Year of entry2017
Start dateOctober 2017
Two years full-time or three years part-time
Three to four evenings a week full-time or two to three evenings a week part-time, October to September
Other entry years for this course2018
This Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology provides comprehensive coverage of contemporary psychological theory and research, and the Graduate Basis for Registration to the British Psychological Society (conversion course).
The programme provides opportunities for you to develop knowledge and understanding of: key principles of psychological theory, including perception, attention and performance, developmental psychology, memory and cognition, social psychology, psychobiology and individual differences; practical skills in research methodology including the formulation of hypotheses, designing and reporting experiments using a range of research methodologies, and subject-specific IT skills; design and execution of an independent research project, under supervision; and transferable skills in critical thinking, learning how to evaluate hypotheses, presentation writing and delivery, and report and essay writing.
- Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck were rated fifth in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) and we achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to research of world-leading quality.
- Designed for students with an undergraduate degree in another subject who want to gain a Master's in psychology.
- Provides Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (awardable at Years 2 and 3).
You must pass modules worth 180 credits.
In the foundation year, you take the compulsory module Introduction to Research Methods and two option modules, which you must pass in order to progress to Year 1. You then take seven compulsory modules and the core module Intermediate Research Methods 2.
Core and compulsory modules
- Intermediate Developmental Psychology
- Intermediate Individual Differences
- Intermediate Learning and Memory
- Intermediate Neuroscience
- Intermediate Perception, Attention and Performance
- Intermediate Research Methods 1
- Intermediate Research Methods 2
- Intermediate Social Psychology
- Introduction to Research Methods
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
At least a lower second-class honours degree from a UK university, or overseas equivalent.
Exemption from the foundation year is possible for students with relevant prior study of psychology and research methods (subject to agreement by the admissions tutor).
Mathematics GCSE at grade C or equivalent qualification.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests and at least 7.0 in writing.
Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.
Fees and finance
We offer advice on all the options for financing your studies. You can pay your fees interest-free by direct debit and postgraduate loans are available for all Home/EU students.
FeesPart-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa
Part-time overseas students: £ 7225 pa
Teaching and assessment
Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.
A combination of lectures, self-directed learning, laboratory classes and project supervision.
Coursework (essays and research projects), written examination and assessed presentation.
Careers and employability
To help you get ahead in your career, we offer free advice and training and our recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, can connect you with employers.
Careers and employability
Graduates can pursue careers in psychology, education, human resources and management. Possible professions include clinical psychologist, further education lecturer, or human resources officer. This degree may also be useful in becoming a counsellor, careers adviser, or educational psychologist.
Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.
We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck.
How to apply
You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application link below.
Please complete our academic staff, so that we can provide adequate supervision.in addition to the online application. This must include a statement of your proposed research, focusing on the research expertise of at least one member of
Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form, including our online personal statement tool, which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.
Application deadlines and interviews
There is no closing date for applications, but early application is encouraged.
Life at Birkbeck
Birkbeck offers a unique combination of evening study and a matchless central London location, right in the geographic and academic centre of the city, giving you exceptional opportunities.
Accommodation and living costs
Most of our students live in private accommodation, but we also offer student accommodation and access to the professional services of the University of London Housing Services.
The Birkbeck experience
Birkbeck is different: our classes are held in the evening, so your days are free - to study, work, volunteer or just do your own thing.
Financial support and postgraduate loans
Birkbeck offers advice on all the options for financing your studies. You can pay loans by interest-free direct debit and postgraduate loans are available for all Home/EU students. Find out about the support we provide.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck. We can give you the advice and support you need.
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