Psychology (Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma / MSc)

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Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time

Campus

Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

This conversion programme is designed for graduates in any area who wish to pursue a career in professional psychology. Completing this programme will qualify you for entry to further training, in specialisms such as forensic, clinical and sports psychology.

Whether you’ve studied psychology but didn’t gain accreditation with the British Psychological Society (BPS), or you’re looking to change career paths after studying another subject, this programme is suitable for you.

Converting your degree to a new subject area can be a considerable challenge. Our philosophy on this course is to build on your existing graduate skills and attributes, and to focus on addressing your individual needs.  Participants on this course value the close and supportive relationship between staff and students, achieved via face-to-face interaction in the classroom and laboratory, and meetings with their personal tutor.   You will also find that the other graduates in your cohort provide an important source of social support as you all undergo this intensive learning experience together.

The course is taught by a team of psychologists who are committed to offering an excellent student experience. They can also provide advice on career routes and academic progression, including specialisations in, for example, forensic psychology.

Modules

  • Biological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Human Development
  • Individual Differences
  • Social Psychology
  • Research Methods and Analysis

Study style

  •  Learn through lectures, seminars, tutorials and lab sessions
  • Assessment is through research reports, essays, presentations and a dissertation

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course.

Entry requirements

  • At least a 2.2 ordinary or honours degree in any subject, including degrees in psychology that are not accredited by the BPS
  • Applicants without a degree may be considered if they can demonstrate substantial, relevant work experience
  • EU and international students need IELTs 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each component) or equivalent

Fees

Fees - 2019/20 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £6500
Postgraduate Diploma £4330
Postgraduate Certificate £2165
International Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £14250
Postgraduate Diploma £9500
Postgraduate Certificate £4750

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full-time or part-time study. Please refer to the Tuition Fee and Bursary Policy for payment methods and timescales.

Careers

Progress to further postgraduate study and training to become a Chartered Psychologist in a specific field of psychology, such as forensic, educational or clinical.

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A step towards becoming chartered

This is the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist. Our syllabus gives you the skills and knowledge to progress into a professional psychology career.  Popular continuation routes available at the University of Gloucestershire are the BPS-accredited MSc Forensic Psychology, and postgraduate research in cognitive psychology / neuroscience, social cognition, and health and wellbeing.

Student presentation

Student-focused, with excellent teaching and support

Getting to grips with the entire core BPS curriculum in one year is no mean feat.  To maximise your chance of success and ensure your learning is both meaningful and enjoyable, our course is delivered face-to-face in the classroom and the laboratory.  There are plenty of opportunities to question, discuss and explore key concepts and methods with your lecturers and other students.  Your personal tutor will monitor your progress and be able to provide support tailored to your particular needs.

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Pursue your own interests

Through your dissertation you can focus on a research topic that particularly interests you, enabling you to develop specialist knowledge.  This is an opportunity to explore an area relevant to your intended career and prepare for the next stage of your training as a professional psychologist.

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