Experimental Psychology MSc

Key information

Duration:
1 year full time
Start date:
September 2018
Apply by:
1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

This MSc is a conversion course that gives you a thorough grounding in psychology. You don’t need any prior formal psychology education.

You cover:

  • biological, cognitive, social and developmental psychology
  • philosophical and ethical foundations of psychology
  • research methods.

Why choose this course?

  • This MSc is accredited by the British Psychological Society as a qualification for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). 
  • Psychology at Sussex was placed in the top 10 for research in the UK in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  • We are one of the largest psychology units in the UK, with research groups in Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental and Clinical Psychology, and Social and Applied Psychology.
“The programme was demanding but extremely rewarding, providing a fundamental knowledge base whilst also being stimulating and enjoyable.” Jack HollingdaleResearch assistant, University of Sussex

Entry requirements

Degree requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of 7.5-8.5 depending on your university. 

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (Grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.5 or 8 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with GPA 4.0/5.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3/4.0 (grade B+).

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 5-5.5/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with overall mark of 75%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad' and a GPA of 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 7.5.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 17/20.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of 75%

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 13.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.4 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading institution with overall mark of 55-70% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA 3.5/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 15.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 105.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 4 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 3,33.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.5/4.0 or 14/20.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 8.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 80%

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division or CGPA of at least 3.5/5.0.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of B.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 60%

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 14/20 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 'very good' overall, or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 3 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.5/5.0 or 3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division or CAP 4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 1.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with CGPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with upper second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 5/6 or 8/10.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of 70%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3-3.5/4.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your country is not listed, you need to contact us and find out the qualification level you should have for this course. Contact us at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Subject-specific requirements

You can study this course if you do not have previous training in psychology and want to obtain a qualification that provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Memberships (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Higher level (7.0 overall, including at least 6.5 in each component).

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade B or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 185 overall, including at least 176 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 185 overall, including at least 176 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

Pearson (PTE Academic)

67 overall, including at least 62 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic)

TOEFL (iBT)

95 overall, including at least 22 in Listening, 23 in Reading, 23 in Speaking, 24 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT)

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

Level 5, including at least 4 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 80%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 80%

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grade C (Honours) or above in English.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

English language support

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Admissions information for applicants

How to apply

You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system

In-house psychology assessment test

If you do not have 60 credits or equivalent in psychology from previous study, you must pass our in-house psychology assessment test at the start of term in September. As an offer holder, you’ll receive a reading list and sample paper.

Interviews by Skype or at the UniversityYes
Personal statementYes

A personal statement is a piece of writing that you submit as part of your application. It should show us that you are the right person for Sussex by telling us why you want to study your course. 

Find out how to write a personal statement

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Application deadlines

1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

There is high demand for this course and we recommend that you apply by April.

Course details

How will I study?

This MSc is intensive and consists of lectures, tutorials, seminars and practical classes on the core modules, plus accompanying reading and essay writing.

As well as unseen examinations, you complete an experimental dissertation supervised by a member of faculty.

Modules

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Postgraduate student Emily Collins talks about her Experimental Psychology MSc

Our experts

Prof Aldo Badiani

Prof Aldo Badiani

Professor of Psychology & Addiction Medicine

Research interests

Drug addiction, Electrophysiology, Emotion, Environment, functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), Human psychopharmacology, Immunohistochemistry, Motivation, Reward

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Prof Robin Banerjee

Prof Robin Banerjee

Professor of Developmental Psychology

Research interests

Developmental psychology, Emotion, Motivation, Psychology, Social behaviour, Social cognition, Youth

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Dr Chris Bird

Dr Chris Bird

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Research interests

Hippocampus, Memory, Neuropsychology

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Dr Jenny Bosten

Dr Jenny Bosten

Lecturer in Psychology

Research interests

colour, GWAS, Individual differences, Matlab, Psychophysics, Virtual Reality

View Jenny Bosten's profile

Prof Rupert Brown

Prof Rupert Brown

Professor of Social Psychology

Research interests

Acculturation, hate crime, Identity, Immigration, Intergroup relations, post-conflict reconciliation, Prejudice, Prejudice reduction, refugees, Social psychology, team-building in organisations

View Rupert Brown's profile

Dr Dan Campbell-Meiklejohn

Dr Dan Campbell-Meiklejohn

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Research interests

Decision making, Neuromaging, Psychopharmacology, Reinforcement Learning Models, Social cognition, Social Influence, Social Neuroscience

