You must have a 2:1 or higher in an undergraduate Psychology degree, or a closely related degree with a solid understanding of psychology research methods and statistics.
We anticipate that most students would join us on campus here at Buckingham; however, it may be possible to undertake the MSc as a distance learner assuming all skills workshop and milestone components of the MSc are completed. See below for details (‘Skills Acquisition and Assessment’).
Age is no barrier to learning and we welcome all applications from suitably qualified students.
We are happy to consider all international applications and if you are an international student, you may find it useful to visit our international pages for details of entry requirements from your home country. The University is a UKVI Student Sponsor.
English Language Requirements
If your English language level is below the entry requirements you will be expected to complete our pre-sessional English language programme. You do not need to apply separately for this programme, your offer will include the necessary pre-sessional English term(s).
Places are limited, and we will be interviewing all prospective students in two application rounds, leading to a September and a January intake each year. To apply, click the button at the top of the page, and fill out your details.
As part of the application process, please upload a single document including a covering letter and brief CV, outlining how your previous experience and interests support your application to pursue an MSc by research in this particular area of Psychology.
Our current application deadlines are
- 1 August, for a start in late September
- 1 November, for a start in late January
Wherever possible, you will be invited to the University to meet the Postgraduate Admissions Tutor and/or the MSc Programme Director, for a formal interview and to have a tour of our campus. If you are an international applicant, it may not be possible for you to visit in person, so the interview may be conducted via video-conferencing.
If you are successful at interview, we will invite you to submit a short, structured (1,000 word) research proposal summary outlining your current proposal idea, using a template we will provide. This will help us to allocate an appropriate supervisor when you join us. On satisfactory receipt of this proposal, we will offer you a place on the programme.
Do get in touch with Dr Fine or with the admissions team if you have any further queries about the application process.
Student Contract for prospective students
When you are offered a place at the University you will be notified of the student contract between the University and students on our courses of study. When you accept an offer of a place on the course at the University a legal contract is formed between you and the University on the basis of the student contract in your offer letter. Your offer letter and the student contract contain important information which you should read carefully before accepting an offer. Read the Student Contract.
Skills Acquisition & Assessment
This is a one year (full-time) or two-year (part-time) programme accepting students in both September and January. The awarding of the MSc is dependent upon the submission of a 25,000 word dissertation on your chosen research topic. It will be assessed by an external specialist, and will include a viva voce examination.
On arrival at Buckingham you will be assigned a first and second supervisor, based on your chosen research topic. Your supervisors will guide you throughout your research, meeting with you fortnightly throughout the year. For details of staff members working in this area, visit the CREATE hub page.
Alongside the thesis, you will be expected to engage in guided self-study topic areas within the programme. A minimum of three self-study topics must be completed, and will be followed by a brief assessment. Current topics include:
- Expertise Development and Skill Acquisition
- Hobbies, Personality and Niche interests
- Imagination and Visual Imagery Vividness
- Insight and Representational Change
- Problem Solving and Fluid Intelligence
- Choreography and Dance
- Musical Performance
- Stage Fright and Performance Anxiety
- Time Perception and Time Personality
In addition to these self-study areas you will also be required to attend Postgraduate skills workshops identified by the Programme Director and your supervisor. These self-study and skills elements will not earn programme credits; but progression through and completion of the MSc will be dependent upon proper engagement with them. This is to ensure that students graduate from the programme with sound research skills and a good contextual understanding of the broad study area, as is appropriate for a named MSc.