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I am thinking to apply for the MSc Psychology conversion course at the University of Derby this September but I was wondering what the career options would be after that. I don't have any previous study or experience in psychology. Does anyone know if someone could find a job only with this MSc conversion degree?
It would really be a great help if someone knows anything regarding this,
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Hi everyone,
I am thinking to apply for the MSc Psychology conversion course at the University of Derby this September but I was wondering what the career options would be after that. I don't have any previous study or experience in psychology. Does anyone know if someone could find a job only with this MSc conversion degree?
It would really be a great help if someone knows anything regarding this,
Thank you in advance
Hi 🙋*♂️
I’m doing the MSc psychology conversion course at MMU.

The route I’m taking is in a job as a psychology well-being practitioner (PWP). As a PWP you are on the program Improving Access to Psychological Therapies, you attend university once or twice a week to learn coping techniques to deal with low mood, anxiety.

Then hopefully onto a doctorate in counselling psychology.

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Hi everyone,
I am thinking to apply for the MSc Psychology conversion course at the University of Derby this September but I was wondering what the career options would be after that. I don't have any previous study or experience in psychology. Does anyone know if someone could find a job only with this MSc conversion degree?
It would really be a great help if someone knows anything regarding this,
Thank you in advance
To progress in a career in psychology, you would need further study/ training after this MSc. Gaining a role as a trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (as mentioned above) is one option, though these roles are not particularly common. If you want to go on to become a psychologist, you would need training to at least doctorate level, and to do that you would need a good deal of relevant experience. You could begin applying for Assistant Psychologist or Research Assistant roles after this MSc, though these are competitive. You could also go on to further training in specific branches of psychology, such as Health Psychology or Forensic Psychology. Take a look at the BPS website for the different routes into roles within the field of psychology and see what interests you.
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Hi everyone,
I am thinking to apply for the MSc Psychology conversion course at the University of Derby this September but I was wondering what the career options would be after that. I don't have any previous study or experience in psychology. Does anyone know if someone could find a job only with this MSc conversion degree?
It would really be a great help if someone knows anything regarding this,
Thank you in advance
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Hello! I am just finishing off my MSc in Psychology - it is a brilliant course to do in terms of developing your critical thinking. If you want to become a professional psychologist you need to do doctorate level study. For me, the reason I did the course was that I work in student support and having an MSc gains you access to more funding to support learners with mental health issues.

Have you thought about doing the course 100% online like I did at Arden? The course if fully accredited by the BPS, the Uni had a good review from the QAA and you can still take out a student loan https://arden.ac.uk/our-courses/post...psychology-bps

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To progress in a career in psychology, you would need further study/ training after this MSc. Gaining a role as a trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (as mentioned above) is one option, though these roles are not particularly common. If you want to go on to become a psychologist, you would need training to at least doctorate level, and to do that you would need a good deal of relevant experience. You could begin applying for Assistant Psychologist or Research Assistant roles after this MSc, though these are competitive. You could also go on to further training in specific branches of psychology, such as Health Psychology or Forensic Psychology. Take a look at the BPS website for the different routes into roles within the field of psychology and see what interests you.
Thank you very much for your answer. More specifically, I was wondering if with this conversion degree I could find a first job before I further continue to a second education, probably an MSc in Forensic Psychology. From your answer I understand that this is possible as a Research Assistant or Assistant Psychologist. I hope the value of the conversion degree will be enough in order to get a first job because I plan to totally change my career to the psychology field.
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Hi 🙋*♂️
I’m doing the MSc psychology conversion course at MMU.

The route I’m taking is in a job as a psychology well-being practitioner (PWP). As a PWP you are on the program Improving Access to Psychological Therapies, you attend university once or twice a week to learn coping techniques to deal with low mood, anxiety.

Then hopefully onto a doctorate in counselling psychology.

Regards
Terry
Hi Terry,
Good luck with your course. Are you also working in a relevant field ,while you are attending this course?
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Hello! I am just finishing off my MSc in Psychology - it is a brilliant course to do in terms of developing your critical thinking. If you want to become a professional psychologist you need to do doctorate level study. For me, the reason I did the course was that I work in student support and having an MSc gains you access to more funding to support learners with mental health issues.

Have you thought about doing the course 100% online like I did at Arden? The course if fully accredited by the BPS, the Uni had a good review from the QAA and you can still take out a student loan https://arden.ac.uk/our-courses/post...psychology-bps

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Thank you for your answer. Yes I plan to do the course 100% online but my worry is If I could directly find a first job with this degree before I further continue my studies.
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Hi Terry,
Good luck with your course. Are you also working in a relevant field ,while you are attending this course?
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currently working as a healthcare assistant and have apt for a job as a peer support worker in a local mental health hospital.
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Thank you very much for your answer. More specifically, I was wondering if with this conversion degree I could find a first job before I further continue to a second education, probably an MSc in Forensic Psychology. From your answer I understand that this is possible as a Research Assistant or Assistant Psychologist. I hope the value of the conversion degree will be enough in order to get a first job because I plan to totally change my career to the psychology field.
To put it bluntly, it's unlikely you'll get an assistant psychologist role with just a conversion course, particularly if you don't have any prior experience in that field. These roles get an overwhelming amount of applications and a lot of applicants will have a number of years experience combined with a more specialised masters. If you're intersted in forensic psychology then your best option would be to look at support worker or healthcare assistant roles in secure hospitals, or volunteering opportunities with ex offenders or vulnerable people. They would give you substantial insight and compliment the Forensic Psychology MSc perfectly.
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Thank you very much for your answer. More specifically, I was wondering if with this conversion degree I could find a first job before I further continue to a second education, probably an MSc in Forensic Psychology. From your answer I understand that this is possible as a Research Assistant or Assistant Psychologist. I hope the value of the conversion degree will be enough in order to get a first job because I plan to totally change my career to the psychology field.
The conversion degree will be a starter to get you moving in the right direction. You will be able to apply for the jobs you mentioned, but they are extremely competitive and usually ask for prior experience. I would suggest considering what your goals are and try to get experience that might be vaguely relevant. For example, if you want to go into forensic psychology, looking at roles with charities who work with offenders could be useful, or support work in a secure psychiatric facility.
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Thank you for your answer. Yes I plan to do the course 100% online but my worry is If I could directly find a first job with this degree before I further continue my studies.
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One thing that will definitely help in terms of employment is to volunteer on projects being conducted by lecturers for experience in research. Volunteering opportunities were sign posted to students at Arden, and I worked on transcribing some interviews. There might be some lab time available, although due to Covid-19 obviously there is a strain on this area of research. I did sign up for another but had to pull out due to work commitments

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