View Dan Campbell-Meiklejohn's profile

Dr Hans Crombag

Dr Hans Crombag

Senior Lecturer

Research interests

Addiction and law, Associative learning, Motivation, Neurobiology of behaviour, Reward

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Dr Richard De Visser

Dr Richard De Visser

Reader in Psychology

Research interests

Alcohol, Gender and Sexuality, Health - behaviours, Psychology, Public health

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Prof Zoltan Dienes

Prof Zoltan Dienes

Professor in Experimental Psychology

Research interests

Bayesian Methods, Consciousness, Experimental psychology, Psychology

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Dr John Drury

Dr John Drury

Reader in Social Psychology

Research interests

Collective action, Crowding and personal space, Crowds, Disasters, Empowerment, Mass emergencies, Protest, Social identities, Social movements, Social psychology

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Prof Dora Duka

Prof Dora Duka

Professor of Experimental Psychology

Research interests

Addictions, Alcohol, Cognition, Emotion, Human psychopharmacology, Motivation, Smoking

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Dr Benjamin Dyson

Dr Benjamin Dyson

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Research interests

Art and design, Cognitive Psychology, Electrophysiology, Multi-sensory processing, Perception, Serious games

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Dr Matthew Easterbrook

Dr Matthew Easterbrook

Lecturer in Psychology

Research interests

Educational inequalities, Group processes, Poverty and inequality, Social class and educational disadvantage, Social disadvantage, Social identities, well-being

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Dr Sophie Forster

Dr Sophie Forster

Lecturer In Psychology

Research interests

Attention, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Cognitive Neuroscience, Distraction, Individual differences, Mind wandering, Psychology

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Prof Anna Franklin

Prof Anna Franklin

Professor of Visual Perception and Cognition

Research interests

Cognition, Perception, Vision

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Prof Alan Garnham

Prof Alan Garnham

Professor of Experimental Psychology

Research interests

Experimental psychology, Psycholinguistics, Psychology

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Dr Darya Gaysina

Dr Darya Gaysina

Lecturer In Psychology

Research interests

Behavioural genetics, Depression in humans, Developmental psychology, Epidemiology, Health and ageing, Mental Health and Well-Being

View Darya Gaysina's profile

Prof Gordon Harold

Prof Gordon Harold

Andrew and Virginia Rudd Chair in Psychology

Research interests

Biosocial Research, child development, Family Relationships, Longitudinal Methods, Mental Health, Prevention Science

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Prof Pete Harris

Prof Pete Harris

Professor of Psychology

Research interests

Motivation, Obesity, Public health, Vaccination

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Dr Graham Hole

Dr Graham Hole

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Research interests

Age perception, Configural processing of faces, Face Identity After Effects, Face recognition, Looked but failed to see errors in driving, Mobile phones and driving, Motorcycle conspicuity, Perceptual and attention in relation to driving

View Graham Hole's profile

Dr Jessica Horst

Dr Jessica Horst

Senior Lecturer In Psychology

Research interests

Categorisation, child development, Cognitive Development, Infancy, Language Acquisition, Picturebooks, Psychology, Reading to Children, Storybooks, Toddlers, Word Learning

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Dr Sarah King

Dr Sarah King

Reader in Behavioural Neuroscience

Research interests

Addictions, Alzheimer's Disease, Behavioural Neuroscience, Gene manipulation, Mouse genetics, Neurodegeneration, Neuroscience (Human disease), Neurotransmitter receptors

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Dr Eisuke Koya

Dr Eisuke Koya

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Research interests

Associative learning, drugs of abuse, Motivation, neuronal ensembles, nucleus accumbens, palatable foods, Prefrontal Cortex, slice electrophysiology

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Dr David Leavens

Dr David Leavens

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Research interests

Animal Cognition, Cognitive Development, Communication, Comparative psychology, Developmental psychology, Evolution of language, Experimental psychology, Gestures, Observational methods, Pointing

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Dr Kathryn Lester

Dr Kathryn Lester

Lecturer in Psychology

Research interests

Anxiety, Cognition, Developmental psychology, Emotional Processing, Fear

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Dr Karen Long

Dr Karen Long

Lecturer in Social Psychology

Research interests

intragroup processes, online identity, Social networking, Social psychology

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Prof Karen Mccomb

Prof Karen Mccomb

Professor Of Animal Behaviour & Cognition

Research interests

Animal behaviour, Psychology

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Dr Eleanor Miles

Dr Eleanor Miles

Lecturer In Psychology

Research interests

Embodiment, Emotion, Meta Analysis, Psychology, Social cognition, Social psychology

