Master of Science in Psychology (MSc)

As Psychology reaches out to tackle the big questions facing society today, skills and experience in psychological research are becoming more and more in demand. Our MSc in Psychology offers students an exciting path, giving them the opportunity to deepen their specific interests whilst at the same time developing the technical and transferable skills they need to succeed in a wide range of research-related positions. It is aimed at students who wish to engage with research and want to further their practical research skills. The course covers skills in experimental design and analysis, research skills, critical thinking and reading, oral presentation, and scientific writing. The course provides the opportunity to build knowledge in at least one area of contemporary psychology, linked to current research within the School of Psychology. The course also offers opportunities to be part of front-line psychological science using the latest technologies and methods.
Key features of the course are:

  • One to one contact with research active staff
  • An opportunity to specialize if you already know what area excites you most, or if you are still developing your focus, design your course to be broader, developing your knowledge in more than one sub-speciality
  • Find out what’s really hot or not in contemporary Psychology
  • Learn transferable skills that enhance employability

Course Structure

You take a combination of compulsory and concentration modules to a total of 120 credits. The first year introduces you to the essential concepts and methods of Psychological terms, while the next year build on that knowledge and allow you to study core subjects in depth. 

In Year 1, you take 12 compulsory 60-credit modules
In Year 2, you take 20 concentration credits and 40 compulsory credit modules with a project work.
PHY 101 Current Research and Practice in Psychology 5
PHY 102 Foundations in Critical Thinking 5
PHY 103 Introduction to Neuroscientific Methods 5
PHY 104 Proposing Research in Psychology 5
PHY 105 Foundations of Data Science 5
PHY 106 Research Review in Psychology 5
PHY 107 Public Engagement with Psychological Research 5
PHY 108 Social Psychology 5
PHY 109 Psychology and Environmental Conservation 5
PHY 110 Health Psychology 5
PHY 111 Developmental Psychology 5
PHY 112 Sensation and Perception 5
PHY 201 Biopsychology 5
PHY 202 Positive Psychology 5
PHY 203 Cross-cultural psychology 5
PHY 204 Psychopathology 5
B1003 Industrial Training 10
B1004 Presentation / Seminar 10
B1005 Project Work 20

Mode of Delivery

The MSc Programme is taken over twelve months of full-time study. Part-time candidates normally fulfil the requirements of the degree in 24 months.
The programme will be delivered through:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Group work
  • Guided independent study.

You will complete two compulsory courses and four option courses. This is followed by work towards an independently researched dissertation.


The following are requirements for admission to the programme:

  • At least three years of work experience in the public and private sectors, voluntary/community-based organizations, and international and non-governmental organizations;
  • A recognized relevant University Degree from a well recognized institution and evidenced by transcripts and copies certificates,etc.
  • A brief curriculum vitae that provides an overview of education, work and other professional activities;
  • Sufficient references (at least three) from persons in the professional and academic communities;

Assessment and verification

We assess both the theoretical and practical elements of the course. Assessment is through written assignments, a profile of evidence of teaching standards and observed teaching. All modules within this program are internally assessed by KIMT and externally verified by Azteca University. The qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes. To achieve a pass for a unit, learners must provide evidence to demonstrate that they have fulfilled all the learning outcomes and meet the standards specified by all assessment criteria. Judgment that the learners have successfully fulfilled the assessment criteria is made by the Assessor. The Assessor will provide an audit trail showing how the judgement of the learners’ overall achievement has been arrived at.


Knowledge, understanding and intellectual skills are assessed through a combination of course assignments and presentations.

The weighting for the final overall assessment for each course taken shall be as follows:

  • 90% Assignments
  • 10% Presentation and viva

At the end of the program each student also submit a research project paper

Programme modality

The program is studied 100% online through the virtual learning platform with tutor support. You will receive excellent support from the academic team, including your programme manager and your supervisor who will be with you every step of the way.


The programme is design to be delivered through 2 years but can be completed earlier.


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