Postgraduate study

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.

Specialist psychological training provided by research-active tutors is a defining feature of all of our Psychology MSc programmes. 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

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.

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 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.

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

Please view our MSc Psychology MSc School Brochure

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 6.5 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 recruitnetworx.info/visa.  International students are advised to the British Council for other possible sources of funding.

Daniella Hult-Khazaie, Keele Psychology PhD Student and MSc Alumnus

"Having completed a Psychology MSc was certainly viewed favourably by the university when I applied for a PhD programme as the degree provided a strong preparation and training for PhD study. The deepened understanding of my subject area and advanced research skills I gained through my MSc have been invaluable and eased the transition into postgraduate research."

Daniella Hult-Khazaie, Keele Psychology PhD Student and MSc Alumnus

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