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Psychology - Grad Cert


Course Description

This programme offers a conversion route to psychology for applicants who completed an undergraduate degree in another discipline. The Graduate Certificate in Psychology (passed at Master's qualifying level) plus the Child Development MSc OR Psychology of Education MSc enables students to apply for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Degree information

This programme will:
-Impart a broad knowledge of psychological theory and research
-Examine psychological research on language, the functions of the brain, personality, cognitive development, memory and our capacity to think, learn and solve problems
-Look at the effects of the dynamics within groups (such as leadership) and between groups (such as prejudice and aggression)
-Develop skills of critical analysis and ability to structure an argument and support it with evidence
-Develop ability to evaluate psychological theory and research
-Provide a basic introduction to some of the statistical techniques commonly used in psychological research.

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits each). There are no optional modules on this programme.

Core modules
-Introduction to Psychology I: Cognition and Development
-Introduction to Psychology II: Individual, Social and Biological Psychology

Teaching and learning
This programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, and interactive, task-based learning. Assessment is through essays and examinations.

Careers

Graduates of this programme often go on to pursue careers in the fields of research, health and education. Many applicants undertake this degree because they wish to be eligible to apply for a doctoral training degree in educational or clinical psychology.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-MSc in Child Development, Institute of Education, University of London (IOE)
-MSc in Psychology of Education, Institute of Education, University of London (IOE)

Employability
On completion of this programme students will have gained:
-Broad knowledge of basic, key issues in psychology.
-Ability to produce critical and informed arguments about core topics in psychology, as specified by the British Psychological Society syllabus.
-Ability to describe and evaluate psychological research in terms of theoretical and empirical contributions to the field
understanding of basic concepts in research methods and statistics.
-Ability to construct a coherent argument supported by research in psychology.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme includes weekly seminar activities to promote discussion and networking between students, who come from a wide variety of professional backgrounds.

Graduates of this programme often progress to a relevant BPS-accredited Master's programme - Psychology of Education MSc or Child Development MSc - to complete their conversion to psychology and to be eligible to apply for Graduate Basic for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Places are reserved on the MSc in Psychology of Education and MSc in Child Development (both taught at UCL) for those students who pass the Graduate Certificate in Psychology at the appropriate level.

Visit the Psychology - Grad Cert page on the University College London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second class Bachelor’s degree normally in a subject other than psychology from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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