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I just graduated with my business however I have interest into psychology degree and hope it can be my career pathway. However Abnormal and Clinical Psychology, MSc does not accept my offer as I do not have a psychology degree, Research Methods in Psychology, MSc and Cognitive Neuroscience MSc both consider to accept. But I am not sure which one will benefit the most in my case, or should I just go for business Msc stragteic marketing instead..
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You want one that is BPS accredited.

It is very doubtful something with clinical in the name will be BPS accredited.
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I have checked none of my University MSc programmes are accredited. Does that mean it will be worthless to get on this degree?
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You want one that is BPS accredited.

It is very doubtful something with clinical in the name will be BPS accredited.
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I have checked none of my University MSc programmes are accredited. Does that mean it will be worthless to get on this degree?
Well it depends what you mean by psychology career, but yes basically to what quite a lot of people would call a psychology career. Educational Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist, Assistant Psychologist, PWP etc.

If you mean a career in psychology research, that's quite difficult to answer because around a quarter of all psychology graduates go onto do masters' degrees and some are of the research methods variety. Whilst there are other non-research methods degrees such as sports psychology, occupational psychology, forensic, health psychology some are the former. Different areas are trying to appeal to different grads to boost their chances of getting into the area they are interested in. It's quite a difficult conversation to have as many grads will say having the MSc in research methods they have 'excellent' research skills and yet can't get a research assistant post or on a PhD.
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thank you for your advise, I undestand that I might be too late to pursuit a psychology and It will take lots of time to become an career for me: Clinical, Assistant Psychologist or research. It might sounds bad to get on a non-Bps accreditied master degree, as my undergraduate is business.

I am looking for other master degree beside business as I am looking for doing more than that. Again thank you for your reply.
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Well it depends what you mean by psychology career, but yes basically to what quite a lot of people would call a psychology career. Educational Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist, Assistant Psychologist, PWP etc.

If you mean a career in psychology research, that's quite difficult to answer because around a quarter of all psychology graduates go onto do masters' degrees and some are of the research methods variety. Whilst there are other non-research methods degrees such as sports psychology, occupational psychology, forensic, health psychology some are the former. Different areas are trying to appeal to different grads to boost their chances of getting into the area they are interested in. It's quite a difficult conversation to have as many grads will say having the MSc in research methods they have 'excellent' research skills and yet can't get a research assistant post or on a PhD.
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thank you for your advise, I undestand that I might be too late to pursuit a psychology and It will take lots of time to become an career for me: Clinical, Assistant Psychologist or research. It might sounds bad to get on a non-Bps accreditied master degree, as my undergraduate is business.

I am looking for other master degree beside business as I am looking for doing more than that. Again thank you for your reply.
Why would it sound bad? Plenty of people do conversion psychology degrees and propel themselves into jobs like AP and PWP. The key is relevant voluntary experience (paid if you can get it).
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I understand that, however my University does not provide conversion psychology course. The only options I have are Cognitive Neuroscience MSc and Research Method in Psychology. The programme director has sugguested me to do Research Method in Psyshology due to my business degree background as it will be less stressful.

But Reserach Method is Psychology Msc, can it propel me into jobs like PWP, AP or Assistant Psychologist or research? Non-BPS accredited still a factor to consider. I am kind of lost now, I really want an career in Psychology but do not know which masters fits me well
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Why would it sound bad? Plenty of people do conversion psychology degrees and propel themselves into jobs like AP and PWP. The key is relevant voluntary experience (paid if you can get it).
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I understand that, however my University does not provide conversion psychology course. The only options I have are Cognitive Neuroscience MSc and Research Method in Psychology. The programme director has suggested me to do Research Method in Psychology due to my business degree background as it will be less stressful.

But Research Method is Psychology Msc, can it propel me into jobs like PWP, AP or Assistant Psychologist or research? Non-BPS accredited still a factor to consider. I am kind of lost now, I really want an career in Psychology but do not know which masters fits me well
So go to another university.

I simply believe it would be incredibly poor advice, negligent in fact not to point out how important BPS membership is for what you seem to want to do.

You seem very sceptical on this, so I would advice going on jobs.nhs.uk and other websites and looking at assistant psychologist and PWP roles and reading the person specifications. There are variations, but it's pretty common for it to say things like 1) a 2.1 in Psychology/2.2 in Psychology/A psychology degree 2) Entitlement to graduate membership of the BPS. So although there are some jobs you might get on, you are severely limiting yourself by not having BPS.

If you are interested in many things, fair enough, that's good, if you are not sure what you want to do, fair enough also. Doing the 'wrong' master's degree is also limiting and you may find you cannot get student funding to do a 2nd one. It also wastes a year of your time and money.
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The best resource for careers advice in psychology is the BPS website: https://careers.bps.org.uk/

Marinade's advice is correct - if you want to be a professional psychologist, you must do a BPS accredited degree or conversion course.

If you want to be a research psychologist as in work at a university or similar, you generally need a PhD. It is possible although harder to do a PhD without BPS accredited degree.

It's often a good idea to move universities anyway for postgrad education.

I believe that you can be a psychological wellbeing practitioner without a psychology degree. The usual route is a postgrad certificate (which is BPS accredited) and on the job training: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-prof...g-practitioner
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If your undergraduate degree isn't BPS accredited (which it obviously won't be considering it's in Business) then you'd need a conversion course - either MSc or PgDip) in order to become eligible for BPS membership and start a more specialised Masters degree. Not all Masters in the Psychology field require BPS accreditation but most do.
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