• Status: Fully Approved
  • Start date: October 2017
  • Duration:

    1 foundation year, plus 2 years part-time (students with relevant credits may be exempt from the foundation year).

  • Attendance:

    2-3 evenings a week

    October to September

  • Location:

    Central London

  • Professional bodies that recognise this course:

    This programme provides students with Graduate Basis for Registration to the British Psychological Society.

Programme overview

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 and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in the following areas: 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, including learning how to evaluate hypotheses, presentation writing and delivery, report writing and essay writing.

    How to apply

    You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application link below.

    Please complete a supplementary application form in addition to the online application. This must include a statement of your proposed research, focusing on the research expertise of at least 1 member of our academic staff, so that we can provide adequate supervision.

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    Application deadlines and interviews

    There is no closing date for applications, but early application is encouraged.

    Online application

    Psychology (Postgraduate Diploma): part-time conversion course (Part-time)

    Why study this course at Birkbeck?

    • Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck were rated 5th 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).

      Entry requirements

      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.


      Part-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa
      Part-time overseas students: £ 7425 pa

      Payment and Fees Discounts

      Flexible finance: pay your fees in monthly instalments at no extra cost. Enrol early to spread your costs and reduce your monthly payments.

      Fees discounts: If you are a member of a union that is recognised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), you may apply for a 10% discount off your tuition fees.

      Funding and Financial Support

      Find out more about funding and financial support at postgraduate level.

      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 these professions.

      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.

      Teaching and assessment


      A combination of lectures, self-directed learning, laboratory classes and project supervision.


      Coursework (essays and research projects), written examination and assessed presentation.

      Further study opportunities

      If you are interested in further research, we offer an MPhil/PhD in Psychology.