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Psychology Grad Cert

The Grad Cert (note: this is not a conversion course) is for students interested in learning a new subject, or wanting to re-train in psychology. You will gain an excellent understanding of some of the theories and methods in the core psychology areas outlined by the British Psychological Society (BPS). You will learn to critically evaluate psychological concepts and data. This is an excellent taster course before completing a follow-up master's degree in psychology.

Key information

Please note: We are sorry but this programme is not accepting applications for 2020/21 entry.

Please see the full list of Graduate Taught programmes for information on other programmes available.

Modes and duration

Part time: 9 months

Each module has 10 evening interactive lecture/seminar sessions, taught over two terms from October to March. Exams will be scheduled in the day during UCL exam period (April to June).

Application dates

Notification
We are sorry, but this programme is no longer accepting applications for 2020/21 entry.

Tuition fees (2020/21)

UK/EU:
£4,775 (PT)
Overseas:
£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.

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 total value of 60 credits.

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

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

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.

Visit the UCL Institute of Education website for more information, including module descriptions, which can be seen by clicking on the module title.

Dissertation/report

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.

Accessibility

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.

Funding

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

IOE-Clarke Scholarships

Note: Deadline Monday 4 May 2020 (5pm London time).

Eligibility: Overseas

IOE-ISH Centenary Masters Scholarships

Note: Deadline: Monday 4 May 2020 (5pm London time).

Eligibility: Overseas

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

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

IOE-Clarke Scholarships

Note:
Deadline Monday 25 May 2020 (5pm London time).
Value:
Tuition fees, stipend, flights (1 year)
Eligibility:
Overseas
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial need

IOE-ISH Centenary Masters Scholarships

Note:
Deadline: Monday 18 May 2020 (5pm London time).
Value:
Full tuition fees and accommodation (1 year)
Eligibility:
Overseas
Criteria:
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.

Careers

Graduates of this programme generally pursue careers in the field of psychology, specifically educational or clinical psychology. 

Graduates 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.

Employability

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 is taught at the world leading 'Institute of Education' at UCL. The programme is designed to provide modules and lectures that are contemporary, and cutting edge, which offer students the opportunity to develop the necessary key science skills in psychology to meet their academic goals. In order to do this, the programme is structured into weekly interactive sessions that promotes discussion and networking between students and staff that come from a wide variety of professional backgrounds.

The certificate is for students interested in learning a new subject area, or are considering re-training in psychology. This qualification enables you to gain a very good understanding of the ideas, theories and methods in the core psychology topics outlined by the British Psychological Society (BPS). You will appraise and critically evaluate psychological concepts and different forms of data. This is an excellent bridge to competing a master's degree in psychology.

Department: Psychology & Human Development

Application and next steps

Applications

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?

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.

 

Application deadlines


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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