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Hello,

I'm from India, currently working after my graduation in commerce. I have developed a lot of interest in psychology off lately and came across the conversion courses in UK as the best option for a change in career rather than a 3 years bachelor's degree again.

There are lot of grey areas here for me and I'm looking for some suggestions.

Can someone suggest a good uni for the course? I see that the Russell group unis are charging around £25000 which would be too expensive for me considering the living cost as well. How's Brunel / Stirling / Essex in terms of teaching and further employment? Please suggest any such other unis with lower costs.

I've seen many posts relating to the conversion courses, but could not find any on the employment experiences after the course.I plan to return to India after working for 2 years there and gaining some experience for my further studies here. Anybody who has completed the course and been working ,could you please provide info on the job roles and pay scales offered immediately after the course?

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance!
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I've seen many posts relating to the conversion courses, but could not find any on the employment experiences after the course.I plan to return to India after working for 2 years there and gaining some experience for my further studies here.
Once you've completed the conversion course, where do you plan to work? In the UK? India? Somewhere else?

I don't know how things are set-up in India, but in the UK an undergraduate psychology degree (which is effectively what you'll have, even though the conversion course is a masters) is not sufficient to practice psychology - you'll need at least a masters (in addition to the conversion masters) or a doctorate. Which you need depends on the branch of psychology in which you're interested (forensic, educational, clinical, etc.).

Many people (actually the majority of people) who have a psychology degree do not go on to practice psychology - primarily because the market is so saturated with psychology graduates. So if you're looking for an easy career path, psychology is not it.

See https://www.ucas.com/explore/subjects/psychology for some non-psychological careers people enter using their psychology degree. If you want a psychology career in the UK, see https://www.bps.org.uk/public/become-psychologist.
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Once you've completed the conversion course, where do you plan to work? In the UK? India? Somewhere else?

I don't know how things are set-up in India, but in the UK an undergraduate psychology degree (which is effectively what you'll have, even though the conversion course is a masters) is not sufficient to practice psychology - you'll need at least a masters (in addition to the conversion masters) or a doctorate. Which you need depends on the branch of psychology in which you're interested (forensic, educational, clinical, etc.).

Many people (actually the majority of people) who have a psychology degree do not go on to practice psychology - primarily because the market is so saturated with psychology graduates. So if you're looking for an easy career path, psychology is not it.

See https://www.ucas.com/explore/subjects/psychology for some non-psychological careers people enter using their psychology degree. If you want a psychology career in the UK, see https://www.bps.org.uk/public/become-psychologist.
I wish to work in the UK for a couple of years using the graduate visa and return to India. Initially I was thinking of Dclipsy the, but then I realised International students aren't eligible for fully funded course and it's impossible for me to self fund it. I'm hoping to get into AP/RA jobs and then go for Phd or masters in India. I do realise that's it's not a cake walk to get into these roles. I'm planning on taking HCA, support worker part time whist studying so that I'd get some experience for the RA/AP application and also make done money to cover my expenses there. I also came across PWP/CWP and other few job roles, but I'm really confused as to how to get there. Can I apply for those right away after graduation and start working with training or am I supposed to do an additional course for those?

I'm trying to gather as much information as possible, eminently someone who's been through the course and working now, before making any decision.
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Hello,

I'm from India, currently working after my graduation in commerce. I have developed a lot of interest in psychology off lately and came across the conversion courses in UK as the best option for a change in career rather than a 3 years bachelor's degree again.

There are lot of grey areas here for me and I'm looking for some suggestions.

Can someone suggest a good uni for the course? I see that the Russell group unis are charging around £25000 which would be too expensive for me considering the living cost as well. How's Brunel / Stirling / Essex in terms of teaching and further employment? Please suggest any such other unis with lower costs.

I've seen many posts relating to the conversion courses, but could not find any on the employment experiences after the course.I plan to return to India after working for 2 years there and gaining some experience for my further studies here. Anybody who has completed the course and been working ,could you please provide info on the job roles and pay scales offered immediately after the course?

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance!
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Hi

I've just finished my MSc conversion in psychology, which I absolutely loved, but with psychology it is worth considering a few factors;

to be a qualified psychologist in the UK you need to have conducted doctorate level study in a specialist field such as Clinical or Educational, an MSc is the level below this. I would speak to someone in the profession in India to see how this impacts professional practice there.

In the UK, the job market for Psychology graduates is very saturated, people will often do a Psychology degree and often have to do further study to go into teaching, social work, healthcare etc. I would check if this is the same in India.

The Psychology program at Arden might interest you as there is a blended learning option, and you can also do the course 100% online - their virtual learning environment is the best I have seen and I have worked in higher education for nearly 10 years. Here is a link to the course, the fee is currently £8,500

https://arden.ac.uk/our-courses/post...psychology-bps

For whichever University you choose, have a look at their report from the QAA and their Teaching Excellence Framework report, both can be found online, they will give you a nice overview of quality

Marc
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II also came across PWP/CWP and other few job roles, but I'm really confused as to how to get there. Can I apply for those right away after graduation and start working with training or am I supposed to do an additional course for those?
Take a look at https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/search_vacancy/ and see what the requirements are for roles as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) or Children's Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP).