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Prof Jane Oakhill

Prof Jane Oakhill

Professor of Experimental Psychology

Research interests

Experimental psychology, Psychology

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Dr Bonamy Oliver

Dr Bonamy Oliver

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Research interests

Behavioural genetics, child behaviour, child well-being, conduct problems, externalising, family, Family Relationships, parent-child relationships, parenting, Psychology, psychopathology

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Prof Alison Pike

Prof Alison Pike

Professor of Child and Family Psychology

Research interests

child well-being, family psychology, parenting, Psychology, siblings

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Prof David Reby

Prof David Reby

Professor of Ethology

Research interests

Animal behaviour, Animal Cognition, Babies' cries, Evolution of communication, Experimental psychology, Human Vocalisations, Psychology, Sexual communication, Vocal anatomy, Vocal communication, Voice & Gender

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Prof Jennifer Rusted

Prof Jennifer Rusted

Professor of Experimental Psychology

Research interests

Behavioural Neuroscience, Cognitive decline with age, Dementia, Experimental psychology, neuropsychopharmacology

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Dr Paul Sparks

Dr Paul Sparks

Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology & Health

Research interests

Environmental Psychology, Health, Identity, Social Influence processes, Social psychology

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Dr Peggy St Jacques

Dr Peggy St Jacques

Lecturer in Psychology

Research interests

Autobiographical Memory, functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), Memory

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Dr Vivian Vignoles

Dr Vivian Vignoles

Reader In Social Psychology

Research interests

Cross-cultural psychology, Culture, Identity, Identity motives, Mental Health and Well-Being, Motivation, Psychology, Social identities, Social psychology

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Prof Jamie Ward

Prof Jamie Ward

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Research interests

Experimental psychology, Psychology

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Prof Martin Yeomans

Prof Martin Yeomans

Professor of Experimental Psychology

Research interests

Appetite, Cognitive Performance, Experimental psychology, Flavour, Food Choice, Food Preference, Nutrition, Satiety

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Dr Nicola Yuill

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Research interests

Autism Spectrum Disorders, child development, children and technology, Experimental psychology, human-centred technology, Psychology, reading comprehension, social development, technology for autism

View Nicola Yuill's profile

Course enquiries

+44 (0)1273 876638 
psychology@sussex.ac.uk

Find out about the School of Psychology

Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

UK/EU students:
£9,500 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
£9,500 per year
International students:
£19,200 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £10,280 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2017. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers in mental health, administration, counselling, research, nursing, teaching and lecturing, and clinical psychology. Others have gone on to further studies at doctoral level.

Employers of our graduates include:

  • charities
  • universities
  • local councils
  • health authorities, trusts and the NHS.

Graduate destinations

96% of students from the School of Psychology were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent graduates have gone on to jobs including:

  • psychiatry trainee, East London NHS Foundation
  • research assistant, University College London
  • psychological therapist, Time To Talk.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)

Cognitive Psychology (Masters)

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module comprises 24 one-hour lectures, two two-hour practicals and two one-hour seminars (which are linked to the practicals).

The practicals and the seminars are taught by members of faculty. The lectures provide a broad coverage of Cognitive Psychology topics, from basic perception to thinking. Lectures include material on individual differences where appropriate.

This module covers:

1. Sensory systems and visual perception

  • introduction to the sensory systems
  • physiology and psychophysics of perception
  • theories of perception
  • the visual system.

2. Sound & speech perception

  • sound production and perception
  • speech production and perception
  • categorical perception of speech sounds
  • evolution of speech & language.

3. Attention

  • attention - what in the devil is it?
  • listen up - the better to hear the world
  • eyes right - the better to see the world
  • select or else - the better to act upon the world.

4. Memory

  • short term and working memory
  • encoding in long term memory
  • forgetting and retrieval
  • implicit memory.

5. Language

  • word meaning and concepts
  • word reading and dyslexia (including material on individual differences)
  • text comprehension (also including material on individual differences)
  • language and thought.

6. Thinking

  • problem solving
  • expertise and creativity
  • hypothesis testing and everyday reasoning
  • rationality and irrationality

Practical 1: Categorical Perception of speech sounds.

Practical 2: Dot-probe task.

