Psychology MSc Courses

Our Psychology MSc courses are based on our successful Psychology MSc modular structure, running since 2004. A variety of courses offer you the opportunity to specialise in cognitive psychology, child development, health & well being or social and community psychology. All our psychology MSc courses are designed to prepare students for a PhD in Psychology and other psychology related careers. We currently recruit 10-12 students each year on our MSc programmes, with a mixture of UK and international, and a small number of part time students.

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 Social & Community Psychology.

Organisation and study

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 part-time). 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?

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 a clinical context.

Who can apply?

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

Please see individual course information below for closing dates

Child Development
Dr Claire Fox

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Cognitive Psychology
Dr Jim Grange

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Social and Community Psychology
Dr Chris Stiff

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Psychology of Health & Well Being
Dr Emee Estacio

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

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 http://www.keele.ac.uk/kgb/

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 www.keele.ac.uk/visa.  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