Embark on an exciting new career path and take the first step towards becoming a chartered psychologist with our Graduate Diploma Psychology. This programme is designed for graduates from disciplines outside of psychology.
Our challenging programme is an entry requirement for most accredited postgraduate training courses in the field – including the areas of clinical, health, educational, occupational and forensic psychology. It is accredited to confer eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from the British Psychological Society (BPS).
We incorporate a broad and varied range of learning methods to train you in both theory and application.
You’ll complete an empirical research project, as well as core BPS-accredited modules covering personality and individual differences, applying research methods in psychology, developmental psychology, applied human cognition, social psychology and physiology of behaviour.
At GCU, we give you the tools you need to build a career that serves the common good – whether you go on to become a chartered psychologist or pursue a future in research and academia.
After you complete your Graduate Diploma Psychology programme, you’ll have the opportunity to continue in accredited postgraduate study. Our alumni specialise in a range of areas, including clinical, educational, occupational, counselling, forensic and sport and exercise psychology.
What you will study
Advanced Research Methods; Personality and Individual Differences; Developmental Psychology; Biopsychology and Neuroscience; Human Cognition; Social Psychology; and Empirical Project.
All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.
Typical entry requirements
UK degree (or equivalent) which does not confer Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with British Psychological Society (BPS) and a minimum of 20 credits in psychology at SCQF 7 level or above.
In some cases, there may be a recommendation of a further 40 credits of psychology prior to entry
Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.
Other academic and vocational qualifications
Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.
If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.
Fees and funding
The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?
Tuition fees 2018/19
- Home: £2424
- RUK: £9250
- EU: £2424
- International: £11500
If you commence your studies in September 2018 or January 2019, these are the annual or module fees that apply to the duration of your course; however, fees are subject to change. For full details on how fees may change read our fees and refund policy.
Students on a part-time programme may be invoiced for the full annual fee or for the number of modules completed per academic year. Students may be eligible to pay this in instalments over the course of the year. View part-time and distance learning fees.
In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.
We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.
If you have any questions or enquiries regarding scholarships available for 2018/19, please feel free to contact the student enquiries team.
Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS) is an entry requirement for the majority of postgraduate training courses in psychology, for example, clinical, health, educational, occupational and forensic psychology.
The Graduate Diploma in Psychology provides a route to become registered with the BPS for graduates from other disciplines who wish to pursue a professional career in psychology.
International student start dates
For new international students, orientation events start on 14 September 2018. This extra time is specifically designed to assist new international students in settling into the UK and GCU prior to the start of general student induction and teaching.
There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus and city tours, as well as welcome events where you can meet other international students.
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