Developmental Psychology (Masters)

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module provides you with a basic grounding in developmental psychology from the prenatal period through adolescence.

Topics that are covered include:

  • developmental research methods
  • theories of child development
  • prenatal development
  • behavioural genetics and individual differences
  • perceptual development
  • early cognitive development
  • attachment
  • temperament
  • categorisation
  • language acquisition
  • motor development
  • children's understanding of mathematics
  • gender development
  • adolescent development.

Discovering Statistics (Masters)

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module has two components:

  1. statistical analysis
  2. empirical research.

The empirical project enables you to carry out independent research that will develop your skills in experimental research. This project helps to prepare you for your final empirical research project. The statistical analysis parts of the module build upon existing knowledge of statistical theory to enable you to analyse more complex data structures through understanding the general linear model (regression, ANOVA, etc).

Practical classes compliment the lectures by providing guidance on applying the general linear model using SPSS, advice on designing and executing projects, and conducting experimental research.

Ethics, Philosophy and Methods of Research

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module will consider the conceptual foundations of psychological research and is divided into three key elements.

Ethics and research governance – during this part of the module you will learn about the ethical principles and guidelines relating to research in psychology, in particular the BPS code of conduct and how it applies to research studies, and the UK frameworks for research governance. The ethical issues involved in using animals to study psychology will also be addressed.

Philosophy of Science – you explore different approaches to what it means for psychology to be scientific and why it matters. Half of the material considers classic philosophy of science as represented in the views of Popper, Kuhn and Lakatos and how they apply to psychology. The remaining material considers the foundations of statistical inference, comparing the conceptual basis of orthodox (Neyman Pearson) statistics with that of Bayesian statistics. The aim is to clear up popular misconceptions in interpreting statistics, not to teach any particular statistical technique.

Qualitative methods – are becoming increasingly important in psychology and related disciplines (eg, biology, medicine, sociology). Nevertheless, heated debates continue to rage about their essential qualities (if any) and 'quality' (if any). In this part of the module we will examine all aspects of qualitative research, from (claimed) philosophical underpinnings, through method selection, project planning, ethical considerations, data collection, data analysis, and the production, assessment, and presentation of results, though to the scientific, practical, ethical, and theoretical benefits of the end product(s). Particular attention will be given to the prospects of developing qualitative methods that are truly complementary to quantitative ones.

Brain and Behaviour (Masters)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

The module demonstrates how knowledge of the structure and function of the nervous system can give us insights to the understanding of human behaviour. Topics covered will normally include: functional neuroanatomy of the human brain; brain development and neurogenetics; ionic mechanisms underlying the nerve action potential; synapses and neurotransmission; neuropharmacology of commonly used anxiolytic drugs; neural mechanisms in emotion and motor behaviour; neural mechanisms underlying plasticity and learning.

Clinical Psychology and Mental Health (Masters)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

The broad aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the main diagnostic categories of psychological disorders, the major theories of causation and approaches to treatment, and to encourage you to appreciate the links between theory and treatment of those disorders.

Social Psychology (Masters)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module will provide an overview of major theories, methods, research findings and debates in social psychology. Students will examine classic studies and current findings and evaluate published research reports. The first half of the module focuses on micro-social phenomena and examines key areas of social cognition, including attitudes and attributions, the cognitive construction of self and others as well as identity and self-esteem. The second half of the module will cover basic intergroup and intragroup processes, such as social influence, group membership and identity, prejudice and collective behaviour, and the psychology of culture.

Social Research Methods in Psychology (Masters)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module complements the term 1 module 'Discovering Statistics'. It has three components:
(a) statistical analysis for questionnaire construction and interpretation;
(b) observational methods;
(c) qualitative data-gathering and analysis.

There are two assessed empirical reports using some of these techniques, which will enable students to develop skills in research design, data-gathering and analysis and which will therefore equip students for their empirical research projects. The statistical analysis parts of the module build upon existing knowledge of statistical theory (in term 1 module). Practical workshops complement the lectures by providing hands-on experience and guidance in using the methods, both with SPSS, and through small group work on relevant tasks.

Research Dissertation

  • 60 credits
  • Spring & Summer Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module enables you to undertake a piece of psychological research under the supervision of a member of faculty who is expert in the relevant area. For clinical psychology students this may involve collaboration with a field supervisor in the Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust. You will be involved in the design and execution of a substantial piece of empirical research on a topic that is relevant to your course. The dissertation will consist of a research report detailing the project you have carried out or been involved with.

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