Routes into becoming a qualified psychologist

Psychology Facilities

This Psychology conversion course provides a firm foundation for all psychology careers. It provides accreditation with the British Psychological Society;called the Graduate Basis for Chartership. This is necessary for anyone who wants to be a psychologist; it is the first step on the pathway to qualification. If you want to know more about how to be a psychologist in the UK, the information here will get you started.

How can I be a psychologist in the UK?

All professional psychologists have qualifications which are approved by the British Psychological Society (BPS). They then go onto register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). So to become a professional psychologist, you need two things:

  • A degree which gives you the Graduate Basis for Chartership
  • Specialist postgraduate training in the psychology area of your choice

You can get the first in two ways. If you have a degree (in any subject), you can take our conversion course. We explain how this helps below. Alternatively, if you are choosing a degree for the first time, why not check out our course pages for our accredited undergraduate courses? So whatever your stage of study, we have something for everyone.  

How does our MSc Psychology help you to become a psychologist in the UK?

First, it has the accreditation to give you that Graduate Basis for Chartership that you need. But more than that…our MSc Psychology (Conversion) really sets you on the right path and equips you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to take your next steps towards qualification. 

To work as a psychologist you require really great knowledge of the subject, and we give you the opportunity to get that. However, you also require resilience, adaptability, and the ability to apply your knowledge to new situations. Psychologists are working in new fields all of the time, and we never know what challenges are around the corner. We also often work alongside other professionals, for example in healthcare, education, social care, criminal justice and business environments. 

Our MSc conversion course gives you direct experience of the challenges we are currently facing and encourages you to implement evidence-based solutions in assessments that are directly linked to industry. We link all of our assessments to BPS topics, to industry challenges and to the skills needed to be a flexible-applied researcher and psychology practitioner.

A key feature of this approach is direct communication with industry professionals who work with psychologists or use psychology in their own careers. This means that when you move onto the next part of your journey, you are used to generating new ideas, can tackle new research with confidence and have experience of generating and testing solutions to real problems. Our MSc Psychology not only prepares you for your next steps on the journey, but also for those unexpected diversions and unplanned destinations. 

What’s after the MSc Psychology? How do I carry on my journey to qualifying?

This depends on what field of psychology you are interested in. You will need to carry on with a specialist postgraduate course in psychology, and these are offered by a range of different universities. We have a specialism here at the University of South Wales in mental health and well-being, and you could choose to pursue this through our Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (links to prof doc course pages). 

If your interests are in other psychology careers, then you can find out more about these routes through the British Psychological Society.