BSc : BA : MSci Watch
What I'm wondering is what is the difference between BSc, MSci, MPsych, and BA.
I've researched on Google but I'm still not sure. Can someone explain, please?
MSci generally is a 1 year Masters degree for people who already have a BSc or BA or any degree, whereas MPsych is an 'integrated masters', so a 3 year course and a 1 year course combine in one to make 4 years.
There isn't really any difference between the degree names as such - sometimes people suggest that BA vs BSc can be indicative of content differences, but this isn't always the case and it's really so varied as to not be a useful metric at all (for example Oxford and Cambridge only offer the BA, but their courses are just as if not more scientific than any other).
Additionally, many (undergraduate) Psychology courses are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) which means they have a common core curriculum which will be the same at any university. Thus the differences are normally dependent on the research interests of the teaching staff, rather than the degree name. You should look at the individual course contents to see which courses you like best to apply to.
It’s great to hear that you’re interested in studying Psychology at University! It can be quite confusing reading about all the different courses at first.
The main difference between those type of courses is the level of qualification you come out with.
A BA degree is a Bachelor of Arts, typically most Psychology degrees are BSc’s, rather than BA’s, because Psychology is classed as a science. But some Universities may offer Psychology at BA level.
A BSc degree is basically a Bachelor of Science. Typically, these are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and this is quite important if you’re looking for a Psychology career. I did this at Undergraduate and you learn about many different fields of psychology (e.g. developmental psychology, statistics etc.). I really enjoyed doing this course as it gave me a breadth of knowledge and made me realise exactly which area of Psychology I want to specialise in. At Reading, we offer Undergraduate Psychology as either a BSc on its own or a BSc with professional placement, both accredited. Any University opportunity for placement is valuable and will help you in your future career! Do you know if you want to go on to be a Psychologist?
The MSci is a brilliant choice of course for people who are looking to pursue a career in Psychology. This includes a specialist fourth year, rather than the typical 3 years. Here at Reading, we offer specialist clinical training in the NHS.
An MPsych is a 4-year Undergraduate course which offers an integrated Masters.
All of these courses are worth thinking about, but I think you should really think about what you want to specialise in. I personally did a BSc Psychology course and I am now doing a Masters so I can specialise in Clinical Psychology. However, this may not be the right way for you, and I think you should consider all of your options. I know a lot of people who have done MSci’s and they’ve all really enjoyed the course, coming out with brilliant qualifications. I also know people who’ve experienced BA’s and that was the right choice for them. I hope you find the right course for you!
I hope I’ve answered your question a little bit more than Google. If you’ve got any more questions, feel free to ask!
(Psychology Masters Student)