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    Full time & Part time available

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  • Start Date

    January, September

  • Course Duration

    Full time: 1 semester (4 months); Part time: 2 semesters (8 months)

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  • Last Updated

    05 November 2019

If you want to acquire knowledge and skills in psychology our Psychology Qualifying Certificate is ideal. The course is suitable if you have no previous experience of higher education level psychology.

You can take the course as an entry qualification for the Oxford Brookes MSc Psychology. This is needed for Graduate Basis for Chartered membership to the British Psychological Society. The course also meets the entry requirements for other universities' psychology conversion courses.

Our state-of-the-art facilities include:

  • a video observation lab
  • Babylab
  • action research lab
  • perception lab.

We have one of the largest groups of developmental psychologists in the UK. So you will gain expertise in cognitive neuroscience and qualitative methods. We also have strong links through joint research projects with partners in health, education and industry.

Learning and teaching

You will learn through the following methods:

  • lectures
  • directed reading
  • seminars 
  • practical work.

You will need to set aside 150 hours of study for each module you study. There are 36 hours of staff contact time per module. 


You will be assessed on each course module individually, on the quality of written work. 

Assessment methods include:

  • essays
  • formal written examinations
  • in-class tests.


Our research has led to improved practice guidelines in both health and education, the development of valuable assessment tools and the adoption of new policies and practices. We develop knowledge and understanding that informs policy and improves people’s lives. 

We continue to attract significant funding awards from bodies including:

  • ESRC 
  • MRC
  • Burdett Trust for Nursing
  • Technology Strategy Board
  • National Institute for Health Research
  • Leverhulme Trust. 

Psychology research is organised into three main research areas: 

  • developmental psychology
  • adult cognition
  • applied social psychology. 

Our Institute for Research in Child Development draws across the departmental disciplines of psychology, social work and public health and investigates pregnancy and birth, and early childhood through to adolescence and young adulthood.

Career prospects

The department offers advice on future career opportunities, including practical help with applications to future training and employment. For many of our students, their postgraduate psychology qualification is a stepping stone to professional training for careers in educational and clinical psychology. Some choose to continue their academic studies, progressing to PhD.

Visit the Psychology Qualifying Certificate page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!





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