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Why are a lot of MSc Clinica Psychology courses in UK not accredited. I have a Bsc in Psychology from Nigeria and plan to further my studies in the UK going all the way to become a certified Clinical Psychologist but I can see that they're not accredited and to process for DclinPsy I need to have a BPS accredited degree. Majority of the accredited degree are conversion courses which quite frankly, I do not want to do that because it's not specialised and I already have an undergrad in this same course.
Can I still go ahead with the MSc clinical Psychology and is there a way the degree can be accreditation without having to do a conversion course ?
Original post by jemimaafolayan
Why are a lot of MSc Clinica Psychology courses in UK not accredited. I have a Bsc in Psychology from Nigeria and plan to further my studies in the UK going all the way to become a certified Clinical Psychologist but I can see that they're not accredited and to process for DclinPsy I need to have a BPS accredited degree. Majority of the accredited degree are conversion courses which quite frankly, I do not want to do that because it's not specialised and I already have an undergrad in this same course.
Can I still go ahead with the MSc clinical Psychology and is there a way the degree can be accreditation without having to do a conversion course ?

A requirement of all Clinical Psychology doctorates in the UK is that either:

You have BPS-accredited undergraduate degree which confers eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC); or
You have a non-Psychology (or non-accredited Psychology) undergraduate degree and then take a BPS-accredited conversion course (all of which are Master's degrees, I believe).

The reason is simple. Some undergraduate degrees in Psychology do not cover enough of the core content which is required to begin the doctorate. If you were to take an unaccredited undergraduate degree, and then an unaccredited Master's, there could still be key concepts which have been missed.

You have two choices:
1. Take BPS-accredited conversion course (which, by definition, will be general - as it's trying to ensure that all the core concepts have been covered).
2. Have your existing undergraduate degree accredited by the BPS. They will want lots of details about the modules it contains, but it it's a perfectly valid option for international students. The process is explained on the BPS web site.

By the way, before you embark on this journey, please be aware that it not easy for international students to gain access to Clinical Psychology doctorates in the UK. This is because most of the places are funded by the NHS (which mandates that the places go to students who have the right to work in the UK, which most international students don't), leaving very few self-funded places for international students.

Edit to add this link which points out that for international degrees BPS don't actually accredit the degree itself, but can provide your with GBC status based on an international degree on a case-by-case basis. See the Non-UK applicants section of this page for how to apply.
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I am sorry for asking question here, but for a non-psychology degree holder (2:1), which way would you suggest to get the chartership asap? Im sorry for my bad English but really hope that you can give some advice?
Original post by renle2503
I am sorry for asking question here, but for a non-psychology degree holder (2:1), which way would you suggest to get the chartership asap? Im sorry for my bad English but really hope that you can give some advice?

By "get the chartership", do you mean gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) or do you mean actual Chartered Membership?

If the former, then you need to take a BPS-approved conversion course (which will be a Master's). If the latter, then you need to take a BPS-accredited conversion course and a BPS-accredited postgraduate qualification (typically a doctorate).
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Original post by DataVenia
By "get the chartership", do you mean gain Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) or do you mean actual Chartered Membership?

If the former, then you need to take a BPS-approved conversion course (which will be a Master's). If the latter, then you need to take a BPS-accredited conversion course and a BPS-accredited postgraduate qualification (typically a doctorate).

Thank you very much for your clear answer, if it is possible, can I contact u to ask for some personal advice?

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