Institute of Education


Psychology Grad Cert

This programme offers the first part of a two-way conversion route-way to psychology for applicants who have not completed a BPS accredited undergraduate degree in a psychology discipline. The Graduate Certificate, plus the Child Development MSc, or Psychology of Education MSc at the IOE, is the dual-package conversion that enables students to apply for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Part time: 7-9 months

Each module has 10 evening interactive lecture/seminar sessions, taught over two terms from September to May. Exams will be scheduled in the day.

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 24 July 2020

Tuition fees (2020/21)

£4,775 (PT)
£4,960 (PT)

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website. Please note: students starting study in January 2021 will pay fees at the 2020/21 rate.

Accreditation: See below
Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second class Bachelor's degree normally in a subject other than psychology from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

Visa information

This programme is not suitable for international students on a Tier 4 visa or a Short Term Student visa.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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About this degree

This programme will:

  • impart a broad knowledge of psychological theory and research
  • examine psychological research on language, the functions of the brain, personality, cognitive development, memory, sensorimotor learning, and the capacity to think, learn and solve problems
  • look at the effects of the dynamics within groups and social factors such as prejudice, aggression and intelligence
  • develop skills of critical analysis and ability to structure a discussion based on evidence
  • develop ability to evaluate psychological theory and research
  • provide a basic introduction to some of the statistical techniques commonly used in psychological research.

Students undertake two modules to the value of 60 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits each).

Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a Grad Cert in Psychology.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory modules

Introduction to Psychology I: Cognition and Development
Introduction to Psychology II: Individual, Social and Biological Psychology

Optional modules

There are no optional modules on this programme.


Not applicable.

Teaching and learning

This programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, and interactive, task-based learning. Assessments are via different mediums: essay; reports; examinations; oral presentations.

Contact hours: 3 hours per week

Self-directed study: will vary depending on a student's prior academic background, motivation and goal(s). But indicative directed reading will be provided after each lecture week - on average, there will be one chapter and four research papers to read. Plus, optional additional papers that will support academic development.

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

IOE-Clarke Scholarships

Deadline Monday 4 May 2020 (5pm London time).
Tuition fees, stipend, flights (1 year)
Based on both academic merit and financial need

IOE-ISH Centenary Masters Scholarships

Deadline: Monday 4 May 2020 (5pm London time).
Full tuition fees and accommodation (1 year)
Based on both academic merit and financial need

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


Graduates of this programme generally pursue careers in the fields of educational psychological or clinical psychology by applying for doctoral training.


On completion of this programme students will have gained:

  • a broad knowledge of basic, key issues in psychology
  • the ability to produce critical and informed appraisal about core topics in psychology, as specified by the British Psychological Society syllabus
  • the ability to describe and evaluate psychological research in terms of theoretical and empirical contributions to the field
  • an understanding of basic concepts in research methods and statistics
  • the ability to construct a coherent argument supported by research in psychology

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme includes weekly seminar activities to promote discussion and networking between students, who come from a wide variety of professional backgrounds.

Graduates of this programme often progress to a relevant BPS-accredited Master's programme - Psychology of Education MSc or Child Development MSc - to complete their conversion to psychology and to be eligible to apply for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). The Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) is a necessary requirement for a career as a clinical or educational psychologist.

Department: Psychology & Human Development

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

Applicants to this programme will have at least a good UK Honours degree (or equivalent) in a discipline other than psychology and are looking to pursue a career in psychology clinical or educational psychologist.

Application deadlines

All applicants
24 July 2020

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Psychology at graduate level
  • why you want to study Psychology at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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