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Institute of Psychology

Postgraduate Courses

At Postgraduate level we offer well-established professional training courses, leading to recognised qualifications in Psychology specialisms.

MSc Occupational Psychology

This course is available as a one-year, full-time course or two years part-time. The MSc in Occupational Psychology is fully accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and confers stage one training for Chartership with the BPS, the first stage towards becoming a registered Occupational Psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). The course has recently been redesigned to incorporate the new training framework proposed by the BPS. The course includes Test User (Occupational, Ability) and Test User (Occupational, Personality) training – worth £2,600. You will explore topics including: selection, recruitment, stress management, career theory and occupational applications of counselling and coaching.

Our alumni are working in a variety of organisations including the Department for Work and Pensions (Occupational Psychologist), SHL Talent Measurement from CEB (Consultant), Liverpool John Moores University (Research Assistant) and Cheshire Fire Brigade (HR Assistant).

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MSc Forensic and Investigative Psychology

The course is designed to develop an applied psychological knowledge base relevant to the domain of Forensic and Investigative Psychology, underpinned by theory and empirical research (including research methodology relevant to the course).

On completion of the MSc in Investigative and Forensic Psychology graduates will be able to offer a broad range of knowledge and associated skill sets, which will support them to work across a number of sectors.

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MSc Cyberpsychology

Cyberpsychology as a discipline investigates the psychological processes and behavioural outcomes of engaging with new and emerging technology, including the Internet, smartphones, virtual reality and gaming devices. The course will also consider the effects of living in a digital age on both our online and our offline lives.

Completion of this course is also a stepping stone for those who may wish to pursue a career as an academic cyberpsychologist.

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Professional Doctorate Counselling Psychology

Our three-year, full-time doctoral programme trains you to become a British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Counselling Psychologist and register with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). It includes a broad spectrum of therapeutic approaches in mental health care, doctoral research practice, a critical approach to psychometrics and a solid grounding in the critical issues in clinical practice. The course integrates theoretical knowledge and clinical practice through a practice placement.

Interviews take place in February. As this course has a high demand, please ensure your application is submitted as early as possible.

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PhD in Psychology

Applications for self-funded PhDs are welcomed in the following areas: health psychology, cognitive psychology, cyberpsychology, forensic psychology, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information on the areas of research that we undertake, visit our research page. For information on research study fees, please click here

If you are interested in pursuing a self-funded PhD and you have already identified a member of staff that you would like to work with you can email or apply online.

Please note that we usually require a minimum of a 2-1 in Psychology to be considered for a PhD place, however individuals with a 2-2 who also have a relevant postgraduate qualification (e.g. Masters in Research Methods) will also be considered.