For both, I suspect you will need a post-graduate qualification from a recognised BPS accredited PWP training provider. That additional qualification might be something like "Postgraduate Certificate Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner" or "Postgraduate Certificate in Low Intensity Psychological Interventions". Hopefully an expert will be along shortly to provide further clarity. What I can tell you is that these roles are highly competitive and will require experience in a related field in addition to education. I've tried to diagram a pathway to various similar roles in the past, and ended up seeming going around in circles - so I can certainly understand your confusion.

See https://www.bps.org.uk/public/become...edited-courses (specifying a Course Type of Wider Psychological Workforce).
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Hello,

I'm from India, currently working after my graduation in commerce. I have developed a lot of interest in psychology off lately and came across the conversion courses in UK as the best option for a change in career rather than a 3 years bachelor's degree again.

There are lot of grey areas here for me and I'm looking for some suggestions.

Can someone suggest a good uni for the course? I see that the Russell group unis are charging around £25000 which would be too expensive for me considering the living cost as well. How's Brunel / Stirling / Essex in terms of teaching and further employment? Please suggest any such other unis with lower costs.

I've seen many posts relating to the conversion courses, but could not find any on the employment experiences after the course.I plan to return to India after working for 2 years there and gaining some experience for my further studies here. Anybody who has completed the course and been working ,could you please provide info on the job roles and pay scales offered immediately after the course?

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance!
Hi,
I am currently studying in the 2nd year of BSc Psychology and we have the same modules as the MSc Psychology conversion course, theirs just have the word "Advanced" in front of the module names. I know the MSc has different coursework from us, more advanced and more in depth compared to ours. If you never studied psychology, I would say this is a good choice. It's only a year long and you can also choose October or January intake. From what I've heard that the statistics module has long lectures. You have the opportunity to gain research experience through Research Experience Scheme. There are also other paid research assistant positions. I personally did not feel overwhelmed by the coursework or the modules, but I'm on the BSc course. I unfortunately cannot tell you anything about the jobs after the course but it all depends on what field of psychology you want to focus on. Any research experience is good. If you want to do clinical/forensic psychology, you have to have a doctorate and for clinical you also need a lot of experience, which you can get during the course. Here in Colchester, there's at least one agency that provides mental health support workers into in-patient homes for people with different mental disabilities or for example EDs.
Hope you make a good choice for your future studies.
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Hello,

I'm from India, currently working after my graduation in commerce. I have developed a lot of interest in psychology off lately and came across the conversion courses in UK as the best option for a change in career rather than a 3 years bachelor's degree again.

There are lot of grey areas here for me and I'm looking for some suggestions.

Can someone suggest a good uni for the course? I see that the Russell group unis are charging around £25000 which would be too expensive for me considering the living cost as well. How's Brunel / Stirling / Essex in terms of teaching and further employment? Please suggest any such other unis with lower costs.

I've seen many posts relating to the conversion courses, but could not find any on the employment experiences after the course.I plan to return to India after working for 2 years there and gaining some experience for my further studies here. Anybody who has completed the course and been working ,could you please provide info on the job roles and pay scales offered immediately after the course?

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance!
Hi Wishn,

As a current Psychology student, I think it's great you're considering doing the MSc! Although I can't advise on immediate employment after the course, I share my experience at the University of Huddersfield which might help in terms of university suggestions!

I've honestly had an amazing time being a student at the University of Huddersfield. The teaching staff are incredible and the modules themselves are really interesting. I've found that there's a lot of support from staff, and they have a genuine interest in working collaboratively with student's. The university offer's a lot of career support, so you'll have access to support to get in to employment both during and after your studies. You can read up on here - Psychology MSc.

The cost of the course is considerably lower for international student's, compared to the cost you've stated for Russell group uni's. I know they also offer scholarships for international student's so you might be interested in having a look - Scholarships. You've mentioned a couple of uni's that are down South, however with Huddersfield being in the north of England and a town rather than a big city, the cost of living is considerably cheaper! In general, if you want to keep cost's to a minimum, I'd definitely suggest looking at universities in the North.

Hopefully this helps, if you have any questions let me know!
All the best with your journey

- Rebecca, 3rd Year Psychology Student.
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Hey it's difficult to find a job after msc in psychology conversion?
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Hey it's difficult to find a job after msc in psychology conversion?
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Hi Palakchugh,

It all depends on what you hope to do once you graduate. Do you have any idea's of jobs that you would like to do?

- Rebecca, 3rd Year Psychology Student
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I'm looking for a school psychologist job.

It all depends on what you hope to do once you graduate. Do you have any idea's of jobs that you would like to do?

- Rebecca, 3rd Year Psychology Student
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