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although i’m finishing up college and still haven’t gone to uni i tend to think ahead and decide my future either last minute or way too early,, i have applied for psychology in university (yes i know it’s a bit of a useless BA) and i still haven’t decided what i want to do for masters. originally i was thinking of doing either forensic psychology or social work.. can anyone recommend a good masters to do with it that can get me a good job from it
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Save yourself some time and money and take an accredited BSc (Hons) in Psychology.

From my understanding, BA Psychology degrees aren't usually accredited by The British Psychological Society and as a result you would HAVE to take an accredited Master's in order to go down any specialised Psychology route (you may want to do this as you learn more throughout your degree).

You should only really think about Master's degrees when you're nearing the end of your UG degree as most of the time they aren't necessary for career progression and usually stem from interests in particular areas.

Social work - too broad. Find some work experience with different age groups and settings to figure out what you would enjoy (children, adults, elderly etc.).

Forensic Psychology - You would need to undertake a Doctorate to become a Forensic Psychologist.

Hope the above helps in some way.
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although i’m finishing up college and still haven’t gone to uni i tend to think ahead and decide my future either last minute or way too early,, i have applied for psychology in university (yes i know it’s a bit of a useless BA) and i still haven’t decided what i want to do for masters. originally i was thinking of doing either forensic psychology or social work.. can anyone recommend a good masters to do with it that can get me a good job from it
Forensic Psychology requires both Stage 1 and Stage 2 after completing an accredited Psychology undergraduate degree.

You can do both combined in a professional doctorate, but these are notoriously difficult to get onto so most will do the Stage 1 as an accredited Masters in Forensic Psychology, and then either the doctorate (skipping some parts if you already have the Stage 1), a top up course, or the BPS Stage 2 qualification.

Getting onto the MSc is usually fine as long as your grades are good enough but having some kind of experience or insight into forensic environments would give you an advantage also. But the professional doctorate and Stage 2 are much more competitive - you'd need to be working in a forensic environment for both, be able to find and pay for your own supervisor, and be able to complete the four main competencies required to pass the Stage 2.

For now, I'd suggest focusing on doing as well as you can at college and reading around psychology before uni. You may well find other areas of psychology that interest you or decide that psychlogy isn't the right path for you after all. You have a lot of time to think about postgraduate courses and you wouldn't be applying until your third year at the earliest anyway, so don't stress and take it easy. You don't have to decide on your future right at this very moment
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Save yourself some time and money and take an accredited BSc (Hons) in Psychology.

From my understanding, BA Psychology degrees aren't usually accredited by The British Psychological Society and as a result you would HAVE to take an accredited Master's in order to go down any specialised Psychology route (you may want to do this as you learn more throughout your degree).

You should only really think about Master's degrees when you're nearing the end of your UG degree as most of the time they aren't necessary for career progression and usually stem from interests in particular areas.

Social work - too broad. Find some work experience with different age groups and settings to figure out what you would enjoy (children, adults, elderly etc.).

Forensic Psychology - You would need to undertake a Doctorate to become a Forensic Psychologist.

Hope the above helps in some way.
thank you, i think all of them are accredited courses as far as i know!
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Forensic Psychology requires both Stage 1 and Stage 2 after completing an accredited Psychology undergraduate degree.

You can do both combined in a professional doctorate, but these are notoriously difficult to get onto so most will do the Stage 1 as an accredited Masters in Forensic Psychology, and then either the doctorate (skipping some parts if you already have the Stage 1), a top up course, or the BPS Stage 2 qualification.

Getting onto the MSc is usually fine as long as your grades are good enough but having some kind of experience or insight into forensic environments would give you an advantage also. But the professional doctorate and Stage 2 are much more competitive - you'd need to be working in a forensic environment for both, be able to find and pay for your own supervisor, and be able to complete the four main competencies required to pass the Stage 2.

For now, I'd suggest focusing on doing as well as you can at college and reading around psychology before uni. You may well find other areas of psychology that interest you or decide that psychlogy isn't the right path for you after all. You have a lot of time to think about postgraduate courses and you wouldn't be applying until your third year at the earliest anyway, so don't stress and take it easy. You don't have to decide on your future right at this very moment
thank you a lot for the information, it’s good to know until i actually get to there for the decision!
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thank you a lot for the information, it’s good to know until i actually get to there for the decision!
No worries
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thank you, i think all of them are accredited courses as far as i know!
Hi,
By this do you mean the courses you've looked at are accredited? As mentioned above, not all are. Yes you will get a degree at the end of all of them but to go down a specialist psychologist route the course has to be accredited by BPS. It will say in course description if it is.

Again, I wouldn't bother thinking about masters yet. You cover so many things during your degree that your area of interest within the field may change as you come across/study new areas.
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