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Psychology (Conversion), Postgraduate Diploma

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
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This Master's level, modular course builds on the innovative and diverse curriculum offered at undergraduate level.


Intended for non Psychology graduates this on-line conversion course will equip the student with the requirements for the Society?s Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) and enable the student to qualify for further professional training in order to then pursue a career in Psychology.

The curriculum will be entirely delivered by E-Learning and Virtual Learning Environments including, for example Skype, Adobe Connect and other best practice examples of on-line learning.

The course has been designed to offer a full MSc masters qualification in Psychology and also a Postgraduate Diploma on a full or part time basis.

Students graduating with the MSc (Conversion Award) will have produced a 60 credit Dissertation and will have completed two of the three optional units.  

Students graduating with the PgDip(Conversion Award) will have produced a 20 credit Empirical Project and will have completed one of the three optional units.

Programme Structure

Students will study all of the core units and then either one (PgDip) or two of the optional units listed below.

  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • Introduction to Educational Psychology
  • Conceptual and Historical Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 21 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

In accordance with the British Psychological Society's requirements, applicants are required to hold a minimum of a lower second class (2:2) UK honours degree (or international equivalent).

Applicants to the MSc route need not have studied any Psychology before.

Applicants to the PgDip route must have studied 60 credits of Psychology at Level 4 or above.

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Getting a Student Visa

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    1612 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1612 GBP per module and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    945 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 945 GBP per module and a duration of 12 months.
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