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Is there anyway to enter the field of clinical psychology without having to undertake a psychology undergrad? I currently have a 2.1 biology degree, and volunteering experience in a nursing home for people with dementia.
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Is there anyway to enter the field of clinical psychology without having to undertake a psychology undergrad? I currently have a 2.1 biology degree, and volunteering experience in a nursing home for people with dementia.
Hi. You could look at psychology conversion courses at university at postgraduate level that are usually 2 years in length, but to be able to become a qualified psychologist you firstly need to study a BPS accredited course which is what most undergraduate psychology degrees provide. You’ll need to see if conversion courses can offer you this. As this is what gives you graduate basis for charted membership (GBC) which is the first step to becoming a charted psychologist.
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This gives you a list of accredited conversion courses that would mean you would fulfil the minimum academic criteria for the clinical psychology doctorate: https://www.bps.org.uk/public/become...rses?type=CONV
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Is there anyway to enter the field of clinical psychology without having to undertake a psychology undergrad? I currently have a 2.1 biology degree, and volunteering experience in a nursing home for people with dementia.
You need either a BPS accredited Psychology undergraduate degree or conversion course, then potentially an MSc, at least two years relevant clinical experience and lastly, the DClinPsy
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Is there anyway to enter the field of clinical psychology without having to undertake a psychology undergrad? I currently have a 2.1 biology degree, and volunteering experience in a nursing home for people with dementia.
Hi, I'm in pretty much the same position - I am aiming for educational psychology but the route is similar. I studied biomed and graduated with a 2.1. I am going to study at Exeter this September for a psychology conversion.
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Hi, I'm in pretty much the same position - I am aiming for educational psychology but the route is similar. I studied biomed and graduated with a 2.1. I am going to study at Exeter this September for a psychology conversion.
Interesting, what course is that?
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Interesting, what course is that?
I found all the info about it here: https://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduat...ychconversion/

I applied to Exeter because I liked that a couple of the modules related to children's mental health and learning.

Although, the most important thing is that it's BPS accreddited! That will qualify you to apply for the doctorates
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I found all the info about it here: https://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduat...ychconversion/

I applied to Exeter because I liked that a couple of the modules related to children's mental health and learning.

Although, the most important thing is that it's BPS accreddited! That will qualify you to apply for the doctorates
Thankyou so much! And good luck with your course
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You’ll need a master’s conversion but you’re also going to need at least a year’s paid clinical experience in the NHS (realistically) and with more than one client group and there are no guarantees. Most people try more than once and some people try for a very long time without getting anywhere.
Bear in mind that a psychology degree is not a vocational degree. It doesn’t qualify you to do much more than your biology degree in principle. If you decide not to go ahead with it or decide to do something else you are going to have to convert again and that gets harder every time. You have to be pretty damn committed and bear in mind that the statistics on people successfully converting to clinical psychology on a conversion degree are ridiculously low. There are plenty of conversion degrees in this country that haven’t turned out a single successful conversion to the clinical doctorate but they continue to market themselves as a route to doing it.
If you’re wanting to do clinical psychology because you want to do therapy, you may want to consider other career options that allow you to do that. The couch, notebook and tissues idea of a CP is not really what the role is all about. You need to consider carefully whether or not you really want to do it or if you like the idea of it more than the reality. Having not yet studied psychology you may find that it isn’t necessarily what you think it is. Have you considered and ruled out other roles that also utilise psychological principles? What would you do if psychology wasn’t an option? If you can’t see yourself in mental health in any role other than a CP, maybe think about why that is.
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You’ll need a master’s conversion but you’re also going to need at least a year’s paid clinical experience in the NHS (realistically) and with more than one client group and there are no guarantees. Most people try more than once and some people try for a very long time without getting anywhere.
Bear in mind that a psychology degree is not a vocational degree. It doesn’t qualify you to do much more than your biology degree in principle. If you decide not to go ahead with it or decide to do something else you are going to have to convert again and that gets harder every time. You have to be pretty damn committed and bear in mind that the statistics on people successfully converting to clinical psychology on a conversion degree are ridiculously low. There are plenty of conversion degrees in this country that haven’t turned out a single successful conversion to the clinical doctorate but they continue to market themselves as a route to doing it.
If you’re wanting to do clinical psychology because you want to do therapy, you may want to consider other career options that allow you to do that. The couch, notebook and tissues idea of a CP is not really what the role is all about. You need to consider carefully whether or not you really want to do it or if you like the idea of it more than the reality. Having not yet studied psychology you may find that it isn’t necessarily what you think it is. Have you considered and ruled out other roles that also utilise psychological principles? What would you do if psychology wasn’t an option? If you can’t see yourself in mental health in any role other than a CP, maybe think about why that is.
I really appreciate the effort and honesty in this post. The fact that courses do not turn out many clinical doctorates but yet keep taking people on, does not surprise me, even thought it probably should. I am also keeping medicine as an option (i’m willing to do it as an undergrad as well as graduate entry). Perhaps going into Psychiatry when it’s time to specialise.
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