Postgraduate study
Psychology

Diploma in Psychology (Graduate Conversion)

This conversion course is designed for graduates who wish to become graduate members of the British Psychological Society.

Course information

Full-time

  • within 1 year

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September 2018 entry

Part-time

  • 2-3 years

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September 2018 entry

  • Daytime
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384491
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £6,000
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  • Not eligible for any fee discounts

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  • Facilities

    Psychology facilities

    Studying Psychology at the School of Social Sciences, Business & Law gives you access to outstanding facilities, including eye-trackers, EEG and Near-infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS). You also get to use specialist interviewing labs and our replica courtroom.

 

Professional accreditation

British Psychological Society On successful completion of the diploma, you are eligible for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society.

You study modules drawn from the undergraduate degree in psychology. You need to study enough modules to satisfy the graduate registration requirements and produce a dissertation.

Course structure

Core modules

Biological and Social Psychology

The module is divided into two halves: biopsychology and social psychology. Biological, neurological and social explanations for a series of identified psychological topics are explored, as well as introducing the concept of evolutionary explanations for human behaviour and the scientific approach to the study of our social behaviour. Students are required to produce a 2,000 social psychology essay (50%) and complete a 2 hour unseen biopsychology written examination (50%) for their assessment in this module.

Cognitive Psychology

This module introduces students to a range of areas of cognitive psychology. Specific topics covered include aspects such as attention, perception, memory, language, emotion and reasoning. Consideration is given to the key models along with supporting evidence from experimental psychology, neuropsychological case studies and cognitive neuroscience. Students will develop an in-depth knowledge of these areas along with the necessary skills to distinguish between theories and to critically evaluate them.

Dissertation

You work closely with an allocated supervisor to conduct research into an area appropriate to your course route. Your supervisor is matched to you based on the topic area of your dissertation. You review relevant literature, select appropriate research methodology and methods, collect and analyse data and produce a 18,000-word dissertation.

Psychological Research Design and Analysis 2

The module deals with more advanced research design and analysis, building on the module Research design and analysis 1. The module aims to facilitate the development of knowledge and skills in using advanced research designs, including the use of quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques.

Module content includes conceptual issues in advanced research designs - including experimental, quasi-experimental and non-experimental quantitative research designs - planning of sample size, quantitative data analysis (ANOVA and multiple regression), and qualitative data collection and analysis.

Psychology of Development and Individual Differences

The module is a core level 6 module and is divided into two halves: Developmental Psychology and Individual Differences. Both halves cover competing perspectives, contemporary debates, historical perspectives and applied topics. Key theoretical perspectives in developmental psychology are studied using a lifespan perspective. This module develops your understanding and skills in developmental psychology and individual differences.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

Learning on this programme is facilitated by lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory classes. Extensive use is made of the virtual learning environment to support you throughout your studies. You also have the opportunity to investigate an area of psychology of your choice through your dissertation.

How you are assessed

You are assessed by a variety of different methods including presentations, group work, essays, reports, examinations and a dissertation. This pattern of assessments has been developed to prepare you for postgraduate study and also to develop a high level of transferable skills applicable to the workplace.

Career opportunities

You gain the basis for registration (Graduate Basis for Chartership) and the first step towards becoming a chartered psychologist.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have an undergraduate Honours degree (minimum 2:2) and at least 60 credits of psychology and research methods study. Applicants without this study can undertake our Introduction to Psychology course before entry to the Graduate Conversion programme.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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Course information

Full-time

  • within 1 year

More full-time details

September 2018 entry

Part-time

  • 2-3 years

More part-time details

September 2018 entry

  • Daytime
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384491
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £6,000
    More details about our fees
  • Not eligible for any fee discounts

Contact details

Further information