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How To Become A Psychologist?

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    What qualifications are needed to become a psychologist? What kind of degrees are needed and how long will it take altogether to become a psychologist?

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    1) It depends 2) It also depends and 3) it depends.

    Each branch of Psychology (http://www.bps.org.uk/networks-commu...ions/divisions) has different qualification routes. All require a BPS accredited degree, either a Psychology (and/with other subjects) BSc (3 years) or any other BSc with a conversion MSc (4 years). Pretty much all routes require a minimum of 1 year relevant experience (http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=4219250) with 2 years being considered an average - bear in mind it can take much longer. Some routes require, or have a pathway to accreditation using, an MSc (separate from the conversion, if you did that) - two being Forensic and Health. The most common method of actually qualifying as a Psychologist and being able to register and practice is completion of a specific doctorate (the most common being the DClinPsy, for Clinical Psychology). The doctorate (or equivalent for that division) is the thing you have to complete, everything before that are either pre-requisites or significantly boost your chances of getting on the doctorate.BSc (3 years)
    Experience (1 year)
    Doctorate (3 years)

    That is the absolute minimum for qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist. But with the increased competition you should throw in:
    1-2 years of less relevant experience (if you can get that while studying, then that's great) - this will enable you to get jobs in relevant areas
    An extra 1-3 years of relevant experience
    An MSc (1 year)

    As an 18 year old, about to start university, I wouldn't plan on being qualified to practice before the age of 30. On the other hand, a few (and I do mean, a few) get on a doctorate aged 22/23 and are qualified by 25/26.

    It's a really long route to take if all you essentially want to do is deliver therapy so I would have a think about what you want your job role to be.
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