Psychology (Postgraduate Diploma): part-time conversion course

Year of entry


Start date

October 2018


Central London


Fully Approved


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

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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.

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    • 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).
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      Course structure

      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.

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