Psychology (Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma / MSc)

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Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

This 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 areas such as forensic, occupational, 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, this programme is suitable for you.

Converting your degree to a new subject area can be a considerable challenge. Participants on this course value the close and supportive relationship between staff and students, achieved during face-to-face interaction in the classroom, laboratory practicals and personal tutor meetings. 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.

Our philosophy on this course is to build on your existing graduate skills and attributes, and to focus on addressing your particular needs.

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


  • Cognitive Psychology and Neuropsychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Individual Differences
  • Social Psychology
  • Research Methods and Analysis
  • Dissertation

Study style

Assessment is by research reports, essays, presentations, exams 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

  • An Ordinary or Honours degree in any subject, including degrees in psychology that are not accredited by the BPS
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent


Fees - 2018/19 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £6300
Postgraduate Diploma £4200
Postgraduate Certificate £2100
International Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £13840
Postgraduate Diploma £9250
Postgraduate Certificate £4600

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.


  • Forensic psychology
  • Occupational psychology
  • Sport psychology
  • Clinical psychology

Support staff

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. Continuation routes available at the University of Gloucestershire include BPS-accredited MSc courses in occupational psychology and forensic psychology, as well as postgraduate research.

Internal Progression

Student-focused, with excellent teaching and support

Following the core BPS curriculum, your studies will take a distinctive critical perspective, with strong coverage of conceptual issues, promoting strong engagement with your subject matter. You’ll be taught by staff that are experts in their given areas and are committed to providing an excellent learning experience.

Suitable for graduates from any subject area

Pursue your own interests

Through your dissertation you can focus on a research topic that particularly interests you, enabling you to develop specialist knowledge.

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