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1 Years
Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Course overview

This conversion programme is designed for graduates in any area who would like to pursue a career in professional psychology or who would like to incorporate it into their career. The programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), which means that those completing with an overall grade of 50% or above will be eligible for graduate basis for registration with the BPS. This will enable further specialist training in psychology within clinical, health, forensic, occupational, educational, and sports psychology. Graduates from this degree can also pursue psychological research via a PhD.

Whether you have studied psychology but did not gain accreditation with the BPS, or you are looking to change career paths after studying another subject, this could be the course for you. To help you make this transition, we provide pre-sessional materials, which provide a foundation in some of the key aspects that will underpin the degree. There are additional opportunities to get involved with staff research projects.

The course is block-taught two days a week (currently Thursdays and Fridays). The course uses an applied approach, drawing upon the experiences and insight of a team of psychologists who are committed to offering an excellent student experience. You will learn through interactive sessions with guided discussions around the topic. The course assessments focus on applications that you are likely to encounter in a future career in psychology. These will include research reports, essays, presentations and a dissertation.

While, by nature, the MSc Psychology programme is intense (to include the relevant BPS curriculum), it has been carefully designed to build your knowledge and skillset throughout the different modules informed by the most up-to-date pedagogical research. We have an excellent sense of community on the course, with peer-support networks and supportive staff.

It’s planned that this course will be taught at UoG’s new campus in Gloucester city centre from September 2025.

The vibrant campus will be at the heart of the regeneration of Gloucester city centre. It will bring an iconic building back to life as a modern centre for teaching, learning and community partnerships, through placements, research and outreach activity, and provide cutting-edge facilities for your course.

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Entry requirements

    • Applicants should have a degree level qualification equivalent to a 2.2 or above in any subject. Those who do not meet the minimum entry criteria of a 2:2 or above but have previously studied psychology and not achieved Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS will be considered, dependant upon experience.

    • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent.

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Students usually support themselves through a postgraduate loan, private savings, family support or sponsorship from an employer. For advice and guidance on your funding options, contact the Money Advice team at or call 01242 714535.

UoG graduates receive 15% off postgraduate tuition fees. Terms apply.

Start date Location Course code Fee (UK)
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Sep 2024 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham £9,150 £17,100
Sep 2025 City Campus, Gloucester TBC TBC
Sep 2026 City Campus, Gloucester TBC TBC

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UoG Career promise

At UoG we create a climate for bravery and growth. We instil confidence in all our students, so you can graduate career-ready and meet your ambitions.

96% of our graduates are in work or further study*, but if you’re not in a job 6 months after graduating we’ll guarantee you 6 months of free support, followed by the offer of a paid internship to kickstart your career – plus we’ll commit to lifetime career coaching. Eligibility conditions apply.

*Graduate Outcomes Survey published 2024 and based on 2021/22 leavers

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Graduates from this course can progress to further postgraduate study and training to become a chartered psychologist in a specific field of psychology, such as forensic, educational, health, clinical, occupational or sports psychology.

Popular continuation routes include UoG’s MSc Forensic Psychology, MSc Health psychology and postgraduate research in cognitive psychology / neuroscience, social cognition, and health and wellbeing.

Graduates who complete with an overall grade of 50% or higher will be eligible for registration with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Work 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 or continue your training in forensic psychology or research.

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Enjoy excellent teaching and student support

To help you get to grips with the core BPS curriculum in this timeframe, you’ll learn face-to-face in the classroom and the lab – with plenty of opportunities to question, discuss and explore key concepts and methods with your lecturers and other students.

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Explore your own interests

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

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Push your possible with a master’s degree

Increase your pay potential, specialise in a subject you love, or pursue your passion and switch careers.

UoG alumni can benefit from a postgraduate scholarship discount of 15% off tuition fees.

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