careers through PhD or research assistant positions. 

Each programme also prepares students for a range of careers related to their specific field. In the overview sections of our programme specific webpages you will find examples of the typical careers our graduates go on to. 

Who can apply?

Applicants should have a good Psychology degree accredited by the British Psychological Society (minimum 2i level).

Application closing dates can be viewed on the individual programme webpages. 

The Programmes Director for all MSc programmes is Dr Alexandra Kent to whom any general enquiries can be directed.

For more information about a specific programme please contact the relevant programme lead: 


As your dissertation topic and supervisor strongly flavour your MSc we advise that you take a look early on at the school of psychology staff webpages to see which staff research interests chime with your own dissertation ideas. You may e-mail staff regarding dissertation supervision and research topics before, during or after submitting your application.


MSc Funding

For the latest information on all funding options for postgraduate taught courses at Keele, including how to apply, please see

International students

Anyone applying from a country where English is not the first language is required to take an official test of English language obtaining at least IELTS 7.0 with 6.0 in each subtest or equivalent.  To help with the cost of living International students may be allowed to work part-time for up to 20 hours a week during term time depending upon the endorsements on their Visa.  

For more information on student visas please go to  International students are advised to contact the British Council for other possible sources of funding.

Other Links

The School of Psychology also offers Masters and Post Graduate Certificate courses in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Keele Postgraduate taught course Prospectus

PsyPAG - The National Organisation for all Psychology Postgraduates